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  1. I wish there was flexibility. If a kid is less than three years removed from high school but wants to try the NFL, go for it. But if you aren't drafted you should then have the ability to return to school while retaining your athletic eligibility. (I'd argue for the same rule in basketball and any other college sport).
  2. I’ll still argue no meaningful contender has dropped out and only three teams on this list would have been favored in round one. Will be interesting to see drop outs after round one.
  3. I'm not sure that's a thing. Some districts do them and some don't. The KFCA typically honors district player and coach of the year at the state football finals. Not sure if those have been voted on yet.
  4. Calloway County and Russell County, the latter of which is right next door to Somerset. (And West Hardin for those of us of a certain vintage!)
  5. Which, fair or not, is probably a good argument for shortened seasons (especially indoor winter sports) because it will absolutely cost more to play a 30-game basketball season than the revenue brought in.
  6. I've got no problem with a delayed Sweet Sixteen. However, the prudent measure is most likely a delayed start to the regular season, a reduced schedule, and an effort to play the state tournament at it's normal time. Spring sports then start as close to normal as possible. Schedule everything with the huge caveat that flexibility is a must.
  7. Truth. And fair or not, I'd imagine no Sweet Sixteen for a second straight season probably means to soccer, volleyball, cross country, track, swimming, tennis, etc. ever again.
  8. Wow! Good stuff, Purple. I'm not convinced I'll become a fan (I don't really love any motorsports) but I'm going to give it a try based on this recommendation.
  9. Obviously CAL/DeSales is the best first round game. Bardstown/Larue could be good if Larue can avoid turnovers and Pike County Central/Lawrence County will probably be wild because every time they play it is wild.
  10. Really opens the door for Fleming County, who should be a prohibitive favorite against both Powell and Pendleton. Their game with Mason was a 7-6 final in the regular season.
  11. Nice to have an Ohio State bound stud on the roster, too!
  12. Is there only one driver in Formula 1? I ask only because every Sunday the ticker says "Lewis Hamilton wins XXX Event." Formula 1/Grand Prix driving is boring to me no matter what, but it can't be enjoyable if the same person wins every time.
  13. District 1 Seeding Union County Braves (3-4) Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado (3-3) Trigg County Wildcats (3-6) Webster County Trojans (2-4) District 1 Storylines One of the more surprising results in Class 3A came when Union County routed Paducah Tilghman, 49-7, on October 16. After four competitive losses against high quality opponents to start the season, the Braves ended the campaign with three district victories. Union opens with Webster and with a win would host in the second round. Youth and inexperience have been bugaboos at times for Paducah Tilghman. Freshman quarterback Jack James has had both positive and negative moments this season, passing for eight touchdowns but also five interceptions. The offense struggled in consecutive outings against Mayfield and Union County, scoring a combined thirteen points. Tilghman hasn't played since October 16. District 1 Prediction Union County is the favorite but Paducah Tilghman has more big game experience. Union hasn't been past the second round since 2008, while Tilghman was a quarterfinalist last season. Expect a much closer matchup in the second meeting, but Union County prevails again. District 2 Seeding Taylor County Cardinals (7-1) Glasgow Scotties (5-2) Adair County Indians (2-3) Hart County Raiders (1-4) District 2 Storylines It was a slow start but fast finish for Taylor County. Fresh off a state semifinal appearance in 2019, the Cardinals struggled with Green County in the opener and fell to Mercer County the next week, before reeling off six consecutive wins. Taylor will again ride running back Wes Oliver (1,382 yards, 18 touchdowns); however, quarterback Ethan Coghill has been impressive as well, passing for nine touchdowns on the season. Glasgow isn't as talented as last season but the Scotties have still managed five wins in seven outings. Offense was a problem early for Glasgow. Back-to-back forty plus point games to end the season gives Glasgow something to be excited about. They'll open with Adair County, a district opponent twice postponed during the regular season due to Covid. District 2 Prediction Taylor County should have little trouble with Hart County in round one and should be favored in a second round meeting with Glasgow. Taylor ran for over 200 yards as a team in the first meeting and passed for three touchdowns, to boot. District 3 Seeding Elizabethtown Panthers (8-0) Bardstown Tigers (6-1) Larue County Hawks (4-2) Thomas Nelson Generals (1-6) District 3 Storylines Elizabethtown could be the best team in Kentucky that no one is talking about this year. Ross Brown took over the head coaching duties from his father, Mark, in the offseason and has compiled an undefeated first season. Offense has been a juggernaut, averaging 45 points per game. The defense had been nearly as