NKY Power Rankings: 09-20-19

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    1) 5A Covington Catholic (4-0) – Covington Catholic did essentially what was expected of them, they soundly beat a struggling 1-3 team from 6A Dixie Heights with a final score of 45-0. It was the third shut-out the Colonels’ four games played thus far in 2019. Caleb Jacob was 10-17 passing for 201yds, 1 TD and 1 INT. It’s tough to pick a “workhorse” from the offensive backfield, with Daniel Felix, Michael Boydston, and Owen Nally all having regular touches from RB, but the both Felix and Boydston had a pair of touchdowns each. The remaining two touchdowns were scored on a run by RB Adam Holtz and a 24yd reception by WR Ethan Reardon. Despite a quiet offensive game, LB Michael Mayer led the defense with 10 tackles and a half a sack. The Colonels head to Fort Mitchell tonight for the 39th edition of their rivalry game against 2A Beechwood (1-2).

    2) 5A Highlands (3-1) – Highlands made it two in a row on Friday; their second straight win of the season, and their second win in row over 6A Simon Kenton (2-2). Highlands was on the road in Independence on Friday, and the Birds put the game away in the second half, scoring 2 unanswered TDs to end the game in a 28-7 win. Collin Hollingsworth was 19-36 passing for 193yds and 2 TDs thrown to receivers Jacob Welch and Hunter Ahlfeld. RB Tyler Brune had 89yds and 1 TD on 15 carries, and Hollingsworth ran it 14 times for another 42yds and a TD. Brycen Huddleston led the defense with 31 tackles including a sack and 3 tackles for loss, while Jacob Brass and Jason Noe each had an interception. Highlands will host 6A Ryle (3-1) tonight.

    3) 2A Beechwood (1-2) – Beechwood came out in their Friday home-opener with a chip on their shoulder after dropping their first two 2019 games, and sent the 4A Corbin Redhounds (2-2) back down I-75 with 26-10 loss. It was a big game for the Tigers, who many folks conjectured could face a 0-4 start to their season. QB Cam Hergott came out strong, going 11-20 passing for 206yds and 1 TD and rushing 6 times for another 52yds. RB Cole Stammer carried the ball 13 times for 78yds and 1 TD, and RB Mitchell Corts had 5 carries for 17yds and 1 TD. WR Mason Williams led the receivers for the night with 107yds on 5 receptions, including 1 TD. Kicker Colin Graman added 8 points on 2 FGs and 2 PATs on 3 PAT attempts. Beechwood has their work cut out for them this evening when they host 5A Covington Catholic (4-0).

    4) 6A Ryle (3-1) – Ryle has jumped Simon Kenton in the rankings – for now. The Raiders are appearing to show that their week 0 loss appears more and more to have been little more than an early-season stumble after they drummed 5A Boone County (2-2) out of town on Friday with a 46-0 beat-down. Bradyn Lyons was the primary QB again this week, and was 9-13 passing for 161yds and 1 TD thrown to WR Connor Lee. RB Kyle England once again racked up the TDs, with 4 trips to the endzone after 12 carries for 148yds. Connor Lee also had 1 TD rushing in addition to his TD reception. Sophomore LB Dylan Talmon led the Raiders D with 8 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Ryle has a big challenge tonight when they head to Fort Thomas to take on 5A Highlands (3-1).

    5) 6A Simon Kenton (2-2) – Win loss, win loss. That’s the record thus far for Simon Kenton in 2019, who had their second home loss of the season on Friday, falling 28-7 to 5A Highlands (3-1). The Pioneers scored late in the 1Q to tie the game at 7, and were still only down by 1 TD going into the 4Q, but late turnovers sealed the deal in the loss. QB Chase Crone was 11-22 passing for 125yds, 1 TD, and 2 INTs, and Simon Kenton’s lone touchdown came on a 19yd connection with WR Evan Mulberry. The ‘Neers defense was led by LB Aric Hoffman and DB Zack Koenes, who had 12 and 10 tackles each, respectively, and the defense was also able to get to Highlands’ quarterback 4 separate times. Simon Kenton hosts 3A Taylor County (4-0) this week.

