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  1. BluegrassPreps 2019 Western Kentucky Power Rankings – Week 5 Edition The top story line this week is ¾ of the Top 20 recorded wins during Week 5! Great Job! And 3 of the 5 losses were to other Top 20 teams. The other 2 were Bowling Green falling to 6A stalwart St Xavier and Henderson County losing a close game at solid Anderson County. Overall, it was another good week for the Western Part of the State! Week 5 PurpleHaze Western Kentucky Game of the Week: Bowling Green 5A (3-2) 14 vs St Xavier 6A (4-1) 28. St Xavier came out very strong in this game and took two opening series drives in for touchdowns. Bowling Green’s defense then seemed to recover and it remained 14-0 at the half! BG made good additional adjustments at halftime and came out strong in the second half and had a chance to tie the game at 14, but the turnovers kept mounting for the Purples and it was ultimately too much to overcome! While disappointing, I think this game can help BG down the road as hopefully mistakes made in this game are identified and corrected. Onward! Week 6 Western Kentucky Games of the Week: This week we spread out focusing on some of the best District Openers around! 4A Logan County (5-0) at 4A Madisonville North-Hopkins (5-0). A dandy right here sports fans!!! Both these teams have played so well thus far! Madisonville is the favorite and playing at home is a clear advantage. But could Logan County Stars QB Tyler Ezell and RB Gary Hardy roll up 431 toward Madisonville and come away with a vital district win right out of the gate? You tell me… 3A Paducah Tilghman (4-1) at 3A Trigg County (4-1). This is a diamond in the rough the highlanders out east would overlook! But this is likely the top District Matchup in 3A District 1 right out of the gate! The stellar skill guys from Tilghman will test ultra-talented Wildcat QB Cam Jordan. Jordan will lead his crew into this matchup hungry to prove they are worthy to be considered in the 3A playoff race! Good Luck! Honorable Mention: South Warren at Glasgow (This game is worthy too); Bowling Green at Corbin; OCATH at Todd County Central; and Crittenden County at Union County. Try to make it out to one of these great games! Week 5 Top 10: 10) Hopkinsville (4A) – Preseason Rank: 6 - 2019 Record 3-2; District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Win: 41-13 vs County Rival 5A Christian County (0-5). After a tough road trip last week at Henderson County, Hoptown refocused and regained the “Bragging Rights Trophy” for the first time since 2014. QB Jay Bland had a record setting game! You will see him later. Star WR Reece Jesse was double covered the entire game, which allowed others including Lane Rushing and Tyrell Gray-Lewis to have big games from the WR spot! But the bigger take away from this game was the return of the Tiger rushing attack that gained over 110 yards on the night against a County defense that prides itself for stopping the run! Week 6: vs District Mate 4A Calloway County (0-5). The hits just keep coming for the poor ole’ Lakers! They have had 2 close games and 3 blow outs. Unfortunately for Laker fans this will be another blowout loss. I don’t get any pleasure typing that. I really believe all teams should get a win. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not an “everybody gets a trophy” guy, but want to see all youngsters hard work rewarded. But it won’t be here Lakers! Tigers Roll! 9) Glasgow (3A) – Preseason Rank: 12 - 2019 Record 5-0; District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Win 42-0 vs 3A Hart County (3-2). QB Tanner Abernathy and RB Nick Mitchell have big games for the Scotties as they roll to their 4th straight running clock game. But that streak will end next week. Week 6: vs 5A South Warren (5-0). Great game here for the Scotties to find out where you are really are at this point in the season! While you will not be the favorite in this game, you are capable! If you can find a way to neutralize the powerful South OLine, I think the Scotties can hang around. If not, I’m not sure. But regardless, Glasgow needs this game to prepare for the post-season! Good luck Scotties! 8) Logan County (4A) – Preseason Rank: 10 - 2019 Record 5-0; District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Win: 43-6 vs 5A Greenwood (4-1). The Cougars good a good win here and seem razor sharp heading into a crucial district matchup next week. QB Tyler Ezell had a great game – you will see him later! And the Cougar Defense was rock solid only giving up 88 yards the entire night! Week 6: WESTERN KENTUCKY GAME OF THE WEEK at 4A District Rival Madisonville North-Hopkins (5-0). Did anyone think just 3 seasons ago that Logan County would ever be a part of anything close to a Game of the Week! Congrats to them on turning their program around! This 2019 season is rolling right along and here were are to the District Schedule and we have a Great Game right out of the Gate! Last year the Cougars were set up in this game outgaining the Maroons by over 140 yards, but 2 big fumbles proved costly and the Maroons snuck out of Russellville with a big district win. This year the Cougars would like to return the favor. While I expect the Cougar offense to play well, I also expect the Cougar defense to be under duress with the rushing arsenal that Madisonville will unleash. And late in the game, will Logan County be able to come up with a big stop if it’s needed? You tell me… 7) Owensboro (5A) – Preseason Rank: 8 - 2019 Record 4-1; [District Record 1-0] Week 5 Results: Win: 55-17 at Daviess County (1-4). Just the haves and the have nots here! The Red Devils have the weapons to control a game like this and that’s basically what they did! I have no stats for this game, but it was a mismatch from the start. Week 6: at 5A Ohio County (2-3). District game #2 for the Red Devils! They will have to pay particular attention to hidden gem RB QDaryius Jennings, but I don’t think I have to tell the O Coaches that! Should be too much Red Devils in this one for sure! Running clock… What say you… 6) Paducah Tilghman (3A) – Preseason Rank: 7 - 2019 Record 4-1; [District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Win: 44-21 vs 4A Calloway County (0-5). According to our good friend @TilghmanPride, the Blue Tornados rested several injured players last week, but still managed almost 400 yards on the ground. Star Jayden Freeman had a big game and you’ll see him later. Week 6: WESTERN KENTUCKY GAME OF THE WEEK at 3A Trigg County (4-1). Your district opener is always highlighted on anyone’s schedule, but when it may be at your most difficult district opponent it carries more weight I think. This will be a fascinating strategy game with Tilghman trying to impose their will on the ground while Trigg County can play the shootout game with anyone. So will the Trigg defense carry the majority of the minutes in this game if Tilghman runs the ball and Trigg scores quickly? I’m not sure, but it’s something to pay attention to. What say you… 5) Mayfield (2A) – Preseason Rank: 1 - 2019 Record 4-1; District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Win: 48-7 vs 5A Graves County (1-3). No chance of a 2 game slide here, as Mayfield comes out very strong in this one. According to our good friend @Squirrel, Mayfield earned the running clock in the 2nd quarter at 41-0. Mayfield played refocused and Graves did not. Week 6: at 3A Fort Campbell (0-5). I’m not sure if Mayfield has ever lost to Fort Campbell, but I know they won’t next week! The Falcons typically pick up a win against their military counterparts Ft Knox, but the Eagles upended the Falcons to extend their difficult stretch! Mayfield rolls… 4) McCracken County (6A) – Preseason Rank: 9 - 2019 Record 3-2; District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Win: 42-6 at 5A Marshall County (2-3). The Mustangs fresh off a memorable win against Mayfield rolled on! I don’t have stats here, but McCracken County now has their sites on starting off their district slate on a positive note! Week 6: at 6A Apollo (2-3). The Mustangs roll into the district schedule welcoming new district mate Owensboro Apollo! The Eagles have played some tough teams and are coming off a very nice win against an uneven Meade County squad. The Mustangs should be in a good spot to get out of town with a win and some fine Old Hickory Barbeque! I already feel cheated since BG didn’t get to play Owensboro this season! Oh well! Good luck to both teams! But I think the Mustangs will be too strong in this one, but it will be interesting to see how Apollo plays after a solid win! 3) Madisonville – North Hopkins (4A) – Preseason Rank: 5 - 2019 Record 5-0; [District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Win: 41-7 vs 2A Ballard Memorial (0-4). The Maroons haven’t been 5 and 0 since 1993 according to 14 News out of Evansville. The next most important information for this game was reported by our good friend @Maroonman in that this game was a fill in when other/better teams scheduling didn’t material and Madisonville was left scrambling for a game. So the Poor Ole’ Bombers had to drive 2 hours each way to Madisonville. I really feel for Ballard. They have no wins this season. They have scored a total of 27 points all year. They have 25 kids on their roster and 10 or 40% of those are seniors. What about next year? You saw that Poor Ole’ Jenkins in the far eastern part of the state just packed up the program! I’d hate to see that happen to the Bombers, but it is a problem for the majority of small schools across the state and nation. Sorry to focus on this, but the game isn’t very interesting. We all knew what would happen. Moving on to a MUCH better game! Week 6: WESTERN KENTUCKY GAME OF THE WEEK vs 4A Logan County (5-0). There should be no excuses from Madisonville in this one. They come in hitting on all cylinders! They have arguably the top rushing offense in the State with Jeriah Hightower in the saddle. Add to that a passing offense that really hasn’t been needed this season, but was very evident they had hit another gear when SR QB Hayden Reynolds and company surprised many by leading the opening day at the highly successful Best of the West 7v7 Tournament this July! So Madisonville has the rest of 4A in the West on notice, as I look for them to play awfully strong here. If they can dictate offense with the run and sprinkle in some Hayden Reynolds passes, they will be a very tough out! 2) Bowling Green (5A) – Preseason Rank: 2 - 2019 Record 3-2; District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: PurpleHaze Western Kentucky Game of the Week - Loss: 28-14 vs 6A St Xavier (4-1). In a word, disappointed. Not in the fact BG lost the game, but more so in the first half of the ball game. I think every Purples offensive series had third down and long every time. So ineffectiveness on first and second downs really cost BG. But not more so than 4 big turnovers. You simply can’t give a very good team that many and expect to win. See some highlights here: VIDEO: Week 5 high school football highlights | Sports | bgdailynews.com Week 6: at 4A Corbin (2-2). The Redhounds were on their BYE WEEK last week, so they should be well rested when the Purples come calling next week! I got to see Corbin in the Best of the West 7v7 Tournament back in July and they had some fine players, but they seemed young as they couldn’t click in that environment, but Friday Night Lights are much different. I look for this to be a competitive game. You tell me… 1) South Warren (5A) – Preseason Rank: 3 - 2019 Record 5-0; District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Win: 22-8 at 4A Louisville Central (1-4). The Spartan defense played very well only giving up 88 yards on the night. The Spartan offense played well enough, but the big news out of the Spartan camp is talented SO QB Cade Veltcamp was believed to have broken his wrist and likely out at least 6 weeks. I certainly hate that for the young man if this is confirmed, who was playing well for South! It will be interesting to see who will now step into the QB slot. But the new QB will be tested right out of the gate. Week 6: at 3A Glasgow (5-0). This will be a good game, but it’s a better game for Glasgow than South. I say that because all perspectives say South should win this game. I realize when you get on the field of play that a good team is a good team. The fact is South favors a medium schedule. No problem, but own that. It will not be until October 4th when the Purples come calling that we will really know where the Spartans are. That will continue to be a game most will look forward to. Next 10 – 11 to 20: 11) Henderson County (6A) – Preseason Rank: Not Ranked - 2019 Record 4-1; District Record 0-0] Week 5 Results: Loss: 21-17 vs 4A Anderson County (3-2). I don’t have any stats on this one, but obviously was a good game. It’s tough to drive across the state and play a good team, but was a good pickup on the schedule for Hendo, as Anderson will have to travel to Henderson next year! Week 6: BYE WEEK. The BYE WEEK is undefeated and comes at a good time for the Colonels. Rest up as your near term games area very favorable. Those lead to the likely District Championship game when the Mustangs of McCracken County come calling on October 25th! Mark that one on your calendar sports fans! Good Luck Hendo! 12) Owensboro Catholic (2A) – Week 5 Results: Win 68-14 vs 4A Hopkins County Central (0-5). Team Air Raid continued to put up big numbers handing poor ole’ Hopkins County Central their 5 straight loss. It was a remarkable output for the Aces offense and you will see them later! OCATH is really playing well now as they head into district play! Next up: at scrappy Todd County Central. The District Opener! This will be a terrific test for the Aces. The 2 hour bus trip down 431 should be very entertaining. The Aces rarely get tested in their district. I got a little glimpse at both these teams in the 7v7 earlier in July and I honestly think the Rebels have a punchers chance in this game at least for a while. Yes, Todd County Central is the clear underdog, but beware Aces! 13) Greenwood (5A) –Week 5 Results: Loss 43-6 at 4A Logan County. The Gators have been arguably the best “feel-good” story this season, as they have come out of nowhere to shock most people! But that fairy tale ran out of magic dust in Russellville on Friday night as the Cougars controlled play and the game as well, but chin up Gators! Next week: vs 6A Barren County. I hope the Gators lay the law down next week as the Trojans rubbed me the wrong way last year, but let’s move on! Go Gators! 14) Caldwell County (2A) – Week 5 Results: Win 50-13 vs 3A Union County. This is a good win for the Tigers! Coach McGowan’s Tigers appear to have hit their stride as the Tiger offense is playing really well right now. Too bad they are in Mayfield’s district! Next up: at Poor Ole’ District Mate Ballard Memorial. Not much to see here. Ballard is winless with dwindling numbers and Caldwell is playing good ball right now! This one’s over early! Tigers roll! 15) Franklin Simpson (4A) – Week 5 Results: Win 42-0 vs Old Foe Russellville. Not much of a game here as Russellville is still trying to put the limited pieces together. For Franklin, it has to feel good to get a win. That’s the game you play with a tough schedule and they have played a challenging schedule. Good first step Wildcats! Next up: at 4A District Mate Allen County Scottsville. The Wildcats are favored against all their district mates. That’s why they play the challenging early schedule. Because there are other VERY tough 4A teams awaiting should Franklin seek to advance beyond Week 3 of the Playoffs! Wildcats roll! 16) Murray (2A) – Week 5 Results – Win 64-27 at Trigg County. The Tigers get a very nice road win last Friday going to Cadiz and rolling up over 400 yards on the night! QB Hunter Utley had a big game with 250 passing yards and 5 TDs. RB Charvelle McCallister also had a big game. You will see him later! Next up: Vs 3A Fort Campbell. This game should be over early, as I see the Tigers running away with this one! The new playoff system hurts a team like Murray more than most, as they will be over-tested to get through the Mayfield Forest, but could take down most other 2A squads that will make it through to Week 3 of the Playoffs. Fair? You tell me… 17) Graves County (5A) –Week 5 Results: Loss 48-7 at Mayfield! Talk about walking into a Buzzsaw! Poor ole’ Eagles draw the unenviable task of facing Mayfield after a rare home loss. But they are going to have to forget it as district season is upon us. Next week: vs New District Mate Breckinridge County (3-2). Just what the doctor ordered Eagles fans, as the Fighting Tigers won’t be able to drive 3.5 hours over and put up much of a fight IMO! Eagles roll! 18) Trigg County (3A) – Week 5 Results: Loss 64-27 vs 2A Murray. I don’t have any Trigg stats here, but I think a dose of toughness was given out on Friday Night! It will be up to the Wildcats to take that medicine and get better from it. If they hang their heads, the Blue Tornados won’t let up. A test of character in Cadiz this coming Friday! Next up: WESTERN KENTUCKY GAME OF THE WEEK vs Paducah Tilghman! Great Matchup sports fans! Wildcats QB Cam Jordan will have to play a special game to get this done for Trigg! But he is capable! It’s a big spotlight! Let’s see what the Wildcats have for a very solid Tilghman squad! Go Wildcats! 19) Todd County Central (2A) – Week 5 Results: Win 57-27 vs Poor Ole’ 1A Caverna. The Rebels ambushed the Colonels early and it was over fairly quickly! I don’t have stats for the Rebels, but there was a SUPER Effort by one of the Colonels and you’ll certainly see him next! But now comes a BIG Game Rebel Fans! Next: District Foe vs 2A Owensboro Catholic. Now is your chance Rebels! The Aces are and have been the Top Dog in this District for a long while and I really think you have a punchers chance to compete here! But it will take a GREAT effort! You will need the home fan support in this one! Oh and make sure you call the refs so they show up for sure in this one! Ha! Good luck Rebels! 20) Grayson County (5A) – Week 5 Results – Win 24-12 at Breckinridge County! 5 and 0 Cougars! That has to feel good! Congratulations! The Cougars haven’t been 5 and 0 since a very strong 9 and 3 2012 team opened that year 7 and 0! If the Cougars can beat Graves County they will tie that mark! We’ll see! Next up: At Muhlenberg County. I like Grayson County to pull this one out, but it certainly could be close! Good luck! Week 5 Players of the Week: *I don’t have all stats available, so please add as you see fit! 1) Drew Rhodes – QB/OLB – Caverna – 19 for 39 for 219 yards passing with 2 TDs v 1 INT! He also ran the ball 10 times for 116 yards and 2 TDs! And instead of selling popcorn he had 1 INT as well – OUTSTANDING! Add WR Zyier Yates with 7 catches for 111 and 2 TD vs Todd County Central! Great Job! 2) Jay Bland – QB – Hopkinsville – School Record 6 TD passes (218 yards) vs Christian County! 3) Drew Hartz – QB – Owensboro Catholic – 18 for 21 for 548 yards and 9 TDs vs Hopkins County Central! Add WRs Hagan Edge 6 catches for 167 yards and 3 TDs and Dre Thurston with 5 catches for 147 yards and 3 TDs! WOW! 4) Charvelle McCallister – RB – Murray – 17 rushes for 161 yards and 3 TDs vs Trigg County! 5) Tyler Ezell - QB – Logan County – 21 for 31 for 347 yards and 5 TDs vs Greenwood! GREAT WORK GENTLEMEN!!! Week 5 “Teams Trending Down” Greenwood (5A) – Down – The Gators have had a storybook beginning to the 2019 season! There’s no doubt about that! But from afar Cinderella lost her slipper in Logan County Friday Night! But still a lot to play for Gators! District play is looming in about a week! Rise up Gators!!! Trigg County (3A) – Down – The magic the Wildcats have been hammering people with this year got transferred to the Murray sideline last Friday! Can’t win them all Wildcat fans! But you still have a good chance to control your own destiny with strong District play. Let’s see what you got Wildcats! Teams “Trending Up” Hopkinsville (4A) – Up – Hopkinsville has been all over this part of the article the last few weeks. I’m sure Tiger fans like it down here as opposed to up above any day! And when you punch your rival in the gut for the first time since 2014 has to be that much sweeter! Nice win Tigers! OCATH (2A) – Up – Coach Morris’ club has played very well this season and has dominated pretty much every team not named Owensboro! Drew Hartz is playing as well as anyone right now! It will be interesting to see if any of their typically soft district teams can put up ANY resistance? Can they? You tell me… Caldwell County (2A) – Up - The Tigers continue to play well and dedicating their season to their former Coach David Barnes has produced a talented team heading up as we go into district play! While I don’t think they can take down the Mayfield Cardinals, I do think their likely 2 games with Murray to be very competitive and highly entertaining! Good luck Tigers!