dominant before giving up 41 points in the regular season finale with North Bullitt. Bardstown and Larue County square off in what should be one of the best first round matchups in Class 3A. Bardstown won big in the first meeting, but several turnovers in the third quarter by Larue let a close game get out of hand. Bardstown quarterback Brady Clark has been magnificent this season, passing for 1,176 yards and 24 touchdowns in seven games. The seventh game, however, was a nightmare performance against Elizabethtown on October 24. Can the Tigers shake off the stink of that performance or will the stench linger, inviting Larue County to pull an upset victory? District 3 Prediction Elizabethtown is the favorite and any result besides a Panther district championship would be a surprise. The RPI number for E'town is through the roof with the Panthers set to host any postseason game they play in. But remember last year when Elizabethtown beat Bardstown in the regular season only to fall in the playoffs? District 4 Seeding Mercer County Scotties (6-1) Christian Academy-Louisville Centurions (4-2) DeSales Colts (3-2) Henry County Wildcats (4-4) District 4 Storylines Mercer County coach David Buchanan has never shied away from a challenge. After an opening night loss to Boyle County, his Titans posted impressive victories over Taylor County and Christian Academy-Louisville. However, with Covid rampant, numerous games in District 4 were not played. Because of that, plus a favorable RPI, gave Mercer the top seed and a playoff home opener with Henry County. Christian Academy-Louisville will host DeSales in a game that could not be played in the regular season. Covid caused nightmares for DeSales and kept the Colts off the field for the better part of a month. When DeSales returned, they romped over Western Hills. CAL, meanwhile, has won three straight games since a late-September loss to Mercer. DeSales won last year's playoff meeting, but CAL has won three straight before 2019. District 4 Prediction The RPI isn't kind to DeSales but the talent is absolutely there in spades. Look for the Colts to win two road games in two weeks and roar into the quarterfinals. It is almost assured this team won't play a home game this postseason. It is quite possible, however, that they'll be playing for a state championship. District 5 Seeding Rockcastle County Rockets (4-2) Bell County Bobcats (4-3) McCreary Central Raiders (3-2) Garrard County, Estill County, and Jackson County each opted out of postseason play District 5 Storylines One of the more unfortunate districts in Kentucky gave us surprises nearly every week. Rockcastle County bested longtime rival Bell County on October 2, which ultimately locked up home field advantage for the first two rounds. There will be no first round for Rockcastle, however, as three teams chose not to participate in the postseason. Garrard County canceled their season after four games due to Covid issues; Estill County made the team decision to hang it up after a regular season in which the Engineers played no district games; Jackson County provided one of the best moments of the season when they won at Shawnee in a game played amidst the strife of the Breonna Taylor situation in Louisville. Shawnee had numerous opponents choose not to come to Louisville, but Jackson County coach John Hallock took his Generals to the River City for the first of what hopefully will be a long runner city-mountain rivalry. Bell County, state runners-up in 2019, are far from the offensive machine of last season. When the offense clicks, the Bobcats win. But in their three losses they've managed a total of just seven points. District 5 Prediction Rockcastle County won in the regular season and will host Bell County in the second round. However, when we last saw the Rockets they were being routed by Lincoln County and they've played just once since October 9. Look for Bell County to reverse the first meeting with a close playoff victory. District 6 Seeding Fleming County Panthers (3-3) Mason County Royals (4-3) Pendleton County Wildcats (4-4) Powell County Pirates (2-4) District 6 Storyline One year after losing do-everything quarterback Jonathan Maher to graduation, the Panthers again find themselves in the top perch of District 6. The effort was collective, with a balanced rushing and passing attack. Fleming should be favored over Powell County in round one, but the first meeting only an eleven point game. Mason County seemed primed to take the district's top seed this season but fell to Fleming County, 7-6. Mason's four wins are against low-rated clubs, but one of those was an easy victory over Pendleton County, who the Royals will meet in the first round. And congratulations to Pendleton County, making back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since going three years in a row between 2007-09. District 6 Prediction Whichever team advances from District 6 will be a huge underdog in the quarterfinals. That doesn't make the goal of a district title any less inviting, though. Expect another classic between long-time rivals Fleming and Mason, with Fleming County again advancing on a squeaker. District 7 Seeding Ashland Tomcats (6-0) Russell Red Devils (6-2) East Carter Raiders (4-2) Greenup County Musketeers (2-3) District 7 Storylines Ashland has turned in one of the most