    6) 5A Cooper (3-1) – Friday was a big night for Cooper. After scratching out two hard-fought wins and following that with at tough loss to Ryle, the Jags pulled off a win with their largest margin of victory since November of 2015. Cooper hosted 6A Campbell County (0-4) and sent the Camels home with a 36-0 loss. QB Drew Warth had his biggest passing game of the season thus far, going 10-17 and throwing for 1 TD and 2 INTs. The touchdown came on a connection with WR Xavier Smith, who had 75yds and 1 TD in the game on 5 receptions. Brendon Tye had a big night running the ball, with 167yds and 2 TDs 14 carries. Rushing TDs also cam from Jeremiah Lee and Anthony Witschey. Defensively, the team was led by LB Spencer Handel with 10 tackles, and DL Adam Sand and DB Anthony Witschey each had 8 tackles in the game. Cooper is heading southwest tonight to take on the 3A DeSales Colts in Louisville. DeSales may be 1-2, but their losses include a 31 point loss to 6A St. Xavier and a 3 point loss to 3A Lexington Catholic. This one is going to really test the Jaguars’ mettle.

    7) 1A Newport Central Catholic (2-2) – A win is a win is a win. Although it may not have been the biggest win over the most powerful of teams, it was still another game where the Breds finished things on the right side of the scoreboard. New Cath had a 10-7 win over 2A Walton-Verona (2-2) Friday. It was the second time this season that their passing game wasn’t what they had likely hoped it to be, with QB Paul Kremer only connecting with receivers enough for 96yds and 1 TD, with 1 INT. Kremer let the running game, with 79yds on 9 carries, and RB Joey Runyon had 59yds on 16 carries. Runyon also had 3 pass receptions, good for 18 yards and the 1 Thoroughbred TD, and WR Caleb Jefferson had 26yds on 3 receptions. The remaining 3 points were scored on a 34yd Sam Levin field goal in the 3Q to re-gain the lead and take home the win. Defensive stats were not reported for the game. New Cath hosts 2A Covington Holy Cross (1-3) tonight.

    8) 5A Conner (3-1) – The Cougars made it two in a row on Friday, this time by beating the 2A Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts (2-2) at home in Hebron with a 24-12 win. QB Jared Hicks came up huge, going 23-39 for 300yds on the nose, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. It was “Hicks and Roy” all night for Conner, with Hicks finding RB/WR Colton Roy 8 times for 126yds and 1 TD, and Roy also led the ground attack with 45yds on 7 carries. RB Douglas Abdon added 11yds and 1 TD on 12 carries, and WR Justin Daniels had 7 receptions for 78yds and scored the team’s remaining TD. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore middle linebacker Parker Hitzfield had a really big night, racking up 14 total tackles in the game. Conner plays host to 6A Campbell County (0-4) tonight.

    9) 4A Scott (2-2) – The Eagles are one of three teams in the NKY top ten that took a loss on Friday. And this one is one of those games that Coach Turner and the Eagles wish they could have back. Scott’s offense put up a respectable 269 total yards in the 38-33 loss, but their problems came on the defensive side of the ball, with the OH-DV Bethel-Tate Tigers (2-1) rolling up either 388 or 416 yards passing on them, depending on whose book you’re looking at. Offensively, QB Gus Howlett was 16-31 passing for 173yds, 4 TDs, and 2 INTs. RB Quincy Perrin led the game on the ground with 87yds and 1 TD on 17 carries, and WR Cameron Patterson had 6 catches for 95yds and 1 TD. WR Jackson Hardin had 3 catches for 51yds and 2 TDs, and WR Carson Craycraft had 3 catches for 28yds and 1 TD. Sophomore LB Damond Hacker led the Eagles defense with 7 tackles, including 1 for a loss. Scott will play 5A Boone County (2-2) tonight in Florence.

