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BluegrassPreps Football Rankings (10/12)

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Class 1A

As we entered district play across 1A last week, the theme for the Top Ten was "we are right where we belong." As we look down the list of results the Top Ten from the top to the bottom laid waste to their opponents. Every Top Ten team except #10 Russellville won by four touchdowns or more over their opponents, and Russellville won by a 2 score margin.

The one interesting result in those blowouts was Raceland taking out their season of frustration on 2A Washington County. In what looked to be a competitive matchup going in, the Rams scored early and often on their way to a 56-7 win. We will see if that game gets the Rams back on their usual top five level of play.

The exception to the blowouts was the big game last week in 1A between #4 Louisville Holy Cross and #7 Bethlehem. It was a high scoring contest with the Cougars coming out on top 54-43. It was a back and forth contest early starting with the opening kickoff that Bethlehem's Zane Wickliffe returned for a touchdown. The action never stopped from that point on with the lead changing hands several times. The Cougars got a two touchdown lead at halftime, 35-21, and were able to hold from there for the win. That win keeps the Cougars undefeated at 5-0 and moves them up to #3 in this week's rankings.

There are several interesting matchups on this week's schedule. Bethlehem goes from the frying pan into the fire when they host Campbellsville. There is a matchup of the undefeated with Newport Central Catholic traveling to Dayton's historic stadium. Kentucky Country Day faces a test when Frankfort comes to visit. Williamsburg with only two games under their belts will look to assert their district dominance against Pineville, who is having a solid season. Hazard will try to use their district rivalry with Pikeville to get their season turned around. An interesting lineup of games indeed for this week in 1A.

1. Pikeville vs. Hazard

2. Paintsville at Betsy Layne

3. Louisville Holy Cross - OPEN

4. Kentucky Country Day vs. Frankfort

5. Newport Central Catholic at Dayton

6. Crittenden County vs. Fulton County

7. Raceland at Fairview

8. Bethlehem vs. Campbellsville

9. Williamsburg at Pineville

10. Russellville at Caverna

 

Class 2A

It is only foreboding that as Halloween decorations and costumes are purchased at a rapid pace this week, the ominous sounding District of Death will come to a climax this Friday when Somerset hosts Lexington Christian Academy in a battle of the top two teams. The Eagles from LCA will limp in after a humbling loss against 5A Frederick Douglass. Meanwhile, Somerset enters fresh off a "look at me" statement victory over Danville. Last year LCA won the regular season tilt but Somerset got the last laugh on their way to a title in a pair of epic games.

Speaking of high stakes district tilts with revenge plots, Caldwell County will look to exact revenge over Murray for ending their 2019 season and keep alive hopes for a three-way tie. Murray still awaits a game with Mayfield, but the Tigers need a win to springboard their chances or avoid potentially putting themselves in position to travel to Princeton in the First Round. 

Owensboro Catholic put up a strong tussle but could not beat rival 5A foe Owensboro, but that should not derail them as the bigger picture game with the more to gain comes this week against surprising Hancock County. The Hornets are undefeated and looking to take the driver seat in the District. 

1. Somerset vs. #2 Lexington Christian Academy

2. Lexington Christian Academy at #1 Somerset

3. Beechwood vs. Lloyd Memorial

4. Mayfield at Ballard Memorial

5. West Carter at Martin County

6. Danville at Washington County

7. Breathitt County at Morgan County

8. Caldwell County vs. #10 Murray

9. Owensboro Catholic at Hancock County

10. Murray at #8 Caldwell County

 

Class 3A

Throughout the course of this Covid affected season, football schedules published one day are trash the next. The marquee game of the previous weekend should have been DeSales vs. Christian Academy-Louisville, a rivalry game between two Top Ten teams in Class 3A. It didn't happen. Instead, a midweek Covid restriction led to DeSales making a counter-reformation, dropping Protestant CAL for Catholic St. Xavier. The result was a three touchdown victory for St. Xavier.

While DeSales was losing on short notice, Belfry was battling a different 6A power on long travel. North Hardin made the long trip to the mountains and came away victorious after a late fourth quarter drive, beating the home-standing Pirates, 21-20. It was a loss, but it was perhaps the best performance of the season thus far for Belfry.

Because of the unique opponent situation both schools faced, DeSales and Belfry remain 1-2 in the BluegrassPreps.com Class 3A rankings. The remainder of the Top Ten stayed the same with the exception of Paducah Tilghman, who falls out of the rankings after yet another loss to Mayfield. The youthful Blue Tornado struggled offensively, losing 36-6. They are replaced by Bell County, 27-0 victors over Garrard County. Bell isn't the quality of last season, but they still run the ball effectively behind a big offensive line.

The highlight game of October 16 features third-ranked Russell at fourth-ranked Ashland. Both clubs are undefeated, and while the winner all but locks up the top seed in the district, you can almost guarantee a second meeting in round two of the playoffs.

Other games of note include second-ranked Belfry traveling to undefeated Lawrence County. The Bulldogs have long been a thorn in the side of Belfry, although Lawrence hasn't beaten the Pirates since 2002. Fifth-ranked Elizabethtown travels to Larue County to meet the Hawks in a key District 3 matchup. Always explosive E-town is averaging 44 points per game, but it is the defense that is winning ballgames, allowing a mere 6.6 points per game. One final pivotal district showdown pits two clubs just outside the top ten - Glasgow at Taylor County - with the winner taking a firm grasp on the one-seed in the postseason.

