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Winning Ugly Looks Oh So Good for Somerset; Danville Up Next

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and right now for Somerset fans they may be witnessing a work of art while other fans may be seeing a less than desirable score.

Somerset relied on a stout defense and just enough Offense to outlast 1A Raceland 16-13 on the road to improve to 5-2. The recipe that led to victory is becoming a common one for the team with the gold-plated helmets. Somerset is averaging an underwhelming 13 points per game over their last six results, yet their Defense has rose to the occasion allowing less than 10 points per game in that stretch as the Jumpers have went 5-1 against teams that are all ranked in their respective classes when the Jumpers played them.

Somerset’s identity is certainly taking shape and now they hope their unique personality may pay dividends in a 2A Class and more specifically a District where Offense has reigned supreme. Somerset will face arguably their stiffest test Friday as they host top-ranked Danville at the Briar Patch. Last season Somerset hung tough against the eventual State Final delegate before falling to the Admirals 25-7.

Danville enters as one of only three undefeated Class 2A teams remaining. Danville is dealing with some injury woes right now and have had to rely on some 4th Quarter heroics to win two of their last three games. Danville came from behind to knock off 6A Tates Creek 27-24 thanks in large part to a beautiful pass from Zach Thornton to David Walker in what would amount to the game winning score. In the 2016 game Somerset had no answer for Admiral RB Donlevy Harris. Harris went off for 291 yards as he almost single handily willed the Ads to victory. Harris will be an anchor sized question mark heading into Friday after missing the Tates Creek game with injury

Danville has the unfortunate luck of having to travel to both Somerset and Lexington Christian Academy this season for their District clashes. With a huge Class 2A showdown in Louisville, the attention of Class 2A will certainly be pulled in two different directions on Friday.

Kind of a Big Deal; Colts and Centurions Re-New Hatred
At this point in time you can use a Sharpie to write in that any time Christian Academy- Louisville and DeSales meets that it will be one of the “Must Watch” games in the Commonwealth. DeSales will load up the buses and take either of the Jefferson County by-passes to the Eastern edge of the City Limits to take on CAL in the latest installment in one of Kentucky’s hottest rivalries.

Christian Academy- Louisville has not been the accommodating host for the Colts during the regular season in the rivalry’s recent past. The Centurions have won the last three regular season meetings off English Station Way, they also took the win at home last season in the Regional Finals 21-14.

DeSales seems to be a bit of a different animal than their 2016 edition. Entering last seasons’ games the Colts were a team struggling to find an Offensive identity, DeSales was plagued with a lack of play making ability and at times seemed to even struggle to move the ball against the stiffer competition on the schedule. In 2017, DeSales has seemingly righted the ship and have found a nice groove. Aaron Pfaadt has emerged as an excellent game manager at the Quarterback position and the Colts rotate platoons of Running Backs that offer differing looks and skill sets. Tyrell Watkins has emerged as their big play back and has been superb this season. The Colts always have a stout Defense and this year has been no different. Ryan O’Shea and Santonio Hickman are both guys with the ability to turn a game with their big play ability on the other side of the ball.

Christian Academy- Louisville will enter with some mystery. The Centurions are currently playing without Junior QB Austin Carr and missed him sorely two weeks ago when they lost to Newport Central Catholic, his availability for Friday’s game is unknown. Milton Wright is one of Kentucky’s top talents, let alone Class 2A, and he has been asked to pick up the slack in Carr’s absence. Against 6A Meade County Wright did just that as he ran the ball 18 times for 95 yards and 3 TD’s, for good measure he took a kickoff the maximum distance allowable in High School by racing 99 yards for a score.

Taking on a Defense as formidable as DeSales, CAL will need to be more than a one man show to come away with the win. Regardless if Carr plays or not, Anthony Harris will have to come up big Friday. The Senior Back will have to establish an inside running game to free up Wright’s explosiveness outside.

Whoever comes out on top may very well earn the distinction of the “team to beat” in the West. Most people anticipate that this will be the first of two times these teams will end up playing, so the ability to lock in home field for a potential November showdown will be a big deal.

Around the State:
- Monroe County may not be flying under the radar much longer after cruising past Metcalfe County 42-13 on the road. Ty Mink continued to impress and now the Falcons suddenly control their own destiny with a crucial battle with Glasgow looming after taking a week off. Glasgow crushed Green County 50-0. You can see the highlights from the Monroe County vs. Metcalfe County game below courtesy of WBKO:

Football Friday Night Week Seven: Metcalfe County vs. Monroe County

- Prestonsburg essentially locked up their District Title by defeating Leslie County with relative ease 36-17. The Blackcats improve to 3-3 with the win and should be able to gain some momentum the next three weeks. You can see the highlights from last night’s victory below courtesy of WYMT:

HIGHLIGHTS: Leslie County vs. Prestonsburg

- Todd County Central assured themselves a .500 record in the regular season and their most successful winning season since 1995 by defeating Caverna 58-24 to improve to 5-1. Asa Young is developing into a dynamic two-way threat and MaQuriem Mimms continued to build on his excellent season. If the Rebels can knock off McLean County Friday they will assure themselves a winning season. WBKO also has highlights of last night’s game here:

Football Friday Night Week Seven: Todd County Central vs Caverna

Worth a Closer Look:
Hancock County (4-2) has been a pleasant surprise this season and will have a chance to upset the apple cart when they travel to take on Owensboro Catholic (4-3). The Hornets have the inside track to hosting a home playoff game and will all but lock up a District Title if they can pull off the upset. The success of Hancock County can be attributed to two different things. First, the running of Gage Gray. Gray has emerged as one of the tougher backs in Class 2A and averages over 100 yards per game. Secondly, Hancock County has been exceptional at turning teams over. The Hornets are turning teams over almost three times per game.