    10) Lloyd Memorial (2-2) – Lloyd makes the final of the three NKY top ten who dropped one on Friday. The Juggs were on the road in Hebron, and took a 24-12 loss on the chin compliments of the 5A Conner Cougars (3-1). Sophomore QB Jacob Davidson had a decent night passing, despite the loss, connecting with receivers 8 of 24 times attempted, good for 173yds and 1 TD. WR Treshawn Cody was his favorite receiver, with 4 receptions for 101yds and the team’s 1 TD by the air. Their rushing TD came thanks to RB Michael Sassin, who carried the ball 6 times for 12yds. RB Dakota Theil led the team’s rushing attack with 27yds on 14 carries. Defensive stats were not reported for the game. Lloyd will face 3A Mason County (2-2) tonight at home.


    TRENDING UP

    1A Dayton (2-1) – If you wanted to find the last time the Greendevils won two games in a row, you would have to go back the better part of a decade October of 2012. But Dayton put up a second straight win on Friday with a 49-14 victory over 2A Gallatin County (0-4).

    2A Beechwood (1-2) – Beechwood managed to get their first win of the season, beating 3A Corbin (2-2) on Friday 26-10. The Tigers set themselves up with a wood-chipper of an early season schedule, but it will undoubtedly have them tough for their first ever run at the 2A playoffs.

    2A Newport (4-0) – The Wildcats continued their undefeated season with a 63-8 win over 1A Bracken County (0-4), and Newport’s defense is doing it in lights out style, only having allowed 28 points in their first 3 games. They have outscored their opponents 162-28 so far this season.


    TRENDING DOWN

    1A Bracken County (0-4) – It’s been tough sledding in Brooksville for new head coach Tim Carver thus far in 2019, with the Polar Bears unable to scratch out a win yet. Their loss on Friday was a big one, with 2A Newport (4-0) beating them 63-8.

    2A Covington Holy Cross (1-3) – After a win in week 0 to end a 23 game losing streak, the Indians have slipped and now dropped 3 games straight, with the latest 38-20 loss coming at the hands of Cincinnati Country Day (OH).

    5A Boone County (2-2) – After starting out 2-0, the Rebels have now dropped to 2-2 after losing two straight. Their loss on Friday was a 46-0 shutout by 6A Ryle (3-1).


    GAME OF THE WEEK (RESULTS): WEEK 3

    5A Highlands vs. 6A Simon Kenton

    The Bluebirds topped the Pioneers for a second week in a row, but the 28-7 final score doesn’t make it look quite as close a game as it actually was. Highlands came out first to score, and then Simon Kenton tied it at 7-7 just before the end of the 1Q. Highlands scored again in the 2Q, and the score remained 14-7 until midway through the 4Q when Highlands intercepted the ball and returned it deep into the redzone for a go-ahead touchdown. Then the Birds’ fourth TD of the game once again came thanks to an interception. A tough game, and a good win for Highlands.


    GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 4

    5A Highlands vs. 6A Ryle

    You’ve got to like seeing how things pan out when you have two top-five teams playing one another in any region. Most folks will be looking at Highlands as the favorite in this one, but Ryle is going to bring all they have to David Cecil Memorial Stadium to knock out the Birds.
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    I give you credit, you stick by your convictions in the face of criticism. This should be an active thread with Beechwood still listed at #3. That was a very good win for Beechwood over one of the top 3A teams in the state and it certainly bolstered your position. It was one of the best wins by a N. Ky. team this season. However, I don't think it will change the views of those who question Beechwood at #3. Ryle has some good wins as well and IMO deserve to be #3 at this point. CCH, Highlands and Ryle are the only teams with better wins than Beechwood's Corbin win. Even after that Corbin win, I would have Beechwood no higher than #4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    1) 5A Covington Catholic (4-0) – Covington Catholic did essentially what was expected of them, they soundly beat a struggling 1-3 team from 6A Dixie Heights with a final score of 45-0. It was the third shut-out the Colonels’ four games played thus far in 2019. Caleb Jacob was 10-17 passing for 201yds, 1 TD and 1 INT. It’s tough to pick a “workhorse” from the offensive backfield, with Daniel Felix, Michael Boydston, and Owen Nally all having regular touches from RB, but the both Felix and Boydston had a pair of touchdowns each. The remaining two touchdowns were scored on a run by RB Adam Holtz and a 24yd reception by WR Ethan Reardon. Despite a quiet offensive game, LB Michael Mayer led the defense with 10 tackles and a half a sack. The Colonels head to Fort Mitchell tonight for the 39th edition of their rivalry game against 2A Beechwood (1-2).

