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Eastern Kentucky Power Rankings 8-30-2015


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10. Raceland (1A, 1-1)- The Rams met a buzzsaw in the Rival Tomcats and Quinton Baker. The schedule lightens up with East Carter and their Week 0 win over West Carter looks better.

 

9. Paintsville (1A, 2-0)- The Tigers continue to roll behind Kash Daniel (more on him later) and Ken Phelps by crushing traditional 1A power Frankfort on the road. One of the most anticipated small school clashes in the state await.

 

8. Southwestern (5A, 1-1)- To say the Warriors were shocked by their home loss to Bourbon County is an understatement. The Warriors squandered a big lead and even the game winning Touchdown proved breath taking as the Colonels took what appeared to be a sack and turned it into a long TD. No rest for the weary though because awaiting is...

 

7. Knox Central (4A, 1-1)- The best win of the week by an EKY team? That would be Knox Central's come back win against 3A Powerhouse Louisville Central. AFter a disastrous Week 0 and heavy doubters (including myself) the Panthers could have folded down 21-7... instead they rallied for the late win.

 

6. Pikeville (1A, 2-0)- Knox Central may have had the best win, but Pikeville had the biggest statement win by obliterating 5A Letcher Central. The Panthers are loaded with speed and well conditioned athletes and Daric Pugh is asserting himself as the best RB in EKY. This week a chance for redemption against Paintsville.

 

5. Corbin (3A, 2-0)- The Redhounds have been luke warm. They have won their first two games convincingly but against pretty generic competition, and by no means have they looked pretty in doing so. Expect a blowout against a heavily outgunned Clay County.

 

4. Ashland (4A, 1-0)- The Tomcats had as big of a question mark as any team in EKY entering the Game of the Week versuses rival Raceland. It didn't take long to turn that question mark to an exclamation point as the Tomcats overwhelmed a very good Rams team. Paul Blazer defends the border against George Washington, WV who happens to be one of the Top 10 overall teams from the Mountain State.

 

3. Pulaski County (5A, 1-1)- If we only evaluated the Maroon offense against 6A juggernaut Scott County we would still have the same #1 team. Riley Hall lit it up and the Maroons looked great. But alas, there are two sides to every game and the Pulaski Defense was lit up like a Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Plaza. Credit still goes for hanging tough with the Cardinals, but their 5A Title Hopes will require a significant improvement. The process should begin with a running clock against Russell County.

 

2. Belfry (3A, 1-0)- Belfry supporters were nervous about their offense, but 500 yards later against 6A Tates Creek that fear was relieved. In it's place though concern for a highly touted Defense that gave up a ton of points and yards, especially once Belfry continued to appear to lock the game away. Pirates visit Harlan County and should have ample opportunity to show improvement.

 

1. Johnson Central (4A, 1-0)- The Golden Eagles toyed with many things in basically a third scrimmage, chiefly among them as the Fairdale, OH team they smashed. Johnson Central worked on things and actually separated from their traditional smashmouth style and still dominated. HUGE challenge as 3A LexCath awaits.

 

TRENDING UP

North Laurel (5A, 2-0)- It was difficult to omit the Jaguars who put on an offensive show for the second straight week. Don't be surprised for that trend to continue into October.

 

Fairview (1A, 2-0)- Hazard is one of those teams you are always happy to beat, Fairview smashed the Bulldogs and in the process served notice they will play a role in the 1A picture in the East.

 

Montgomery County (5A, 1-1)- The Indians gave the biggest mystery score in the State when they took a ranked Collins team to the wire before falling 7-0, they followed it up by validating themselves with a 28-14 win over a Top 10 3A Lawrence County.

 

 

TRENDING DOWN

Bell County (3A, 1-1)- The Bobcats were an underdog to Boyle County but few expected to see the Rebels dominate the Cats in all aspects. Bell lacked speed and big play ability and Boyle did something few teams can claim by having a running clock.

 

Letcher Central (5A, 1-1)- On the subject of running clocks I think even fewer expected a Cougar team with high expectations to have a running clock on them in the First Half. Pikeville exposed the Cougars and rendered them in the category of "one man show".

 

Magoffin County (3A, 0-2)- The expectations for the Hornets have been tempered, but a year after a Historic season and a District Title the 0-2 start has been a sour note. Outscored 92-8 against Estill County and Leslie County, Magoffin will be an udnerdog once again facing Shelby Valley.

 

 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

QB/LB Kash Daniel, Paintsville

 

Everyone knows Daniel is as good of a player as you will find in EKY, but Friday he validated that with one of the finest performances of his career. He finished with 14 carries for 120 yards.. he threw for over 100 yards.. he also tallied 16 tackles and a forced fumble.

 

 

GAME OF THE WEEK

Pikeville @ Paintsville

 

These two teams met twice in 2014 and produced one of the most bizarre single season turnarounds in Kentucky History. After losing 62-8 in the regular season Paintsville stunned the undefeated Panthers and ruined their title hopes with a 30-6 beatdown. That's correct... a 78 point swing! Pikeville has had this game circled ever since and for Paintsville it is a chance for validation and to firmly plant themselves as the early 1A Favorite in the Eastern Semi-State. As a side battle you get to see a matchup of two of the top players in EKY in Daric Pugh vs. Kash Daniel.

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I still find it incredibly weird that Southwestern and Pulaski County are considered Eastern KY instead of Central KY.

 

That aside, great review. I think Pulaski's title hopes aren't too diminished, Scott County appears to be a serious threat to the 6A title this year.

It all goes with the WYMT Viewing area and the teams they cover, that has pretty much been the determining factor for who is and isn't in the list of EKY teams.

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