  2. Our Eastern Kentucky Power Rankings are Sponsored by Lake Cumberland Sports LakeCumberlandSports.com is an internet broadcast and media company out of Somerset, KY founded by four guys who love High School Sports and love broadcasting! When local radio decided to opt out of airing High School Sports; We decided to jump in. In 2016, we worked with an out of state company and did well. Starting in 2017, we decided to do this all by ourselves and we have been in Overdrive ever since. We have been named the Official Broadcast Partners for both Southwestern and Pulaski County High Schools. We will be doing Football, Basketball (Boys and Girls), as well as Baseball, and Softball in the spring. We may even sneak in some other sports as well. We can be found at LakeCumberlandSports.com and on Tune-In. All games will be archived throughout the season, so if someone misses a game we will have them covered. If you would like to advertise with us we can be reached by email at sales@lakecumberlandsports.com LakeCumberlandSports (@L_C_Sports) on Twitter Lake Cumberland Sports - Home | Facebook And Instagram (still learning) 15. Montgomery County Indians (5A, 4-1)- Montgomery's Offense went off in a big win over Fleming County. The Indians get a well deserved weak off before entering Class 5A competition. 14. Raceland Rams (1A, 4-1)- It is hard to deny Raceland has been one of the more pleasant surprises in EKY and they kept the train rolling by crushing Lucasville Valley, Ohio. The Rams will square up another Buckeye foe, but expect Portsmouth West to be a bit stiffer competition. 13. Ashland Tomcats (4A, 3-2)- The Tomcats brought out the beat down stick for rival Ironton and made a nice statement. Rowan County should allow them to improve their record. 12. Hazard Bulldogs (1A, 2-1)- The Bulldogs' took a loss on the BYE week without even playing a foe. Hazard will have to adjust to life without star RB Cory Smith and will have to acclimate quick against a Prestonsburg team that is showing improvement. 11. North Laurel Jaguars (5A, 4-1)- The Jags tasted defeat for the first time at the hands of Somerset in a defensive showdown. North Laurel cannot live in the past, District play opens with Harlan County in the always competitive 5A District 8. 10. Somerset Briarjumpers (2A, 3-2)- One of the hottest teams in East Kentucky are the Jumpers who secured their second straight signature win and now have momentum building. Somerset now can prove they are ready for a 2A push with one last tough non-district match-up with Rockcastle County. 9. Whitley County Colonels (5A, 2-2)- Whitley had an opportunity to flex some muscle and did exactly that by taking care of Dudley Hilton's Bell County squad. Whitley will travel to Nicholasville to face off with East Jessamine. 8. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 4-1)- Tigers solidified their Top 5 standing in Class A by putting a beat down on Williamsburg. The Tigers will now look to show some US 23 supremacy against the boys out of Louisa as Lawrence County is next. 7. Southwestern Warriors (5A, 3-2)- The off week could not come sooner as the Warriors have dropped back to back games, this time to fellow 5A Madison Southern. Souuthwestern has went from a potential contender in 5A East to a team who may be on the fringe of the Top 10. 6. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 2-3)- Speaking of Madison Southern, Pulaski will need to defend the honor of their County as they get the Eagles next. Pulaski enters on a high note with a quality win over Allen County- Scottsville. 5. Rockcastle County Rockets (4A, 4-0)- The Rockets are still unblemished and had little trouble with Harrison County. Things will escalate in a hurry with red hot Somerset up next. 4. Wayne County Cardinals (4A, 4-1)- Wayne County bounced back from their first defeat by obliterating Harlan County and returning to form. The Rockcastle County clash looms on the horizon, but first the Cards should have little trouble against Clay County. 3. Corbin Redhounds (3A, 3-1)- Corbin had a week to heal and prepare as they enter into a big time showdown. In a Kentucky High School oddity, Corbin travels to Tennessee to square up with Kentucky 2A powerhouse Mayfield. 2. Belfry Pirates (3A, 3-1)- Belfry had command over rival Pikeville before the First Quarter had ended, they also saw last week's win over Newport Catholic gain value as the Breds secured a huge win over CAL. Belfry throttles down against Sheldon Clark as the starters will get plenty of rest. 1. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (4A, 4-0)- The road warriors of Eastern Kentucky will be happy to play a game in the 606 area code after travelling to Louisville and dismantling Moore. Boyd County should not offer much resistance for Class 4A's top team. Three Teams Who Turned Heads: Bath County Wildcats (3A, 3-1)- Coach Poynter's Wildcats came from behind to clip a fellow 3A Estill County squad who may very well win their District. They get another surprise 3A 3-1 team with Pendleton County. Prestonsburg Blackcats (2A, 2-2)- With the eyes of EKY upon them, Prestonsburg beat Floyd Central into submission and looked good doing it. They have a chance to make an even bigger statement against Hazard. Pike Central Hawks (3A, 3-1)- Pike Central's Offense continues to hum and their Defense came up with a stand to hold off 5A Letcher Central. They now enter a must-win Friday as home field playoff aspirations are on the line against Floyd Central. Three Teams Who Caused Grimaces: Estill County Engineers (3A, 1-3)- Estill still may be the team to beat in their District, but their 3A pecking order standing is dropping fast. Estill lost a late lead to Bath County and suffer their second loss to 3A teams from other Districts. Fleming County Panthers (3A, 3-1)- The Panthers were riding a bullet but Montgomery County became the Kevlar vest. Montgomery was able to hang 61 points on the Panthers Defense. West Carter Comets (3A, 2-2)- Losing to Nicholas County might not be the worst loss in the world, but it certainly raises questions especially considering that the Bluejackets last week dropped a game by a three touchdown margin to West's district mate Lewis County. Player of the Week: RB Seth Johnson, Shelby Valley Johnson was superb in a 55-26 win over 3A Morgan County. He ran the ball 23 times for 347 yards and 5 TD's. Game of the Week: Harlan County Black Bears at North Laurel Jaguars- Class 5A, District 8 is always the picture of parity. Harlan County is reeling after starting the year with a bang and desperately need a win to secure their footing. North Laurel should enter as a favorite, but their Offense sputtered against 2A Somerset. A win in this game keeps the District Title firmly in the picture, a loss and a home playoff game becomes much more difficult to secure.
  3. 1. Trinity (2-0) – Trinity gets another win over an Indiana power by inching past Warren Central High School 42-41. Things do not get any easier for the Rocks as they will contend with Cincinnati Catholic power, Archbishop Moeller High School. 2. St. Xavier (1-0) – The Tigers had the week off to prepare for their trip down I65 to visit Bowling Green High School. The Purples are coming off a shocking loss, could this make them even more dangerous? Or does this make them vulnerable to St. X who Bowling Green has had success with lately. Many will be looking for answers in this game. 3. Male (2-0) – The Bulldogs handled the Bruins of Ballard rather thoroughly but how will they do with the very talented Dragons of Doss High School? Male will be favored in the game but win or lose, Doss should put up a formidable fight. 4. Christian Academy of Louisville (2-0) – 2A CAL is making a habit of easily beating larger class foes with their victory over Eastern High School. Next week will be a stronger opponent in Central Hardin but the Centurions should be favored still. 5. Pleasure Ridge Park (2-0) – When it comes to Preseason rankings, some times you make some dumb predictions, ranking PRP #10 was without question a dumb one. The Panthers played outstanding sending the Purples back to Bowling Green shocked. The competition will be a much easier this week as PRP visits Louisville Eastern High School. 6. DeSales (2-0) – The Colts had a close one last week against always solid 6A Butler. DeSales should be a solid favorite against fellow South End Catholic High School, Louisville Holy Cross. 7. Fern Creek (2-0) – The Creek is rising in Fern Creek as the Tigers beat traditionally strong Manual High School but the competition gets better next week as the Tigers visit the Central Yellow Jackets who are having a strong season also making this the game of the week. 8. Central (2-0) – The Yellow Jackets squeaked by Western last week. Central better be ready this week as a Fern Creek team playing great football will be visiting. 9. Shelby County (2-0) Shelby County has two wins over weaker opponents, next week should be more difficult playing Meade County. 10. South Oldham (1-1) South recovers from the loss to CAL with a convincing win over talented Doss High School. Next week should be an easier opponent in North Oldham. Honorable Mention - Manual (0-2) – Despite losing back to back, I still believe Manual can beat most of the teams in Louisville and will work its way back into the Power Rankings. Collins (2-0) - With two nice wins, the titans are a team to watch. Teams on the Rise – Without question, PRP Teams on the Decline – Without question, Manual Featured Game of the Week – Fern Creek vs Central
  4. 1. Trinity (3-0) – A 38-30 victory over Moeller rounds out Trinity three games against out of state powers. The Rock's undefeated record against those three solidified Trinity's #1 ranking. This week is certainly not easy as Trinity will face 6A #3 Male High School on Male's home turf in The Game of the Week. 2. St. Xavier (2-0) – The Purples have been a bit of a monkey on X's back over the last few years but the Tigers rolled out of Bowling Green with a victory. This week will be considerably easier as they welcome Fairdale 3. Male (3-0) – The Bulldogs round out the old Big 3 by handedly defeating Doss. Male's toughest opponent of the season will be this week as Trinity visits Male. 4. Christian Academy of Louisville (3-0) – CAL earns another win over a quality opponent in Central Hardin last week. This week is another strong opponent as Elizabethtown High School visits the Centurions. 5. Pleasure Ridge Park (3-0) – PRP earns another victory last week over Eastern. This week competition improves as North Hardin comes to the Panther's home. 6. DeSales (3-0) – DeSales keeps their perfect record by running over their rival Louisville Holy Cross. This week will be a good match up as a solid Fern Creek visits. 7. Central (3-0) – The Yellow Jackets had an outstanding game last week as they beat a good Fern Creek team. This week will be a little easier as Ballard comes to Central 8. Fern Creek (2-1) – Fern Creek losing to a quality opponent like Central is nothing to lose sleep over. Losing 29-0 thought is somewhat concerning. The Tigers visit Butler with hopes of getting back on the wagon 9. South Oldham (1-1) South Oldham was idle last week, this week the Dragons should have an easy time with North Oldham. 10. Bullitt Central (3-0) The Cougars enter the Power Rankings with wins over Louisville Holy Cross, Spencer County and Southern. This week they will have a bye week. Honorable Mention - Manual (0-2) – Despite losing back to back, I still believe Manual can beat most of the teams in Louisville and will work its way back into the Power Rankings. Bulter (2-1) - Butler's sole loss was by one point to DeSales Teams on the Rise – Central with a great victory over Fern Creek Teams on the Decline – Fern Creek Featured Game of the Week – #1 Trinity versus #3 Male
  5. 1. Belfry Pirates (3A, 4-1)- Entering last week the gap between #1 and #2 was vast. Now that Belfry has been proven human that gap has closed dramatically. Pirates need a bounce back win against the team that handed them their only loss in 2015. 2. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (4A, 5-0)- The Golden Eagles are playing football at a VERY high level and as they navigate the "just want to escape without injury" portion of their schedule they sit in prime position to take over #1 if Belfry cannot find their footing back. 3. Wayne County Cardinals (4A, 5-1)- Wayne has been kicking butt and chewing bubble gum and right now they seem to be all out of gum. Things get interesting this week though for sure. 4. Corbin Redhounds (3A, 5-1)- Corbin nearly stunned Mayfield with an extremely valiant Second Half comeback. Corbin had a golden opportunity but could not close the upset. Don't expect Jackson County to make them break a sweat though. 5. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 4-1)- Pulaski clearly isn't the same team as the past few years but the wins still keep racking up. With Henry Clay's porous Defense entering this game it may be a chance for Pulaski to claim a win over a 6A school. 6. Southwestern Warriors (5A, 4-2)- Southwestern made short work of Montgomery County and now gets a chance to re-focus before District play begins. Coach French has to be feeling pretty good. 7. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 6-0)- Paintsville had a chance to improve their standings in the power rankings against 4A Bourbon County but instead resorted to the "survive and move on route". The Tigers step up in class against Pike Central but shouldn't feel too threatened. 8. Raceland Rams (1A, 6-0)- The Rams keep closing ground. After going 2 for Ohio they return to Bluegrass competition against Lawrence County. With two games against similar yoked 3A foes could Raceland have the chance to leap the Tigers as the East's top contender? 9. Rockcastle County Rockets (4A, 4-1)- The Rock got all they wanted before polishing off Somerset. No denying this week is a huge game with lots on the line. 10. Knox Central Panthers (4A, 3-2-1)- The best way to describe Knox's position at the end of the Top 10 is "Hanging by a Thread". Knox was less than stellar against 2-3 Russell County. A blowout is expected against hapless Clay County or else they may see their little number disappear. Who's Hot? Allen Central Runnin' Rebels (2A, 5-0)- The Rebs just keep winning but they have yet to see a team as good as Leslie County. Lynn Camp Wildcats (1A, 5-1)- ... and the nominee for most surprising 5-1 team in Eastern Kentucky is.... Whitley County Colonels (5A, 4-1)- After being dismantled by Corbin I think most expected this was a team to be wrote off. Four straight wins later could they be the favorite to win their District? Who's Not? Harlan County Black Bears (5A, 1-5)- Yes the Bears have played a tough schedule, but after losing their fifth straight against a vulnerable North Laurel you have to think Harlan County is trending down. Morgan County Cougars (3A, 1-4)- After winning their season opener in dominating fashion you could hear buzz that maybe Morgan would snick their nose in the wide open District race. Four losses later they appear to be the team most likely of missing the playoffs. Fairview Eagles (1A, 3-3)- Fairview has three wins but the story here are the three losses. Fairview has been outscored 166-56 in their three losses and that may only get worse over their next two games. Player of the Week: Dawson Bingham, Estill County In a "must win" rivalry game Bingham was superb. He ran for 191 yard and 3 TD's on Offense. He lead the way and added 5 solo and 7 assisted tackled on Defense and threw in an INT for good measure. Game(s) of the Week: #3 Wayne County @ #9 Rockcastle County Impossible not to give this one the yellow highlighter. Wayne County has big aspirations but a loss here may endanger them of a 3-seed. Rockcastle had a previous shot to prove they were the real deal and fell flat against Pulaski County. Russell @ Fleming County In what will essentially be the Class 3A, District 5 Championship game these two 4-1 teams meet up. Russell's Defense has been superb allowing a meager four and a half points per game. Fleming has been dominant outside of their stumble against Greenup County.
  6. Well, well, well. It finally happened. And it happened right here in the Central Kentucky Area. Henry Clay defeated Scott County. No, Henry Clay smacked Scott County 51-27 last weekend and sent Kentucky High School football fans in a state of shock as a result. That is The Story of the season so far as Scott County was considered to be at least a top 3-5 team overall in the state and Henry Clay hasn’t even been considered one of the top 5 teams in the Central Kentucky Area. That changes now. It’s clear Scott County isn’t who we thought they were and it is also clear that Henry Clay’s tough schedule likely prepared them for what lies ahead in their matchup against Scott County. Make no bones about it, this win is HUGE for Henry Clay not only for their confidence but this was a district win and this win for Henry Clay could be the reason that Scott County could be traveling in the first round of the playoffs. Henry Clay was ranked 7th last week in our abbreviated Central Kentucky Power Rankings. Where will the Blue Devils land this week after their phenomenal win over Scott County? Let’s take a look and see........ Top Ten: 1. Frederick Douglass(6A, 7-0) We have a new number one team in the building and they are the Frederick Douglass Broncos. Frederick Douglass has been cruising along this season and critics will say it is because of their easy schedule. While I do think that Henry Clay has played a tougher schedule it should be noted that Frederick Douglass has played multiple teams considered to be in the top ten in their respective classifications and they have defeated teams in the 6A classification in similar fashion as the other teams they have faced. They have a dynamic offense that has proven that they can score in many ways as Demarco Fishback can run the rock or catch the rock and Demarco Fishback will score the rock. In my opinion, Demarco is one of the best players in the state that no one talks about. His quarterback, Cameron Jones, is also having an outstanding season and having the stable of wide receivers at his ready has proven to be a key to the team’s success. Also of note is that their defense has been strong all season long as they have given up a total of 58 points through 7 games. Frederick Douglass sits at 7-0 right now and as mentioned their schedule hasn’t been the toughest so it has been hard to gauge just how good they are. They are considered one of the top teams not only in 6A but in the entire state. Their biggest test of the season will come this Friday evening as they will face a Scott County team that is looking to restore their reputation. This game is easily the choice for Game of the Week in the Central Kentucky Area this week. 2. Boyle County(3A, 6-0) Boyle County had a BYE this past week and with Scott County losing the Rebels are now the #2 team in the Power Rankings. I know this irks some Rebel fans but at the end of the day the team’s focus is on finishing #1 in 3A in December and not in my Power Rankings in early October. There is still a chance that the Rebels could be #1 next week if Scott County can return to glory and defeat Frederick Douglass. For now the Rebels will be #2 as they look to get some of their injured bodies back on the field in the next week or two. The one thing the injuries have allowed to happen is for depth to be developed. Led by quarterback, Reed Lanter and his stable of running backs, Landen Bartleson, Tanner Crawford and Andrew Sacco the Rebels have been strong, versatile and diverse in the ways they can run the rock. Add in wide receiver, Reese Smith along with Reiley Colwick, Drew Baker and the emergence of Luke Sheperson the Rebels put forth a balanced offense capable of scoring on pretty much any defense thrown at them. This team is loaded with talent, extremely well coached and has the experience to successfully defend their state championship this year. Stay tuned. They aren’t close to being as good as they can and will be. Boyle County will face Garrard County this week. 3. Henry Clay(6A, 3-3) New to the top 5 this week is the Henry Clay Blue Devils. As we all know Henry Clay put a whipping on Scott County last week and as a result they are now the #3 ranked team in the Power Rankings. There were people early in the season who felt Henry Clay should be ranked in the Power Rankings and I didn’t disagree I just needed a reason to validate a ranking. Last Friday they gave me that validation as they jumped from #7 to #3 in the rankings. You want to see teams getting better at this point in the year and that is exactly what Henry Clay is doing right now. Led by quarterback DJ VanHorn and do-it-all superstar Ramond Jackson, Henry Clay is showing the moxie to be able to do the unthinkable and win their district. No one thought they would beat Scott County so it is possible that they can defeat Frederick Douglass and win their district. Especially if they keep improving weekly. They definitely have the confidence to win and now it is up to them to put together some more wins and finish strong. I can’t wait to see what they do next. The ball is in their court. Their next game is Thursday against Dunbar. 4. Scott County(6A, 5-2) Scott County is having a good season. That must be made clear right now. They are sitting at 5-2 and have a strong win over GCL traditional power Moeller out of Ohio and they manhandled a much improved Highlands team as well. No one expected them to lose to Henry Clay but the season is far from over as there is plenty of time for them to regroup and right the ship. They have displayed an otherworldly running game with a stable of strong running backs led by leading rusher, Austin Barnett. Bronson Brown and Payton Brown have both proven to be capable running backs for Scott County and before last Friday night their defense was considered at the very least an above average defense so Scott County has the tools to overcome this current spell they are under. They will get a chance immediately to prove just how good they really are as they will face Frederick Douglass this Friday night. Two weeks ago fans expected this to be a decisive win for Scott County. Now, no one really knows but I have a strong feeling that this game will be a great game as both teams have something to prove as well as a lot at stake. 5. Anderson County(5A, 6-0) Anderson County has proven to be a resilient team as well as a strong team. After losing arguably their best player, Zach Labhart, early in the season the next man up, Charles Collins, has stepped into that role and flourished. Collins is the team’s leading rusher AND the team’s leading receiver and he has shouldered the load for Anderson County as they have passed every test they have taken so far. Now, things may get a little tougher going forward as they begin their district play but looking at their schedule they are good enough to be undefeated heading into the playoffs. You don’t hear many people across the state talking about Anderson County but with the right draw and weekly improvement they will have a chance to play deep into November. Next up for Anderson County will be Woodford County on Friday evening 6. Lexington Catholic(3A, 4-2) The Knights of Lexington Catholic are currently on a two game losing streak but they lost to two formidable opponents in Highlands and DeSales so it is nothing to be ashamed of. Led by quarterback Beau Allen(who recently picked up an offer from Washington State) who is currently the statewide passing leader, Lexington Catholic has been slinging the ball all over the place in a high powered offense catered to Allen’s talents. With wide receivers like Nathan Schnurr, Tommy Knopp, Jackson Corbett and Luke Powell it is easy to see how dominant Lexington Catholic has been in the air. As district play begins the big questions will be, can they stop Wandale Robinson and can they defeat Boyle County? Those questions will have to be answered and we will find out those answers soon as they face Western Hills this Friday night. 7. Taylor County(4A, 5-1) Taylor County is the team that I am unsure of where they stand geographically in the state of Kentucky concerning our Power Rankings but their district has East and West Jessamine, Mercer County and Marion County and those are all Central Kentucky teams so Taylor County is a Central Kentucky Team as well. They are having a strong season and make their debut in the Power Rankings this week as they continue to run roughshod over their opponents every week despite their one loss of the season to rival, Campbellsville. They are in the driver’s seat to finish first in their district as they bring a somewhat balanced offense to the table led by quarterback, Grant McQueary and running back, Wes Oliver. Keep an eye on Taylor County as they prepare themselves to make a deep run in the 4A playoffs this season. Next up for Taylor County is East Jessamine on Friday evening. 