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1. Trinity – It took three and a half quarters but then the Trinity offense got going. I think once Trinity got that first TD, most watching the game felt very, very good about Trinity’s chances. While not a stellar performance like last year, Trinity will remain number one. Next week Trinity will face a stronger Tennessee opponent in Brentwood Academy this time at home. This game will give some indication as to whether this Trinity team is as strong as State Championship teams of past or not.

2. Male – Hard to know how to take Male’s victory over Floyd Central, IN. It wasn’t as convincing as last year’s but still a solid win. For now, Male holds the #2 spot with some questions in the air. Will Ballard give Male a game? Too early to tell but this will be one that will keep Louisville Area fan’s attention.

3. St. Xavier – Not much to say about X since they were idle so, they stay #3 since none of the teams ranking a few above or below did anything to justify movement.

4. Dupont Manual – Manual was in the featured game of the week and they got the job done against also ranked Central, even if it was by one point. If the difference were larger, the argument could be made that the Crimsons should jump X but not with a 1 point victory. No rest for Manual next week as they play Fern Creek on the Tigers home turn. The Creekers want revenge for their sole regular season loss last year. This game is this coming week’s featured game.

5. Fern Creek – A 33 point win over Seneca doesn’t really say anything. Best just to wait till this coming Friday’s rematch with Manual to see how Fern Creek looks after last year’s break out season.

6. Central – Heart breaking loss for Central to lose to higher ranked Manual by a single point. Due to such a close game, Central will not be dropped. The Yellow Jackets don’t have time to sulk, they need to spend the week resharpening their stingers for their visit next week against the Hounds of Corbin H.S.

7. St. Francis DeSales – The Colts have held steady with a scrimmage win over Meade County and opening season win over Fairdale and therefore move up one spot in the rankings. Next Friday’s game will be a bit more of a challenge at Butler but the Colts should still come out victorious.

8. Central Hardin – Nice win by Central Hardin over Mercer County moving Central up one position. Next week’s game against Paducah Tilghman at home should be a stiffer test.

9. Christian Academy – I gave Christian Academy credit for generally starting the season strong but this year they took at 27 point loss to Simon Kenton. Simon Kenton is a strong enough team that this loss will not knock the Centurions out of the rankings but will knocked them down two.

10. Pleasure Ridge Park – With Elizabethtown falling out of the rankings, PRP snags the tenth ranking. Their victory over Valley really does not tell us much but next week’s over Meade County should be more telling. Meade has stumbled so far this year with a lopsided scrimmage loss to DeSales and a loss to Butler but is still a dangerous team for the Panthers.

Honorable Mention – these are the teams that just missed the Top Ten and are positioned to step up when those ranked stumble and fall out of the rankings

John Hardin – Despite losing, John Hardin will remain in the Honorable Mention category again this week. Their loss was to Bowling Green who would be favored against any team in Kentucky (regardless of class) not named Trinity or Male.

Ballard – The unknown of a new head coach left Ballard out of the rankings in the preseason. Will a solid win over Oldham County, the Bruins enter the Honorable Mention area. Next week Ballard faces what will probably be their second strongest opponent in Male. This game will show what the Bruins are made of.

North Hardin – Not too many years ago, a win over Boyle County would have been a season highlight, now there is quite a bit of uncertainty over the Rebels so it is a little too early to rank North Hardin but they deserve mention. Next week North faces a more known power in John Hardin and will shed light on just how good North is this season.
Waggener – Nice win over Iroquois and preseason hype gives Waggener some due attention

South Oldham – South Oldham handled Anderson County easily and will visit Doss next week.

Team on the Rise – No real suprises last weekend so this honor will go unawarded this week

Team on the Decline – Etown. OK, probably not the best prediction in the world, that blame falls on your humbled author of this ranking.

Featured Game of the Week - Manual versus Fern Creek