1. DeSales at Western Hills

2. Belfry at Lawrence County

3. Russell at #4 Ashland

4. Ashland vs. #3 Russell

5. Elizabethtown at Larue County

6. Bardstown at Thomas Nelson

7. Mercer County vs. Henry County

8. Christian Academy-Louisville at 4A Shelby County

9. Rockcastle County vs. McCreary Central

10. Bell County vs. Jackson County

 

Class 4A

This week presented two marquee matchups (on paper) of ranked teams, but the ultimate results were anything but competitive.  For the second consecutive year, Boyle County completely dominated their rival Lexington Catholic, gaining the running clock and posting their first shutout of the season in a 40-0 win. The Rebels held LexCath to just 155 yards of offense.  Corbin aced their test against Knox Central, jumping out to a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game, and running off the first 34 points in their 34-7 win.  The Redhounds emphatically made their case to crack the monopoly of the top four teams.  None of the other Top Ten teams in action were challenged, with Johnson Central, Central, and Wayne County winning by an average of 28 points.  The game to circle in the coming week is the return to the field for Hopkinsville, taking on district rival Logan County in their first action since COVID sidelined their season following a loss to Calloway County.  Wayne County will look to clear Knox Central while Corbin will attempt to do the same with Lincoln County to set up a likely battle for the #1 seed on October 23rd.

1. Johnson Central at Harlan County

2. Boyle County vs. Anderson County

3. Franklin County at Waggener

4. Central vs. North Oldham

5. Corbin vs. Lincoln County

6. Wayne County at Knox Central

7. Lexington Catholic vs. Bourbon County

8. Hopkinsville at Logan County

9. Russell County vs. 2A Butler County

10. Letcher County Central - OPEN

 

Class 5A

The revolving door of #1's continues with Frederick Douglass returning to the top of the heap for the first time since the pre-season poll. The Broncos leapfrogged Covington Catholic after burying 2A #2 LCA in an avalanche of Division 1 talent and turnovers. Speaking of D1 talent, top prospect Gavin Wimsatt rescued Owensboro from OCath's clutches with a commanding second half performance against the Aces. The Red Devils escaped the flag fest unscathed and hold steady at #5 in the BGP poll, although they check in at #1 in the season's first RPI rankings. 

Bowling Green's offense is still only scratching the surface of its potential, but the playbook was expanded to great effect in the second half against McCracken County. A 0-6 halftime deficit gave way to an eventual 28-6 fourth quarter lead behind the running of Javy Bunton, who scored all four of BG’s touchdowns. If the Purples can pull their offense level with their defense, this becomes a scary football team.

Highlands returns to the Top Ten after smoking Boone County. The Birds roll into CovCath week with a full head of steam, looking more and more like a team capable of ending a five game losing streak to the Colonels. North Bullitt ended a significant losing streak of its own last Friday and made one of the loudest statements of Week 5 in the process. The Eagles blanked South Oldham to end a ten game skid to the Dragons and insert themselves as district favorites. But usurping the crown from South Oldham means winning again in November, something that's been easier said than done for district opponents over the last several years.

1. Frederick Douglass at Great Crossing

2. Covington Catholic vs. #10 Highlands 

3. South Warren vs. Greenwood 

4. Bowling Green at Christian County 

5. Owensboro vs. Graves County 

6. Scott County at Montgomery County 

7. North Bullitt at Jeffersontown 

8. Southwestern vs. South Laurel 

9. Pulaski County at East Jessamine 

10. Highlands at #2 Covington Catholic 

 

Class 6A

Trinity (4-0) remains at #1 after holding #7 Ballard to 9 total yards and 0 points in a 40-0 victory. Trinity is open this week.

North Hardin (5-0) took a long bus ride to 3A #2 Belfry and escaped with a 21-20 win. North Hardin will host out-matched Barren County.

Male (3-1) imposed a running clock by halftime on Southern en route to a 64-0 shutout. Male will step up in competition this week hosting district foe Fern Creek.

Manual (2-1) is in a two week Covid quarantine and was open and will be open again this week. Manual will return to play on 10/16.

St. Xavier (1-2) defeated 3A #1 DeSales 28-7 in a strong defensive effort while also scoring their first offensive touchdowns of the season. St. Xavier will travel to rebuilding Butler.

McCracken County (4-1) suffered their first loss to a strong defensive team in 5A #4 Bowling Green losing 28-12. McCracken County is open this week.

Ballard (1-2) couldn't get anything going facing the best defense in the state losing to #1 Trinity 40-0. Ballard will host win-less Eastern.

Dixie Heights (3-2) forced two key turnovers in the 4th quarter to defeat Simon Kenton 28-14. Dixie Heights will travel to Ryle for a key district game.

Bryan Station (4-1) notched their 4th straight win defeating George Rogers Clark 35-21. Bryan Station will travel to #10 Oldham County for a key district game.

Oldham County (3-1) in another good defensive effort defeated Madison Central 23-10. Oldham County will host #9 Bryan Station in a key district game.

1. Trinity -- OPEN

2. North Hardin vs. Barren County

3. Male vs. Fern Creek

4. Manual -- OPEN

5. St. Xavier at Butler

6. McCracken County -- OPEN

7. Ballard vs. Eastern

8. Dixie Heights at Ryle

9. Bryan Station at #10 Oldham County

10. Oldham County vs. #9 Bryan Station

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