8. Montgomery County(5A, 5-1) Montgomery County dropped two spots through no fault of their own. They won last week but so did Henry Clay and Taylor County has proven to be better than them so far this season. Montgomery County’s loss to East Jessamine is still puzzling to me but that could be an aberration. While Montgomery County is more apt to run than throw the ball they do have talent at the quarterback position in Trey Ishmael, at the running back position with Justin Korossy and at wide receiver in Pharoah Davis. They will face Madison Southern this Friday night in a game they should win so I am personally looking ahead to their matchup against Anderson County in October 12. We should see the true Montgomery County team on that date. 9. Lincoln County(5A, 5-1) Lincoln County has been a pleasant surprise this season. They are sitting at 5-1 and have won 5 games in a row after losing 41-0 to Somerset in the first game of the season. The worry that Lincoln County fans had after the first game of the season has turned to elation and confidence that things are different this season in Stanford. Darius Napier has been a strong part of Lincoln County’s success at running back as well as on defense as the second leading tackler on the team. Having a healthy Bryson Yaden at quarterback has also been a huge plus for Lincoln County as they strive to restore the pride in their football program. Up next for Lincoln County is show-and-prove matchup against Pulaski County this Friday night. 10. Madison Central(6A, 4-2) Madison Central is lower where I expected them to be at this point but that has more to do with the teams ahead of them than Madison Central. They have won the games they should win and they have lost the games I have expected them to lose. Running back Freddy Chenault has been the spark plug on offense for Madison Central this season as he leads the team in rushing. Madison Central is in a precarious situation as they are in a very winnable district and should emerge as the #1 team in that district. The precarious part comes in that they are likely not better than the top three teams from District 7(they have a 43-0 loss to Frederick Douglass) so they will need to keep improving every week if they have hopes of advancing deep in the playoffs. Next up for Madison Central will be Tates Creek on Thursday night. Be On The Lookout For: Mercer County(4A, 3-4) Mercer County has won 3 of their last 4 games and that loss was a close game against #9 Lincoln County. With a win this Friday against East Jessamine, Mercer County will set themselves up to finish no worse than second place in their district. George Rogers Clark(6A, 4-2) Due to the success of other teams, George Rogers Clark has dropped out of the top ten. They are now in the meaty part of their schedule and while they should defeat Lafayette and Tates Creek they likely won’t be easy wins and Madison Central is waiting in the wings behind these two games. Lexington Christian(2A, 5-2) Lexington Christian started slowly but they have won 5 of their last 6 games. They will face a strong Somerset team this Friday and if they can pull off that victory they should finish in first place in their district. Player(s) of the Week: Without question the Players of the Week are the two catalysts of the Henry Clay victory over Scott County: DJ VanHorn and Ramond Jackson. DJ Van Horn three for 225 yards and 2 TDs and he also ran for 160 yards and 2 TDs. Ramond Jackson has 159 yards receiving and a touchdown, a kickoff return touchdown, 2 interceptions and 14 total tackles. Game of the Week: Scott County at Frederick Douglass This Friday night. Be there or be square. This game has all of the makings for an outstanding game. This is probably the biggest game of in the short history of the Frederick Douglass football program and this game is the moment for Frederick Douglass to announce to the rest of the state that they have arrived. If Frederick Douglass wins this game then they are easily one of the top 5 teams in the state. Scott County is looking to regain their swagger back after last week’s loss to Henry Clay and will gain it back quickly if they can pull off the victory on the road. Can Scott County contain Cameron Jones and Demarco Fishback? Can the underrated Frederick Douglass defense stop the vaunted Scott County rushing offense? We shall find out soon enough!!!! Last Week’s Game of the Week: Mercer County 29 East Jessamine 22 Mercer County secured another victory last week in their 29-22 victory over East Jessamine. The rushing of Malachi Yulee(102 yards, 2 TDs), Bryson Yeast(54 yards 1 TD) and Brayden Dunn(45 yards, 1 TD) brought the game home for the Titans. Wandale Robinson Watch Last week vs Washington County: 1-1, 15 yards passing 181 yards rushing, 4 TDs 13 yards receiving, 1 TD 12 total tackles Yearly stats: 3-4, 74 yards passing, 1 TD 1117 yards rushing, 17 TDs 330 yards receiving, 7 TDs 2 punt return TDs 1-2 point conversion 55 total tackles( 3 tackles for loss) 2 interceptions Top Performers: Nitavius Thomas-George Rogers Clark-160 yards rushing, 2 TDs Jamaun Clark-Paris-170 yards rushing, 1 TD Luke Duby-Tates Creek-82 yards rushing, 3 TDs Tre Goodin-Taylor County-108 yards rushing 1 TD, 48 yards receiving 1 TD Demarco Fishback-Frederick Douglass-161 yards rushing, 1 TD, 48 yards receiving
  7. 1. 6A Male (8-0) The Bulldogs traveled to Lexington last week looking to continue their winning ways, and did just that. Male defeated 6A Bryan Station 57-28. At first glance, it would seem as if Station had some success against the stingy Male defense, but the score was 57-8 at the break, and the majority of Station's points were scored on reserves. Male will host 6A Saint Xavier this week to determine the winner of the district. 2. 2A Christian Academy - Louisville (7-0) They had to wait seven weeks, but CAL finally got the signature win they'd likely had circled since August, defeating their 2A rival DeSales 21-10 last Friday. Brandt Babin led the charge for the Centurions, rushing for 126 yards on 21 attempts and two scores. CAL will face 2A Shawnee this Friday. 3. 2A DeSales (6-1) After squeaking out a win against 6A North Hardin the previous week, the Colts finally dropped their first game of the 2018 campaign, falling to their rival CAL 21-10 in front of a home crowd last Friday. While it means DeSales won't win the district, it is likely the two will meet again in the playoffs where they the Colts will look for revenge. This week, they take on 2A Washington County. 4. 6A Saint Xavier (5-2) For the second straight week the Tiger defense had an impressive outing, and they have now won five in a row after defeating 6A Manual 25-7. Unfortunately for X, however, they may have once again lost their starting QB Keegan Sullivan to injury. The offense was sub-par at times earlier in the season when he was out, so this will be a concern moving forward. Next up, they travel over to Preston Highway where they will take on 6A top dog Male. 5. 6A Butler (6-2) QB Chaz Burks had a nearly perfect game, throwing 11/14 for 208 yards and 4 TD's as the Bears dominated 6A Pleasure Ridge Park 59-6. Eric Jackson, Jalan Ward, and Malik Brooks all added a rushing touchdown each as Butler had their way with the Panther defense. Butler takes on 6A Eastern this week. 6. 5A South Oldham (6-1) South kept rolling this week, making it six in a row on the year after handling 5A Bullitt East 49-7. The impressive part about this win? The Dragons attempted only five passes, completing just one of those. As a team, South rushed for 486 yards and all seven of their scores. They'll make the trip to Bullitt County for the second straight week as they take on 5A Bullitt Central this week. 7. 5A Oldham County (6-1) The Colonels earned a hard fought road win last week, defeating 5A district foe Bullitt Central 38-33. Parker Caudill, Lucas Jones, Juan Tapia, and Jackson Deckard all scored for OC. This week, they'll face 5A Nelson County. 8. 6A Trinity (2-6) The Rocks bounced back from a loss to their long-time rival in dominating fashion, disposing of 6A Eastern 45-0 last Thursday. We can probably expect a similar result this week, as Trinity will visit 6A Seneca on Friday. 9. 4A Moore (7-1) For the first time in three weeks, the Moore defense gave up points, but it was merely a formality, as the Mustangs dominated 4A Western 42-14 last week. The defense was a big part in this victory, as both Dewayne Cameron and Jamari Wilson had fumble recoveries that they returned for touchdowns. Moore is off this week. 10. 6A North Hardin (5-3) Coming off back to back losses, the Trojans rebounded last week defeating 6A Meade County 24-7. Lavell Wright rushed for 133 yards on 23 attempts and 2 TD's to lead the way for NH. The Trojans are off this week. Trends Up: CAL - We already knew CAL was one of the top teams in 2A, but this week they officially proved it by knocking off DeSales. Down: No one. Game of the Week: 6A Saint Xavier vs. 6A Male Once again, the GOTW in the City of Louisville will likely be the biggest game in the entire state, as Male and Saint X face off this Friday. The winner will not only win the district, but more importantly get to play at home throughout the playoffs. Both teams are known for their defense, so we could be looking at a low-scoring affair. With X likely being down their starting QB, that will make their task even tougher against the relentless Bulldog defense. Last Week's GOTW: 2A Christian Academy - Louisville 21, 2A DeSales 10 In a game that many had looked forward to all year, CAL took control of the district and bragging rights (for now, at least) handing DeSales their first loss of the year. While this game may change the conversation in 2A temporarily, these two teams will almost certainly meet again in the playoffs, when it really counts. Player of the Week: RB JT Benson, South Oldham 7 rushes 220 yards 3 TD
  8. 1. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (4A, 5-0)- The Eagles continued to flex their muscles by laying to smack down on traditionally stout 6A Simon Kenton. They now begin District play with rejuvenated Clay County, but expect Johnson Central to do what #1 teams do. 2. Somerset Briarjumpers (2A, 5-0)- Another week and another clinic put on by Somerset. Not only did the Briarjumpers light the scoreboard up against Russell, they also continue to play sound Defensive football. They finalize their Class 1A stretch with Hazard next. 3. Bell County Bobcats (3A, 5-0)- The Bobcats keep rolling and McCreary Central offered little resistance. Bell now faces Rockcastle County in a rivalry renewed, but this should continue to be all Bobcats. 4. Pikeville Panthers (1A, 6-0)- The Panthers left little doubt by jumping on Lawrence County early and coasting to a win. Pikeville will take the week off before beginning District play. 5. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 5-1)- Pulaski needed every yard they could get but survived a scare against upset minded Whitley County. South Laurel should prove a lighter test as the Maroons continue to try and stake their claim as a legit threat in 5A. 6. Belfry Pirates (3A, 3-2)- A running clock win over Magoffin County was just what the doctor ordered for Belfry to recover from a loss to Pikeville. District play continue with a trip to Floyd Central as Belfry looks to get a win streak cooking. 7. Ashland Tomcats (3A, 4-1)- The Tomcats needed a week away from playing Overtime football and now set their sights on a massive NEKY showdown. Ashland continues to look like a team with big expectations in 3A but will need a win over Raceland to keep those expectations high. 8. Wayne County Cardinals (4A, 4-1)- We finally found someone capable of slowing down Braedon Sloan.... Mother Nature. The lightning cancelled the Cardinals' game against Danville and with a BYE week on us, it will e a while before we see the Cardinals explosive Offense. 9. Corbin Redhounds (4A, 2-2)- It's off only seeing 4 game results to Corbin's name, but a cancellation against Bowling Green will leave them with only nine games. Lafayette will get a well rested Corbin team and should be a nice 6A win for Haddix's Hounds. 10. Russell Red Devils (3A, 5-1)- You have to like where Russell is as they enter the back half of their schedule. The Red Devils obliterated Fleming County and look to be the real deal. They get a fortuitous week off before gearing up for District play. 11. Breathitt County Bobcats (2A, 6-0)- The blowout tour is in full effect. The latest victim was Middlesboro and Morgan County seems to be destined for a similar fate. Say what you want about Breathitt's S.O.S, they are doing exactly what you would hope they would. 12. Raceland Rams (1A, 3-2)- Raceland may have entered as a .500 team, but they made sure that they left their game with Portsmouth West as a team more fitting of their stature by crushing their foe. Can the 1A Rams jump up and get their larger class rival? 13. Hazard Bulldogs (1A, 4-1)- Now that is exactly the statement you would hope Hazard would make! Te Bulldogs asserted themselves squarely in the 1A Title Picture by defeating Paintsville and now have a chance to make an even bigger statement against 2A's top-ranked team Somerset. 14. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 3-2)- Injuries and depth are causing some issues for the Tigers and Hazard exploited it for a head turning win. The road doesn't get easier as Union, VA is a traditionally very stout foe from across the border. 15. Harlan County Black Bears (4A, 5-1)- Clay County was no push over, but the Bears Defense bounced back to carry them to a victory in a hard fought game. Letcher Central has always played Harlan County tight so expect another tough one this week. Trending Up: West Carter Comets (2A, 3-2)- The Comets took a big step forward by handling Shelby Valley and now are the favorites to win their District. Bath County is a fellow class dropper but does not seem to be faring as well. Martin County Cardinals (2A, 4-1)- The Cardinals are off to their best start in a long time and have nice confidence after handling Bath County. Expect them to clinch a .500 regular season with a win over struggling East Ridge. North Laurel Jaguars (5A, 4-2)- After a disappointing 1-2 start, the Jags have reeled off three straight including a win over hated rival South Laurel. Southwestern is a huge game for them as they try to avoid a potential 3-seed and keep their District hopes alive. Trending Down: Williamsburg Yellowjackets (1A, 3-2)- There is no shame in who Williamsburg has lost to the past two weeks as both Somerset and LCA are capable of hoisting a title. With that said, in the the ridiculously loaded 1A East, it is appearing the Jackets are lagging behind specifically on Defense. Perry Central Commodores (5A, 0-5)- This isn't about piling on a winless team, but with a narrow loss to Letcher Central the Commodores are looking like missing the playoffs may be a distinct possibility. They need a good showing against Lee, VA desperately. Morgan County Cougars (2A, 0-6)- The Cougars lost to Knott County Central and with it cost themselves potentially their most winnable game remaining on their schedule. Morgan County has only scored more than single TD one time and help is not coming soon with Breathitt County next. Player of the Week: Trent Asher, Leslie County- The Junior athlete for the Eagles needed to step up in a "must win" type of game for Leslie County, and that he did! Asher carried the ball 8 times for 157 yards and 3 TD's, he also caught 6 balls for 102 yards and 2 more scores. For the cherry on top he even threw in a critical Interception in the 43-27 win. Game of the Week: #12 Raceland Rams at #7 Ashland Tomcats- This has become one of the most competitive and tightly contested rivalries in Eastern Kentucky over the past decade and expect nothing less than a continuation of that. Both teams need a statement win and more importantly the RPI points that come with it.
  9. Just for fun... Now that all of the BGP pre-season power rankings for all of the 5 regions have been released, anyone care to take a stab at combining them into one master-list? Top 25 teams or so? EASTERN KENTUCKY 1) Pulaski County (5A) 2) Belfry (3A) 3) Johnson Central (4A) 4) Southwestern (5A) 5) Ashland (4A) 6) Raceland (1A) 7) Corbin (3A) 8) Russell (3A) 9) Bell County (3A) 10) Shelby Valley (2A) NORTHERN KENTUCKY 1) Highlands (5A) 2) Simon Kenton (6A) 3)Ryle (6A) 4) Dixie Heights (5A) 5) Cooper (6A) 6) Covington Catholic (5A) 7) Campbell County (6A) 8) Newport Central Catholic (2A) 9) Beechood (1A) 10) Scott (4A) WESTERN KENTUCKY 1) Bowling Green (5A) 2) Mayfield (2A) 3) South Warren (4A) 4) Owensboro (5A) 5) McCracken County (6A) 6) Christian County (5A) 7) Murray (2A) 8) Hopkinsville (4A) 9) Caldwell County (3A) 10) Owensboro Catholic (2A) LEXINGTON / CENTRAL KENTUCKY 1) Henry Clay (6A) 2) Scott County (6A) 3) Lafayette (6A) 4) Lexington Catholic (3A) 5) Boyle County (3A) 6) Anderson County (5A) 7) Franklin County (5A) 8) Frankfort (1A) 9) Danville (2A) 10) Paris (1A) LOUISVILLE AREA 1) Trinity (6A) 2) Male (6A) 3) St. Xavier (6A) 4) Ballard (6A) 5) St. Francis DeSales (2A) 6) Christian Academy of Louisville (2A) 7) DuPont Manual (6A) 8) Central (3A) 9) Butler (6A) 10) North Hardin (6A)
  10. BluegrassPreps 2015 Western Kentucky Power Rankings – Week 2 Edition - 09/06/15 Concerning the top story line for this week, I’ve decided to recognize a well-known BGP’er, who absolutely loved Prep football in the Western part of the state and lost his lengthy health battle in this past off-season (March 2015). However, I don’t want to slight Mr. Jayvon Quarles in doing so. Mr. Quarles was a recent respected player for his beloved Hopkinsville Tigers and the Players of the Week will now be known as the Jayvon Quarles Players of the Week. The game of the week will now be known as the PurpleHaze Western Kentucky Game of the Week. I know of no other, who combined a love for playing the game, researching the history of the game and supporting all others who do the same as Michael “Bulldog” Drake (aka. PurpleHaze). He was a friend to BGP and to so many on this site and the entire Western part of the State. Jayvon Quarles – Week 2 Western Kentucky Game of the Week: Mayfield 2A (3-0) 37 at Paducah Tilghman 3A (1-2) 14: This game was fairly close early, but mostly due to Mayfield turnovers producing short fields for Paducah, which to their credit they capitalized upon, but then it was all Mayfield. It seems the Cardinal OLine continues to make strides. Honorable Mention: Glasgow at Barren County – Glasgow gets a big game from QB Dessi Austin and takes back the Barren County Bowl with a 35-15 win against the Barren County Trojans! Inaugural PurpleHaze Game of the Week: Owensboro 5A (3-0) at Bowling Green 5A (2-1) – This game is one I know PurpleHaze LOVED! It features 2 teams in the Top 4 of this ranking and 2 of the best 5A teams period. How will Owensboro’s young QB fare against a typically solid defense? How will the Purples rebound from a beating by St X? Honorable Mention: McCracken County at Mayfield; Hopkinsville at Murray; Central Hardin at South Warren Week 2 Top 10: 10) Graves County (5A) – Preseason Rank (PR): Next 10 – Last Week (LW): Next 10 - 2015 Record 2-1; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 39-14 at 2A Murray (2-1). Coach Gregory and the Eagles are at it again. This time in Murray. Putting up 246 yards in the air and 140 on the ground in a game that was not close. Week 3: SWING GAME vs. 3A Paducah Tilghman (1-2). 9) Caldwell County (3A) – PR: 9: LW: Next 10 - 2015 Record 2-1; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 49-35 vs 6A North Hardin (1-2) Welcome Back Tigers! Interesting game. Caldwell is outgained 294 yards to North Hardin’s 469 yards. But Caldwell’s average starting line of scrimmage was the North Hardin 46. Dee Cain scores 2 late TDs to give the Tigers the win! Week 3: At 1A Crittenden County (3-0). 8) McCracken County (6A) – Preseason Rank (PR): 5 - Last Week (LW) – 10; 2015 Record 2-1; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 54-14 over 4A Madisonville North-Hopkins (0-3). Nothing like a down 4A squad to make you feel good about yourself! With the Paducah Tilghman loss in the rear view mirrors, the Mustangs come to their next BIG obstacle, namely the Mayfield Cardinals. It was a classic one-point overtime game last year. I see no different for a close hard fought game this year. Week 3: At 2A Mayfield (3-0). 7) Christian County (5A) – PR: 6 – LW: 9 - 2015 Record 2-1; District Record 0-0] Week 1 Results: Win: 28-14 vs Henderson County 6A (1-2). Air Raid Christian County moved closer to ground and pound Christian County against Henderson County in this All Colonel Bowl. When it counted, Christian went to the ground with 4 rushing TDs. Can they keep it up? No worries this week. Week 3: vs. 3A Fort Campbell (0-3). 6) Russellville (1A) – PR: Next 10 – LW: 8 - 2015 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 52-42 over 2A Butler County (2-1). Solid road win vs a very decent Butler County squad. Panthers rushing machine grinds out 339 yards with Josh Bigbee’s 191 yards and TD leading the way. Russellville found 2 more players this week to swell the #s played to 21. I predict it continues to swell against intra-county rival, but lowly, 4A Logan County: Week 3: vs. 4A Logan County (0-3). 5) Hopkinsville (4A) – PR: 8 – LW: 6 - 2015 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 50-7 vs 3A Fort Campbell (0-3). Jalen Johnson continues to star for the Tigers. The Sophomore QB passed for 160 yards and 3 TDs and ran for 2 more. This team is good, but the next 2 games on the schedule are their toughest and we’ll see what they are made of. Week 3: At Murray (2-1). 4) Bowling Green (5A) – PR: 1 – LW: 1 - 2015 Record 2-1; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Loss: 45-19 At 6A St Xavier (2-0). Humble Pie Ingredients: Give up 99 yard opening kickoff return, Add 1 punt return for TD, Mix in 3 fumbles and 1 interception. St X was the better team in every way last week. The schedule is unkind as the toughest stretch of the season is back to back with the Owensboro Red Devils coming to town for the first home game of the season. Week 3: PurpleHaze Western Kentucky Game of the Week - Vs 5A Owensboro (3-0). 3) Owensboro (5A) – PR: 4 – LW: 4 - 2015 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 35-28 over 2A Intra-City Rival Owensboro Catholic (1-2). Good game. Ray Zuberer and company were back from an off week last week vs Daviess County and tested the Red Devils. Owensboro’s offense was very balanced with 150 yards rushing and 132 passing yards. However, some Red Devil fans weren’t “real” happy with this one, but 3-0 is 3-0. Big test comes next week with the trip down the Old Green River Parkway to BG to face the Purples (2-1). Week 3: PurpleHaze Western Kentucky Game of the Week - Vs 5A Owensboro (3-0). 2) Mayfield (2A) – PR: 2 – LW -3 - 2015 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 37-14 AT 3A Paducah Tilghman (1-2). First big test; PASS. Reports say this one wasn’t nearly as close as the score might suggest. See above for more. Cardinal Fans, I considered you for the #1 slot, but basically you have one solid win and two “Ho-Hummers” just like South Warren. Test #2 Next Week but this will be on Mayfield’s Home Turf! Week 3: Vs. 6A McCracken County (2-1). 1) South Warren (4A) – PR: 3 – LW: 2 - 2015 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 43-7 at 5A Greenwood (2-1). Greenwood is better this year than last (IMO), but still a long ways away from this kind of challenge. QB Ryder Litton is the gas that makes the Spartans go. He scored 2 early rushing TDs and otherwise managed the game very well. On to a Big Test next week with a tough and gritty Central Hardin squad making the trip down I-65. Week 3: Home vs. 6A Central Hardin (2-1). Jayvon Quarles Week 2 Players of the Week: 1) John Mark Boarman – SR MLB and RB – Owensboro Catholic – after a 19 tackle performance against Daviess County; Mr. Boarman backs it up against the Red Devils with 16 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 receiving TD! Thanks to Nathaniel Bryan for these: 2) Glasgow QB Dessi Austin (248 yards passing and 4 TDs) and WR Ben Hughes (3 TDs)! 3) Taco Wilson (GREAT Name!) QB Trigg County – 4 TDs over Caverna. 4) Berneil Cecil – RB – Elizabethtown – 241 yards, 4 TDs on 8 carries! Week 2 “Trending Down” Paducah Tilghman (3A) – Down – After a terrific opening victory against McCracken County, the schedule is starting to take its toll on the Blue Tornado. Two or 3 more tough games on the schedule at least. Will they be ready for district action or too pooped to pop? Murray (2A) – Down – At home vs a supposedly average Graves County team produces a dude game. Everybody loses, but can they bounce back next week? BIG game when the Hopkinsville Tigers come to town. Week 2 “Trending Up” Graves County (5A) – Up – After losing on the road at Hopkinsville at the Stadium of Champions (may not be such a bad loss IMO), the Eagles have come back with 2 convincing wins including last week at Murray. Huge SWING game against the Blue Tornados next week! Elizabethtown (3A) – Up – Seem to be the Anti-Paducah Tilghman squad from a scheduling standpoint. Yes, they’ve dominated 3 games, but what does that mean against that competition. Should be interesting when the battle tested North Hardin Trojans come calling next week. Crittenden County (1A) – Up – The Rockets keep battling. They have 3 convincing wins against mediocre teams at best, but wins are wins and now comes the second largest challenge of the entire 2015 season when the Caldwell County Tigers travel to Marion, Kentucky.
