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BluegrassPreps Football Rankings (9/14)

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Class 1A 

Pikeville's title defense took a little longer than expected to get off to a successful start with their 15th consecutive win, but after all the weather delays the Panthers took care of Raceland for an early season statement win within the class. Pikeville has a chance to make a statewide statement this week against defending 3A champion Belfry. Williamsburg will also take a similar challenge as they travel to the reigning 2A king Somerset. Paintsville will cross the Commonwealth for a huge intra-class battle against Crittenden County. The Rockets laid an egg in week one against Caldwell County and will try to get back on the winning track in a big way.

1. Pikeville vs. 3A #1 Belfry

2. Paintsville at #6 Crittenden County 

3. Kentucky Country Day vs. 5A Iroquois

4. Newport Central Catholic at 2A Covington Holy Cross

5. Louisville Holy Cross at 4A Moore

6. Crittenden County vs. #2 Paintsville

7. Raceland vs. 5A East Jessamine (9/19 at Bath County)

8. Williamsburg at 2A #1 Somerset

9. Hazard vs. 2A # 8 Danville

10 .Bethlehem at Eminence


Class 2A

Lexington Christian Academy and Beechwood wasted little time making statements that they are prepared to challenge for the 2A title. LCA went to DeSales and earned a hard fought victory while Beechwood also went on the road to Corbin and stunned the Redhounds at Campbell Field. Both teams look to keep the momentum going with equally huge games this week, once again on the road. Somerset made short work of Whitley County and will eye a win over a ranked Williamsburg team as well. Mayfield was on the wrong end of a beating at the hands of McCracken County and will have no walk in the park against rival Graves County. 

1. Somerset vs. 1A #8 Williamsburg

2. Lexington Christian Academy at 4A #7 Lexington Catholic

3. Beechwood at 5A #1 Covington Catholic

4. Mayfield at 5A Graves County

5. Breathitt County at 3A Powell County

6. West Carter vs. 4A Boyd County

7. Caldwell County at 3A Union County

8. Danville at 1A #9 Hazard

9. Murray vs. 3A Trigg County

10. McLean County at Butler County


Class 3A

For a pair of Class 3A contenders, the season's opening week was not friendly, even on their home turf. DeSales could not overcome a first half deficit to Lexington Christian Academy, and Bell County was simply out-manned against defending 4A champ Johnson Central. Both look to rally against unranked 5A foes. Belfry took care of business at home against Pulaski County and will seek revenge against rival Pikeville. Christian Academy - Louisville  will certainly remember what Boyle County did to them in 2019 as they look to make a major statement at home. Elizabethtown perhaps was the most impressive victor. The Panthers handled 6A Central Hardin in Ross Brown's debut.

1. Belfry at 1A #1 Pikeville

2. DeSales at 5A Cooper

3. Christian Academy- Louisville vs. 4A #2 Boyle County

4. Bell County vs. 5A Whitley County

5. Russell at 5A Montgomery County

6. Elizabethtown vs. Thomas Nelson

7. Ashland -- OPEN

8. Taylor County at Mercer County

9. Glasgow at Hart County

10. Bardstown vs. 4A Spencer County


Class 4A

Johnson Central and Boyle County wasted little time serving notice that neither team are ready to give up their seat at the head of the table. The Golden Eagles cruised past 3A runner-up Bell County and the Rebels put a running clock on a quality Mercer County squad. Franklin County made sure not to be outdone by laying waste to Anderson County. Central took a week off with the rest of Jefferson County Public Schools, but the Yellowjackets will make the wait worthwhile with a monster showdown with 5A South Warren. Hopkinsville looked impressive in their opener and will look to plant their stake as the team to beat in the west if they can fend off Christian County. Corbin and Wayne County both took heartbreaking losses in their debuts and will each need to get into the win column against quality foes.

1. Johnson Central -- OPEN

2. Boyle County at 3A #3 Christian Academy- Louisville

3. Franklin County vs. 5A Woodford County

4. Central at 5A #5 South Warren

5. Hopkinsville vs. 5A Christian County

6. Corbin vs. 6A Dixie Heights

7. Lexington Catholic vs. 2A #2 Lexington Christian Academy

8. Wayne County at Harlan County

9. Logan County at 5A Greenwood

10. Scott vs. 5A Boone County


Class 5A

As one falls, another ascends. Frederick Douglass could not take down North Hardin in the state's premier game, but Bowling Green turned heads around the Commonwealth by stunning St. Xavier. Covington Catholic will need aftershave after Dixie Heights gave them a game too close for comfort, they will need to correct their miscues against a Beechwood team willing to stun Northern Kentucky.  Speaking of close shaves, Scott County counted themselves fortunate to escape Bryan Station and now must hold court within their own county lines. Owensboro and South Warren rolled to victories, the Spartans take a major step up in competition against Central. Southwestern won a shootout over Wayne County and their Mr. Football candidate at RB, the Warriors hope to repeat the script against Azariah Israel and GRC.

1. Covington Catholic vs. 2A #3 Beechwood

2. Bowling Green at 6A Pleasure Ridge Park

3. Frederick Douglass -- OPEN

4. Owensboro vs. 6A Daviess County

5. South Warren vs. 4A #4 Central

6. Scott County vs. Great Crossing

7. South Oldham at 6A Oldham County

8. Southwestern vs. 6A #10 George Rogers Clark

9. North Bullitt at 4A Shelby County

10. Highlands at 6A Ryle


Class 6A

Trinity left little doubt if they were for real by blowing out tradition rich Moeller (OH). The Shamrocks now look to eliminate any doubts of people who only know teams from inside the Bluegrass State as they host Male in a monster tilt. North Hardin made a massive statement of their own by heading into Lexington and knocking off the pre-season #1 team in Class 5A. The Trojans begin their quest for Hardin County domination this week. Depending on how much stock you put into scrimmages, veteran laden Manual may have sent a message. The Crimsons could make an undeniable statement if they can knock off La Salle (OH). Ballard and Fern Creek are two teams with high expectations in Jefferson County. Those two will open their respective seasons in a massive clash. Also of note: Simon Kenton looked good by continuing the questions around the Highlands program as did McCracken County by punishing rival small-school powerhouse Mayfield. Expect both to move to 2-0 this week against lighter competition.

1. Trinity vs. #2 Male

2. Male at #1 Trinity

3. North Hardin at 4A John Hardin

4. Manual vs. La Salle (OH)

5. St. Xavier -- OPEN

6. Fern Creek vs. #7 Ballard

7. Ballard at #6 Fern Creek

8. McCracken County vs. Marshall County

9. Simon Kenton vs. 2A Walton-Verona

10. George Rogers Clark at 5A #8 Southwestern

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