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It is my understanding that "mythical" prep football champions were crowned by Litkenhous and the Lexington Herald-Leader before 1957, which is when the KHSAA set up official football championship games. Does anyone have a list of these "mythical" football champions prior to 1957? Did any other 'agencies' rank teams, besides Litkenhous and the Lexington Herald-Leader?

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Not sure how the Championship was determined but Flaget claimed it a couple of years prior to 1957

 

http://www.flaget.org/history.htm

 

The football team won the school's first state championship in 1949....Flaget's sports teams were highly competitive throughout the 1950s and 1960s, especially in football, in which the Braves won state championships in 1952, 1958, 1961, and 1967.

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I came across this list of Litkenhous champions in the Courier-Journal a few years ago:

 

1936 - Manual

1937 - Male

1938 - Manual

1939 - Paducah Tilghman

1940 - Paducah Tilghman

1941 - Hopkinsville

1942 - Ashland

1943 - Male

1944 - Male

1945 - Male

1946 - Paducah Tilghman

1947 - Paducah Tilghman

1948 - Manual

1949 - Flaget

1950 - Paducah Tilghman

1951 - Male

1952 - Flaget

1953 - Lafayette

1954 - Male

1955 - Corbin

1956 - St. Xavier

1957 - St. Xavier

1958 - Flaget

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I came across this list of Litkenhous champions in the Courier-Journal a few years ago:

 

1936 - Manual

1937 - Male

1938 - Manual

1939 - Paducah Tilghman

1940 - Paducah Tilghman

1941 - Hopkinsville

1942 - Ashland

1943 - Male

1944 - Male

1945 - Male

1946 - Paducah Tilghman

1947 - Paducah Tilghman

1948 - Manual

1949 - Flaget

1950 - Paducah Tilghman

1951 - Male

1952 - Flaget

1953 - Lafayette

1954 - Male

1955 - Corbin

1956 - St. Xavier

1957 - St. Xavier

1958 - Flaget

 

Didn't they play football prior to 1959 in Nky?

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Didn't they play football prior to 1959 in Nky?

 

Apparently not well enough to impress the Litkenhous folks!

 

Seriously, could it be that some of the big names in northern Kentucky played several games against Ohio teams, thus not giving them many points in the ranking system? Just a guess.

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I came across this list of Litkenhous champions in the Courier-Journal a few years ago:

 

1936 - Manual

1937 - Male

1938 - Manual

1939 - Paducah Tilghman

1940 - Paducah Tilghman

1941 - Hopkinsville

1942 - Ashland

1943 - Male

1944 - Male

1945 - Male

1946 - Paducah Tilghman

1947 - Paducah Tilghman

1948 - Manual

1949 - Flaget

1950 - Paducah Tilghman

1951 - Male

1952 - Flaget

1953 - Lafayette

1954 - Male

1955 - Corbin

1956 - St. Xavier

1957 - St. Xavier

1958 - Flaget

 

Well, I've got someone that will argue with the 1943 Mythical Championship. Male wasn't even in the mix. It was Highlands vs. Ashland. Highlands won and I have the Ky State champs patch to prove it.

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