  11. BluegrassPreps 2017 Western Kentucky Power Rankings – Week 10 & Post-Season Preview Edition Concerning the top story line for this week: The third season has arrived: Playoff Time! The time most of us cherish most, as teams prepare for the win or go home drama ahead! Looking back, we have had some terrific football this season! These playoffs seem pretty open (At least initially) with many teams in the West capable of making deep playoff runs! Get your honey-do’s out of the way Sports Fans and get out and watch some playoff High School Football! Nothing Like it! Popcorn N Coke Top 10 Version – Week 10: Man it was a Frog-Strangler of a Friday Night!!! Cold and wet conditions gripped all teams in the West causing coaching staffs to have to gear down into slower, less risky offensive and defensive sets (except Mayfield). Conditions made it difficult on the fans as well. With these conditions, I find it best not to take these games totally as they seem. Most times you can just look at the scoreboard and know how a game went. These aren’t those kinds of games. These games are just get the lead and grind it out and go home as fast as you can, where you can’t run what you really like to run offensively speaking. 1. Bowling Green 5A (8-2): Win 28-0 vs 5A Bullitt Central 2. Mayfield 2A (9-1): Win 55-14 at 3A Caldwell County 3. Christian County 5A (10-0): Win 20-10 at 3A Paducah Tilghman 4. South Warren 4A (8-2): Win 21-16 at 2A Owensboro Catholic 5. Caldwell County 3A (8-2): Loss 55-14 vs 2A Mayfield 6. Franklin Simpson 4A (7-3): Win 55-6 at 1A Russellville 7. Logan County 4A (10-0): Win 34-6 vs 2A Todd County Central 8. McCracken County 6A (6-4): BYE Week 9. Glasgow 2A (7-3): Loss 20-12 vs 3A Elizabethtown 10. Apollo 5A (7-3): Loss 26-7 vs 6A Daviess County Week 10 Western Kentucky Game of the Week: 9-1 2A Mayfield 55 at 8-2 3A Caldwell County 14. YOUZZZAAA!:eek::eek::eek: Double Nickels on the road vs a worthy opponent! Speaks volumes to me!!! The Mayfield defense played very well, bending several times, but came up with HUGE turnovers in critical times to get the ball back to their outstanding offense. To go into hostile territory with difficult playing conditions and still roll just like any other game says this team is ready to go DEEP into the playoffs! For Caldwell County, I take my hat off and scratch my head a bit. Is this a reflection of Mayfield being just that good or a reflection that you really haven’t been tested in a while and not quite as good as your record would suggest? I’m not sure, but still think you could pull a playoff upset at home! More on these 2 below! Meat & Potato’s Version Week 10 Top 10: 10) Apollo 5A (7-3) – LW: 9 – Preseason: Not Ranked (NR) – District Record – (3-1) - Week 10: Loss 26-7 vs County Rival 6A Daviess County (5-5). I don’t have any stats on this one, but again think this game meant more to Daviess County with Apollo just looking to get ready for next week’s game hosting Greenwood. I think Coach Crume was willing to lose this one in order to be in a better position to win Friday night! GREAT Season Eagles! Playoff Snapshot: Where did this team come from? I mean… did they and Logan County get together with Harry Potter and magically transform overnight? Just seems that way… Just a remarkable season! Apollo earned their first winning season since 2009 and first 8 win regular season since 2004; also the last time they beat rival Owensboro. Can’t say it enough…Outstanding season!!! Ceiling: Show up at BG Week 2 and have the lead in the second half. But it doesn’t last! Floor: Turnovers and penalties could let the Greenwood Gators win one for SR QB Jackson Adams! Purple88 Pick: Apollo is too good for Greenwood this year and the Eagles win by 3 TDs. Show up in BG and play very well only being down by 7 at the half. BG finds another gear in the 2nd and ends a terrific Eagles season 42-17. 9) Glasgow (2A) – 2017 Record 7-3 - LW: 7 - Preseason Rank: Top 20; [District Record: 3-0] Week 10: Loss 20-12 vs 3A Elizabethtown (9-1). Battled valiantly in this one and was up 12-7 at the half… But couldn’t tackle on both special teams TDs and costs you the game. Tough loss because you played well enough to win. Still a very fine regular season Scotties!!! Playoff Snapshot: Glasgow has played well this season with a difficult non-district schedule in order to attempt to prepare for the 2A Jefferson County Beasts! This team is well coached and has terrific athletes. 7 and 3 is fine record and I expect most in Glasgow are pleased with that! Ceiling: Roll Covington Holy Cross; Sneak by a talented Newport Central Catholic; Face a better than you think Lloyd Memorial team and win the Region in OT! Face a destined to get to Lexington Danville squad and just get outmatched. Floor: NCC is good enough to beat you, even at Glasgow. This is your floor. Purple 88 Pick: The Scotties make it to the Regional Final game and play well, but Lloyd Memorial just makes more plays and wins 28-24 in a well-played game. Go Scotties! 8) McCracken County (6A) – Last Week (LW): 10 - Preseason Rank: 9 - 2017 Record 6-4; [District Record 4-0] Week 10: BYE Week. Rested and healed up! The Mustangs get ready to host Poor Ole’ Muhlenberg County again. My recommendation is to blast them out early and rest your players you can’t do without! Playoff Snapshot: Cross-bracketing is the Mustangs Friend this year, as it will keep them away from the Jefferson County Beasts all the way to the State Semi-Final! The opportunity is NOW Mustangs! Ceiling: Win the regional championship vs probably Central Hardin and Host the Trinity Shamrocks over on the Left Bank. Play hard and fight to the end, but that’s all she wrote…. No shame losing to the #9 team in the Nation! Floor: Come in “unfocused” and let a dangerous Daviess County team with revenge on their mind capitalize on too many turnovers. And to lose here would be devastating IMO. Purple88 Pick: Running clock Muhlenberg County; beat a game Daviess County squad by 2 TDs; and take Central Hardin’s Best Shot and win 24-14. Host Big T and get a rough way to go 56-7. Still an excellent year and MUCH to build on! Go Stangs! 7) Logan County 4A 2017 Record (10-0) – Last Week (LW): 8 – District Record: 4-0 - Week 10: Win 34-6 vs 2A Todd County Central (6-3). Don’t have many stats here either, but on a grim night for playing conditions, the Cougars finish off what they started – their FIRST UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON IN SCHOOL HISTORY!!! Sound the trumpets!!! :dancingpa Unprecedented achievement! Congratulations Coach Adler, Players and Cougar Nation!!! Playoff Snapshot: The BEST Story in the West & the BEST Story in the State 2017 – the Logan County Cougars! Epic turnaround we will be referencing for years to come capped off with an Undefeated regular season on the heels of the state’s longest losing streak. Start writing the book now… But I feel the Cougars aren’t done and like the sweet taste of Victory. But how are their wounded comrades? Will be vitally important later! But the Cougars have the ability to play in Russellville until the State Championship Game – Big Advantage! Ceiling: In the second round, you will struggle with the athleticism coming your way, but they know not the Heart of a Cougar and Cougar Nation rolls on. Up next is Franklin Simpson who has been achieving steady runs to the State Championship game for some time now – OH What the Hey – Logan County in this one too! But the train runs out of coal at the Semi-State as a gritty Collins squad finally stops Cougar Nation after a remarkable run! Floor: The team in the second round is good enough to beat you and that would be your floor! Purple88 Pick: Logan County ROLLS in Week 1; gets tested significantly, but refuses to die and ekes out a 24-17 win over Warren East. When Franklin Simpson comes to town, they are all business and stops Logan 28-17 in a hard fought game! Go get em Cougars!!! 6) Franklin Simpson (4A) – LW: 6 - Preseason Rank: 4 - 2017 Record 7-3; District Record 3-0] Week 10: Win 55-6 at Old Rival 1A Russellville (6-4). Not much to see here on a cold, rainy evening in Russellville. Many Wildcats play well, but not sure Russellville was really in this one from the start. Playoff Snapshot: After some speed bumps early in the year, this Wildcats team has really come on! Coming off an undefeated 2016 regular season, I want to think this Wildcat Team has benefitted from the early season losses. If you are a Wildcat fan, you have to like where you sit going into this postseason run! Ceiling: Playing for the 4A State Championship in Lexington! You won’t be the favorite, but your opponent isn’t as invincible and if you can get some momentum going in that game, especially early, you can win it! Floor: I think Madisonville is capable of beating you, but I just don’t think they will. But that’s your floor. Purple88 Pick: Running clock Hop County Central; Beat a tough and physical Madisonville squad in a closer than predicted game. Travel to a better than predicted Logan County, struggle early, but come on late and win by 1 TD. Edge a very well coached Collins squad by 3 points and travel to Lexington for a Class 4A rematch. I will be pulling for you, but you will have to win the turnover battle to win this game! 5) Caldwell County (3A) – LW: 4 - Preseason Rank: Top 15 - 2017 Record 8-2; [District Record 4-0] Week 10: EJ Austin Western Kentucky Game of the Week: Loss 55-14 vs Old Rival 2A Mayfield (9-1). While I expected Mayfield to win, I did not expect this score. Some teams handle adverse weather conditions better than others. I’m not sure if Caldwell just came out of the locker room down 7 or what, but just never got the feel they were playing with much energy, especially defensively. For example, Caldwell has been one of the best defensive squads in the West, especially against the pass. But Mayfield passes cut through the Caldwell D like the P51 Mustang (one of the Best US Planes of All-Time!) cut through the Nazi lines in WWII. One game Tigers – shake it off and move on!!! Congratulations to Hunter VanHooser who is now the leading tackler in Caldwell County History!!! Well done! Playoff Snapshot: The Tigers have played much better than I anticipated they would this season (barring last Friday Night). Their defense is good enough to win deep playoff games; can their offense do enough to win those games? You tell me… Ceiling: I think the Tigers can avenge some old demons and send the Elizabethtown Panthers home for the winter! These 2 have had some terrific battles before and even though you wouldn’t be favored, you would be at home and that’s important for that game! Can’t pull the trigger against Boyle County for you though, but you prove me wrong… Go Tigers!!! Floor: Larue County is a dangerous team. They are under the radar and you likely won’t get up for them. If you are too flat; it could be all she wrote for Caldwell! Purple88 Pick: Running clock vs Hart Co in Round 1; Beat Larue by 7. Play Etown a nip n’ tuck game and I want to pick you to win this game, but just don’t feel it with how Etown is playing right now. But prove me wrong Tigers!!! 4). South Warren (5A) – LW: 5 - Preseason Rank: 10 - 2017 Record 8-2; District Record 3-1] Week 10: Win 21-16 at 2A Owensboro Catholic (6-4). I will say it again, OCATH is not your average 2A team. And I thought they likely played harder than South did in this game. BUT, you HAVE to take into consideration the double whammy of FINALLY playing the Bowling Green game and all that emotion and also losing handily. Taking all that into account, plus the crappy weather, and being on the road, and South being an effective passing team, I’m not that surprised by this outcome. And I still think they can make a good run. BUT make NO MISTAKE, South Warren has THE TOUGHEST DRAW OF ANY TEAM IN CLASS 5A. Let me back that statement up: 1st Round – Graves County, who is capable of beating South and playing well in their own right. 2nd Round – at Christian County, undefeated Christian County. 3rd Round – at Bowling Green, Defending 5A State Champions. 4th Round – at Covington Catholic, #2 in the State with arguably their best team ever. 5th Round – State Final – you’ll be challenged in this game regardless. :eyeonyou::eyeonyou::eyeonyou:CRAZY DIFFICULT!!! Playoff Snapshot: South Warren has had a terrific inaugural 5A season. They played several tough team early (winning those) and 2 really tough teams late (losing those). But you have to think South learned quite a bit from those really tough games that will help prepare them for the playoff wars ahead! Solid team here! Ceiling – I may get some flak for this one, but I think South is capable of pulling some shockers; winning the Regional Championship and facing Covington Catholic in the Semi-State game. Don’t like your chances there, but would be a heck of a year if that plays out!!! Floor – Graves County is good enough to beat you in round 1, especially if the penalties are severe for South. This is your floor. Purple88 Pick: I predict South to beat Graves County is a very competitive, fist fight kind of game. Travel to undefeated Christian County and have a chance to win, but just feel it's Christian County’s year to challenge for the Regional Championship. South falls 21-20. 3) Christian County (5A) – LW: 3 - Preseason Rank: 2 - 2017 Record 10-0; [District Record 4-0] Week 10: Win 20-10 at Paducah Tilghman 3A (4-6). Congratulations on earning your first undefeated regular season of varsity football in school history! Big Deal right there considering the Colonels rich football history! Lot of hard work went into making this happen! Enjoy it this week Colonels – you’ve earned a bunny Week 1!!! :bunny::bunny::bunny: Playoff Snapshot: Not sure how you can improve on an undefeated season! But I will call to the spotlight your schedule, as it does not provide a lot of tests to get you ready for deep playoff games IMO. Now you may have prepared yourself on your own and if you have, your efforts on the field will reflect that! Let’s see what you got!!! Ceiling – This team is clearly capable of making the 4 Game Run to Lexington!!! Floor – Second Round of the Playoffs, no matter who comes to the Stadium of Champions – South Warren or Graves County – either team is good enough to beat you. Plain and simple…. Purple88 Pick: I spoke to our good friend @TackleTrap in January of this year and we predicted BG would travel to Christian County in November with the regional championship on the line. I say that plays out. While I think Christian could win that game, I just honestly feel BG is better prepared to win it. I’ll take BG 35 Christian County 21. 2) Mayfield (2A) – LW: 2 - Preseason Rank: 3 - 2017 Record 9-1; District Record 3-0] Week 10: EJ Austin Western Kentucky Game of the Week – Win 55-14 at 3A Caldwell County (8-2). When you play Mayfield in late October and you get a chance to score; you better capitalize! Mayfield puts so much pressure on you from a “having to keep up” standpoint, I think the mental fatigue took over after the Cardinals got up a couple TDs and that was all she wrote! The Cardinals 4 Phases (offense, defense, special teams, and JV) all played so well; not sure who to mention as I’ll leave many out who played well (Valuable Minutes for the Mayfield JV also - will bode well for next season:thumb:), but the dual QB position this season played by Stinson and Guthrie has been particularly impressive. Usually 2 QBs playing significantly don’t work out that well; seems just fine in Mayfield! Would also keep defensive coordinators up late at night I’d think as well! Playoff Snapshot: These Cardinals have sailed the 2017 waters with incredible seamanship! Their first 5 games saw stiff competition be overwhelmed early and often. Weary, they sailed on to Clarksville to battle a desperate (lost up in Beechwood the week before) 3A Title Contender in Corbin who had to use the “If All Else Fails” Playbook to nip the Cardinals by a FG. The ship pulled back into port for the annual recharging/District Bloodbath and just set sail again LOADED for a deep run – plowing through Princeton – on its way to Lexington!!! Ceiling: This is the Year the Cardinals can start another consecutive Championship Game appearance streak – This time at the Grocery Bag in Lexington! Floor: At the first of the year, I would have said OCath can beat you. But this game would be at Mayfield and OCath has faced too many obstacles during the season IMO – I just don’t see it. But the Desales Colts have been to Mayfield before and they’d like to win this time. They are capable and they are your floor! Purple88 Pick: I think Mayfield goes to Lexington is the bottom line. I think the first and second round games are running clocks. I’d like to think the OCath game would not be a running clock, but it might be as well. The Desales game will be Epic with the game going back and forth. I think Mayfield has more offensive ability than Desales outstanding D is used to and that’s the difference – Mayfield 28 Desales 21. Go to Lexington and get it done Cardinals!!! 1) Bowling Green (5A) – LW: 1 - Preseason Rank: 1 - 2017 Record 8-2; District Record 4-0] Week 10: Win 28-0 at 5A Bullitt Central (6-4). Just a mud bog of a game with players “tippy-toeing” around trying to find decent footing to kick it back in gear. The BG D played well as did 2nd team RB Ja’vyon Collins with 3 TDs on the night! No significant injuries which is great news! Good Regular Season Purples! Playoff Snapshot: Some will say BG didn’t have a good regular season. Then the phase “the pigs get fed and the hogs get slaughtered” comes into play as expectations have become forecast above realistic understanding. Facts are BG lost to a fired up 6A team (PRP) on the road second game of the season; St Xavier strategically places their bye week in Week 2 to prep ahead of the BG game and comes to El Donaldson Stadium and wins fair and square by 11 points. I think the young Purples learned a lot from those games! Now let’s go looking for #7!!! Ceiling: BG has the ability to make it to Lexington – plain and simple!!! Floor: I have a ton of respect for the Owensboro Red Devils, so I will say the Red Devils are their floor. It would be a HUGE disappointment for BG to lose that game, but the Red Devils are like those old firecrackers called “Jumpin Jacks”! You light them and got back quickly because you never knew where they were going to go. They made a whizzing noise and bounced around and you couldn’t get a good handle on them. That’s Owensboro! Makes me nervous for that game as I know they will play as hard as they possibly can. Purple88 Pick: The Purples have been picking up momentum steadily since 2 early season setbacks against better 6A schools. They have a deadly combination of good talent, good speed, good schedule, and a great coaching staff who has been through these firecracker infested grounds before. I think BG handles Owensboro by 21. They play the best Apollo team I’ve ever known and win by the same amount. Travel to Christian County and win by a TD. The Colonels of Covington Catholic, with arguably their best team in their illustrious history, come calling the day after Thanksgiving! Would be EPIC! My feelings are mixed on this game. My head tells me Covington Catholic will win. My heart won’t go against the men in Purple and Gold. I’ll leave it at that. But the team that wins this game; wins it all!!! Next Tier 11 Thru 15 – 11. Tier: Madisonville-North Hopkins 4A – LW: 11; Preseason: Top 15 – 2017 Record: (6-4) [District Record – 3-1] - Week 10: Win 37-6 vs 3A Fort Campbell (2-8). Solid win in tough conditions, which fits the way the Maroons want to play! Good regular season Maroons as you improve off a 4-7 2016 campaign! Playoff Snapshot: The Maroons have played well this season and really developed a strong rushing attack with Hightower and Miller, who will both pass 1,000 yards on the season. The untimely loss to Logan County put you in a MUCH tougher part of the bracket, but you still have much to play for. Purple88 Pick: One of the toughest 4A opening round games you’ll find, as the Maroons host Allen County-Scottsville. The run-first Maroons will look to set that tough physical tone, while the pass-first Patriots will look to ride the arm of their senior leader QB Chase Wilson. Both teams struggled a bit down the stretch, but I’ll go with Madisonville as when the air gets colder, it is easier to run it than throw it. The second round shows a trip to Franklin Simpson. Not this year Maroons, but still a good season overall! Warren East (4A) – LW: 12 - Preseason Rank: Outside Top 20 - 2017 Record 6-4; District Record 2-1] Week 10: Win 36-6 vs. 3A Bardstown (3-7). East just has way too many athletes for this Bardstown team. They have already doubled their win total from last season! Very good season Raiders!!! Playoff Snapshot: Outside of Logan County, I have probably been more impressed with the season Warren East has had than any other team from what I expected. If you look at their record 6 and 4, 2 of those losses were 2 of the best teams in 4A IMO Wayne County and Franklin Simpson. They lost to a good 2A team in Glasgow and a gritty 2A team in Monroe County by a combined 3 points when they were dealing with considerable injuries. Purple88 Pick: The Hopkinsville Tigers will travel to Warren East for a date on the Smurf Turf. The Tigers have been faced with more than any team should have to face in a single season (death of a teammate, loss of irreplaceable key players, change of coaching staff, and reinvigoration of their schedule going from Team Cupcake to Team Rambo!). But the Raiders must come out and just play football and I like them to win this game and travel to Russellville and face the new sheriff in town Logan County. While I do think East is good enough to beat Logan County, I just don’t think they do it here. Great Season Raiders!!! The future seems bright! 12. Tier: Graves County 5A (6-4) – Last Week (LW): 12 – District Record 2-2 - Week 10: Win 36-13 vs 4A Calloway County (0-9). Eagles double up on the poor ole’ Lakers in total yards and run behind that big OLine to get a comfortable win. Sets up the best opening round game in Class 5A when the Eagles visit South Warren! This is a good team here! Playoff Snapshot: The Eagles have had a good season. I’m sure they would have liked to have sealed the deal vs Christian County and put that as their signature win on the year. But a solid year none-the-less. Purple88 Pick: While I think you can beat South Warren, I don’t think you will and fall by 6 points. QB Mathis returns for his SR year next year and I think the Eagles will be better next year than this one! Owensboro Catholic (2A) – LW: 11 - Preseason Rank: 5 - 2017 Record 6-4; District Record 4-0] Week 10: Loss 21-16 vs 5A South Warren (8-2). I didn’t expect you to win this game Aces, but I did expect you to be competitive and that’s exactly what you did – compete at a high level on a difficult weather night. I am impressed by this effort and look for you to roll into the playoffs! Playoff Snapshot: Following the Aces this season has been like chasing water-based paint in a glass of water – they keep moving in an out of focus, mystically moving about (early season schedule) and then all of a sudden they appear as a solid film (dominant district campaign) on top. Purple88 Pick: Honestly, I’ve known the Aces path for some time now. Running clock Webster County and maybe Murray too. Travel to Mayfield with the regional championship on the line and just come up short against a better team. Nothing to fret over, you’re just going to need a complete season with much less adversity to overcome to be able to take down Mayfield. Still a good season for a team that was too hyped at the beginning of the year to no fault of their own. 13. Tier: Daviess County 6A (5-5) LW: 14 – District Record 2-2 - Week 10: Win 26-7 at 5A Apollo (7-3). This is a Big win for Daviess and sets the tone going into the playoffs! And I still think Daviess needed this game more than Apollo did. Playoff Snapshot: The Panthers have a nice offense, but seem to have trouble putting a full game together at times. I know you wish you could have that Henderson County game back. You need to win that one next year to take a step forward. Good luck. Purple88 Pick: Daviess goes to north Etown to take on North Hardin. I think you can win this game and will be pulling for you, but feel it’s a draw. With that in mind, I think you have the best player on the field (WR Marquel Tinsley) so I think you’ll win by a TD. Week 2 you have to travel to McCracken County. Don’t like your chances there even with revenge in your favor for motivation. You play a strong game; just not enough McCracken County 42- Daviess County 34. Allen County Scottsville (4A) LW: 13 - Preseason Rank: Top 20 - 2017 Record 7-3; [District Record 1-2] Week 10: 29-0 vs gritty 2A Monroe County (7-3). Grisly night; but the Patriots took care of business in this one. Sets the stage for a tough 1st round playoff game in Madisonville! Playoff Snapshot: Uneven is the first word that comes to my mind concerning ACS. QB Chase Wilson is an upper level talent, so I expected a better showing in the tougher games. They beat Greenwood by 3 before their wheels fell off and beat Glasgow by 4 in Scottsville; the rest of their wins is to a rag-tag group that have no shot at winning a playoff game. Purple88 Pick: The Patriots have to travels to Madisonville to take on a tough Maroons squad. While the Patriots could rise up and win the game, they have given me nothing to suggest that will happen. Will be a while before a better QB than Chase Wilson walks out of that Patriots locker room! 14. Tier: Owensboro (5A) – 2017 Record 4-6 – LW: 15 - Preseason Rank: 6 - [District Record 1-3] Week 10: Win 39-20 vs Henderson County (4-6). According the Riherds Page stats, Owensboro amassed over 300 yards on the ground. That is not surprising. What is surprising is that Star Imonte Owsley got the ball for 14 carries and 127 yards and 2 TDs. That is almost 3 times as many touches as the Red Devils best player touched the ball vs Apollo. Trend??? You tell me… Playoff Snapshot: Well sports fans, I was praising the Owensboro coaching staff for going to the veer last season as I still feel it was a good call at that time, but I honestly think it’s easy to armchair QB it and say they should have flipped the switch the other way this season. Just too much talent to not try to scheme to get those athletes in space. Purple88 Pick: Red Devils travel to BG in the first round. Owensboro could win this game. I just don’t think they get it done though, but they scare me honestly as they’ll have nothing to lose, play loose and compete hard. But A LOT of baggage has built up off Frederica Street. Some form of change is needed. NO WAY Owensboro should be down here in the 14th Tier!!! :no: Union County (3A) – LW: 15 - Preseason Rank: Not Ranked - 2017 Record 8-2; [District Record 2-2] Week 10: Win 39-29 vs 2A Murray (4-6) Exactly what you needed Braves fans! Got an opponent that didn’t roll over and played you pretty well, but not enough to get the win from you. Your regular season record matches the 2013 season where you also won a playoff game vs Ballard Memorial. Playoff Snapshot: The Braves have been fun to follow this season honestly. They are a tough scrappy team that plays hard and is fun to watch. Had a HUGE crowd when they hosted Top Dog Caldwell County. A bit out of their reach at the moment, but I like what’s going on over in Morganfield! Great season! Purple88 Pick: The loss to Tilghman stings now as you will have to go on the road to a really tough Larue County Hawks team that has only lost once on the road to Etown. I want you win Braves but just don’t feel it this year. But hope to see you next year at the Central Hardin 7v7! 