Friday, September 28, 2012

Kentucky high-school football, Week 7

It's a relatively light slate of games this week, but there are some biggies--St. X-Trinity, of course, primary among them:

Mayfield (No. 1 in the Associated Press poll) at Fulton City

Fairview (AP A No. 3) at Grove City (Ohio) Christian

Edgewood Dixie Heights at Fort Mitchell Beechwood (AP A No. 6)

Prestonsburg at Hazard (AP A No. 7)

Russellville (AP A No. 8) at Fulton County

Elkton Todd County Central at Owensboro Catholic (AP 2A No. 1)

Whitley County at Somerset (AP 2A No. 2)

Barlow Ballard Memorial at Murray (AP 2A No. 4)

Fort Knox at Bardstown (AP 2A No. 5)--
"A recipe for a blowout."

Newport Central Catholic (AP 2A No. 6) at Covington Holmes--"It’s that time of the year, the heart of your season, in which teams just have to grind."

Washington County at Louisville DeSales (AP 2A No. 8)

Glasgow (AP 2A No. 9) at Clinton County

Reidland at Caldwell County (AP 2A No. 10)

Magoffin County at Breathitt County (AP 3A No. 2)

Bell County (AP 3A No. 3) at Casey County--"
They are in the same time zone the game is a 8:00 start to give the Bell Co fans time to travel. Everyone travel safe and bring the BIG BLUE BOBCAT SPIRIT."

East Ridge at Belfry (AP 3A No. 4)

Paducah Tilghman (AP 3A No. 5) at Fort Campbell (AP 3A No. 9)--
The Blue Tornadoes vault from No. 6 to No. 5 in Class 3A on the strength of last week's big win over Heath.

Estill County at Bourbon County (AP 3A No. 6)

Wayne County (AP 3A No. 7) at Corbin

Monroe County (AP 3A No. 8) at Adair County

Jackson County at Morgan County (AP 3A No. 10)

Fort Thomas Highlands (unanimous AP 4A No. 1) at Harrison County--
The Bluebirds are 78-2 since the start of the 2007 season.

Boyle County (AP 4A No. 7) at Lexington Catholic (AP 4A No. 2)--If the Rebels don't want to return to Lexington in the playoffs, they better win there tonight.

Pendleton County at Covington Catholic (AP 4A No. 3)

Rockcastle County at Russell County (AP 4A No. 4)--

Barbourville Knox Central (AP 4A No. 5) at Clay County

Boyd County at Ashland Blazer (AP 4A No. 6)

Franklin-Simpson at Bowling Green Warren East (AP 4A No. 8)--
Warren East's coach, Ben Bruni, to Brian Davis of the Franklin Favorite: "I’m not so sure how our schedule has challenged us ... but we are about to find out during district play."

Ironton (Ohio) at Paintsville Johnson Central (AP 4A No. 9t)

Lone Oak (AP 4A No. 9t) at Owensboro

Logan County at Bowling Green (AP 5A No. 1)--
The defensive coordinator for the Purples, Jeff Griffith, who uses a picture of the late Kim Jong-il at his Twitter page, @CoachGriffith, often Tweets out quotes of the day. Today's was from Tom Coughlin: "We always tell our teams, 'Be humble enough to prepare, confident enough to perform.'"

Elizabethtown John Hardin (AP 5A No. 2) at Elizabethtown Central Hardin--
"We’ve just got to go out and hit them right in the mouth at the first play."

Louisville Ballard (AP 6A No. 10) at Bowling Green Warren Central (AP 5A No. 3)--Second-best game in the state tonight--and the last tuneup for the home-standing Dragons before a week off and then an Oct. 12 game with the arch-rival BG Purples.

Franklin County (AP 5A No. 4) at East Jessamine--
"The Flyer offense hit a bit of a bump last week, but not many teams can say they scored 42 points and were 24 points below their average."

Union Randall K. Cooper (AP 5A No. 5) at Hebron Conner (AP 5A No. 10)--Third best game tonight? Cooper has the state's best scoring defense, and Conner's offense is among the state's highest scorers. Well, the KHSAA thinks so, anyway; neither Heath nor Trinity submitted its statistics this week.

Ohio County at Christian County (AP 5A No. 6)

Woodford County at Anderson County (AP 5A No. 7)

Barren County at Bowling Green Greenwood (AP 5A No. 8)

Winchester George Rogers Clark at Harlan County (AP 5A No. 9)

Louisville Saint Xavier (AP 6A No. 2) at Louisville Trinity (unanimous AP 6A No. 1)--A fifth-straight Trinity win in the series would even the rivalry at 36-36-2.

Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park (AP 6A No. 4) at Louisville Fern Creek

Campbell County at Independence Simon Kenton (AP 6A No. 5)

Louisville duPont Manual at Louisville Butler (AP 6A No. 9)

Hopkinsville at Owensboro Apollo

Calloway County at Mortons Gap Hopkins County Central

Crittenden County at Marshall County--Live (before daybreak) from Draffenville!

Graves County at Muhlenberg County

Trigg County at Webster County

Berea at Paris

Ludlow at Nicholas County

Heath, Frankfort (AP A No. 2), Williamsburg (AP A No. 4), Raceland-Worthington (AP A No. 5), Louisville Kentucky Country Day (AP A No. 9), Harlan (AP A No. 10), Danville (AP 2A No. 3), Lexington Christian (AP 2A No. 7), Louisville Central (AP 3A No. 1), Scott County (AP 6A No. 3), