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Louisville Power Rankings - August 20th

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1. 6A Male (1-0)

 

The Bulldogs traveled across the river to Floyds Knobs to take on Floyd Central (IN) in their 2018 opener and posted a 41-3 victory. Led by senior QB Garrett Dennis, who was 7/10 for 100 yards and two scores, the Bulldogs dominated FC throughout. On top of Dennis' performance, Male rushed for 305 yards on the evening, and Izayah Cummings added 78 receiving yards and two more scores. Male returns home this week to take on Ballard (0-1).

 

2. 6A Trinity (0-1)

 

As is often the case, Trinity started their season with an out of state opponent, Carmel (IN), who defeated the Rocks 24-21 on a last-minute scoring drive, ending their 30-game winning streak. While it's been over two full seasons since the Rocks have lost, they have no time to sulk, as another Indiana power comes to Marshall Stadium this week. Ranked #1 in Indiana in some places, Warren Central will look to hand the Rocks their second consecutive loss, something that hasn't happened since 2014 (Male, Moeller).

 

3. 2A DeSales (1-0)

 

For the first time in 20 seasons, in front of a record crowd, DeSales found themselves in a battle with Saint Xavier, a game that was billed as the Game of the Week in the Louisville area. The game did not disappoint, and the Colts took advantage of the opportunity knocking off the 6A power 19-16 in a thrilling come from behind victory. The Colts' offense struggled for most of the 1st half, but they were able to capitalize on several X turnovers, including a late 1st half interception that lead to a DeSales touchdown as time expired in the half. While the hail mary to end the half will get most of the press, the Colts defense should get the praise, holding St. Xavier to just 76 yards on the ground. Two goal line stands in the 1st half were the difference in this one. DeSales will visit 6A Butler this week.

 

4. 2A Christian Academy - Louisville (1-0)

 

The Centurions started their 2018 campaign with a short trip up I-71, posting a convincing 21-3 win over 5A South Oldham. Potential Mr. Football candidate Milton Wright led the way with 108 receiving yards and two touchdowns. CAL will likely be the favorite again this week as they make another short trip to 6A Eastern, where they'll look to improve to 2-0.

 

5. 3A Central (1-0)

 

It didn't take long for Central to find their footing in 2018, as U'Kari Baker took the opening kickoff in last Friday's game 96 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for Central's 18-0 win over 6A Manual. He later added a 49 yard touchdown reception, and senior QB Malik Goodall ran 50 yards for a score rounding out the scoring for the Yellow Jackets. Questions about whether or not Central would be able to replace graduating QB Rico White should be answered, for now. The Central defense also started on a high note, pitching a shut out. The Jackets will face Western on Friday.

 

6. 6A Saint Xavier (0-1)

 

With new Head Coach Kevin Wallace at the helm, and several returning starters from a state runner-up team in 2017, Saint Xavier entered the 2018 season with a lot of excitement. Instead, Week 1 ended with the Tigers falling to 2A DeSales 19-16 in what will be considered a huge upset, the Tigers first loss to DeSales since 1986. Twice in the 1st half, the Tigers managed to march the ball to the DeSales one yard line, only to be denied both times and held to just three points. Add to that several turnovers and missing their starting QB to injury, the Tigers were ripe for the picking. Back up QB Douglas Bodhaine played well in relief, going 19/26 for 253 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Saint Xavier has a BYE this coming week, where they'll look to correct some mistakes and give Keegan Sullivan (QB) time to heal before hosting 5A Bowling Green on August 31st.

 

7. 6A Butler (1-0)

 

The Bears started 2018 in dominating fashion, dismantling 5A Bullitt East 49-0. Junior QB Chaz Burks pitched a nearly perfect game, going 7/8 for 189 yards and three touchdowns to lead Butler. Eric Jackson added 166 yards on the ground and another three scores for the Butler offense that had their way most of the night, while UK commit Demontae Crumes had two grabs for 74 yards and a score. Equally impressive was the Butler defense, allowing only 86 total yards on the night. Butler hosts 2A DeSales on Friday.