15. Tier: Henderson County (6A) – LW: 13 - Preseason Rank: NR - 2017 Record 4-6; [District Record 3-1] Week 10: Loss 39-20 at 4-6 Owensboro. As long as you come out of this one without injury, I’d say you’re in good shape Hendo, as I think Owensboro “should” be better than you are this year. Need to ramp up now though, as a playoff win would be HUGE for this program going into the offseason! Playoff Snapshot: You may not like their record, but Coach Boston and Company are making their way back up the ladder IMO. Playing TOUGH opponents early in the season and handling their district minus McCracken County in fine fashion and hosting a playoff game. Just like in the pre-season, I would call that a win! Purple88 Pick: Host a Gritty Meade County team, but find a way to win. Travel to Etown to play Central Hardin and while you can win this game, I just don’t think you will. Prove me wrong Colonels! Good, solid season Colonels!!! Paducah Tilghman 3A (4-6) – LW: 14 – Preseason – Top 20 - Week 10: Loss 20-10 vs 5A Christian County (10-0). Team Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda gets excruciatingly close to one of the biggest upsets in the state this season, but couldn’t close out the deal in the 4th Quarter. Still a dangerous team, but likely only 1 bullet left in the Blue Tornado gun this season. Playoff Snapshot: One of the toughest schedules you’ll find in the early season for a 3A school anywhere. Still has a punchers chance for a one-time upset. Still think this team has potential, but that song gets old after a while. Purple88 Pick: Edmonson County is good enough to beat you, but I don’t think they will (Long, Long bus ride!). The bus goes the other way in Week 2 as you’ll have to roll on down the WK Parkway to Etown to face the Panthers. Just don’t see it Blue Tornado’s, but ramp up for next season and have a less turbulent off-season and I can see you making noise in 2018! Others Receiving Votes: Hopkinsville, Edmonson County, Monroe County, Greenwood, Russellville, Metcalfe County, Ohio County. Week 10 Players of the Week: (I don’t have a ton of stats this week, so please add as you find players to add here) Congratulations to all the young men who have had a spot on this list throughout the season! Great Work!!! 1) Hunter VanHooser LB – Caldwell County – Breaks the All-Time Tackler Record at Caldwell County – Congratulations!!! 2) Gabe Harned and Josh Whitis – Graves County - both over 100 yards rushing vs Calloway County! 3) Juriah Hightower – RB Madisonville – 20 carries for 177 yards and 2 TDs vs Ft Campbell! Week 10 – Teams Trending Down – Plain and Simple… Caldwell County (3A) – Down – Plain & Simple… the Tigers got their doors blown off! Bad timing. I’m aware they played Mayfield. Past Tiger teams have put up stiff battles with the Cardinals – 2017 was not one of those. Wanted to pick you to upset Etown. I know it’s just one game, but it was a bad one… Paducah Tilghman (3A) – Down – Not much more deflating for a team to have the biggest upset in the state slip thought your fingers… But Team woulda, coulda, shoulda HAD THIS GAME! I realize you were playing undefeated 5A Christian County. I still think you can upset someone you’re not supposed to, but this was a lost opportunity! Week 10 – Teams Trending Up – Plain and Simple… Christian County (5A) – Up – Congratulations Colonels on your first undefeated regular season in your schools history! BIG DEAL HERE! Best of luck going forward… :dancingpa Logan County (4A) – Up – I think they should make a movie of these guys… small county school; been down for years of consecutive losing; change coaching staff; grind out a tough 2016 season, BUT come through and get a program changing win vs Todd County Central at the end of that season, which IMO was the spring board over the winter/spring/summer to allow the Cougars to rise up in 2017 – And Rise Up they Did!!! Congratulations Cougar Nation!!! :dancingpa MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Congratulations to both Christian County (much more expected) and Logan County (no one expected) and truly memorable and inaugural undefeated regular seasons in both programs history! Historic accomplishments! Good luck to both in the playoffs!!! The Sullen 6: It’s been a long season for Breckinridge County, Butler County, Calloway County, Caverna, Fulton City, and Warren Central. I truly want all these teams to break this streak next season. Will likely be difficult, but if Logan County has taught us anything, it’s that if you believe you can and you instill confidence in young men – anything is possible! Good luck next season! 2017 WESTERN KENTUCKY REGULAR SEASON ALL WEST TEAM QB – Kolbe Langhi – Christian County RB – Tre Bass – Franklin Simpson RB - Gary Hardy – Logan County WR – Marquel Tinsley – Daviess County WR – Caleb Huskey – Warren East WR – Peyton Peters - Apollo OL – Tanner Bowles, Glasgow OL – Trevor Terrell, Mayfield OL – Jackson Burke, Owensboro DL – Jacob Lacey – South Warren LB – Justice Dingle – Bowling Green LB – Pete Cross – South Warren LB – Kyle Hurt - Mayfield DB – Saul Brady – Franklin Simpson DB – Vito Tisdale – Bowling Green DB - Trel Riley- Caldwell County S – Corey Trice – Christian County S – Imonte Owsley - Owensboro Kick Returner – Ziyon Kenner – Bowling Green ATH – Jackson Adams - Greenwood ATH – Jacob Lightfoot – Allen County-Scottsville ATH – Trevor Grant – Graves County Coach – Todd Adler, Logan County Farewell: End of the Road! It’s been a Long Road, but I hope you have found it as fun as I have! Even if you don’t agree with my rankings, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of our other teams out West! We have A LOT to be thankful for in having good football teams in the West! Now get out there and support your team(s) in person! It’s a great time of year! Sweatshirt and shorts weather is my absolute favorite to go watch a game. Good luck to your teams this playoff season and hope to see ya next year!
  12. As we wind down to the end of the season the chance for movement continues to get more slim each week. George Rogers Clark has exited the top ten and Franklin County has joined the ranks of the top ten this week. Other than that the teams remain the same with a little bit of adjusting due to Henry Clay losing their starting quarterback and clearly being a whole new team without him. As we enter the last week of the regular season there aren’t many intriguing matchups and most teams are focusing on team health instead of team success in this final week of the regular. Let’s jump right in. Top Ten: 1. Frederick Douglass(6A, 9-0)Frederick Douglas defeated Henry Clay 36-3 to claim the top spot in their district. They will finish the regular season on the road at Conner this Friday night. 2. Boyle County(3A, 9-0) Boyle County defeated Western Hills 54-35 in a closer-than-the-score-indicates thriller. Boyle County will finish the regular season against Mercer County at home this Thursday night. 3. Scott County(6A, 7-3) Scott County defeated Pleasure Ridge Park 44-18. They have completed their regular season schedule and will face Campbell County on the road in the first round of the playoffs on November 2. 4. Anderson County(5A, 9-0) Anderson County defeated Madison Southern 40-7. They will finish their regular season on the road at North Oldham this Friday night. 5. Lexington Catholic(3A, 6-3) Lexington Catholic defeated Garrard County 39-22. Lexington Catholic will finish their regular season at home against Southwestern this Friday night. 6. Taylor County(4A, 8-1) Taylor County defeated Marion County 62-6. Taylor County will finish their regular season at home against Green County. 7. Henry Clay(6A, 5-4) Henry Clay lost to Frederick Douglass 36-3. Henry Clay will finish their regular season on the road at Cooper this Friday night. 8. Madison Central(6A, 7-2) Madison Central defeated George Rogers Clark 31-7. Madison Central will finish their regular season on the road at Bryan Station this Friday night. 9. Montgomery County(5A, 7-2) Montgomery County defeated Woodford County 48-20. Montgomery County will finish up their regular season at home against Lincoln County. 10. Franklin County(4A, 7-2) Franklin County defeated North Oldham 47-14. Franklin County will finish up their regular season on the road at Tates Creek. Be On The Lookout For: George Rogers Clark lost to Madison Central 31-7 last week. They will finish the regular season against at home against Bourbon County. Lexington Christian defeated Danville 14-13 last week. They finish the regular season on the road at Estill County. Lincoln County defeated South Laurel 35-23 last week. They finish the regular season on the road at Montgomery County. Game of the Week: Southwestern at Lexington Catholic High powered offense meets stout defense in this matchup as Lexington Catholic hosts Southwestern this Friday night in this week’s Game of the Week. Southwestern has been a strong running team this year and we all know that Lexington Catholic has faced difficulties stopping the run with success. Lexington Catholic will use their high powered passing attack to test a Southwestern defense that is giving up an average of about 11 points per game to opposing teams this year. With Southwestern losing their first game of the season last week, I have to imagine that they will be playing this game to win as they look to regain some mojo heading into the playoffs. This is a great matchup for both teams as they look to work out some things heading into November. Last Week’s Game of the Week: George Rogers Clark at Madison Central Madison Central dominated this game as they won 31-7 and secured the top seed in the district. For maybe the first time all season Madison Central finished the game with more passing yards than rushing yards and used one of their more balanced attacks to win this game. George Rogers Clark couldn’t get anything going and Nitavius Thomas was neutralized from the start of the game. I thought this game would be a much closer, competitive game. I was wrong about that. Player of the Week: Reese Smith-Boyle County- 105 yards receiving, 3 TDs, 8 tackles, 1 interception, 100 yard interception return TD Top Performers: Chase Blanton-Harrison County- 201 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 4 tackles(3 TFL) Jalen Burbage-Bryan Station- 114 yards rushing, 3 TDs DaJuan Davis-Frankfort- 259 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 18 yards receiving, 19 tackles Darius Napier-Lincoln County- 203 yards rushing, 2TDs, 32 yards receiving, 4 tackles Will Vernon-Lexington Christian- 134 yards receiving, 1 TD Wandale Robinson Watch: His latest stats haven’t been updated to the KHSAA scoreboard so for this week we only have his yearly stats. I do know that he finished strong against Boyle County but I don’t have his official stats for last week’s game. Yearly stats: 8-10 passing, 173 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT 1560 yards rushing, 25 TDs 367 yards receiving, 7 TDs 35 total TDs 3-2 point conversations 85 tackles(10 TFL) 1 sack 5 forced fumbles 3 interceptions, 134 interception return yards, 1 interceptions return TD
  13. As we enter September things are starting to shuffle a little bit in the Central Kentucky Area. Teams we didn’t know much about are starting to grow and show confidence. Teams we knew about are performing to expectations, exceeding expectations or failing to live up to expectations. As we get deeper into September teams should be getting better each day but that isn’t always the case. How is your favorite team doing right now? Let’s take a look. Top Ten: 1. Scott County(6A, 3-0)- Scott County grabbed their third victory of the year as they defeated Highlands 28-7 in a weather shortened game. Using their strong ground game they churned out 226 yards rushing. Austin Burnett had 121 of those yards and he also had a touchdown as well. Next up for Scott County is Archbishop Moeller(OH) this Friday night. 2. Frederick Douglass(6A, 3-0)- Frederick Douglass also grabbed their third win of the season as they dismantled Paintsville 57-7. Cameron Jones once again flashed his efficiency in passing the ball as he was 14-18 for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns. Demarco Fishback caught all 3 of those touchdown passes and Fishback also added 2 more touchdowns on the ground for a total of 5 touchdowns in the game. Next up for Frederick Douglass will be Lafayette on Friday night. 3. Boyle County(3A, 3-0)- The Rebels are still rolling along and while the scoreboard says they won 34-17 against Danville this game was more of a grind-it-out type of win for Boyle County. Landen Bartleson finished the game with 3 rushing touchdowns to help lead Boyle County past their crosstown rival, the Danville Admirals. Next up for the Rebels will be Wayne County this Friday night. 4. Lexington Catholic(3A, 3-0)- Lexington Catholic continues to show a superior passing offense as they manhandled Lafayette 33-7. Beau Allen passed for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns and Lexington Catholic continues to put up huge numbers in the air and on the scoreboard. Next up for Lexington Catholic is crosstown private school rival, Lexington Christian Academy. 5. Anderson County(5A, 3-0)- Anderson County is the first team to make a move in the rankings this week as they won a weather shortened game against Mercer County by the score of 28-0. Anderson County is a team that has been exceeding my expectations so far but their schedule will get tougher as the season continues and we will learn more about them then. Next up for Anderson County will be Valley. 6. Madison Central(6A, 2-1)– Madison Central struggled to get anything going against a strong Southwestern team this past weekend. As a result they slide down a spot in the Power Rankings but never fear, crosstown rival, Madison Southern is their next opponent and that looks to be a favorable matchup for a bounce back game. 7. Danville(2A, 1-2)- Danville is the only team with a losing record in this week’s rankings and to be quite honest I flirted with the possibility of ranking them as high as #5. Danville is better than their record suggests as they have completed the toughest part of their schedule after last week’s loss to Boyle County. They have a winnable matchup against Pulaski County this week and my prediction is that this will be the lowest that we will see Danville ranked the rest of the season. 8. Franklin County(4A, 2-1)- Franklin County enjoyed a big 48-24 win over Woodford County last Friday night. Nick Broyles was 12-18 passing for 212 yards and 4 touchdowns and Franklin County put up 262 yards rushing to go along with Broyles passing yards. Franklin County will have this week off as the prepare for their next game on September 14th at Anderson County. 9. Montgomery County(5A, 2-1)-Montgomery County enters the Power Rankings for the first time this season after defeating Harrison County 34-14 last weekend. Justin Krossy and Josh Wheaton have been carrying the load for Montgomery County on the ground this year and Wide Receiver, Pharoah Davis has been the team’s leading receiver to give Montgomery County three viable threats on offense. Huge game this week for Montgomery County as they travel to George Rogers Clark to take on their rival. 10. George Rogers Clark(6A, 2-1)- George Rogers Clark also enters the Power Rankings for the first time this season as well. After starting off the season being shut out by Anderson County, George Rogers Clark has won two games in a row and look to make it three in a row this Friday night against rival Montgomery County. As expected, Nitavius Thomas has been a stud for GRC and he looks to carry them to a victory this Friday night. Teams on the Rise: There are several teams in the Central Kentucky Area that have caught my eye this past week. Two entered the Power Rankings this week and a couple more are worthy of being discussed in those ranks as well. West Jessamine(5A, 2-1)- West Jessamine has had a good start to the season after losing in Week 1. We should learn more about them after their matchup with Russell County this week. Lincoln County(5A, 2-1)- Lincoln County suffered a humiliating loss in Week 1 but have won two in a row, including a 35-20 win against rival, Garrard County. A matchup against a better-than-their-record-suggests, East Jessamine team, is up next this Friday. Last week’s Game of the Week results: Scott County 28 Highlands 7 Scott County used their strong ground game and top notch defense to control the Highlands Bluebirds in a weather shortened game. All indications pointing to this game being a running clock game as it was called with about 3 minutes left in the second quarter. Scott County outgained Highlands 252 yards to 22 yards as Scott County seemingly dominated this game of this series once again. Game of the Week - 9-7-18 Montgomery County at George Rogers Clark This week’s Game of the Week is a rivalry game between two schools in the Central Kentucky Area that have no love lost for one another. Both teams are sitting with 2-1 records as they both aim to get their third victory of the season on Friday night. Montgomery County will bring their three offensive threats, Justin Krossy, Josh Wheaton and Pharoah Davis into Winchester to take on Nitavius Thomas and GRC as GRC looks to get some revenge for last year’s 51-21 thumping by Montgomery County. This should be one of the better games in the CKY region this weekend. Wandale Robinson Watch: Week 3: BYE Yearly stats to date: 34 rushes, 323 yards, 4 touchdowns 4 receptions, 196 yards, 3 touchdowns 1 punt return touchdown 8 total touchdowns 16 total tackles(9 solo) 1 interception Player of the Week: Nick Broyles- Franklin County-QB- 12-18-212 yards, 4 touchdowns, 8 carries, 105 yards, 1 touchdown Top Performers: Demarco Fishback- Frederick Douglass-RB- 107 total yards, 5 total touchdowns Beau Allen- Lexington Catholic-QB- 22-33-396 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception. Nitavius Thomas- George Rogers Clark- 19 carries, 134 yards, 3 touchdowns Pharoah Davis- Montgomery County- 6 receptions, 105 yards, 1 touchdown
  14. 1. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (4A, 7-0)- Greenup was no issue for Matney's bunch who seem to look better and better each week. With lowly Rowan County next expect JC to heal some wounds. 2. Belfry Pirates (3A, 6-1)- Speaking of teams healing up, Belfry did just that against Lawrence County but still rolled with ease. The Pirates host a foe from outside Cleveland and may get their legs stretched a bit this week. 3. Corbin Redhounds (3A, 6-1)- Corbin took the week off and now gear up for Bell County. In the past few years this would be "Must See" football, but instead a running clock can be expected. 4. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 6-1)- Lincoln County was no match for the Maroons and Pulaski now gets to celebrate a bit as they return their QB from injury. South Laurel will be a nice adjustment game as he gets back into the groove. 5. Southwestern Warriors (5A, 5-2)- Southwestern made short work of South Laurel and now draws Lincoln County as their final prep before the big one. The Warrior offense has regained form after the Corbin defeat it appears. 6. Rockcastle County Rockets (4A, 6-1)- The Rockets were not exactly sharp against Russell County a week removed from their huge win. Clay County will give them an easy chance to get the kinks out before their next big game on the schedule. 7. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 8-0)- After vanquishing Fairview there remains one more District game and boy is it a big one. First Paintsville finds a week of rest and relaxation. 8. Raceland Rams (1A, 7-0)- Raceland only has Fairview standing in the way of potentially the biggest 1A Clash of the year. 9. Wayne County Cardinals (4A, 6-2)- The Cardinals aren't exactly playing stellar football but they found enough cushion to hold on to in order to take down Knox Central. Wayne should be able to focus on fundamentals the next two weeks to prepare for a playoff push, all while doing some scoreboard watching and hoping for a three way tie. 10. Ashland Tomcats (4A, 5-2)- The Tomcats eek ahead of three loss Knox Central riding a five game win streak with their only KY loss coming very narrowly over #8 Raceland. The Tomcats have a tune up week against Greenup to set up their renewal of their rivalry with Matney's crew. The Next 5: 11. Knox Central Panthers (4A, 4-3-1)- The Panthers gave Wayne all they wanted but fell short in their come back bid. Knoc has to find a way to defeat Rockcastle later this season to keep their hopes of a First Round playoff game at home alive. 12. Pikeville Panthers (1A, 5-2)- Pikeville is playing out the rest of the regular season and she be 9-2 before getting tested again in Round 2. 13. Whitley County Colonels (5A, 6-1)- The Colonels are now riding a six game win streak entering a mammoth District showdown. 14. Somerset Briar Jumpers (2A, 4-3)- The Jumpers have taken some quality losses to good teams and have a nice win over Hazard under their belt. They would trade all that for a win this weekend against LCA. 15. Hazard Bulldogs (1A, 6-2)- Hazard still has their Championship pulse kicking but know the playoff path will be a very difficult one. Player of the Week RB Nathan Keathley, Betsy Layne In a special edition of the EKY Player of the Week it goes to the Betsy Layne Junior who ran one time for 56 yards and his team's lone TD in a loss to Allen Central. Keathley also added the two point conversion for extra emphasis. Keathley is a special needs student who when he was born was thought that he would never walk or speak. Well shows what those Doctors know! Keathley not only is walking but he is scoring TD's! A special shout-out to the Allen Central and Betsy Layne staffs for how they handled the situation as they let a young man make a highlight that many will remember for years. Game of the Week Whitley County Colonels at Harlan County Black Bears- Class 5A District 8, and more importantly home field advantage throughout the playoffs, will be decided at Coal Miners' Memorial Stadium. Whitley enters red hot and winners of six in a row, but the Black Bears are one of the best 2-5 teams you will find having played a murderous schedule.
