My apologies on the tardiness of this report. A family member having a heart procedure threw my week into a loop. But, here it is

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1. Trinity – Trinity rocked Lexington power Lafayette to hold on to the number one spot. Next week Trinity takes on the #2 defending State Champions, the Male Bulldogs. While Male has beaten Trinity four straight the last four meetings, those in the know have to believe Trinity enters this game as the favorite. Trinity versus Male will be the feature game of the week.

2. Male – As assumed, the Bulldogs of Fairdale didn’t provide much of a fight for the Bulldogs of Male. Next week is a game that has probably been in the back of the players mind since the preseason. They have had Trinity’s number in the recent years but they have to understand they are up against a different team of Shamrocks this year.

3. Dupont Manual – After an unexciting win over Seneca, Manual will have to earn their new #3 position against the impressive Ballard Bruins. Manual will be favored but should be a close game that is not guaranteed for the Crimsons. A few weeks later, Manual will really be tested as the #3 as they visit the former #3, St. X.

4. St. Xavier – St. X’s thumping of Bowling Green last year gave the Tigers hope for another victory but the Purples are just too powerful this season. Due to the strength of Bowling Green, X will only drop one. In all fairness to X, the Purples would pound just about anyone in KY who isn’t Trinity.

5. Central Hardin – Central Hardin knocks off Bullitt East 50-19 and earns their ascension to #5. Next week and the following are a little more of a challenge as Central will face South Warren and John Hardin respectively.

6. Louisville Christian Academy – Nice win for the Centurions over formerly ranked Central. The next two weeks should be easier for LCA playing Oldham County and North Oldham.

7. Pleasure Ridge Park – Dominating performance by the Panthers over Doss 45-7. The rest of the season will be brutal: John Hardin, Trinity, St. Xavier, Male, Butler, Manual and Central. I can’t imagine any other team in the state will have as difficult of a path in the regular season.

8. Fern Creek – Easy win over Moore. Next week will be Butler which should be a little tougher test for the Tigers.

9. Ballard – Great win for Ballard over DeSales. This victory surges the Bruins into the Rankings. Next week will be Western in what should be an easy victory leading to a great matchup with Manual.

10. St. Francis DeSales – Heartbreaker of a loss for DeSales against Ballard who had been playing so well so far in the season. Next week DeSales refocuses on fellow Catholic Southend school, Holy Cross.

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

North Hardin – I hate dropping a team that wins but Ballard’s victory over DeSales justified their bump up.

South Oldham – South Oldham keeps winning but against very weak opponents keeping South just out of the rankings

John Hardin – John Hardin gets back to winning by stomping Warren Central but Warren Central is not much completion so John Hardin still hangs on by a thread. To make a run for the rankings again, they face stronger opponents in PRP, Central Hardin and Meade County consecutively.

Team on the Rise – The Ballard Bruins take the award with a solid win over always strong DeSales.

Team on the Decline – I hate to brand Central the team on the decline but the back to back losses and dropping out of the rankings make the Yellow Jackets the best candidate.

Featured Game of the WeekTrinity Versus Male