Inside South-Central Kentucky Football (10-28-13)
Inside South-Central Kentucky Football (10-28-13)
-It was business as usual for Bowling Green (8-0) as they completed their third straight unbeaten district slate via a 42-0 win at Greenwood (3-6). The Purples have now won 16 district games in a row dating to 2010, and remained a perfect 22-0 against Greenwood. The Purples have scored 109 points unanswered in the last three years against Greenwood. All of the scoring was done in the first half, as the Purples gained the running clock with 26 seconds left in the second quarter on Blake Pillow's second TD run, then took their foot off the accelerator in the second frame. Greenwood managed only 19 yards of offense in the first half against four turnovers, eliminating any chance they ever had of keeping the game within reach.
-Speaking of business as usual, Warren Central (5-4) continued Logan County's long year and set a school record for points in a 70-14 victory. But two statistics stood out even more than the 70 spot. The first was the three interceptions that the Dragons returned for TDs, those coming by Rondell Green, Damani Walker, and Emmitt Smith. The second was a school record 10 made PATs by placekicker Raul Guillen, who was perfect on the night. It was the first game Raul has ever played in, having never donned pads before Friday. The kicking game is a constant thorn in the side of the Dragons, who will hope this is a sign that those struggles are behind them for a few years.
-Glasgow (8-1) buried Metcalfe County 42-7 to close out their short district slate at a perfect 2-0 (Clinton County dropped out of district play this season). The Scotties continued a recent trend of riding Marquez Trigg, who chalked up 114 yards on 13 carries with a TD. But surprisingly the second leading rusher was QB Ryan Hinkly, who rushed for 98 yards on 10 carries and a TD to go with 217 yards on just 9 completions with 3 TDs through the air. His target for all three was Milas Norris, who had 137 yards on his only receptions of the night. Glasgow continues to hit on all cylinders as the playoffs approach.
-After a quarter it looked like perhaps 4A District 2 could make it to tiebreakers, but Franklin-Simpson (5-4) turned a 7-7 tie after the first quarter into a 35-7 blowout over visiting Allen County-Scottsville (4-5). It was the third straight win for the Wildcats - all in the district and all allowing only 7 points. In their five wins this season Franklin-Simpson has held each opponent to 7 points or less, while allowing more than 25 points in each of their losses. It's the second district title in three years for Franklin, the first two they had since 1999. Meanwhile, it's a disappointing end to a midseason resurgence for the Patriots, who dropped their last two district games to fall into third place. That will send them onto the road against Madisonville-North Hopkins, the team that knocked them from the playoffs in the first round each of the last two years.
-While Franklin-Simpson was making it unnecessary, Warren East (5-4) was holding up their end to try to force a three way tiebreaker with a 63-7 drubbing of Breckinridge County - third most points in school history. The Fighting Tigers were toast from the word go, as Warren East scored 42 points in the first quarter. Eli Brown averaged 20 yards a carry on his six totes and had two of the first quarter TDs. His backfield counterpart was leaned on more and even more prolific, with three TDs to go with 215 yards. It's the fourth time this year a Raider has rushed for over 200 yards, with both Shields and Brown doing it twice.
-Barren County (4-5) continued their momentum with a 35-20 win over Taylor County, giving them their first three game win streak since they won the final three games of the 2011 season. Taylor County - losers of five straight while competing in the brutal 4A District 5 - made them work for it, and it was only 21-14 Barren County at the half. But 14 third quarter points proved to be the difference for the Trojans. Barren County got 109 yards through the air while not giving up a single passing yard to Taylor County, and Chad Eaton hauled in five catches and three TDs for 40 yards.
-The unquestioned marquee game is Bowling Green vs. Blackman (TN). The Blackman Blaze enter off their first loss of the year, but are still rated just shy of 50th nationally by calpreps.com, well above the Purples. It is easily the best team the Purples have faced off against during their 38 game win streak, which will be on the line. Quite the last week challenge.
-The #2 game will be South Warren at Russellville. The game now lacks the luster it might have had of each going for an unbeaten season, but they both enter 8-1 on the season. The Spartans have allowed scores in only three games and no opponent has scored more than eight. The 21 points the Panthers scored against Mayfield was their first effort of less than 35. Something has to give.
-Warren East will get their turn with Logan County, which has yet to hold an opponent to under 47 points on the year (and that was in the first game). The Cougars have allowed an average of almost 60 points per game and have given up 62+ four times. Warren East's high water mark for points is 70, against Adair County in a 70-7 victory in 2006. Last week's 63 points were the most East had scored since then.
-The Greenwood Gators will have a tough standard to uphold when they visit 6A Central Hardin, a team on the fringe of the 6A rankings. The two teams have met every year since 2007 and none have been decided by more than 7 points. The last four were decided by an average margin of 3.25 PPG.
-If you're a fan of the "Best Team in Kentucky" debate, you get another benchmark game as Warren Central makes the looooooooong trip to NKY to take on the Highlands Bluebirds. The perennial power enters off a narrow loss to national power Elder out of Cincinnati, and the game will provide a measuring stick against the 48-14 pasting the Purples put on Warren Central just two weeks ago. It's Warren Central's first trip to NKY since a 1986 playoff meeting against Boone County.
South-Central Kentucky Rankings (10-28-13)
1) Bowling Green vs. Blackman, TN
2) Warren Central at 4A #1 Highlands
3) South Warren at 1A #2 Russellville
4) Glasgow vs. 3A Elizabethtown
5) Franklin-Simpson vs. 5A Hopkinsville
6) Warren East vs. 5A Logan County
7) Allen County-Scottsville vs. 3A #10 Monroe County
8) Barren County vs. 2A Owensboro Catholic
9) Greenwood vs. 6A Central Hardin
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