  15. Thanks to our Sponsor WBKI TV Louisville The CW. Get in the game with Game On WBKI Saturdays @ 8p. Tv station: WBKI TV Twitter: @ItsGame_On 1. Trinity (9-0) – Nothing surprising in Trinity’s 58-0 win over Seneca. Next week is bitter rival Ballard. Should be a better matchup but Trinity will clearly be the favorite 2. St. Xavier (6-2) – After bad losses to Bowling Green and Trinity, The Tigers righted the ship with a solid victory over Manual and a huge win over Male. X has momentum on their side as leap frog Male’s #2 spot and they take on Butler this Friday 3. – Male (6-2) – Male entered last Friday’s game as a solid favorite but someone forgot to tell St. X as the Bulldogs fell 21-31. Due to Male’s otherwise strong season, they only fall one spot by switching spots with St. X. Next week they face arch rival Manual in the Featured Game of the Week. 4. Dupont Manual (7-1) – Manual recovers from last week’s loss to X with a solid win over a very good PRP. Can Manual continue it strong play with a victory over arch rival Male? 5. Christian Academy of Louisville (7-1) – Nothing shocking with CAL’s victory over Shawnee 65-6. Washington Co. won’t give the Centurions a much better game. 6. South Oldham (8-0) – Another easy win for South. Next week versus North Bullitt should be the same story. 7. St. Francis DeSales (6-2) – DeSales recovers from their CAL loss by thumping Washington Co. 55-0. Next week against Shawnee should be the same story. 8. Ballard (6-2) – Poor Jeffersontown, Ballard mowed them down 71-0. Unfortunately for Ballard, they may be the one getting mowed down next week as they visit #1 Trinity. 9. Pleasure Ridge Park (5-4) – Another hard fought loss against and strong opponent will drop the Panthers one spot. Next week PRP has an of week then faces Central in a great matchup. 10. Bardstown (7-1) – The number 10 ranking must be cursed, several weeks in a row, that team loses. Due to Central being a strong opponent, Bardstown will hang on to #10. Next week against Thomas Nelson should put Btown back to winning. Honorable Mention - North Hardin (6-2) – Meade had the week off. This Friday they face Central Hardin in a great matchup. Could a win get them back into the rankings? We shall see. Fern Creek (7-2) – No surprise with Fern Creek beating Iroquois. Next week is Atherton which should be a win also. Central (4-4) – Central reenters the Honorable Mention category with a victory over then unbeaten Bardstown. Their remaining games are Henry County and strong PRP. Teams on the Rise – St. Xavier without question, X is playing their best football with wins over Manual and Male. Teams on the Decline – This “award” almost went to Male but because X seems to be firing on all cylinders now, maybe that wasn’t such a bad loss. So this week, this “award” will sit on the shelf. Featured Game of the Week - Manual vs. Male
  16. 10) Lloyd Memorial (2A / 1-1) – The Juggernauts quietly posted an impressive 8-3 record last season from Erlanger. This year, they’ve started things off very well by first beating 2A rival Walton-Verona last week, and then giving the perineal 1A powerhouse Beechwood a solid game in the first half of their contest this week before the Tigers’ experience was able to overtake the Juggs in the second half as they beat Lloyd 48-22. Look for Lloyd to give 5A Grant County all they can handle this week in Dry Ridge. 9) Newport Central Catholic (2A / 0-2) – Two losses in a row to open up the 2015 football season for the Breds. They lost 7-8 last week against 4A Scott, and this week they were beaten 0-35 by the 6A Cooper Jaguars. With their first 5 games all against teams from bigger classes, it’s tough to say where New Cath’s season in 2A will end up quite yet, but the Breds have a lot to improve on this year on offense, with only one touchdown to show for their first two games. On the bright side of things, New Cath is still looking forward to the return of standout running back Jacob Smith, and showed a lot of defensive resolve this week in their loss to Cooper. The Breds take on 6A Campbell County this week. 8) Scott (4A / 2-0) – For anyone who doubted the Eagles last week after only squeaking out a win against 2A New Cath, the Eagles have silenced your doubts. Scott took to the 5A Dixie Colonels this week in Edgewood, winning easily by 29 points under the Friday night lights. Dixie’s only score in the 38-7 contest came via a recovered fumble in the endzone after a botched snap by Scott in the first half. The Eagles take on the Newport Wildcats this Friday. 7) Beechwood (1A / 1-0) – The Tigers didn’t exactly come rolling out of the gate this week in their season opener against Lloyd, but there was no denying by the game’s end that Beechwood is still Beechwood. Winning 48-22 against the 2A Lloyd Juggernauts, the Tigers showed that they are willing to make the necessary adjustments and put out the effort to win their next 1A title. Beechwood makes the trip to Somerset this week to take on the 2-0 Briar Jumpers (2A). 6) Covington Catholic (5A / 0-2) – After losing by a touchdown to the 6A Ryle Raiders last week, there are a lot of questions about the Colonels that remain to be fully answered. They are still waiting to see what sophomore quarterback AJ Mayer can really do, they’ve lost their starting tailback for the season, and they’re still waiting to see how their starting defense can perform, with two of their key defensive players sidelined with injuries. The Colonels had a dismal showing this week in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, losing 57-7 against Cincinnati St. X, and only posting a dismal 21 yards on offense. Their schedule won’t give them much room to breathe, but we will see how Cov Cath fares in the weeks to come. 5) Campbell County (6A / 0-2) – After their week 1 loss to the East Central (IN) Trojans, Campbell County wasn’t cut any slack. This week they headed to Ft. Thomas to take on the 5A defending champion Highlands Bluebirds. Campbell County struck early, putting the first 7 points on the board, but the Birds did what they do best, taking over the game and putting up 38 unanswered points before the Camels were able to add on another 8 points near the end of the game. Campbell County will be looking to rebound against New Cath this week when the Thoroughbreds come to play them in Claryville. 4) Ryle (6A / 2-0) – The Raiders hang on at #4 . They may have only beaten 5A Covington Catholic by 7 points last week, but their offensive performance was far better than the score let on. This week Ryle traveled to Lexington, and although they struggled taking on 3A power Lexington Catholic in a late night game, the Raiders came home with the W, winning 31-24. Boone County shouldn’t give them any trouble this week, but with Highlands, Cooper, and Simon Kenton looming in the weeks to come, we’ll see what kind of grit this Ryle team really has. 3) Highlands (5A / 1-1) – Highlands was looking at their first 0-1 season in since 2002 this year after last Friday’s loss to the 6A Cooper Jaguars, and although 6A Campbell County drew first blood in this week’s game, there was not much stopping the Birds as they fought their way to a 38-15 win over the Camels. The Birds need to keep working to improve each week with teams like Bowling Green and defending 5A champs Pulaski County standing between them and their 24th state championship. 2) Cooper (6A / 2-0) – I said that last week that I won’t have any problem admitting when I didn’t have thing right, so here it is: Cooper is the #2 team in Northern Kentucky, and after seeing what they have done in their first two games this season, it looks like I underestimated them in the power rankings last week. We’re likely to find out who the #1 team in NKY is in Independence on September 18th. Cooper rolled over New Cath 35-0 this week. The Thoroughbred defense gave it all they could, but the Jags took it all in stride. Cooper is the real deal, and they travel to Lexington to take on the 6A Bryan Station Defenders this Friday. 1) Simon Kenton (6A / 2-0) – The Pioneers are yet to sow any doubts. With a solid win in week 1 against CAL, and now a 52-36 victory against 6A Bryan Station, there’s no denying that Simon Kenton will be the favorite as they travel to Hebron this week to take on the 6A Conner Cougars. The boys from Independence are giving it all they have to make their way back to Bowling Green for the 6A championship this December, and it’s going to take a quite an effort by any of the teams around the 6A bracket to stop them. Game Of The Week: Dayton (1A) vs. Pendleton County (3A) These two teams have both have a hard time winning in recent memory, but this Friday’s game looks to be fairly evenly matched as the Pendleton County Wildcats travel to Dayton to take on the Greendevils. Dayton comes to the game with a 0-2 record, and Pendleton County has an 0-1 record. Which of the two teams will turn up with their first win on the season? Trending Up: 2A Covington Holy Cross – The Indians are 2-0, beating the 2A Walton-Verona Bearcats 28-14 in their second straight week on the road. Holy Cross appears to have dusted themselves off after last year’s difficult 1-10 season. 1A Ludlow – The Panthers have gotten off to a 2-0 start for a second season in a row, this week beating the 1A Bracken County Polar Bears 24-6 in Brooksville. Are the Panthers turning the corner? Trending Down: 5A Dixie Heights – The Colonels are struggling this year after having seen one of their best ever seasons last year in their run to becoming the 6A runners up. Dixie was thumped hard by the 4A Scott Eagles this week, with their only points coming after a fumble recovery in the endzone. 2A Walton-Verona – The Bearcats are off to a rough start, being handed a loss by 2A Lloyd Memorial last week, and by losing again this week to the 2A Holy Cross Indians.
  17. 1) Trinity High School (defeated Ensworth TN 45-0) – While the Ensworth team Trinity beat was not as historically strong as previous year’s teams, it is still Ensworth. So Trinity winning in such convincing fashion will keep the Rocks ranked number one. Next week, Brentwood TN 2) Male High School (defeated Floyd Central IN 41-0) – Many will say a victory over a Southern IN school is not that impressive but 41-0 is pretty impressive so Male stays #2 . Next week Ballard. This game will test how good these two top five Louisville teams are. 3) St. Xavier High School (Idle) – While X did not play in the opening week, they are still stinging in the “loss” to Simon Kenton in the scrimmage the week before. How much should a scrimmage be a factor????? Next week X plays Lexington Henry Clay and hard to call the first game of the season a must win but it could be to get the Simon Kenton monkey off their back and get some momentum going into the season. 4) Ballard (defeated Oldham Co. 54-0) – This author took some heat ranking the boys from Ballard as high as he did in the opening ranking but Ballard accepted that challenge by easily beating Oldham County. Next week is a huge challenge for them as that welcome Male to the Bruins home. 5) St. Francis DeSales (Defeated Fairdale 42-6) – DeSales being DeSales they win and they win convincingly. Next week will be a little more of a challenge against the 6A Butler Bears. 6) DuPont Manual High School (Defeated Central 28-10) Manual gets the victory over fellow Top Ten team Central and rises one step. The Crimsons should stay undefeated when they visit Fern Creek next week. 7) Christian Academy of Louisville (Lost to Simon Kenton 50-23) – CAL drops only one spot from their loss due to the respectable defeat coming from NKY 6A team Simon Kenton. CAL was winning a decent part of this game but SK’s numbers took over the game. CAL will face another 6A team next week in Eastern High School. 8) Meade County High School (Defeated Butler – 21-19) – Meade Co is the newest member of the top ten after defeating former top ten team Butler. Meade hopes to prove they deserve their new ranking next week when they visit PRP. 9) Central High School (Lost to DuPont Manual 28-10) – On the surface it would appear Central should have dropped more than one spot but because their loss was to a top ten team and the fact that no real strength is showing up elsewhere in the Louisville Area, they will stay at number 9. Next week Central will take on Knox Central. 10) Spencer County? (Defeated Bardstown 48-14) – The author of this Top Ten was grasping at straws at this point to find someone to fill the 10 spot. Numerous other teams could possibly fill it also. The author took heat in the opening ranking for leaving out Central Hardin but they lost to Boyle Co so hard to justify entering a Top Ten on a loss. Will have to see how Spencer does next week against Nelson County. Big Riser(s) – I think this award would have to go to Meade Co for entering the Top Ten at #8 . Big Droppers – Would have to go to Butler and John Hardin who’s losses dropped them out of the ranking overall. Game of the Week – Would have to be Male versus Ballard. Many say Male has an argument for being #1 over Trinity and a convincing win would support that argument and Ballard is tired of looking at the Big Three plus Manual for the past decade or more and a victory would put them in the mix of the 6A elite. Player of the Week – Trinity’s Jailen Reed who was the star of Trinity’s routing of Ensworth, TN.
  18. 10) Newport Central Catholic (2A / 0-1) – The Thoroughbreds came out sloppy and flat in their season opener last week, losing to Scott 7-8. New Cath struggled on offense, with stud running back Jacob Smith out, and junior QB Patrick Henschen struggling to find his receivers. Their defense was their definite strength in their first game, but as everyone knows, it’s offense that wins games. The Breds face a major challenge this week taking on the Cooper Jaguars this Friday. The Jags will be riding high coming off their huge win over Highlands last Friday. New Cath needs to have all their big players, and will have to bring their A-game to win this week. 9) Dixie Heights (5A /0-0) – The Colonels have yet to open their regular season, but their scrimmage against 1A Beechwood seems to have validated some suspicions about how well the defending 6A runners up will perform after losing many of last year’s starters to graduation. It’s still hard to gauge the Dixie’s offense, as they were without their starting quarterback for the scrimmage. If they are still starting a backup quarterback this week against Scott, the Colonels may be looking at a particularly tough game against the Eagles this Friday in Edgewood. 8) Scott (4A / 1-0) – Their first game this past Friday may not have been the prettiest of performances, but after eking out a 8-7 victory against New Cath, the Eagles are taking the win for what it is, and they are moving forward to prepare themselves to take on Dixie Heights as the Colonels open up their season this week. It should be a good test for this Scott team to see how they continue to develop, and to build on any shortcomings they identified after their first big test this past weekend. 7) Beechwood (1A / 0-0) – The Tigers won’t be opening their season until this Friday, but they’re already moving up in the polls. With the way they handled 6A Dixie Heights in their final pre-season scrimmage, along with a not-so-stellar performance by New Cath in their own season opener, Beechwood has climbed two rungs from their #9 spot in the BGP Pre-Season Power Rankings. The Tigers will start their season on Friday in Erlanger against the Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts. 6) Campbell County (6A / 0-1) – The Camels had a rough week, beginning with the passing of a recent graduate and football standout, Mitch Kramer. With many of the players taking time out of their day on game day to attend Kramer’s funeral, it was undoubtedly a challenging day for them even without their game against East Central (Indiana) Trojans. The Trojans controlled most of the game this past Friday, but from all reports, the Camels never packed it in, punching in two late-game touchdowns in the 4th quarter to pull within three points of East Central. The Camels will be heading to Ft. Thomas to take on Highlands this Friday. 5) Covington Catholic (5A / 0-1) – Coming into their game against Ryle with a new coaching staff, a new quarterback, a completely new offensive scheme and playbook, and a couple of missing starters, it was hard to say what the Colonels would do. Although they came up short on the win, losing 28-35, they still traded touchdowns with the Raiders for most of the game. It would appear that the development of the defensive backfield will be one of the big missions for Cov Cath. The Colonels go to UC’s Nippert Stadium this Friday to take on a very highly touted Cincinnati St. Xavier team. 4) Ryle (6A / 1-0) – There were many who wondered what Ryle was going to look like this season. After a couple of seasons that had many questioning the Raiders, there was a lot of talk about what Coach Engler would be able to get this year out of his D1 quarterback, Tanner Morgan, and his senior star running back, Collin England. The Raiders managed to take it to the Cov Cath Colonels, posting over 450 yards passing, and walking away with a hard fought 35-28 victory. Ryle travels to Lex Cath this Friday to take on the Knights in the Traditional Bank Bluegrass Bowl. 3) Cooper (6A / 1-0) – Cooper’s biggest question coming into the season was how things would look in the quarterback position for the Jaguars. Nathan Brown’s opening pass – a 72 yard touchdown – seems to have answered that question. At 5’8”, Cordell-Armstrong is a punchy little running back, but his 2 touchdowns and nearly 200 yards rushing against Highlands prove that Cooper is going to be the real deal in 6A this year. Cooper travels to Newport this week to play New Cath on Friday. 2) Highlands (5A / 0-1) – There were a lot of eyebrows raised around Greater Cincinnati and around much of the state of Kentucky this past Friday night after Highlands had their first loss to a Northern Kentucky football program in five years. What may be more concerning for the Bluebirds is the fact that almost half of their 13 points from the loss to Cooper was scored by special teams. Look for Highlands to come out angry and with a purpose this Friday against Campbell County in Ft. Thomas. 1) Simon Kenton (6A / 1-0) – By all appearances, Simon Kenton is coming out strong this season, and has improved on last year’s team. After a very nice showing in their scrimmage at Louisville St. Xavier (6A), and a romping win this past Friday over Christian Academy-Louisville (2A), the ‘Neers will be looking strong and confident as they welcome the Bryan Station Defenders (6A) to Independence this week. Player Of The Week: Torey Cordell-Armstrong (Cooper High School) Running back Cordell-Armstrong showed that he is a major cog in the Cooper machine this past week, running for 189 yards, and scoring 3 touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 37-13 victory over 5A powerhouse Highlands. Game Of The Week: Covington Holy Cross (2A) vs. Walton-Verona (2A) After a tough 1-10 season last year, the Holy Cross Indians celebrated a solid first week win against cross-town rival, Holmes. The Indians will be looking to build on their first taste at success this season when they take the field on Friday. Walton-Verona took one on the chin in their season opener against the Lloyd Memorial. The Bearcats trounced Holy Cross last season when they met in the first round of the 2A playoffs, and will be looking to correct some mistakes on Friday after their Week 0 loss to the Juggernauts. Trending Up: 6A Cooper proved that they are here to stay as a Northern Kentucky Power with their convincing victory over 5A defending champs, the Highlands Bluebirds. 2A Covington Holy Cross is working to climb back to their championship form from earlier this decade. The Indians beat 4A Holmes this past week. Trending Down: 2A Newport Central Catholic wasn’t looking too great this last week when they lost 7-8 to Scott High School in a sloppy game this past Friday. Hopefully returning starter Jacob Smith will bring some fire back to the Breds’ offense. 5A Highlands surprised many folks around the state when they opened up their 2015 season by losing 13-37 to the 6A Cooper Jaguars. The loss marks the first time the Bluebirds have been beaten by a Northern Kentucky team since 2010. Highlands will undoubtedly be making some adjustments as they prepare for the remainder of a very tough schedule this season.
  19. Thanks to Northern Kentucky Family & Cosmetic Dentistry -"Making Northern Kentucky Smile" for sponsoring our 2017 Northern Kentucky Power Rankings! We encourage everyone to patronize all of our sponsors, and you can visit Northern Kentucky Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 2047 Centennial Boulevard in Independence, KY. THE RANKINGS: 1) 5A Covington Catholic (6-0) – Covington Catholic added a 6th win to their record on Friday by beating Columbus, OH-DII St. Francis DeSales (3-2) by a score of 35-7. Quarterback AJ Mayer may have had his season low, passing with 109yds and 1 TD in the air, but RB Casey McGinness had his season high for rushing, with 185yds and 1 TD on the ground, and an impressive 259 all-purpose yards. Sophomore offensive tackle Lucas Jones even added a TD of his own, jumping on a fumbled ball in the endzone. The Colonels have their bye week this week, and will return to action on Oct 6th against Indianapolis, IN-3A Bishop Chatard (3-3). 2) 6A Simon Kenton (6-0) – Simon Kenton also notched their 6th win of the season on Friday by pulling out a 4th quarter come-from-behind 35-30 win over 5A Highlands (2-4). QB Matt Shearer had 234yds and 3 TDs passing for the Pioneers, as well as 104yds and 2 TDs rushing. RB Sam Murray added another 118 yards on to their run game. Will Parks led the defense with 16 tackles, while JJ Courtney, Vuk Sajlovic and Treyvon Nash added 11, 11, and 10 tackles, respectively. Simon Kenton takes on 1A Beechwood (4-1) this week. 3) 6A Ryle (4-1) – No action this week. Ryle hosts Indianapolis, IN-6A Cathedral High School (2-4) on Friday. 4) 1A Beechwood (4-1) – The Tigers played 2A Covington Holy Cross (0-6) on Friday, and extended their undefeated streak against the Indians with a 62-0 win. In the 20 games played in this series, Beechwood now has 5 shutout wins, and has outscored Holy Cross 879-226. QB Brayden Burch went 4-5 passing for 194yds and 4 TDs on Friday, while RB James Davis rushed for 102yds and 4 TDs. Beechwood is hosting 6A Simon Kenton (6-0) this Friday. 5) 5A Highlands (2-4) – The Bluebirds lost another heartbreaker on Friday, watching a 9 point lead with 2-1/2 minutes left in the game slip through their fingers as the 6A Simon Kenton Pioneers (6-0) came back to beat them 35-30. QB Carl Schoellman passed for 161yds and 2 TDs, and RB Larry Wilson rushed for 171yds. It was kicker Nick Bowman’s 3 FGs that helped push the Birds into the 4th quarter lead, along with a pick-6 from Ben Sisson on the defensive side, but it just wasn’t enough for the win. Highlands has the week off before returning to action in 5A district play against Dixie Heights (4-2) on October 6th. 6) 6A Campbell County (3-2) – No action this week. The Camels will host OH-DIII Mt. Healthy (2-3) this week in Claryville. 7) 6A Conner (3-2) – The Cougars made their way back on the winning side of things on Friday by defeating 2A Newport Central Catholic (3-3) 35-27 at home in Hebron. Conner had a fairly balanced offensive game, with 134yds rushing and 113yds passing. QB Cooper Gullion threw 17 times for 14 completions, 113yds and 1 TD in the air, while he added 1 more TD on the ground, along with rushing TDs from Trevor Courts and Jaylen Watkins. DB Clayton Boyd logged 11 tackles on the defensive side of things. Conner will play 2A Lloyd Memorial (4-1) this Friday. 8) 2A Newport Central Catholic (3-3) – The Breds had hoped for another big win on Friday to follow up their upset of the defending 2A champs, Christian Academy Louisville (4-1), but 6A Conner (3-2) wouldn’t let it happen, beating New Cath 35-27. Backup QB Hunter Cain led the offense on Friday, passing for 123yds and 3 TDs. Kyle Kelly rushed for 73yds, and caught 2 passes for 53yds and 2 TDs. Linebacker Jason Decker had a VERY impressive 19 tackles for the Breds’ D. Newport Central Catholic has the week off before returning for 2A district play on October 6th against Covington Holy Cross (0-6). 9) 4A Scott (3-2) – Scott had a fantastic 1st quarter on Friday, going up 21-7 on the 4A Mason County Royals (3-2), but that was the end of the scoring action for the Eagles during regulation. Mason County scored 3 times in the second half to take the game to overtime, but the Eagles managed to pull out a 28-21 OT victory. QB Chad Ohmer passed for 130yds and 1 TD, Nelson Perrin ran for 168yds and 2 TDs, and Quincy Perrin ran for another 110yds and 1 TD. DB Jared Kelsay had an almost unheard-of TWENTY tackles, while Nelson Perrin topped off his offensive performance with 14 tackles of his own. Scott hosts 4A Harrison County (0-6) this week. 10) 2A Walton-Verona (3-2) – The Bearcats had their 3rd shutout win of the season on Friday, trouncing the 2A Owen County Rebels 61-0 in their first district matchup of the year. QB Garret Jones passed for 3 completions, 62yds and 2 TDs, but this game was all about rushing for the Walton-Verona offense. There were FOURTEEN Bearcats who toted the pigskin, with 6 rushers scoring touchdowns, including 2 by Micah Alford. Walton-Verona has the week off, and will return to 2A district play on October 6th against Trimble County (4-1). GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 6 1A Ludlow (5-0) vs. 1A Bishop Brossart (4-1) Ludlow is currently enjoying the best start to a football season in over 20 years, and will definitely be bringing their A-game to the field on Friday as the Mustangs come to Ludlow intent on upsetting the favored Panthers. Kickoff is at 7:00pm. TRENDING UP: 1A Bishop Brossart (4-1) – The Mustangs had a 34-0 shutout win over 1A Nicholas County (3-3) on Friday. They play undefeated 1A Ludlow (5-0) this week at Ludlow. 1A Bracken County (5-1) – The Polar Bears had a 49-8 win over 1A Dayton (1-4) on Friday. They host 1A Paris (4-1) this week in their first district matchup. 4A Holmes (1-4) – The Bulldogs finally got the monkey off their back and celebrated their first win on Friday, beating the 4A Harrison County (0-6) by a score of 14-6 to start off 1-0 in district play. They play 2A Covington Holy Cross (0-6) on Friday at home. TRENDING DOWN: 1A Dayton (1-4) – The Green Devils lost 49-8 to 1A Bracken County (5-1) on Friday. They play Eminence (5-1) this week at home. 2A Gallatin County (3-3) – The Wildcats had a disappointing 34-12 loss to 2A Carroll County (2-3) on Friday. They play 2A Owen County (3-2) this week at home. 6A Boone County (1-4) – The Rebels had their third shutout loss of the season on Friday, losing 30-0 to 5A Dixie Heights (4-2). They play 6A George Rogers Clark (3-2) this week at GRC.