    2) 5A Highlands (3-1) – Highlands made it two in a row on Friday; their second straight win of the season, and their second win in row over 6A Simon Kenton (2-2). Highlands was on the road in Independence on Friday, and the Birds put the game away in the second half, scoring 2 unanswered TDs to end the game in a 28-7 win. Collin Hollingsworth was 19-36 passing for 193yds and 2 TDs thrown to receivers Jacob Welch and Hunter Ahlfeld. RB Tyler Brune had 89yds and 1 TD on 15 carries, and Hollingsworth ran it 14 times for another 42yds and a TD. Brycen Huddleston led the defense with 31 tackles including a sack and 3 tackles for loss, while Jacob Brass and Jason Noe each had an interception. Highlands will host 6A Ryle (3-1) tonight.

    3) 2A Beechwood (1-2) – Beechwood came out in their Friday home-opener with a chip on their shoulder after dropping their first two 2019 games, and sent the 3A Corbin Redhounds (2-2) back down I-75 with 26-10 loss. It was a big game for the Tigers, who many folks conjectured could face a 0-4 start to their season. QB Cam Hergott came out strong, going 11-20 passing for 206yds and 1 TD and rushing 6 times for another 52yds. RB Cole Stammer carried the ball 13 times for 78yds and 1 TD, and RB Mitchell Corts had 5 carries for 17yds and 1 TD. WR Mason Williams led the receivers for the night with 107yds on 5 receptions, including 1 TD. Kicker Colin Graman added 8 points on 2 FGs and 2 PATs on 3 PAT attempts. Beechwood has their work cut out for them this evening when they host 5A Covington Catholic (4-0).

    4) 6A Ryle (3-1) – Ryle has jumped Simon Kenton in the rankings – for now. The Raiders are appearing to show that their week 0 loss appears more and more to have been little more than an early-season stumble after they drummed 5A Boone County (2-2) out of town on Friday with a 46-0 beat-down. Bradyn Lyons was the primary QB again this week, and was 9-13 passing for 161yds and 1 TD thrown to WR Connor Lee. RB Kyle England once again racked up the TDs, with 4 trips to the endzone after 12 carries for 148yds. Connor Lee also had 1 TD rushing in addition to his TD reception. Sophomore LB Dylan Talmon led the Raiders D with 8 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Ryle has a big challenge tonight when they head to Fort Thomas to take on 5A Highlands (3-1).

    5) 6A Simon Kenton (2-2) – Win loss, win loss. That’s the record thus far for Simon Kenton in 2019, who had their second home loss of the season on Friday, falling 28-7 to 5A Highlands (3-1). The Pioneers scored late in the 1Q to tie the game at 7, and were still only down by 1 TD going into the 4Q, but late turnovers sealed the deal in the loss. QB Chase Crone was 11-22 passing for 125yds, 1 TD, and 2 INTs, and Simon Kenton’s lone touchdown came on a 19yd connection with WR Evan Mulberry. The ‘Neers defense was led by LB Aric Hoffman and DB Zack Koenes, who had 12 and 10 tackles each, respectively, and the defense was also able to get to Highlands’ quarterback 4 separate times. Simon Kenton hosts 3A Taylor County (4-0) this week.

    6) 5A Cooper (3-1) – Friday was a big night for Cooper. After scratching out two hard-fought wins and following that with at tough loss to Ryle, the Jags pulled off a win with their largest margin of victory since November of 2015. Cooper hosted 6A Campbell County (0-4) and sent the Camels home with a 36-0 loss. QB Drew Warth had his biggest passing game of the season thus far, going 10-17 and throwing for 1 TD and 2 INTs. The touchdown came on a connection with WR Xavier Smith, who had 75yds and 1 TD in the game on 5 receptions. Brendon Tye had a big night running the ball, with 167yds and 2 TDs 14 carries. Rushing TDs also cam from Jeremiah Lee and Anthony Witschey. Defensively, the team was led by LB Spencer Handel with 10 tackles, and DL Adam Sand and DB Anthony Witschey each had 8 tackles in the game. Cooper is heading southwest tonight to take on the 3A DeSales Colts in Louisville. DeSales may be 1-2, but their losses include a 31 point loss to 6A St. Xavier and a 3 point loss to 3A Lexington Catholic. This one is going to really test the Jaguars’ mettle.

