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DeSales and Mayfield Impress
Scrimmages have to be taken in small doses when setting expectations, but both the #1 and the #2 ranked teams in the AA Rankings made outstanding first impressions in their scrimmage debuts.

Mayfield defeated Tennessee AAA Power Milan 21-15 in a live scrimmage. Milan is expected to be one of the Top 5 teams in their class and returned the farm from a State Semi-Finalist team from 2014.

DeSales pounced all over 6A Meade County and thoroughly dominated the Green Wave in all facets. Meade was hit heavy by graduation and have tempered expectations for the 2015 season, but even still field a quality 6A product year in and year out.

Mayfield will open @ 3A Ft. Campbell on Friday in a game the Cardinals are expected to be heavy favorites in. DeSales will visit 5A Fairdale and should see a little stiffer competition.

NKY 2A Jumps Into Action
The best matchup of two 2A teams will happen Friday @ Walton-Verona when the host Bearcats welcome the #8 Ranked Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts. These are two teams with big questions surrounding them, and Friday will go a long way to sorting out the pecking order in Region 3.

Lloyd returns more experience and key playmakers, but must look to prove they can win against the better teams on their schedule. The Dub-Vee had a historic season but have been stretched thin by graduation and need to prove their success was the product of a program and not of an isolated Class of Seniors. A win for the Bearcats would cement them as the early favorite in District 5, whereas a victory for the Juggs would serve notice that they are a viable threat to Newport Central Catholic.

Wildcats and Falcons Step Up
The two darkhorse teams of 2A may very well be #6 Shelby Valley and # 9 Monroe County.
Both didn't exactly play a Murder's Row in 2014, but each squad will test their mettle off the bat in their opener.

Shelby Valley travels to Frankfort to take on #6 4A Franklin County. The Wildcats were exposed against the speed of NewCath and Franklin immediately becomes a barometer which they did not have the luxury of last season. The Fliers also bring a deadly spread attack which was a bit foreign to the Wildcats.

No 2A team though has a steeper hill in their opener than what Monroe County will face aptly at the Home of the Hilltoppers. The Falcons will draw #2 5A Bowling Green in a game that will challenge Monroe with athleticism, speed, and shear numbers.

Both teams have a chance to make a statement, but win or lose expect both games to help these teams 12-13 weeks from now.