  20. Thanks to Northern Kentucky Family & Cosmetic Dentistry -"Making Northern Kentucky Smile" for sponsoring our 2017 Northern Kentucky Power Rankings! We encourage everyone to patronize all of our sponsors, and you can visit Northern Kentucky Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 2047 Centennial Boulevard in Independence, KY. THE RANKINGS: 1) 5A Covington Catholic (2-0) – Cov Cath headed down I-75 on Friday to take on 3A Lex Cath (1-1), and showed that they have no intention of taking their foot off the gas this season. AJ Mayer was able to connect with seven different receivers for 164yds and 2TDs in the air, while RB Casey McGinness rushed 19 times for 161yds and 2TDs. The Colonels defense didn’t allow any scoring on Friday, with Lex Cath’s only points coming via a safety on an errant Cov Cath snap. Junior LB Jacob Shriver led the D with 10 tackles. Covington Catholic will play 6A Cooper (0-2) this Friday in the first ever football game played between the two schools. 2) 6A Simon Kenton (2-0) –Simon Kenton was also down in Lexington on Friday. The ‘Neers were taking on fellow 6A competitor Bryan Station (0-2), beating the Defenders 49-27. Simon Kenton has outscored Station by a combined 81 points over the last three games in the series. QB Matt Shearer threw for just shy of 200yds and 4TDs, and as strong a performance as that was, it was sophomore RB Austin Hammack’s 19 rushes for 228yds and 2 TDs that was the highlight of the game. The Pioneers will be heading to Hebron this Friday to play 6A Conner (1-0). 3) 6A Ryle (1-1) – In the third matchup of the week between a NKY and Lexington team, the Raiders got off to a rocky start, allowing 6A Henry Clay (0-2) to run up 21 unanswered points before coming back for a 34-28 win overtime. Mr. Kentucky contender Jake Chisholm carried much of Ryle’s offense, carrying 20 times for 268 yards and 4 TDs. The offense ended the game with a total 371 yards, with 100 of those gained on the ground. The Raider passing game remains a question, and will undoubtedly be something for Coach Englar and company to focus on in practice this week as they prepare for 6A Boone County (0-1) on Friday. 4) 1A Beechwood (1-0) – In their season opener against 2A Lloyd Memorial (0-1), the Tigers came out looking a little rusty after last year’s 1A championship season. Despite numerous penalties, and gameplay that was not quite as crisp and mechanized as we’re used to out of Beechwood, the Tigers still played hard and were able to head back to Ft. Mitchell with a 35-14 win over Lloyd. QB Brayden Burch connected 12 times for 160yds and 2 TDs passing. Logan Castleman caught for 70 of those yards and 1 TD, while adding 28 more yards rushing and 1 INTs on the defensive side of the ball. Beechwood had a total 4 interceptions on Friday. This week they will be playing 2A Somerset (1-1) on the road. 5) 5A Highlands (2-0) – Highlands welcomed 6A Campbell County (1-1) to Ft. Thomas on Friday, and despite trailing 14-7 at the half, the Birds were able to enjoy a 27-20 overtime win in their home opener. Opposite to Week 0, their offense was heavier on the passing game Friday, with QB Carl Schoellman hooking up 20 times for 174 yards. Junior Bailey Armstrong’s pick-6 to tie things up with less than 5 minutes in regulation that sparked Highlands’ opportunity to win it in OT. The Bluebirds have their hands full when they travel to Georgetown tonight to play 6A Scott County (2-0). 6) 6A Campbell County (1-1) – Close but no cigar. Despite never trailing the 5A Highlands Bluebirds (2-0) during regulation play on Friday, the Camels couldn’t hang on in overtime, losing 27-20 to the Birds. Campbell County offense outgained Highlands by over 150yds in the game, with Alex Dowds carrying 25 times for 169yds and 1 TD. The defense held Highlands to less than 50 yards rushing in the loss. Campbell Couny will host 2A Newport Central Catholic (2-0) this Friday. 7) 6A Conner (1-0) – Conner looked rough in their pre-season scrimmage against 1A Beechwood (1-0), and on Friday against 6A Boone County (0-1) they seemed to struggle for consistent strong play, battling to pull out a 21-13 win over the Rebels. The Cougar offense had 166yds in the air and a mere 8 pass completions, including 1 TD. Their other 199 offensive yards came on the ground. The defense had an impressive three players with tackle numbers in the double-digits, including LB Andrew Davis with a whopping 18 tackles. Conner hosts 6A Simon Kenton (2-0) this Friday. 8) Newport Central Catholic (2-0) – New Cath was noticeably absent from the pre-season power rankings. In Week 0, the Breds came out to prove their place by beating the 4A Scott Eagles 17-7 on the road. Junior QB Hunter Cain went 6-12 passing for 125 yds, while junior RB Kyle Kelly added on 16 yds and 1 TD rushing. On the defensive side, sophomore LB Daniel Craig wowed with 12 tackles, while Hunter Cain, Jason Decker, and Hezekiah Miller each added on another 9 tackles of their own. The Thoroughbreds will host 6A Cooper (0-1) this week for their home opener. 9) 4A Scott (1-1) – Scott showed up with a chip on their shoulders on Friday, ready to rebound from their loss to 2A Newport Central Catholic (2-0) in Week 0. They did so with a 42-27 victory over 5A Dixie Heights (0-2). Sophomore RB Quincy Perrin rushed for 211yds and 1TD in the game, while brother Nelson Perrin rushed for 49yds and 2 TDs. Safety Jared Kelsay contributed 14 tackles on the defensive side of things for the Eagles. Scott takes on 2A Holy Cross (0-2) this Saturday at Thomas More College. 10) 6A Cooper (0-2) – The Jag’s passing game struggled for a second week in a row, but when your rushing game is struggling equally as badly, your team is in for a bad night. A bad night is what it was for Cooper, who lost 29-7 to 2A Newport Central Catholic (2-0) on Friday. The Jaguar defense did what they could, holding New Cath to under 300 total yards offense, but the offense was not able to provide much of a help in the effort, only managing 180 total yards in the loss. Cooper will play 5A Covington Catholic (2-0) in Park Hills on Friday. GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 2 5A Highlands vs. 6A Scott County Highlands’ two victories thus far may not have been the prettiest wins in the program’s history, but they don’t have to be pretty, just as long as they’re another tic in the ‘W’ column. However, we’re going to get to see tonight just how far the Birds have come since last year’s disappointing 3-8 season when they head down to Georgetown to take on undefeated 6A Scott County at Toyota Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30. TRENDING UP: 1A Bishop Brossart (2-0) – The Mustangs are off to a solid start once again, and have only allowed 1 TD in two games. They take on 1A Bellevue tonight at Bellevue’s Gilligan Stadium. 5A Covington Catholic (2-0) – The Colonels are firing on all cylinders heading into a Week 3 match against 6A Cooper, fresh off a 48-2 shellacking of 3A Lexington Catholic. 2A Newport Central Catholic (2-0) – Another week, another win over a team in a higher classification. New Cath takes on 6A Campbell County (1-1) Friday on the road. TRENDING DOWN: 6A Cooper (0-2) – Things aren’t going well when a 6A team is losing to a 2A team, even if that 2A team is Newport Central Catholic. It looks to be another rough week when Cooper heads to 5A Cov Cath on Friday. 5A Dixie Heights (0-2) – Dixie definitely dropped this week after losing 42-27 to 4A Scott. The red Colonels will still be on the hunt for their first W when they head to Milford (OH) this Friday. 2A Holy Cross (0-2) – Holy Cross has allowed 107 points to be scored on them in two games, and has not yet posted over 150yds total offense in a game. Ouch. The Indians host 4A Scott this Saturday at Thomas More College.
  21. 1. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (4A, 9-0)- The Eagles are flying high and flying far. They polished off Letcher Central in another running clock performance and now set their sights on fellow EKY titan Belfry. 2. Bell County Bobcats (3A, 9-0)- The Bobcats continue their dominance by crushing Estill County and now just need to defeat Harlan County and hope their RPI holds up as the 1-seed in the East. 3. Pikeville Panthers (1A, 9-0)- The Panthers get the win via forfeit over Jenkins and now stand only a win against stout Ridgeview, Virginia away from a flawless regular season. 4. Belfry Pirates (3A, 6-2)- Belfry flexed their muscles against Pike Central to lock up the 1-seed in their District and now set their sights on Johnson Central. The Pirates need a big win as they still lag behind in the RPI after two losses. 5. Ashland Tomcats (3A, 8-1)- Ashland put a hurting on nose-diving Greenup County and know the first two rounds at least will be at Putnam. Spring Valley may be a must-win due to the RPI's weight on out of state teams, but it won't be easy. 6. Somerset Briarjumpers (2A, 8-1)- Somerset bounced back against Washington County and now have only a big showdown for Southern Kentucky bragging rights remaining. A win against Corbin and the Briarjumpers will certainly be viewed as the cream of the crop in the Lake Cumberland area. 7. Wayne County Cardinals (4A, 7-1)- The Cardinals pulled out a thriller by stunning Corbin late and with it claimed the District's top seed. North Laurel is all that is standing in their way as Wayne County hopes to make big noise in Class 4A. 8. Corbin Redhounds (4A, 5-3)- Corbin certainly thought they had it safe and secure but Wayne County's late kick recover and clutch conversion brought the Hounds down. Somerset will be a tough game to rebound in. 9. Breathitt County Bobcats (2A, 9-0)- Another week, another romp. Breathitt is tearing through their District like a hurricane and now need to maintain form against a Pike Central team smarting from a tough loss. 10. Russell Red Devils (3A, 7-2)- Russell didn't let the hangover of their loss to Ashland stop them as they took care of business against East Carter. They stick with their carter County theme as they look to take down red-hot West Carter next. 11. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 7-2)- Paintsville got the big win over a tough Raceland team and now look for an RPI statement with top-ranked 2A Lexington Christian up next. Trying to avoid Pikeville until the State Finals could be vital. 12. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 8-1)- It was a tough loss in more than one way as Pulaski fell to rival Southwestern. Not only does losing to your rival smart, but losing their QB to injury may have hurt the most big picture. Can they rally against Tates Creek. 13. Raceland Rams (1A, 5-4)- It's been a tough schedule and a tough go for the Rams with four losses all to teams already featured in these rankings. The Rams should be able to end on a high note against hard-luck Lawrence County. 14. Hazard Bulldogs (1A, 6-3)- Hazard got back on track after losing to Pikeville to pummel Phelps. The Bulldogs look to pick up momentum heading into November against Whitley County. 15. Whitley County Colonels (5A, 6-3)- Whitley County didn't exactly make a statement with a two score victory over South Laurel, but they do keep moving the ball forward and with a big injury at Pulaski County looming they may be able to make a move if they can beat Hazard. Three Big Wins: Southwestern Warriors (5A, 4-5)- It has been a season that didn't meet expectations for the Warriors, but no matter the outcome beating your rival has to feel good. The Warriors wrap up with a winnable game against 6A Madison Central. Clay County Tigers (4A, 6-3)- With Clay County's win over Magoffin County they lock up at worst a winning regular season. If they can defeat Green County as expected they guarantee a winning season which has not be a common occurrence in Manchester in recent years. Middlesboro Yellowjackets (2A, 7-2)- Speaking of winning seasons, that is exactly what the Yellowjackets have clinched as Coach French's re-brand of Middlesboro pushes on. The Yellowjackets close with Martin County and may have an 8-win season coming. Three More for Fun: Fleming County Panthers (3A, 7-2)- Fleming has been lingering in the "just outside" category all season and after polishing off Lewis County they need only finish off Harrison County to potentially secure a Top 20 finish. Lawrence County Bulldogs (3A, 4-5)- Lawrence County needed a good showing against Floyd Central and they got it. This allows them to avoid a disappointing 4-seed and also avoid the path of Belfry in the 1st Round. Shelby Valley Wildcats (2A, 8-2)- The Wildcats get BYE to end the season, so their regular season work is done. Can they dig down and make corrections to knock off West Carter in two weeks? Player of the Week: QB Noah Parkey, Rockcastle County- The Rockets needed a win against Garrard County in the worst way and Parkey helped ensure that happened with an almost flawless performance. He complete all but one of his twelve pass attempts for 180 yards and 3 TD's, he also carried the run game with 134 yards on 12 carries and another score. Game of the Week: #1 Johnson Central Golden Eagles at #4 Belfry Pirates- This rivalry has not lacked for emotion or big games, but with the RPI changes new life has been breathed into this series. Both teams still have some work to do toward securing their best possible playoff scenarios and a win in this game would be vital for either as both teams enter with a hefty ratings boost.
  22. 1. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (4A, 6-0)- The Golden Eagles did what they are accustomed to doing, put up a running clock in a District game. Expect more of the same against floundering Perry Central. 2. Somerset Briarjumpers (2A, 6-0)- The perfect season continues, but the Briarjumpers got a great scare put in them to begin the Halloween month. Hazard gave Somerset all they wanted but the Briarjumpers made the big plays. They now get Danville but will do so without Alex Miller. 3. Bell County Bobcats (3A, 6-0)- Bell chipped away at The Rock and posted a shutout of the Rockets. Bell continues on with a Garrard County team that they should be able to win going away against. 4. Pikeville Panthers (1A, 6-0)- The Perfect Panthers will get some District action against Phelps. The Hornets may very well boast the single longest losing streak to a single team in the State, so expect Pikeville to keep that streak extended. 5. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 6-1)- South Laurel was no match for the Maroon Monsoon of points. The other Laurel County team will try their hand as Pulaski looks to be a team on a mission. 6. Belfry Pirates (3A, 4-2)- It was a business trip as Belfry went to Floyd Central and left no doubt. The Pirates wish they were playing this week instead of taking their second BYE in the midst of a 9-game schedule. Belfry is starting to get healthy though. 7. Ashland Tomcats (3A, 5-1)- The Tomcats used the explosive play to take down rival Raceland and with it cemented their status as a team firmly in the 3A race. East Carter is next and will be a little bit tougher of a game than the Tomcats are used to from the Raiders. 8. Wayne County Cardinals (4A, 4-1)- The Cardinals will hit the road for Lincoln County as they dig deeper toward earning another District Title. Coach Thompson's group is slowly climbing the 4A rankings and growing in confidence as well. 9. Corbin Redhounds (4A, 3-2)- Corbin looked a little rusty at first after the layoff but found enough points and enough defense to secure the win over 6A Lafayette. Knox Central is a rivalry game but the Hounds should be fine if they stay to task. 10. Russell Red Devils (3A, 5-1)- Rusell seemingly plays a rivalry game every week. It is something that comes with the territory when you are a NEKY powerhouse. Greenup County is next with District implications a plenty. 11. Breathitt County Bobcats (2A, 7-0)- With a running clock pre-determined to start the game, the Bobcats became one of the first 7-0 teams in Kentucky with their win over Morgan County. Breathitt will let the other undefeated teams catch up to them with an OPEN week that might be as tough of competition as the rest of their schedule. 12. Hazard Bulldogs (1A, 4-2)- "Good Losses" are an oxy-moron, but the Somerset defeat had to ,eave Hazard feeling pretty good as they were every bit in the fight and a few self-inflicted wounds from an upset. With a pre-determined Jenkins forfeit, the Bulldogs will get a win and a week off. 13. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 4-2)- The Tigers secured a really nice win over arguably the best team in Southwest Virginia. Fairview has really been on the wrong end of the scoreboard and expect the Tigers to put an effort that should let some younger guys get some minutes. 14. Raceland Rams (1A, 3-3)- The Rams just simply did not have enough Offensive firepower and their best laid plans fell victim to a handful of big yardage plays as Ashland set the Rams back to a .500 win percentage. Raceland will get on the right side with Betsy Layne coming up next. 15. Harlan County Black Bears (4A, 6-1)- The Bears will just a notch above Letcher Central as they kept the Cougars at bay on their way to a convincing enough victory. The Black Bears get a week off before their schedule takes a significant step up in competition. Three of Note: East Carter Raiders (3A, 5-1)- Anytime you dominate a #3 ranked team it is a good night. Granted, Tolsia was the #3 ranked team in West Virginia Class 1A, and may not even be a Top 10 1A team if they were in Kentucky... but it was still a nice confidence booster heading into a big game. Pike Central Hawks (3A, 5-1)- Speaking of 5-1 3A teams with blowout wins over West Virginia foes, Pike Central went full on scoreboard exploding against Tug Valley. They have a massive showdown with Lawrence County as they pursue bigger things. Whitley County Colonels (5A, 3-3)- Whitley ended a two game slide by going all the way to Paris and punishing the host Bourbon County squad. With three losses to ranked teams, the Colonels look to make their move against some more level competition. Three Teams Who Already Hate October: Southwestern Warriors (5A, 2-4)- With a loss to North Laurel where their Offense continues to sputter, the Warriors are now staring at the prospects of a 4-seed if they don't start rallying the troops. Prestonsburg Blackcats (2A, 2-5)- The once proud program just continues to wallow in misery in recent years. A 61-14 score is what they used to put on Shelby Valley in victory, now it is what they are seeing in defeat. Harlan Green Dragons (1A, 1-5)- Thomas Walker, Virginia is one of those schools you schedule win you want to post a win. The Green Dragons are only boasting a forfeit win, otherwise they may be looking up at a potential winless season. Player of the Week: RB Matt Anderson, Pike Central- The Freshman phenom Anderson has had a great season to date with the potential for a 1000-yard season even prior to Friday's game against Tug Valley, WV. Anderson almost single handily elevated himself to that milestone by rushing for 329 yards on 18 carries and 6 TD's in the Hawk's blowout win. Game of the Week: Lynn Camp Wildcats at Pineville Mountain Lions- It is a huge clash in 1A District 8 as these two teams go after it with an all important playoff seed on the line. Any hope of a District Title basically hinges on winning this game, and with Williamsburg still looming on both schedules, a loss most likely means taking to the road for the playoffs.
