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    Final Douglass improves to 3-0 on the season and 15-0 vs city schools in their young history.
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    Douglass will travel across town next week to take on the Bulldogs of Dunbar at PLD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16thBBall Fan View Post
    Final Douglass improves to 3-0 on the season and 15-0 vs city schools in their young history.
    Not to say that Douglass isn't off to a far-above-average start with their football program, but that's not exactly saying much. With their forces combined, Bryan Station, Dunbar, Henry Clay, Lafayette, and Tates Creek compiled 39 total wins since Douglass opened their doors in the first place. Almost a third of those wins (12) have been accounted for by Henry Clay all on their own.

    That's 5 schools with 39 wins in the same time Douglass has put together 24 wins of their own. The Broncos are accounting for about 40% of the wins produced by all 6 of the Fayette County Public Schools since Douglass came into being in the beginning of 2017. That's more of a testament to the mis-management of the football programs in the Lexington public schools than anything else.

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    Lexington football for sure is no where near what it once was, but the Broncos have taken care of business. They are required by the Fayette County Schools to play all other schools in the city and with their district games they only have a open game to schedule. This year they are playing at Lexington Catholic the last game of season and for their two scrimmages this year they played Corbin and Trinity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16thBBall Fan View Post
    They are required by the Fayette County Schools to play all other schools in the city and with their district games they only have a open game to schedule.
    This is a huge reason Lexington football is so far behind Louisville, IMO. FCPS are crippling their football teams when it comes to creating a schedule that will prepare them at a championship level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    This is a huge reason Lexington football is so far behind Louisville, IMO. FCPS are crippling their football teams when it comes to creating a schedule that will prepare them at a championship level.
    I agree 100% I know the administration at Douglass has ask in school system to drop this requirement. I’m sure other schools in the city would be in favor of it. It really hurts Douglass I feel in the post season by not being able to schedule better games during the regular season. imo

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    FD generates a lot of discussion. There is an interesting thread here from August of 2018 that has some interesting comments - and its a year later now.

    Some things of note.

    FD definitely gets some level of favoritism in Fayette right now. Its the new HS in the growing part of Lexington so there is strong push to make it success in academics and sports at the school board level it seems. As a comparison of what can be done to 'jump start' a school football program or not jump start it compare the first year of FD and Scott County's new Great Crossing.

    FD is 5A this year, not 6A. Their enrollment last year was less than 1,200 according to web-bases sources. Not sure what it is this year. But all the other Fayette schools were coming in a bit less than 2,000 in enrollment. The current Fayette website shows a bit less than 12,000 students with 6 high schools in the district. So if things "level out" FD should get to over 1,500 students and should get back to 6A

    The 5A designation is the real issue with their schedule. If they were in 6A then they would naturally play their in-county peers - at least 3 of them. So when FD goes to 6A they will get more scheduling freedom.

    The question if FD has hurt the other Fayette schools is not really clear. FD's first year was 2017. Lets look a the year before FD started playing, 2016, and 2017 and beyond for Fayette's other 5 schools.

    Lafayette
    2016: 13 - 2 (State Championship finalist)
    2017: 3 - 8 (lost to Frederick Douglass in first fround)
    2018: 1 - 10 (Lost to Conners in first round)

    Bryan Station
    2016: 4 - 7 (Lost to Cooper first round)
    2017: 1 - 10 (Lost to Tates Creek first round)
    2018: 2 - 9 (Lost to Simon Kenton first round)

    Henry Clay
    2016: 3 - 7 - 1 (Lost to Ryle first round)
    2017: 6 - 6 (Lost to Scott County second round)
    2018: 6 - 6 (Lost to Simon Kenton second round)

    Dunbar
    2016: 3 - 8 (Lost to Conner first round)
    2017: 0 - 10 (No playoffs)
    2018: 3 - 7 (No playoffs)


    Tates Creek
    2016: 6 - 6 (Lost to Lafayette in second round)
    2017: 9 - 3 (Lost to FD in second round)
    2018: 5 - 6 (Lost to Madison Central in second round)

    The only thing that the records above indicate is:
    a) FD was and still is the best in Fayette County (undefeated against in-county public schools since it started)
    b) Lafayette is way down from their recent peak in 2016 and Bryan Station is record-wise down from 2016. Bryan Station borders the new FD district but Lafayette does not.
    c) Dunbar remains a mess, as has been the case for a long time with a long list of coaches. FD like has no impact on this situation.
    d) Henry Clay and Takes Creek do not appear to be to impacted by the new school.

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    The only game against Lexington teams for Douglass that seems interesting is the final game of the season when they face off against Lexington Catholic. I will for sure be at that game.

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    Traveling around for games the way I do has shown me how city league football, for the most part are so far behind other parts of the states. As for this game I am extremely happy to see Frederick Douglass take care of business.

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