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#4 Franklin-Simpson entered the 2019 season as winners of 12 in a row and 24 of their last 25 games. Their only loss in that span was to eventual 5A state champion South Warren, and the streak included back to back state titles. They graduated some very important pieces from last year, but entering their season debut at home against Greenwood, there was little reason to expect danger. After all, this was against a Gator squad that they’d defeated by a combined 113-13 the last two years, and who’d won only two games a season ago.

All appeared normal on the first drive. Just 1:33 into the game, Chase Gooch broke off a 62 yard run to put the Wildcats on top 7-0. The teams played to a standstill most of the rest of the quarter, before a Franklin turnover gave Greenwood a short field, and allowed them to punch in the tying score. But the Wildcats took the kickoff to the house, and all seemed right. But as the night wore on, the Franklin offense failed to find their footing, and Greenwood kept hanging around. A one-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter tied the game at 14 all, and a drive spanning more than seven minutes from the end of the quarter into the fourth was capped by a Morrison to Slone touchdown pass, giving the Gators the lead for good. Another turnover led to a short field and a Gator touchdown to clinch a shocking 28-14 win. Strangely, Franklin has lost 5 of 7 on their homefield to Greenwood, but this was still a completely dumbfounding result. It would seem to remove Franklin from any title conversations, but if they have any solace to take, it’s that they started 2-3 in 2017, and were similarly worried about. They ultimately won state that year. They’d better get to work.

Other games of note:
#3 Corbin showed some signs of concern as well. The Redhounds matched against a Whitley County squad that went 3-8 in 2018, but found themselves behind 21-14 at the halftime break. Corbin would right the ship, taking a 27-21 lead before the end of the third and polishing off the win with a clinching touchdown with 3 minutes left in the game, holding on 35-21.

#6 Lexington Catholic reeled in the most impressive win of the week for the class, taking down 5A #8 Pulaski County 21-14 on the road. They too had to rally from a halftime deficit, trailing 14-0 at the break. Kentucky commit Beau Allen completed just under 70% of his passes for 276 yards and had a hand in all three scores, throwing for one and rushing in the other two.

#7 Central and #9 Knox Central both dropped games to teams ranked in other classes. Central failed to score a point for the first time in nine years, but the defense was their characteristic selves. They held 6A #6 Manual to just 25 yards of offense in the first half, but just could not find an offensive rhythm, falling 7-0. Knox Central took on 3A #5 Ashland (down from 4A this year). It was a tight affair, with the score 7 all at the half and that way most of the third. Ashland took a 14-7 lead but Knox answered right back, missing the PAT to trail 14-13. The Tomcats scored two minutes later for the final 21-13 margin, later forcing a turnover on downs with just over one minute left on the clock to seal the victory.

Upcoming Game of the Week

Johnson Central losing at all is rare these days, but rarer still is them losing in the first month of the season. That’s exactly what happened last year against Capital out of West Virginia, as the Golden Eagles fell to 0-1 after a 28-21 loss. This year, Capital enters as preseason #3 in the largest class of West Virginia, and will play their season opener against Johnson Central. It’s a great early season test for the Golden Eagles, who just demolished 6A Lafayette 49-12 in the opening week.