  23. 1) 5A Covington Catholic (10-0) – 1992, 2017, 2018, 2019. Those are the four times the Colonels’ football program has chalked up “10-0”. Cov Cath finished out their third straight undefeated regular season on Friday by beating 5A Conner 45-7 to take first place in 5A district 5. The Colonels came out and scored quickly, but things escalated quickly late in the 2Q after Conner’s lone TD brought the score to 24-7 with 2:18 to go in the half, only to have Cov Cath change that to a 45-7 running clock with less than 10 seconds left in the half. QB Caleb Jacob was 13-21 passing for 305yds and 4 TDs. RB Michael Boydston ran 6 times for 40yds and 2 TDs. WR Ethan Reardon had 4 receptions for 119yds and 2 TDs, and TE Michael Mayer had 5 receptions for 148yds and 2 TDs. Mayer also had 4 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception on the defensive side of the ball, and Owen Nally & David Brunson both led the defense with 5 tackles a piece. Cov Cath has their bye week this week before starting their 5A playoff run at home on Friday against Cooper (5-5). The Colonels previously beat the Jaguars 45-6 on September 27. 2) 6A Simon Kenton (6-3) – The Pioneers have won three straight, with their latest win coming in last Friday in a 44-14 victory over 6A Ryle (5-5), giving Simon Kenton the undisputed 6A district 6 title. Freshman QB Chase Crone had his biggest passing game yet, going 17-29 for 279yds, 3 TDs, and 1 INT. He was also the teams #2 rusher in the game, with 11 carries for 91yds and 2 TDs. RB Austin Hammack had 129yds on 20 carries, good for the team’s remaining TD. The defense also provided 2 points in the game on a sack by DL Jack Milton, good for a safety. LB Nate Walker and LB Aric Hoffman both had 9 tackles a piece to lead the defensive effort, and LB Luke Huesman had 8 tackles in the game. Simon Kenton will be wrapping up their regular season in Morrow, OH on Friday against the OH-DII Little Miami Panthers (7-2). 3) 5A Highlands (6-4) – The Birds wrapped up their regular season on Friday with their 4th and final district matchup, beating 5A Cooper (5-5) in Union. Highlands’ offense may have been outgained by Cooper’s, but they were tops on the scoreboard, winning the game 14-7. Their passing was minimal in the game, with QB Collin Hollingsworth going 2-8 in the air for 6yds. Both of the Bluebird touchdowns came via RB Sawyer Depp, who rushed 12 times for 128yds and 2 TDs. RB Joe Buten also provided 76yds on his 16 carries. Defensive stats have not been reported for the game. Highlands will have this week off before returning to action next Friday for a rematch in the 1st round of the playoffs against Conner (7-2) who previously beat the Birds 20-17 on October 4. 4) Conner (7-2) – Things didn’t go how the Cougars would have liked them to on Friday. After showing some fight and resolve early in the 2nd quarter against Covington Catholic (10-0), things came apart for Conner, with the final score ending up at 45-7 in the Colonels’ favor. QB Jared Hicks had a solid game, despite the loss, going 18-25 passing for 170yds, and rushing 6 times for 24yds and 1 TD. WR Colton Roy led the offense in yardage with 67yds on 6 receptions, and WR Caleb Ervin was second with 5 receptions good for 56yds. Parker Hitzfield led the defense with 9 tackles, and Drew Cobble, Caleb Ervin, Frankie Salzarulo and Clayton Melcher each had 4 tackles a piece. The Cougars will be wrapping up their regular season at home on senior night against 6A George Rogers Clark (5-4). 5) 6A Ryle (5-5) – Ryle finished up their regular season on Friday with a 44-14 loss to 6A Simon Kenton (6-3), giving the Raiders the #2 spot in 6A district 6. QB Keegan Stanken was 16-28 by air in the game, good for 157yds and 1 INT. RB Kyle England led the offense with 137yds on his 17 carries, good for both of Ryle’s touchdowns. WR Ryan Planck had 4 receptions good for 40yds, WR Will Watkins had 37yds on 2 receptions, and WR Leonel Galan had 4 receptions for 36yds. DB Mathias Cusick and DB Johnathan Coker each tallies 13 tackles a piece, LB Max Hungler had 8 tackles, and DE Noah Duke had 7 tackles and a fumble recovery. The Raiders will also be taking a week off from football action before returning for their first round playoff rematch against Dixie Heights (3-6). Ryle previously beat Dixie 13-8 on October 18. 6) 2A Beechwood (5-4) – Things are finally looking solid for Beechwood, with the team improving to a winning record on Friday thanks to a 38-0 shutout over 2A Newport (7-3). The Tigers were 3-0 against their competition in 2A district 6, and beat the district opposition by a total combined score of 143-6. It was a relatively quiet passing game on Friday, with QB Cam Hergott going 12-18 in the air good for 90yds. Hergott also led the team rushing with 58yds on 10 carries, good for 2 TDs. RB Avery Courtney also rushed 9 times for 31yds and 1 TD, and RB Cole Stammer rushed 8 times for 28yds and 2 TDs. The top receiving performances came from WR Brady Moore and WR Mason Williams, who had 5 receptions for 41yds and 4 receptions for 25yds, respectively. DE Gage Dollenmeyer logged 2 fumble recoveries and sack in the game, DL Carter Noah had a sack, and DL Xavier Campbell also scooped up a fumble. Beehcwood will wrap up their regular season at home on senior night against 1A Newport Central Catholic (7-2). 7) 5A Cooper (5-5) – Cooper finished their regular season in frustrating fashion on Friday, losing 14-7 to district competitor Highlands (6-4), and doing so despite outgaining the Birds’ offense 264-204. QB Drew Warth was 20-38 passing on the night, good for 165yds. Unfortunately it was the field possession achieved by 3 interceptions that game Highlands the offensive advantage to win the game. RB Anthony Witschey rushed 20 times for 76yds, and WR/RB Jeremiah Lee rushed 9 times for 25yds and a TD in addition to his 7 receptions good for 53yds. Freshman WR Zion Mason had 64yds on his 6 receptions, and also had an interception for the Jaguars from his spot in the defensive backfield. LB Joe Poage led the defense with 12 tackles, DB Chester Hale had 8 tackles, and LB Ethan Bosway had 7 tackles. Cooper is one of several teams around NKY with a bye week this week, and the Jags will be back on the game field in Park Hills for the first round of 5A playoffs taking on the Covington Catholic Colonels (10-0) again. Cooper previously lost to Cov Cath 45-6 back on September 27. 8) 1A Newport Central Catholic (7-2) – The Thoroughbreds finished up their district run on Friday by beating 1A Bellevue (2-7) with a 50-7 final score. Much like Beechwood, New Cath was 3-0 over their district opponents, thumping the rest of 1A district 4 with a combined score of 148-17. QB Paul Kremer was 15-18 passing for 201yds and 1 TD, and backup QB Dom Morgan was 2-2 passing for 55yds and 1 TD. WR Caleb Jefferson had 6 receptions for 110yds, while WR Preston Baggett had 55yds and 1 TD on his 2 receptions, and WR Cody Mueller had 40yds and 1 TD on his 3 receptions. RB Jahmir Ackerson led the running game with 6 carries for 85yds and 1 TD, and rushing TDs were also scored by Joey Runyon, Joe Doeker, Landen Davis, and Luke Landrum. Daniel Craig had 5 tackles from his spot at linebacker, and defensive backs Joe Doeker & Justin Schneider each had 4 tackles. New Cath will wrap up their regular season on Friday in Fort Mitchell against 1A Beechwood (5-4). 9) Dixie Heights (3-6) – The Colonels notched their third win of the season on Friday, beating 6A Campbell County (0-9) to claim the #3 spot in 6A district 6. QB Logan Landers was 12-21 passing in the game, for 133yds and 1 TD, and also led the team in rushing with 91yds on his 7 carries. RB Leon Marshall tallied 82yds and 3 TDs on his 16 carries, and the remaining touchdown on the ground came thanks to a 4yd carry by FB Cayden Anderson. WR Kel Hawkins had 4 receptions for 49yds and 1 TD, and WR Jacob Iames had 4 receptions for 44yds. LB Colin Smith, S Pierce Rohlman, DE Zach Ernst, LB Cayden Anderson, and Dl Rhys Brown each had 5 tackles a piece, and LB Bradyen Wulfeck had 4 tackles. Rohlman also had an interception, while Wulfeck picked off another pass and returned it 65yds for Dixie’s remaining touchdown in the game. The Colonels will finish off their regular season at home on Friday against 4A Scott (6-3). 10) 4A Holmes (6-3) – The Bulldogs pulled of one of the biggest wins in recent memory on Friday, upsetting 4A Scott (6-3) 58-38 to win 4A district 6. It’s the first district championship for Holmes since 2010, and their first win over the Eagles since 2012. QB Quantez Calloway was 6-10 passing in the game for 123yds, 1 TD and 1 INT, and he also ran the ball 15 times for 78yds and 1 TD. Caloway’s twin brother Tayquan led the offense with 203yds on 14 carries, good for 3 more TDs. WR Tyelon Tate had 4 receptions in the game, good for 110 of their 123 yards through the air, as well as the team’s one touchdown passing. DL Damarcus Winn and DB Daylan Griffin both recovered fumbles in the game, while DL Damario Foster and DB Tayquan Calloway both had pick-six interceptions. The Dawgs will wrap up their regular season in Bellevue on Friday against the 1A Tigers (2-7). TRENDING UP 2A Walton-Verona (6-3) – The Bearcats got off to a rocky 2-3 start this season, but they’ve managed to put together 4 straight wins in recent weeks to finish 4-0 in district competition. Their latest win was a 42-0 victory over 2A Shawnee (0-8). 4A Holmes (6-3) – The Bulldogs are currently enjoying season under Ben Nevels who is in his 7th season as head coach. And they have reason to celebrate, after pulling off a 58-38 upset of 4A Scott (6-3) on Friday to win the district 5A Covington Catholic (10-0) – I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Colonels' roll through a third straight 10-0 regular season. Cov Cath's latest win came in the style of a 45-7 first-half running clock victory over 5A Conner (7-2) on Friday to clinch the district title. TRENDING DOWN 1A Dayton (4-5) – The Greendevils continued a backward slide on Friday with a disappointing loss to district competitor 1A Ludlow (6-3). Despite fighting back in the 3Q to briefly take a lead in the game, Dayton lost 54-46. It’s been good to see some real fight out of the Greendevils this season, though. 2A Gallatin County (1-8) – It hasn’t been very pretty for the Wildcats this season. Despite coming off a big win over 2A Shawnee (0-8), Gallatin County lost big on Friday in a 54-0 shellacking at the hands of 2A Carroll County (6-3). 5A Cooper (5-5) – The Jaguars ended their regular at the .500 mark on Friday with a disappointing loss to 5A Highlands (6-4) to finish off things at the bottom of their 5A district. GAME OF THE WEEK (RESULTS): WEEK 9 5A Covington Catholic vs. 5A Conner 2019 has seen Conner enjoying one of their better seasons in recent years, heading into their Week 9 match-up with Cov Cath with a 7-1 record and a shot at the district title. The Colonels had other things in mind though, heading into Hebron and quickly going up 21-0 in the 1Q. Conner cut the Cov Cath lead to 17 with a late 2Q touchdown, bringing the score to 24-7 with 2:18 left in the half, only to have the Colonels score a TD 7 plays later, followed by a Conner fumble on the first play after the kickoff leading to a 1-play TD for Cov Cath, a quick 3-and-out for Conner, and yet another Colonel TD with seconds left to make the score 45-7 going into the half. That would stand as the final score in the contest, with Cov Cath heading home with the #1 spot in the district and Conner claiming #2. GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 10 1A Beechwood vs. 2A Newport Central Catholic With both schools’ standing among the “old guard” of northern Kentucky football programs, it’s somewhat surprising that they’ve only met on the football field 42 times in as many years. The record between the two stands at 28 wins to 14 in the favor of Beechwood, and in the last 10 years, the record has similarly stood at 7 wins to 3 in the favor of the Tigers. This year is primed as well as any for New Cath to notch their next win over Beechwood.
  24. 1) 5A Covington Catholic (2-0) – The Colonels absolutely rolled in their second game of the season, and in similar fashion to the last two seasons, they’ve had a running clock on their opponents in each of their first two games of the season. Cov Cath’s defense was lights out on Friday, holding Campbell County’s offense to -47 total yards in the 49-0 win. QB Caleb Jacob was 9-12 passing for 131yds and 4 TDs. Michael Mayer continued to dominate offensively when he got his hands on the ball, rushing for 1 TD on 1 carry, and scoring 2 more TDs on his 2 receptions in the game. Michael has scored a touchdown each time he has gotten ahold of the football on offense this year. Cov Cath hosts 3A Lexington Catholic (2-0) and their UK commit QB Beau Allen on Friday. 2) 5A Highlands (1-1) – Highlands made the trip down to Corbin on Friday to take on TN-5A Knoxville Catholic (2-0) in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic. They were facing a tough opponent, with Knox Cath coming into the game bragging the four D1 recruits and the #4 spot in USA Today’s rankings of Tennessee football programs. The Bluebirds fought hard, with QB Collin Hollingsworth going 12-26 passing for 3 TDs, and rushing for another TD, and WR Adam Weyer posted 100yds on 4 receptions, but the total offensive yards told the story of the game. Knox Cath put up 544 total yards offense in the game to Highlands’ 362, and the Birds came home with a 31-28 loss. Highlands will host 6A Campbell County (0-2) on Friday. 3) 2A Beechwood (0-1) – The Tigers opened their season on Friday at Georgetown College against 1A Paintsville (2-0), and made the drive home to Fort Mitchell with a 19-14 loss. Beechwood came out and scored the first 14 points in the game, but the scoring was all Paintsville for the rest of the game, with the Blue Tigers scoring a TD in the 4th quarter to pull ahead and take home the win. Beechwood came out of the game with some injuries to key players in their linebackers and running backs, so we will see how much impact those injuries have on the team in the weeks to come. QB Cam Hergott still put up some all-star numbers in the game, going 10-17 passing for 124yds and rushing for another 173yds and 2 TDs. Beechwood will be on the road again this week when they head to Somerset to take on the 2A Briar Jumpers (2-0). 4) 6A Simon Kenton (1-1) – Simon Kenton’s second game of the season decidedly did not go the way they would have hoped, with the Pioneers hosting OH-DII Anderson (1-0) and coming away with a 44-16 thumping. Freshman QB Chase Crone was 9-25 passing for 186yds and 1TD, and junior QB also spent time behind center managing another 55yds and 1 TD in the air. The story of the game was the ‘Neers inability to get a running game going, with a paltry 21yds rushing, and begging the question: When will we see senior RB Austin Hammack, the team’s top returning rusher? On the defensive side, DL Vuk Sajlovic led the team with 12 total tackles, and LB Aric Hoffman and DB Zack Koenes each had 11 tackles. Simon Kenton will head across the river to take on OH-DI Oak Hills (0-1) on Friday. 5) 5A Cooper (2-0) – Cooper still may look a little slow to get going, but they’ve still managed to preserve an undefeated record after bringing home a 13-7 win over 2A Newport Central Catholic (1-1) on Friday. QB Drew Warth was 7-17 passing for 101yds and 1 TD, and WR Jeremiah Lee proved his mettle by scoring both TDs in the game, with 72yds and 1 TD receiving, and 95yds and 1 TD rushing. The Jags’ offense is still working out their kinks, with just under 500 total yards offense in their first two games, but the defense has held strong and kept their opponents to only 431yds in those games, including the 234yds posted by New Cath on Friday. LB Spencer Handel led the defense with 9 total tackles, and DB Zach Armour & DB Jeremiah Lee each provided an interception. Cooper hosts crosstown rival 6A Ryle (1-1) on Friday. 6) 1A Newport Central Catholic (1-1) – If you’re going to stumble during the regular season, at least you can do it in a non-district game against a team from a higher classification. That’s what happened on Friday, with the Thoroughbreds coming up short in a 13-7 loss to 5A Cooper (2-0). QB Paul Kremer couldn’t get the Breds passing game going, only going 7-20 for 74yds and 2 INTs. After only getting 32yds in New Cath’s season opener against 6A Campbell County (0-2), junior RB Joey Runyon came out strong on Friday, rushing 9 times for 113yds and 1 TD, and adding on another 5yds on 1 reception. Defensive stats were not reported for the game. The Thoroughbreds will head across the Ohio River on Friday to take on OH-DIV Roger Bacon (1-0). 7) 4A Scott (1-1) – Coach Eric Turner posted his first win over his former program as the Eagles sent 2A Lloyd Memorial (1-1) back to Erlanger with a 17-0 shutout loss. Scott’s offense is still working to find its legs, only coming up with 194 total yards in the game, but it proved to be enough, with QB Gus Howlett going 7-26 passing for 63yds and 1 TD, and RB Quincy Perrin leading the running game with 57yds and 1 TD. WR Cam Patterson led the receiving corps with 2 receptions good for 34yds and 1 TD. Defensive stats were not reported for the game. The Eagles will be headed to Crestview Hills on Friday to take on 2A Covington Holy Cross (1-1) at the Indians’ new home for football at Thomas More University. 8) 6A Ryle (1-1) – Ryle raised a few eyebrows around northern Kentucky on Friday after coming back from a 37-0 shutout loss at the hands of 5A Covington Catholic (2-0) and putting up a 34-10 win over 5A Conner (1-1), who was rolling on from a beating of 6A Madison Central (0-2) the week before. After an offensive struggle against Cov Cath only earned them 89 yards last week, the Raiders came back by putting up 143yds in the air, and 252yds on the ground, with RB Kyle England working hard for almost 200yds rushing and 4 TDs, and the remaining touchdown coming on a 19yd connection with WR Elijah Cusick. Defensive stats were not reported for the game. Ryle will be heading across town to take on 5A Cooper (2-0) on Friday. 9) 5A Conner (1-1) – After a solid showing in their season opener against 6A Madison Central (0-2), Conner took a step backwards in their game on Friday, losing 37-10 to 6A Ryle (1-1). The Cougars defense struggled badly to stop bleeding yardage to the Raiders’ running game, and their offense was unable to get a running game started. Jared Hicks had a solid performance as hurler, going 14-23 passing for 161yds, and WR Justin Daniels came up with 98yds on 6 receptions, but with 4yds total on the ground, Conner was unable to find the endzone. Senior defensive back Caleb Ervin led the defensive effort for the Cougars with 13 total tackles, including 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 forced fumble. Conner will have their 3rd straight game on the road this Friday when they head to Edgewood to take on 6A Dixie Heights (1-1). 10) Boone County (2-0) – The Rebels are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2011. Coach Bryson Warner has people excited about high school football in Florence, and it’s showing on the scoreboard. Boone County started off the season with a 20-6 win over 4A Holmes (1-1), and on Friday they managed a 34-28 victory over 6A Paul Laurence Dunbar (1-1). Hey diddle-diddle, they’re coming up the middle. Junior RB Evan Curee led the offensive charge with 193 yards and 3 TDs on 34 carries, while senior RB Eli Rossi had 123yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries. QBs Kaden Craft and Samuel Brown combined to go 4-4 passing for 49yds, and leading the offense to a total 407yds. Evan Curee also led the defense with 12 total tackles from his position at linebacker, while LB Dave Bodenbender had 8 tackles and a sack. Boone County will head to Erlanger to take on 2A Lloyd Memorial (1-1) on Friday. TRENDING UP 6A Boone County (2-0) – The Rebels are moving in the right direction with a 2-0 start to their season. They beat 6A Paul Laurence Dunbar (1-1) on Friday 34-28. 1A Dayton (1-1) – The Greendevils looked good in their season opener, despite a loss to 1A Bishop Brossart (1-1), and improved their own record with a win over rival 1A Bellevue (0-2). 4A Holmes (1-1) – The Bulldogs came back from a loss in their season opener with a strong 34-18 win over 5A Grant County (1-1). TRENDING DOWN 1A Bracken County (0-2) – The Polar Bears are not off to the start they had hoped for after suffering their second straight shutout loss at the hands of 1A Ludlow (1-1). 6A Campbell County (0-2) – The Camels dropped out of the top 10 in the NKY power rankings with a 49-0 shutout loss to 5A Covington Catholic (2-2) with cast of new offensive starters struggling to find itself in the first 2 games. 5A Conner (1-1) – The Cougars fall from the #5 spot to #9 after losing 37-10 to 6A Ryle (1-1) on Friday. Conner’s struggling offense only managed 4 yards on the ground in the loss. NORTHERN KENTUCKY STAR PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK: QB Matthew Campbell (Pendleton County) – 7-14 passing for 163 yards and 2 TDs, 9 carries for 75 yards and 1 TD rushing, 1 two-point conversion. RB/LB Evan Curee (Boone County) – 34 carries for 193 yards and 3 TDs, 12 tackles. QB/DB Kaleal Davis (Newport) – 7-15 passing for 163 yards and 1 TD, 5 carries for 136 yards and 3 TDs rushing, 5 tackles. RB Kyle England (Ryle) – 17 carries for 197 yards and 4 TDs rushing. DB Logan Hearn (Gallatin County) – 12 solo tackles and 5 assists for 17 total tackles, and 1 sack. 1 fumble recovery. QB/S Cameron Hergott (Beechwood) – 10-17 passing for 124 yards, 23 carries for 173 yards and 2 TDs rushing. QB Collin Hollingsworth (Highlands) – 14-26 passing for 207 yards and 3 TDs passing, 27 carries for 76 yards and 1 TD rushing. QB Conner Knipp (Grant County) – 20-49 passing for 251 yards and 2 TDs, 6 carries for 21 yards rushing. QB Andre Mumphrey (Carroll County) – 13-25 passing for 149 yards and 2 TDs, 10 carries for 96 yards and 1 TD rushing, 6 tackles and 1 sack. GAME OF THE WEEK (RESULTS): WEEK 1 2A Lloyd Memorial vs. 4A Scott Coach Eric Turner has his first shutout win as the skipper of the Scott Eagles after beating Lloyd 17-0. GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 2 5A Cooper vs. 6A Ryle This game is going to be the first of the noteworthy measuring sticks for the Northern Kentucky Power Rankings this season, where we will see how things are measuring up in high school football around Boone County. Ryle seems to have picked things up in Week 1 after their being shut out in Week 0, and Cooper has two wins, but it’s hard telling how stiff their competition has been as of yet. This week should give us a better look at how these two teams (and their competitors) measure up against one another.
  25. 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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