Friday, August 31, 2012

Kentucky high-school football, Week 3

Things got rolling in Kentucky high-school football Thursday night, with Lone Oak--the No. 8 team in the Associated Press Class 4A poll--ripping Marshall County, in Draffenville, 52-7; Reidland holding off visiting Fulton County, 21-18, and Union Larry A. Ryle being blanked, 35-0, by Colerain (Ohio).

Meanwhile, waaaaaaaaaay over in Salyersville, seat of the state's county with the state's highest unemployment rate, the big story was that the hometown Magoffin County High Hornets got on the field at all. "The football team itself is almost a microcosm of the community. We were knocked down. We battled back, and we're now going to play here."

And then they went out and won: 46-12 over Paintsville.

Here are the games that most interest me from the rest of this weekend's schedule:

Paducah Tilghman (AP 3A No. 3) at Mayfield (AP A No. 1)--Ninety-ninth meeting.

Louisville Saint Xavier (AP 6A No. 2) at Bowling Green (AP 5A No. 1)--After Louisville Trinity (27 straight) and Fort Thomas Highlands (22), Bowling Green has the state's longest winning streak: 17 games, including 28-20 at St. X last season.

Elizabethtown John Hardin (AP 5A No. 2) at Meade County--The visiting Bulldogs received one vote for No. 1 in their class (No. 1 Bowling Green got all 11 others), but Chuck Jones points out back in the hometown paper that 2-0 starts are nothing new for John Hardin and that both of the team's foes so far are 0-2.

Danville (AP 2A No. 7) at Boyle County (AP 4A No. 3)

Bowling Green Warren Central (AP 5A No. 3) at Fort Campbell (AP 3A No. 5T)--The home-standing Falcons received one of the 12 votes for No. 1 in Class 3A. No. 1 Louisville Central received 10, and No. 2 Belfry received the other. "Warren Central is a tough team and our Falcons need your support tonight. C'mon out to Fryar Stadium and let them hear your Falcon Pride!!!!!"

Henderson County (AP 6A No. 10) at Christian County (AP 5A No. 6)--Advantage Christians over Hens in recent Clashes of Cols.

Murray (AP 2A No. 5) at Graves County--The home crowd might be a little lively.

Go NB Eagles, we are backing you
To our colors, green and gold
Forever we'll be true
Rah, Rah, Rah
Go NB Eagles, on to vic-tor-y
Fight for the fame
Of our great name
Go you Eagles,
Win this Ga-a-ame

Covington Holmes at Beechwood (AP A No. 3)

Frankfort (AP A No. 4) at Green County

Fleming County at Fairview (AP A No. 5)

Pikeville (AP A No. 10) at Raceland (AP A No. 7)

Louisville Kentucky Country Day (AP A No. 8) at Louisville Waggener

Mortons Gap Hopkins County Central at Russellville (AP A No. 9)

Newport Central Catholic (AP 2A No. 1) at Campbell County

Owensboro (AP 4A No. 10) at Owensboro Catholic (AP 2A No. 2)

Covington Holy Cross (AP 2A No. 4) at Hebron Conner (AP 5A No. 7)---The visiting Indians received three of the 12 votes cast for No. 1 in Class 2A this week. No. 1 Newport Central Catholic received six; No. 3 Somerset, one; No. 6 Lexington Christian, one, and No. 8 Glasgow, one.

Lexington Christian (AP 2A No. 6) at Harlan

Barren County at Glasgow (AP 2A No. 8)

Louisville Central (AP 3A No. 1) at Louisville DeSales

Lexington Henry Clay at Belfry (AP 3A No. 2)

Newport at Breathitt County (AP 3A No. 4)

Bourbon County (AP 3A No. 7) at Owen County

London North Laurel at Wayne County (AP 3A No. 8)

Bowling Green Warren East at Monroe County (AP 3A No. 9)

Covington Catholic (AP 4A No. 2) at LaSalle (Ohio)

Lexington Lafayette at Lexington Catholic (AP 4A No. 4)

Ashland Blazer (AP 4A No. 5) at George Washington (W.Va.)