    7) 1A Newport Central Catholic (2-2) – A win is a win is a win. Although it may not have been the biggest win over the most powerful of teams, it was still another game where the Breds finished things on the right side of the scoreboard. New Cath had a 10-7 win over 2A Walton-Verona (2-2) Friday. It was the second time this season that their passing game wasn’t what they had likely hoped it to be, with QB Paul Kremer only connecting with receivers enough for 96yds and 1 TD, with 1 INT. Kremer let the running game, with 79yds on 9 carries, and RB Joey Runyon had 59yds on 16 carries. Runyon also had 3 pass receptions, good for 18 yards and the 1 Thoroughbred TD, and WR Caleb Jefferson had 26yds on 3 receptions. The remaining 3 points were scored on a 34yd Sam Levin field goal in the 3Q to re-gain the lead and take home the win. Defensive stats were not reported for the game. New Cath hosts 2A Covington Holy Cross (1-3) tonight.

    8) 5A Conner (3-1) – The Cougars made it two in a row on Friday, this time by beating the 2A Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts (2-2) at home in Hebron with a 24-12 win. QB Jared Hicks came up huge, going 23-39 for 300yds on the nose, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. It was “Hicks and Roy” all night for Conner, with Hicks finding RB/WR Colton Roy 8 times for 126yds and 1 TD, and Roy also led the ground attack with 45yds on 7 carries. RB Douglas Abdon added 11yds and 1 TD on 12 carries, and WR Justin Daniels had 7 receptions for 78yds and scored the team’s remaining TD. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore middle linebacker Parker Hitzfield had a really big night, racking up 14 total tackles in the game. Conner plays host to 6A Campbell County (0-4) tonight.

    9) 4A Scott (2-2) – The Eagles are one of three teams in the NKY top ten that took a loss on Friday. And this one is one of those games that Coach Turner and the Eagles wish they could have back. Scott’s offense put up a respectable 269 total yards in the 38-33 loss, but their problems came on the defensive side of the ball, with the OH-DV Bethel-Tate Tigers (2-1) rolling up either 388 or 416 yards passing on them, depending on whose book you’re looking at. Offensively, QB Gus Howlett was 16-31 passing for 173yds, 4 TDs, and 2 INTs. RB Quincy Perrin led the game on the ground with 87yds and 1 TD on 17 carries, and WR Cameron Patterson had 6 catches for 95yds and 1 TD. WR Jackson Hardin had 3 catches for 51yds and 2 TDs, and WR Carson Craycraft had 3 catches for 28yds and 1 TD. Sophomore LB Damond Hacker led the Eagles defense with 7 tackles, including 1 for a loss. Scott will play 5A Boone County (2-2) tonight in Florence.

    10) Lloyd Memorial (2-2) – Lloyd makes the final of the three NKY top ten who dropped one on Friday. The Juggs were on the road in Hebron, and took a 24-12 loss on the chin compliments of the 5A Conner Cougars (3-1). Sophomore QB Jacob Davidson had a decent night passing, despite the loss, connecting with receivers 8 of 24 times attempted, good for 173yds and 1 TD. WR Treshawn Cody was his favorite receiver, with 4 receptions for 101yds and the team’s 1 TD by the air. Their rushing TD came thanks to RB Michael Sassin, who carried the ball 6 times for 12yds. RB Dakota Theil led the team’s rushing attack with 27yds on 14 carries. Defensive stats were not reported for the game. Lloyd will face 3A Mason County (2-2) tonight at home.


    TRENDING UP

    1A Dayton (2-1) – If you wanted to find the last time the Greendevils won two games in a row, you would have to go back the better part of a decade October of 2012. But Dayton put up a second straight win on Friday with a 49-14 victory over 2A Gallatin County (0-4).