dominant regular seasons in years in Class 3A. Stunted by a late start due to Covid, the Tomcats won all six regular season games by an average of nearly forty points per game. Running back Keontae Pittman has been the star, rushing for 744 yards and 14 touchdowns behind a terrific offensive line. Russell had their moment on October 16 against Ashland and made an absolute mess of the situation, falling 41-7 to the neighboring Tomcats. Russell would lose again the next week before righting the ship in the season finale at Raceland. Running back Nathan Conley, who missed the Ashland game with an injury, was back against Raceland, scoring two touchdowns. If he's healthy, Russell is a completely different team. District 7 Prediction If Conley is back to his full health, then Russell is much more likely to compete with Ashland. However, the Tomcats seem to be very good this season. With a monster RPI, Ashland could be looking at a home game with Belfry in the state semifinals. It's all in front of the Tomcats for their first state championship since 1990. District 8 Seeding Belfry Pirates (5-3) Lawrence County Bulldogs (3-1) Pike County Central Hawks (4-4) Magoffin County Hornets (3-3) District 8 Storylines It isn't vintage Belfry. The line isn't as good and the fullback position has been questioned. But it is still Belfry and it is still November and it is still Philip Haywood so pick against the Pirates at your own risk. Losses have come against Pikeville, North Hardin, and Johnson Central - each state championship contenders in their respective classes. Isaac Dixon has been a superstar, rushing for 1,290 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season. Miami (OH) commit Brett Coleman has been great, too. Belfry should have no trouble in round one with Magoffin County, but a huge shoutout to the Hornets who will make their triumphant return to the postseason for the first time since 2014. The is no truth to the rumor that Lawrence County and Pike County Central are playing on Thursday instead of Friday because they know it will take until Friday night to finish the game. Two mountain rivals who almost always play high scoring games that come down to the wire will contest what may be the best first round game of the year in Class 3A. Lawrence started extremely late due to Covid and hasn't played since October 23. Pike County Central has been up and down all season, having scored 70, 50, 82, and 54 in their wins and just 23, 15, 28, and 7 in their losses. One of those losses was by a single point to Lawrence County. District 8 Prediction Belfry wins this with little competition. Scoreboard watching could become a hobby on Pond Creek over the next month, as the RPI will play a big role in whether the Pirates are at home or on the road. Losses by Elizabethtown, Mercer County, and Taylor County could mean the championship once again runs through Pike County.
  14. They made the agreement almost a year ago with the KHSAA to replace Jenkins and automatically take the 4th spot. I'm guessing, had they known the toll Covid would take on football this fall, they probably would have asked to let the RPI seed!
  15. 5 - Caldwell County (77) 4 - DeSales 3 - Wayne County 2 - Hopkinsville 1 - Highlands
  16. I think a win for Sayre is avoiding a running clock. I like what they are doing at Sayre, and they should probably be the 3rd seed (it would be interesting to see where they are vis-a-vis Hazard), but expecting a win at Pikeville is likely unrealistic.
  17. Eight-man was recognized by the KHSAA from 1999-2002. Teams did not play full eight-man schedules but the state playoffs were sanctioned and operated by the KHSAA, with the championship game played at Kentucky State University each season. Eminence won the first three, twice beating Bethlehem and once knocking off Kentucky Country Day. KCD would win the final title, a 37-21 victory over Bethlehem in 2002. The playoff numbers fluctuated annually with six teams participating in 1999, eight teams in 2000, six again in 2001, and only five in 2002. Bethlehem, Caverna, Eminence, and Kentucky Country Day participated in all four tournaments. Beth Haven and Jenkins played in three events, Kentucky School for the Deaf twice, and Allen Central made one appearance.
  18. Evangel Christian has played football on two separate stints over the years. They were 2-9 in 1976 and 0-9 in 1977. The program restarted in 2002 and lasted until 2008, compiling a 3-52 record (a forfeit win over Beth Haven in 2002 and two more victories over Beth Haven in 2004).
  19. Thanks for the clarification. Had heard a couple different stories on the move.
  20. Wow. Odd to leave before the playoffs. Evangel had a program for a few years with little success. They seem to be making a big push for athletics at the school.
  21. They were allowed to play one game after they were eliminated. I believe that stopped after the semifinals (meaning finalists would not be allowed to play again after the championship game).
  22. Only thing that could alter Kroger Field is if Fayette County is red. They moved volleyball from Louisville to Winchester and cross country from Lexington to Paris due to red county status. However, they kept soccer in Lexington. KHSAA gave nothing away on their posted brackets. We shall see...
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