London South Laurel at Russell County (AP 4A No. 6)

Barbourville Knox Central (AP 4A No. 9) vs. Paintsville Johnson Central (AP 4A No. 7) in the Appalachian Bowl at County

Letcher County Central at Franklin County (AP 5A No. 4)

Gate City (Va.) at Harlan County (AP 5A No. 9)

Hopkinsville vs. Bowling Green Greenwood (AP 5A No. 10) and Crittenden County at Trigg County in the David Sadler Bowl in Cadiz

Louisville Butler at Louisville Eastern (AP 6A No. 3)

Louisville Male (AP 6A No. 4) at Louisville Western

Harrison County at Scott County (AP 6A No. 5)

Louisville Doss at Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park (AP 6A No. 6)

Louisville Seneca at Louisville Ballard (AP 6A No. 7)

Pulaski County at Independence Simon Kenton (AP 6A No. 9)

Ohio County at Caldwell County

Massac County (Ill.) at Calloway County

Jackson (Tenn.) Preparatory School at Fulton City

Elkton Todd Central at Logan County

Madisonville-North Hopkins at Radcliff North Hardin

Trimble County at Paris

Webster County at Union County

Unanimous Class 4A No. 1 Highlands, unanimous Class 6A No. 1 Trinity and Class A No. 2 Hazard--the defending champs, who received five of this week's votes for No. 1 in their class to Mayfield's six--are among this weekend's idle teams.


  1. Some great games this week. Mayfield almost always beats Tilghman, so I would go see BGHS play St. X.

    1. Yeah, those two are huge, obviously. I went to college with a guy from Caverna, and I visited his home and school a few times--it felt a lot like Heath. So that's the one I would probably go to.

      That game in Danville would be fun, and I'm just guessing that Pikeville-at-Raceland is going to be a big throwdown for the home crowd, especially. I didn't give it sufficient love in this post, but Owensboro at Owensboro Catholic is a monster for the locals. And, besides, Owensboro has some great places to eat, so that would probably be my second choice behind the Heath sojourn.

  2. Since ending a 19-game losing streak with a 21-20 win over LaRue County, Spencer County has won six of its 11 games. The Bears of Taylorsville head to Hodgenville to play LaRue County tonight.

    1. Final: LaRue County 14, Spencer County 12

    2. Spencer County missed a 35-yard-field-goal try at the end.

  3. WKDZ is so awesome:

    The Trigg County Wildcats rebounded from their season opening loss with an impressive 48-14 win over Todd County Central in the Wildcats home opener. This week, it's the Kentucky Machine & Engineering David Sadler Bowl, as the Wildcats will take on Crittenden County in the second game of the night. The Rockets are coming off of a 21-6 win over Hopkins Central in their opener last weekend. The first game of the Kentucky Machine & Engineering David Sadler Bowl will match up Hopkinsville against Greenwood. You can hear coverage of both contests beginning at 5:00pm Friday on WKDZ 106.5 and

    No power failure last week on post, as the Fort Campbell Falcons fought off a tough Russellville Panther team by the score of 34-27. It will be a battle of unbeaten this week at the 2-0 Falcons will host the Dragons from Warren Central. In what will be their toughest test of the season, the Falcons will face a Warren Central team that has big wins over Mayfield and Franklin-Simpson. Coverage of Fort Campbell and Warren Central from post will get underway Friday at 6:00pm on Oldies 96.5 and worldwide at Listen for special guest host, Dr. Jim Selbe from the sidelines!

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    1. Incidentally, if you think Blue Tornadoes coach Randy Wyatt sounds a little mellow about the big Mayfield-Paducah Tilghman game tonight, I will point out that the Cardinals' radio station, WYMC 1430 AM, just played "I've Never Been to Me" by Charlene less than two hours before kickoff.

  5. BGHS Student Section
    If you see a Purple football player today before the game make sure you talk to them and wish them good luck! #PurpleNation
    7:58 AM - 31 Aug 12

    Anthony Wireman
    3 guys just cussed me at a red light. Finally realized they were Boyle co fans reacting to my blue shirt and Danville cap #rivalry
    10:41 AM - 31 Aug 12

    Zach Greenwell
    My BGDN football picks this week: BG, Central, SWHS, East, Greenwood, Glasgow, Edmonson County, Logan County, #WKUand Louisville.
    3:44 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Boyle County FCCLA ‏@BoyleCoFCCLA
    Strive for FIVE!!! Go Rebels!! #BeatDanville #BOCOFootball
    3:47 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Owensboro Catholic ‏@ocsaces
    #ocfootball We hear a bunch of alumni will be in attendance. Welcome back 'home'. Cheer loud! Go Aces! @OCAces
    3:59 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Clarence Lee does a push up with Wrestling Coach/asst football coach Gary Cole on his back. PURSUE BIG DREAMS!
    4:29 PM - 31 Aug 12

    WJHS Football ‏@WJHSFootball
    Buses rolling down the 68 to Bryan Station for a big W! Go West!!
    4:38 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Richmond Register
    Just about time for football. Mercer County @ Central! Who's gonna be there for the first game at the new stadium???
    5:06 PM - 31 Aug 12

    WCLU News ‏@wclu
    We hope you are enjoying Friday night sports on Lite 102.3! If you're missing Delilah, never fear she is here on...
    5:18 PM - 31 Aug 12 · Details

  6. Well, things are getting back to normal in Mayfield ... After its two-game losing streak (2011 state championship and 2012 season opener at Warren Central), the Cardinals blasted Madisonville-North Hopkins last week, and now they are up, 42-21, late against Paducah Tilghman. "Cardinals have absolutely won the battle up front," the WYMC commentator says.

  7. Heath led Caverna, 33-8, at the half in West Paducah!

  8. Hope Rosemary ‏@HopeRosemaryS
    They just described us as "winless Boone County" on channel 9.#sadbuttrue #harsh
    5:25 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Zach Greenwell ‏@zach_greenwell
    As of now, no operational scoreboard at Barren-Glasgow, and no seat. This should be fun.
    6:49 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Advocate Messenger
    Boyle County leads Danville 6-0 at halftime
    7:43 PM - 31 Aug 12

    BG Daily News ‏@bgpreps
    FOOTBALL: St. X 1 yd td run extends lead to 16-7 mid 2nd
    7:43 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Brossart Football ‏@BBHSFootball
    Final Bracken 14 Brossart 13. Elbert got stopped on goaline on 2pt. con.
    8:31 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Advocate Messenger ‏@amnewsonline
    Boyle ties Danville with TD, onside kick recovery, another late TD and two-point conversion. 21-21.
    9:01 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Joe Darnall
    Tyler Greer is now the all time Leader in all purpose yards and passing yards, surpassing@realWildHorse in both. End 3rd- 36-14 lakers
    9:07 PM - 31 Aug 12

    WSON AM & 96.5 FM ‏@860WSON
    Henderson ties it on a FG as time runs out! Henderson Co 22, Christian Co 22. Start of OT.
    9:16 PM - 31 Aug 12

    John Herndon ‏@ANewsJPHerndon
    Anderson punts. Shelby takes over on own 33. 3:46 left. Anderson up 35-34
    9:12 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Jason Frakes @kyhighs
    Eastern misses 44-yard field-goal try at buzzer; Butler wins it 33-30 #loufb
    9:17 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Josh Cook ‏@jcsentinelnews
    4th down @ Anderson 41 for Shelby with 1:32 to play. Bearcats still lead 35-34.
    9:17 PM - 31 Aug 12

    John Herndon @ANewsJPHerndon
    4 and 7 for Shelby at Anderson 42. Biggest play of game coming up. Time out SC
    9:17 PM - 31 Aug 12

    John Herndon ‏@ANewsJPHerndon
    SC gets first Down to Barry at 34
    9:18 PM - 31 Aug 12

    John Herndon ‏@ANewsJPHerndon
    Sam Laytart recovers fumble at AC 11. Anderson should hold on
    9:24 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Josh Cook @jcsentinelnews
    Highly questionable fumble call gives ball to Anderson with 23 seconds left.
    9:25 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Josh Cook @jcsentinelnews
    Final: Anderson County 35, Shelby County 34
    9:26 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Josh Cook ‏@jcsentinelnews
    Just between me & my Twitter followers...the Rockets got robbed.
    9:28 PM - 31 Aug 12

    The Gleaner ‏@TheGleanerNews
    Wilke scores on a 1-yard run and henderson lines up to go for 2.
    9:28 PM - 31 Aug 12

    The Gleaner
    Chappell scores on a 2-point conversion. Henderson wins 37-36 in 20T
    9:30 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Owensboro Catholic ‏@ocsaces
    Final score. Aces win 20-7 and win city-county title. Awesome! #oc
    9:34 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Dan Rieffer
    Danville beats Boyle Co 28-21. Snaps 4-year losing skid to Rebels.
    9:34 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Jody Demling ‏@jdemling
    Per @bgpreps Bowling Green's Nacarius Fant had 13 catches for 209 yards in 38-31 win over St. Xavier. Fant visits U of L game on Sunday.
    9:42 PM - 31 Aug 12 ...

  9. ... State Journal Sports ‏@frankfortsports
    FCHS football wins 77-28 over Letcher Co. Central setting a new school record for points scored. Previous record was 75, set in 2010.
    9:42 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Casey Tinius ‏@ctwku83
    That may have been the best high school football game I've ever seen. Unreal performance by BG. Absolutely amazing!
    9:42 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Grayson County High ‏@gchs_cougars
    Cougars win the Tobacco Stick 15-13 over Edmonson Co.
    9:42 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Todd Griffin
    Caldwell, now 2-1, will play at home again next week against Trigg County, the longest continuous rival on the Tigers' schedule.
    9:48 PM - 31 Aug 12

    John Herndon ‏@ANewsJPHerndon
    A lot of close calls tonight. Both teams upset about some flags, non-calls, fumbles. Two big fumbles one each way
    10:13 PM - 31 Aug 12

    George WilsonVerified
    Can someone in the Paducah area let me know the outcome of the Tilghman-Mayfield game?
    10:17 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Brandon Phillips
    Saw 2nd half of BG vs St. X tonight. Nacarius Fant one of the best playmakers in the State. Unreal..
    10:21 PM - 31 Aug 12

    George Wilson ‏@GWilson37
    Thanks for the updates everyone. They got us, but we will shake back!!! #GoBigBlue
    10:27 PM - 31 Aug 12

    John Herndon ‏@ANewsJPHerndon
    Was asked about the fumble at the end of tonight's game. Shelby felt the receiver was down. Anderson felt the ball came out & Laytart got it
    10:31 PM - 31 Aug 12

    The Purple Spirit ‏@BGHSPurplesNews
    Very proud of our student section-best ever! “@sportingtimes: BG student section prepares to rush the field.”
    10:35 PM - 31 Aug 12

    John Herndon ‏@ANewsJPHerndon
    For my money, both teams had some legit beefs about some other calls. Was a whale of a game though. Best Anderson Shelby game ever.
    10:35 PM - 31 Aug 12

    nkyFAN ‏@nkyFAN
    Beechwood has lost one of it's top starters, Gage Erdman, possibly for the year as he blew his knee out tonight against Holmes.
    10:38 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Zach Greenwell ‏@zach_greenwell
    Greenwood gets it done without Tanner Thompson tonight. Beats Hopkinsville 45-17 after falling into 10-0 hole. 3 TDs each for Dyer, Madison.
    10:44 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Dan Rieffer ‏@drieffer
    No singing of "Cabin on the Hill" in Pineville tonight! Williamsburg 70-22 winners and 3-0!
    11:01 PM - 31 Aug 12

    Nicolas Sarkozy ‏@franceupdate
    High school football: Paris earns rare home victory, 55-0 againstTrimble County - Lexington Herald Leader: High...
    11:08 PM - 31 Aug 12

  10. Finals:

    Greenwood 45, Hopkinsville 17
    Anderson County 35, Shelby County 34
    Blazer 21, George Washington (W.Va.) 14
    Bourbon County 50, Owen County 21
    Bowling Green 38, St. X 31
    Breathitt County 65, Newport 29
    Butler 33, Eastern 30
    Caldwell County 56, Ohio County 20
    Campbell County 42, NewCath 16
    Carroll County 31, Ludlow 6
    Louisville Central 27, DeSales 14
    Conner 67, Covington Holy Cross 21
    Danville 28, Boyle County 21
    Fairview 21, Fleming County 14
    Frankfort 34, Green County 20
    Fulton City 40, Jackson Prep (Tenn.) 12
    Garrard County 35, Lloyd 14
    Glasgow 28, Barren County 8
    Grayson County 15, Edmonson County 13
    Harlan County 55, Gate City (Va.) 0
    Henderson County 37, Christian County 36 (2OT)
    Henry Clay 40, Belfry 20
    Holmes 33, Beechwood 21
    John Hardin 28, Meade County 10
    Kentucky Country Day 60, Waggener 26
    LaSalle (Ohio) 27, CovCath 11
    Lawrence County 42, Prestonsburg 41
    Lexington Christian 28, Harlan 25
    Mayfield 42, Tilghman 21
    Murray 10, Graves County 7
    Owensboro Catholic 20, Owensboro 7
    Paris 55, Trimble County 0
    Russellville 54, Hopkins County Central 0
    Scott County 61, Harrison County 6
    South Oldham 26, North Bullitt 6
    Union County 28, Webster County 13
    Warren Central 58, Fort Campbell 13
    Warren East 26, Monroe County 18
    Wayne County 27, North Laurel 7
    Lexington Catholic 42, Lafayette 7
    Russell County 62, South Laurel 13
    PRP 56, Doss 16
    Simon Kenton 50, Pulaski County 7

  11. I hate going to bed without knowing the Heath final.

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    1. More finals from last night:

      -- Down 33-8 at half, Caverna made a big comeback in the West Paducah rain last night, but the Pirates hold on to claim their first victory of their final season. (Congratulations to the Colonels from Horse Cave, too, on logging their first points of the season.)

      -- Bell County 50, Middlesboro 6. "It's Middlesboro-Bell," Bell County's coach told Jay Compton of the Middlesboro Daily News. "It’s a rivalry game, people jaw back and forth, the players go to the movies together, they date each other’s girlfriends and stuff. But I wish them the best the rest of the year. I’ll be for Middlesboro for every game they don’t play us."

      -- North Hardin 21, Madisonville-North Hopkins 15. In Radcliff, the Maroons were in North Hardin territory but turned the ball over on a sack and fumble with 34.3 seconds remaining. That's Trojans coach Brent Thompson's first win in the land of Jaggerses.

      -- Franklin County 77, Letcher County Central 28
      -- Male 28, Western 0
      -- Louisville Ballard 27, Seneca 6
      -- Calloway County 43, Massac County (Ill.) 28
      -- Trigg County 42, Crittenden County 21
      -- Knox Central 39, Johnson Central 29

  13. "The filthy animal defense lived up to its nickname," John Middleton writes in The Harlan Daily Enterprise after Harlan County's 55-0 win over visiting Gate City (Va.)