    2A Beechwood (1-2) – Beechwood managed to get their first win of the season, beating 3A Corbin (2-2) on Friday 26-10. The Tigers set themselves up with a wood-chipper of an early season schedule, but it will undoubtedly have them tough for their first ever run at the 2A playoffs.

    2A Newport (4-0) – The Wildcats continued their undefeated season with a 63-8 win over 1A Bracken County (0-4), and Newport’s defense is doing it in lights out style, only having allowed 28 points in their first 3 games. They have outscored their opponents 162-28 so far this season.


    TRENDING DOWN

    1A Bracken County (0-4) – It’s been tough sledding in Brooksville for new head coach Tim Carver thus far in 2019, with the Polar Bears unable to scratch out a win yet. Their loss on Friday was a big one, with 2A Newport (4-0) beating them 63-8.

    2A Covington Holy Cross (1-3) – After a win in week 0 to end a 23 game losing streak, the Indians have slipped and now dropped 3 games straight, with the latest 38-20 loss coming at the hands of Cincinnati Country Day (OH).

    5A Boone County (2-2) – After starting out 2-0, the Rebels have now dropped to 2-2 after losing two straight. Their loss on Friday was a 46-0 shutout by 6A Ryle (3-1).


    GAME OF THE WEEK (RESULTS): WEEK 3

    5A Highlands vs. 6A Simon Kenton

    The Bluebirds topped the Pioneers for a second week in a row, but the 28-7 final score doesn’t make it look quite as close a game as it actually was. Highlands came out first to score, and then Simon Kenton tied it at 7-7 just before the end of the 1Q. Highlands scored again in the 2Q, and the score remained 14-7 until midway through the 4Q when Highlands intercepted the ball and returned it deep into the redzone for a go-ahead touchdown. Then the Birds’ fourth TD of the game once again came thanks to an interception. A tough game, and a good win for Highlands.


    GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 4

    5A Highlands vs. 6A Ryle

    You’ve got to like seeing how things pan out when you have two top-five teams playing one another in any region. Most folks will be looking at Highlands as the favorite in this one, but Ryle is going to bring all they have to David Cecil Memorial Stadium to knock out the Birds.
    You’re just baiting people now. Ryle, SK and Cooper are all better teams than Beechwood this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
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    I give you credit, you stick by your convictions in the face of criticism. This should be an active thread with Beechwood still listed at #3. That was a very good win for Beechwood over one of the top 3A teams in the state and it certainly bolstered your position. It was one of the best wins by a N. Ky. team this season. However, I don't think it will change the views of those who question Beechwood at #3. Ryle has some good wins as well and IMO deserve to be #3 at this point. CCH, Highlands and Ryle are the only teams with better wins than Beechwood's Corbin win. Even after that Corbin win, I would have Beechwood no higher than #4.
    I may or may not be wrong. I've been wrong, and I acknowledge it when I am, so if I turn out to be wrong here, I'll be happy to point that out after the fact.

    I know that can come off as me thumbing my nose in reply since Beechwood doesn't play up against any NKY teams aside from Cov Cath & Dixie this season, but I'm standing by what I said. I personally think Ryle and Beechwood are the most closely matched teams in NKY, but I think Beechwood's run/pass game behind Hergott gives them the edge - especially with Coach Engler having what appears to be a difficult time committing completely 100% to whichever quarterback he wants. The other thing I really question, after seeing Ryle in person, is what Ryle is going to do against a lineup of players who are used to playing two-way ironman football every week. Cov Cath had Ryle's players visibly gassed by the second quarter, and they never seemed to recover from that. Hypothetically, if Beechwood could move the ball effectively against Ryle and keep the Raiders D on the field for longer than the Ryle offense is on it, I think Ryle has little chance at winning that game.

    I think we're going to see a final score something close tonight at Beechwood to what we saw between Cov Cath and Ryle on August 23, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it may not be quite so big a win margin for the Colonels.

