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With the cancellation of approximately two-thirds of the Week 9 schedule, the 2020 regular season was slowed to a crawl at its conclusion. There was, however, a palpable convergence of jubilation and heartache emanating from the heart of Lexington. Covington Catholic, winner of 51 of its last 52 contests, hadn't lost a regular season game since dropping a seven point decision to Scott County in 2016, but Lexington Catholic embraced the age old proverb that "fortune favors the bold" to terminate CovCath's 37 game regular season winning streak in dramatic fashion. The Knights made good on a two point conversion in the final minute before blocking a field goal attempt as time expired to send the Colonels home dejected and shake up the final 5A rankings. Accordingly, CovCath takes a slight tumble to #4, the first time in four years they haven't been 1 or 2.

Another thriller unfolded in Mount Washington, as North Bullitt survived, 60-59, in overtime against Bullitt East to sweep the county and claim the Bullitt Cup. The 9th ranked Eagles and Chargers ran stride for stride with one another in a defense optional affair until a missed extra point by East on its first OT possession opened the door for North. After the Eagles answered East's score, kicker Lacie Badgett did what her Charger counterpart could not, and booted the ball through the uprights to seal the win for North Bullitt.

Frederick Douglass closes out the regular season atop the 5A poll, but the Broncos check in at #9 in the final RPI, meaning their quest to return to Kroger Field could be littered with challenging road games. And as we move from the top of the rankings to the bottom, Fairdale repeats last year's final poll placement by hanging on to the ten spot. It's a tremendous achievement for a program that lost a great deal of its production from last year and was nowhere to be found in the 5A top 10 conversation to start the season.

1. Frederick Douglass

2. South Warren

3. Bowling Green

4. Covington Catholic

5. Owensboro

6. Scott County

7. Pulaski County

8. Southwestern

9. North Bullitt

10. Fairdale

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1. Frederick Douglass vs. Great Crossing

 

2. South Warren vs. Christian County

 

3. Bowling Green vs. Greenwood

 

4. Covington Catholic vs. Cooper

 

5. Owensboro vs. Breckinridge County

 

6. Scott County vs. Grant County

 

7. Pulaski County vs. North Laurel

 

8. Southwestern vs. Whitley County

 

9. North Bullitt vs. Atherton

 

10. Fairdale vs. Doss

 

https://scoreboard.12dt.com/scoreboard/khsaa/kyfb20?id=tournament_187005

 

Most anticipated matchup in the Top-10/First Round?

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1. Frederick Douglass vs. Great Crossing - Running clock.
2. South Warren vs. Christian County - Likely running clock.
3. Bowling Green vs. Greenwood - Running clock.
4. Covington Catholic vs. Cooper - Likely running clock.
5. Owensboro vs. Breckinridge County - Running clock.
6. Scott County vs. Grant County - Running clock.
7. Pulaski County vs. North Laurel - Possible running clock.
8. Southwestern vs. Whitley County - Southwestern by 2 TDs.
9. North Bullitt vs. Atherton - Running clock.
10. Fairdale vs. Doss - Possible running clock.

The only game out of any of the top 10 teams that I don't foresee any possibility of a running clock is Southwestern vs. Whitley County.

Elsewhere in the 5A playoff bracket, Madison Southern vs. Collins is likely to be the closest score next week. Highlands vs. Conner could also be interesting.

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