Louisville Power Rankings 9/10
1. 6A Male (4-0)
Despite missing arguably their best player, Henry Vestal, who was unfortunately lost for the year to an knee injury two weeks ago, the Dawgs confirmed their spot on top of the Louisville Power Rankings, defeating 6A Trinity 17-3 Friday night at Marshall Stadium. The Male defense was the highlight of the evening, holding the Rocks to just three points, the lowest point total in Bob Beatty's tenure, and the lowest point total since 1998. Male will travel to 4A Western this week.
2. 2A Christian Academy - Louisville (4-0)
The Centurions made a quick trip down I-65 to visit 3A Elizabethtown on Friday, and they made their presence felt early and often, defeating the Panthers 48-10. Anthony Sabatino threw for 253 yards, while Brandt Babin rushed for 172 yards and three scores. CAL hosts 2A Newport Central Catholic on Friday.
3. 2A DeSales (3-0)
Fresh off their BYE week, DeSales will look to continue their winning ways this week, travelling to 5A Fern Creek. The Colts should be expected to win, as Fern Creek's only win of the year came over 6A Seneca.
4. 6A Trinity (0-4)
The Rocks finally faced their first in-state opponent of the year, but faced similar results. The Rocks fell to 6A Male on their home turn 17-3, Trinity's first loss to KY team when those same Male Bulldogs beat them in 2015 on their way to winning a State Championship. Trinity faces one last out of state opponent this Friday, as they host Naperville Central (IL).
5. 6A Butler (3-1)
Butler posted another impressive showing, taking down 5A Fern Creek 43-16. Chaz Burks threw for 130 yards and three scores, while Eric Jackson added another 133 yards on the ground. The defense got in on the scoring too, as Greg Jackson returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. The Bears return home this week to host 5A Doss.
6. 3A Central (3-1)
After a flaming hot start to 2018, the Central Yellow Jackets finally hit a road block, falling to 6A Ballard 27-20 last week. Central had an early 14-0 lead, but the Jackets weren't able to hold on for the victory. They will face their second straight 6A opponent this week, as they travel to Saint Xavier.
7. 6A Saint Xavier (1-2)
Coach Wallace and the Tigers finally got the proverbial monkey off their back last week, securing their first win of 2018 by demolishing an over-matched Fairdale squad 61-6. The win was Coach Wallace's 300th career win! It was a group effort, as six different Tigers reached the end zone. They will host 3A Central on Friday.
8. 5A Oldham County (3-0)
The Colonels went on the road and remained unbeaten last week, defeating 4A Collins 31-14. QB Parker Caudill led the way with 118 passing yards and two scores. Oldham County hosts 6A Seneca this week.
9. 4A Moore (4-0)
The Mustangs are off to their best start in at least 20 years (KHSAA scoreboard only goes back to 1998), as they improved to 4-0 after beating 6A Jeffersontown 42-14. This week, they'll make the three hour trek to face 4A Johnson Central.
10. 6A Ballard (2-2)
The Bruins got a much needed, impressive victory over a strong 3A Central team this past week. As many have said, Ballard has the athletes to compete with anyone when they are playing well, and their victory over Central showed that. They will look to increase their win streak to three this week, as they face 6A Manual in what should be another good game.
Trending Up: Butler
The Bears started the 2018 season just outside the Power Rankings, and many questioned why they weren't already in the Top 10. Their play to this point has shown that they do in fact belong, as they have posted an impressive 3-1 record, with their only loss being a 1-point heart breaker to 2A power DeSales. With games against Male, Manual, and PRP all within the next month, we'll find out if Butler can continue their winning ways.
Trending Down: Trinity
Most people didn't put a whole lot of stock into Trinity's 0-3 start, seeing as their competition was all formidable out of state opponents. Now that the Rocks have fallen to Male, the cries of the naysayers have a little more validity... A little more. Granted, anyone can see that the Rocks are not performing to the level we are used to seeing them, and they have a few key injuries, but they definitely have quite a bit of work to do if they plan on winning their 3rd straight State Championship.
Game of the Week: 6A Saint Xavier vs. 3A Central
With Central off to a good start, and Saint Xavier being a bit down, this one could be interesting. The Tigers have dominated the Yellow Jackets each of the last two seasons (51-7 in 2016, 42-7 in 2017), but Central did knock off the Tigers back in 2015. Both teams will be looking for a "marquee win," so we should see a pretty great atmosphere for this one. Will X's dominance extend to a third year, or will Central knock off the Tigers at home?
Last Week's GOTW: 6A Male 17 6A Trinity 3
This game certainly lived up to the hype. The atmosphere was incredible at Marshall Stadium. There was a long line to get into the game well into the 2nd Quarter, both student sections were taking turns chanting to each other back and forth, and the weather held off making it a perfect night for some great high school football. As was already touched on, the Male defense was the story in this game. They kept Trinity from getting into any kind of rhythm, were flying to the ball making plays, and generally causing havoc for the Rocks all night. It was the lowest point total for a Trinity team in the Bob Beatty era, a stat that should get all the recognition it deserves. The Bulldogs are, for now, the team to beat in 6A!
Player of the Week - QB Douglas Bodhaine, St. Xavier
Passing: 11/15 176 yards, 1TD, 1INT
Rushing: 5 attempts, 94 yards, 2TD
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