    And, not to just give grief to the Raiders, but I think they're going to lose by at least two touchdowns to Highlands tonight. At least. Especially with the game taking place AT Highlands. Ryle certainly looks to have taken steps forward since Week 0, but I think the margin that separates my 1-5 spots from my 6-10 spots is significantly larger than it may appear. I think Cooper and Conner are further back than some people may acknowledge, and there's not much denying that Boone County is still very much at the bottom of 5A District 5 - and those are the teams we've seen Ryle beat thus far. They're all wins, but they still don't tell us much about what Ryle's really got in the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    I may or may not be wrong. I've been wrong, and I acknowledge it when I am, so if I turn out to be wrong here, I'll be happy to point that out after the fact.

    I know that can come off as me thumbing my nose in reply since Beechwood doesn't play up against any NKY teams aside from Cov Cath & Dixie this season, but I'm standing by what I said. I personally think Ryle and Beechwood are the most closely matched teams in NKY, but I think Beechwood's run/pass game behind Hergott gives them the edge - especially with Coach Engler having what appears to be a difficult time committing completely 100% to whichever quarterback he wants. The other thing I really question, after seeing Ryle in person, is what Ryle is going to do against a lineup of players who are used to playing two-way ironman football every week. Cov Cath had Ryle's players visibly gassed by the second quarter, and they never seemed to recover from that. Hypothetically, if Beechwood could move the ball effectively against Ryle and keep the Raiders D on the field for longer than the Ryle offense is on it, I think Ryle has little chance at winning that game.

    I think we're going to see a final score something close tonight at Beechwood to what we saw between Cov Cath and Ryle on August 23, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it may not be quite so big a win margin for the Colonels.

    And, not to just give grief to the Raiders, but I think they're going to lose by at least two touchdowns to Highlands tonight. At least. Especially with the game taking place AT Highlands. Ryle certainly looks to have taken steps forward since Week 0, but I think the margin that separates my 1-5 spots from my 6-10 spots is significantly larger than it may appear. I think Cooper and Conner are further back than some people may acknowledge, and there's not much denying that Boone County is still very much at the bottom of 5A District 5 - and those are the teams we've seen Ryle beat thus far. They're all wins, but they still don't tell us much about what Ryle's really got in the tank.
    So you think that there is a large gap between your top 5 and the rest? Being a scrimmage or not, I am going to assume you didn't see it. However, if you did I think you would understand why so many people question where you have Beechwood, and then apparently say there is a huge gap between a team like Beechwood and Cooper. Even in just a scrimmage, if there is such a big gap between what you say is the third best NKY team and say Cooper. Then there is no way the scrimmage should have went the way it did for the 3 quarters the game was played. I think even the the biggest Beechwood fans themselves after seeing that scrimmage would at worst think there is really no gap at all between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
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    I give you credit, you stick by your convictions in the face of criticism. This should be an active thread with Beechwood still listed at #3. That was a very good win for Beechwood over one of the top 3A teams in the state and it certainly bolstered your position. It was one of the best wins by a N. Ky. team this season. However, I don't think it will change the views of those who question Beechwood at #3. Ryle has some good wins as well and IMO deserve to be #3 at this point. CCH, Highlands and Ryle are the only teams with better wins than Beechwood's Corbin win. Even after that Corbin win, I would have Beechwood no higher than #4.
    Corbin jumped up to 4A this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oracle93 View Post
    Corbin jumped up to 4A this year.
    I had that typed in wrong incorrectly up in my first post and probably threw things off from there since they're still brand new to 4A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futurecoach View Post
    So you think that there is a large gap between your top 5 and the rest? Being a scrimmage or not, I am going to assume you didn't see it. However, if you did I think you would understand why so many people question where you have Beechwood, and then apparently say there is a huge gap between a team like Beechwood and Cooper. Even in just a scrimmage, if there is such a big gap between what you say is the third best NKY team and say Cooper. Then there is no way the scrimmage should have went the way it did for the 3 quarters the game was played. I think even the the biggest Beechwood fans themselves after seeing that scrimmage would at worst think there is really no gap at all between the two.
    Yes, I think there is a large gap between CCH/HHS/BW/Ryle/SK and Cooper/NCC/Conner/Scott/LMHS. Absolutely.

