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Class 5A Notebook (9-20-16) The Best and the Rest


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At the halfway point in the season three teams have really stood out as the top contenders. Bowling Green, the consensus number one, along with Covington Catholic and Christian County all seem to have separated themselves from the rest of the playing field. But that doesn’t mean the other teams in class 5A won’t have something to say about that come playoff time.

The next group of teams to take note of would be Greenwood, Fern Creek, Pulaski County, and Southwestern. Each of those teams have had great season’s thus far, especially Greenwood whose sole loss is to 4A #4 Franklin-Simpson, however the Gators knocked off 4A #1 at the time South Warren a week prior. While Fern Creek has two losses, they came from 2A #3 DeSales and 6A #8 Manual. Fern Creek kept the score respectable in both of those games against two very good teams. Pulaski County seems to be getting better as the season progresses, picking up a convincing win over 4A #7 Rockcastle County last week. Pulaski’s only loss came from 6A #4 Scott County who took Cincinnatti Elder to the wire earlier this season. Southwestern has two losses to two BGP top 5 teams (2A Danville, 3A Corbin) but also have a solid win over 4A top ten Mercer County. Southwestern is hoping this is the year they close the gap on Pulaski County and win their district.

Outside of the top 7, you have the only other class 5A undefeated team in South Oldham. While they are undefeated it’s still hard to gauge just how good the Dragons are due to their strength of schedule. Then you have Owensboro, which held the #2 spot in the BGP rankings for a short period of time, prior to losing to rival 2A #4 Owensboro Catholic 29-34. The following week the Red Devils lost to Bowling Green 47-0. At the time the loss to Owensboro Catholic was a bit of a surprise to most, but class 2A is loaded so the Red Devils still have a chance to climb their way back up the ladder. Then there is Highlands, heard of them? The Bluebirds started off the season strong with a 52-42 win over 6A Cooper but have yet to see the bright side of the scoreboard since, though they did hang tough against a very good Scott County team. This week likely won’t tell us much about how the rest of Highlands season will fare as they face 6A # 3 Simon Kenton. Can the Bluebirds repeat a similar scenario as last season and get things back on track once district play starts?



Game of the Week


Pulaski County travels to Madison County to take on the Eagles of Madison Southern this week. This game is intriguing as Pulaski seems to have found their identity and is surging in the polls, while Madison Southern is looking to get into the top ten. Any time you have to replace a QB as good as Riley Hall, it’s going to be a work in progress, which is has been for Pulaski County this season. After the blowout loss to Scott County everyone was questioning whether the Maroons could win their district this season, and as such, Pulaski County started falling in the rankings. They have gotten things together since then however and just had their best win of the season last week versus Rockcastle County.

Madison Southern on the other hand had been hanging around just outside the top ten all season long and were undefeated until last week’s loss to 6A Tates Creek. Tates Creek is a solid 6A team however, so it shouldn’t be considered a bad loss. This is the best chance for the Eagles to prove that they are a legit top ten team in class 5A. With the Eagles playing at home, look for this one to be a hard fought battle between two class 5A top 15 teams.


Teams to watch



Dixie Heights is another team just on the outside looking in. This week they face off against 6A Boone County in a game they should and need to win if they want a chance to get into the top ten. Boone County has not won a game this year, but to their credit they have played a very tough schedule, with 4 or their 5 losses coming to BGP top ten teams. Dixie Heights is just outside the top ten, but needs to win this one to make their case.


North Bullitt and Bullitt Central are both teams to watch and guess what, they face off against each other this week. Both teams have identical records (4-1) and are looking to separate themselves from the other in this one. Even though this isn’t a game of the week for most of the state, this is certainly the game of the week in Bullitt County. If you are able, go watch this one, it should be a war.


Bullitt East is another team to watch. They are 1-4 on the season, so why would they be a team to watch? Well, they have played a tough schedule and while Central Hardin beat them 50-19, their other three losses came from a combined total of 16 points. The Chargers also knocked off Shelby County last week, whom beat North Bullitt 48-23 the week prior.

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