Louisville Power Rankings 9/17
1. 6A Male (5-0)
The Bulldogs kept rolling and posted their third shutout in five games last Friday, throttling 4A Western 43-0. The Male defense has given up a total of six (SIX) points all season. Joe Kuerzi led the way defensively for the Dawgs with nine tackles. The offense was very balanced once again, with six players scoring, three rushing and three receiving. QB Garrett Dennis tossed three TD passes. Male travels across town for a showdown with 6A Butler.
2. Christian Academy - Louisville (4-0)
Led by Harrison Zimmerer's 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns, CAL left no doubt against 2A Newport Central Catholic, winning 31-0 last Friday. QB Anthony Sabatino added 191 passing yards as well. The Centurion defense also played very well, recording 17 tackles for loss in the game. They have the week off before returning to action next Friday.
3. 2A DeSales (4-0)
For the third time this season, DeSales stepped up several classes in competition last Friday, and once again came away with an impressive win over 5A Fern Creek 40-14. This week, the Colts will host 3A power Lexington Catholic, a game that is sure to be yet another great game against excellent competition for DeSales.
4. 6A Butler (4-1)
Having started the year just outside the Power Rankings, the Butler Bears have steadily made their way up the charts. They won their third game in a row last Friday, defeating 5A Doss 62-13. QB Chaz Burks was 9/13 for 179 and 4 TD's leading the Butler charge. RB Eric Jackson added 149 yards on the ground and three more scores. The Bears will face their toughest opponent to this point in 2018, as they host 6A Male this Friday night.
5. 6A St. Xavier (2-2)
After a less than desirable start, the Saint Xavier Tigers have won back to back games, edging out 3A Central 20-19 last Friday. The offensive MVP for the Tigers was Kicker Jeffrey Sexton going 2 for 2 on field goals and 2 for 2 on extra points, for a total of 8 points. Desmond Andrews-Ogbogu and Douglas Bodhaine each added a touchdown as well. St. X will look to make it three in a row this week as they host 6A Pleasure Ridge Park.
6. 6A Trinity (0-5)
For the first time since 1963, Trinity is 0-5 after falling 38-20 to Naperville Central (IL). They have finally finished their out of state gauntlet and will only be facing KY opponents from here on out. Fortunately for the Rocks, they host 6A Jeffersontown this week, a game that probably couldn't have come at a better time. Despite the horrendous start, Trinity should dispatch J-town without much trouble.
7. 5A Oldham County (4-0)
The Colonels improved to 4-0 last Friday with an offensive explosion, defeating 6A Seneca 65-6. OC dominated the game on the ground, posting 232 rushing yards, led by RB Lucas Jones with 152 yards and 4 TD. This week, they will face crosstown rival 5A South Oldham.
8. 6A North Hardin (4-1)
Making their debut in the Power Rankings, the Trojans improved to 4-1 last week with a 42-21 victory over 5A North Bullitt. QB Eric Moore led the way, going 8/15 for 163 yards and 3 TD. RB Lavell Wright added 113 yards and 2 TD's on the ground. North Hardin hosts 3A power Boyle County this Friday.
9. 3A Central (3-2)
After a 3-0 start, the Central Yellow Jackets dropped their second straight close game to a 6A team, falling to Saint Xavier 20-19. Fortunately for the Jackets, Saint X is likely the toughest team left on their regular season schedule, as they return to play in their own class this week, hosting 3A Henry County.
10. 4A Moore (4-1)
The Mustangs ran out to a 4-0 start in the 2018 campaign, but finally ran into their first road block of the season, falling to 4A Johnson Central 49-21. Horatio Willis and Rae Von Vaden each had a rushing touchdown apiece, and Vaden also connected with Josiah Taylor for a touchdown reception. Moore looks to get back in the win column as they return home to host 4A Valley on Friday.
Game of the Week: 6A Male vs. 6A Butler
Male has been cruising along so far in 2018, dominating every opponent they have faced to this point. Butler has also played well, with their only loss coming in a heart breaker to 2A DeSales in Week 2. The general idea around town, usually, is that Butler is just a step behind the "top dogs" annually in Louisville. With T and X seemingly down, Butler looks to unseat Male, who currently sits atop the Louisville football pyramid.
Last Week's Game of the Week: 6A Saint Xavier 20 3A Central 19
Another week, and another game that didn't disappoint. The past couple games in this series had not been competitive with X dominating recently, but the Yellow Jackets certainly did not lay down. The depth of Saint Xavier seemed to be the difference in the end, as could be expected against the smaller class Central team.
Player of the Week: RB Lucas Jones, Oldham County
9 rushes, 152 yards, 4 TD
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