    And no, I didn't see the Cooper vs. Beechwood scrimmage. I have seen film of Cooper and Beechwood both, though. And I'm also firmly a believer that unless a coach says, "I'm playing all of my starters and running everything EXACTLY like I will in a real-game situation," that I have no reason to think the outcome of that scrimmage is anything at all like it would be in a real-game situation. I've never spoken to a single coach who doesn't test out new things in scrimmages...be it new players, new positions for players, new plays, new formations or schemes...hell, I know a coach who switched up their actual offensive cadence as an experiment in a scrimmage. Long story short, I'm willingly acknowledging to you that I am not putting in much of my appraisal into the Cooper/Beechwood scrimmage game that took place 5 weeks ago.

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    We’ll find out a lot more about teams 1-4 tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesport View Post
    We’ll find out a lot more about teams 1-4 tonight.
    Definitely.

    My expectation is that Cov Cath will beat Beechwood soundly, by somewhere in the range of 3-5 touchdowns. I think if a running clock does happen, it's more likely than not that Beechwood will have brought that gap back under the 36 point running clock initiator by the time the game ends. I also think Highlands beats Ryle tonight by no less than 2 touchdowns, and I think it's more likely that Highlands will win by 20-25 points.

    I'll gladly admit my errors in this thread later this evening if we see anything wildly unexpected.

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    Thinking SK back at 3 after tonight.
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    Cov Cath
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    Yes, I think there is a large gap between CCH/HHS/BW/Ryle/SK and Cooper/NCC/Conner/Scott/LMHS. Absolutely.
    I'm still 100% sticking with this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    My expectation is that Cov Cath will beat Beechwood soundly, by somewhere in the range of 3-5 touchdowns. I think if a running clock does happen, it's more likely than not that Beechwood will have brought that gap back under the 36 point running clock initiator by the time the game ends. I also think Highlands beats Ryle tonight by no less than 2 touchdowns, and I think it's more likely that Highlands will win by 20-25 points.

    I'll gladly admit my errors in this thread later this evening if we see anything wildly unexpected.
    I think I did give Beechwood a little more cred than they were due after they beat Corbin. They were tired by the end of the 1st half against Cov Cath. Cov Cath had a defense that shut down the run, and they are deep everywhere. Beechwood couldn't respond to that tonight. I think Beechwood learns some lessons from it and comes away a better team, though.

    I was pretty close on my prediction on the Highlands/Ryle game. I watched the game after the fact, and Highlands was clearly the better team, despite appearing to be off their A-game - especially on offense. Ryle's offense looked pretty banal and uninspired. I didn't see tonight as a step forward for either team, and Ryle failed to impress (or score) once again against a quality opponent. It frankly looked like a step backwards for the Raiders.

    Simon Kenton's game against Taylor County is a little tough to judge - especially without having seen any film on it. Taylor County is a 3A compared to Simon Kenton in 6A, so that should automatically make this game lean in Simon Kenton's direction. Taylor County had beaten two bad teams, and two alright teams prior to the game, but I think I still would have picked Simon Kenton to win by at least 18-21 points before the game was played.

    As for Cooper...I just don't know what's going on there, but Cooper is not beating Beechwood at this point in the season. DeSales is a really good 2A team, but Cooper being one of the largest 5A teams in the state and losing by 33 points to a 2A team is not good. And you can add my name to the list of people who wants to know what Coach Borchers' thoughts are in not putting the ball in Jeremiah Lee's hands every chance he gets. Nothing against Cooper's QB this year, but he had negative yards rushing in all of their first 4 games this season. Lee is a "make something out of nothing" player if I've ever seen one and I would think he would have had at least 1 or 2 games this year with positive running yards from QB. He also passes every bit as well. Why he isn't the obvious choice for QB after having started in the position last year is beyond me.

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    Covcath, Highlands, and everyone else is really, really, really bad and should be out of the top 10 but you got to rank them so I go with
    CCH, HHS, SK, Ryle, Beechwood

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    Unfortunately, Ryle’s QB Lyons will be out for awhile. That killed Ryle’s chances last night. Birds scored on a blocked punt and short field drive due to muffed punt. Birds had 15-20 negative yardage plays because Ryle’s defense is very good. Beechwood would not move the ball on Ryle.

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