 

8. 6A Pleasure Ridge Park (1-0)

 

The Panthers make their debut in the Power Rankings after a 37-6 opening week victory over 6A Valley. Navigating a schedule loaded with the best 6A football has to offer, PRP has the opportunity to make some noise and move up the rankings in the coming weeks, while also displaying whether or not they will be a contender in 6A this season. The Panthers travel to 5A Bowling Green this week.

 

9. 5A Oldham County (1-0)

 

Led by senior RB Lucas Jones' 163 yards and 1 TD, Oldham County started off on the right foot defeating 3A Henry County 37-0. The Colonels' defense also chipped in on the scoring efforts, as senior DB Jacob Ratliff returned an interception 41 yards for a score, helping OC secure the shut out. Oldham County travels to cross-town rival North Oldham on Friday.

 

10. 4A Moore (1-0)

 

Looking to improve on their 6-5 record from a year ago, Moore opened their season with a decisive 33-7 win over 5A Southern. The Mustangs will jump up in competition in Week 2, hosting 4A Collins.

 

Trending Up:

DeSalesWhile the Colts will certainly be one if the top teams in 2A again, not many outside their community would have expected them to take down 6A power Saint Xavier in Week 1. With several more legitimate tests ahead, they will have the opportunity to prove themselves as not only one of the best 2A has to offer, but also the City of Louisville.

 

Butler

Just outside the initial Power Rankings, the Bears showed they belonged with their dominating Week 1 victory. Will the Bears build on their opening week victory and make noise in Louisville 6A this season?

 

 

Trending Down:

Saint XavierThe Tigers have an early BYE week, where they'll hope to work out some kinks exposed by DeSales in Week 1, and also give their starting QB time to heal before hosting Bowling Green in two weeks. The Tiger offense was anemic at best, and running game non-existent. They'll need to get these issues corrected ASAP, as their schedule certainly doesn't get any easier.

 

Elizabethtown

After a deep run in the playoffs a year ago, the Panthers were unable to start 2018 on a winning note, falling to 4A Franklin-Simpson 44-20 in their opening week tilt. Trayjan Bradley was the lone bright spot for E-town, scoring all three of their touchdowns.

 

 

On The Outside Looking In

Ballard

 

 

Game of the Week

6A Male vs. 6A Ballard

 

 

Last Week's Game of the Week: DeSales 19 Saint Xavier 16

We certainly couldn't have asked for a better game to start the 2018 season! In front of an estimated crowd of 5,200, these two Louisville Catholic powers battled until the final whistle until the "underdog" Colts pulled out the victory after a late go-ahead score. The atmosphere was incredible, both teams fought hard, and the fans were treated to what may be one of the best games they see all season.

 

 

Player of the Week: RB Eric Jackson - Butler

7 carries, 166 yards, 3 TD

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How good is Floyd Central?

 

They are ranked 70th in Indiana according to Cal Preps so not too good.

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Game of the week should be DeSales/Butler.

 

Everyone has an opinion.

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I feel like Trinity should remain #1 given the strength of the team they lost to and the weakness of the team Male beat, but I feel confident that they will soon regain the top rank regardless.

 

If Male struggles to beat Ballard, but wins I think that would still be enough to move Ballard up into the top ten. It should be a very interesting game, especially if Ballard cleans up those turnovers.

 

DeSales vs Butler should also be a excellent game, and I'm not surprised there's disagreement on which one should be 'game of the week'. It's really difficult to decide between the two.

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Assuming both Trinity and Male win this week does Trinity move back to #1 in the Louisville Power Rankings?

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Assuming both Trinity and Male win this week does Trinity move back to #1 in the Louisville Power Rankings?

 

If Trinity has close loss, they should be #1. We’re talking about top 20 team in the nation they are playing.

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Look at the Colonels jumping into the mix. Hopefully they play a good game against North Oldham and don't have a letdown. With their schedule they have, they have a lot of opportunists to make some noise!!!

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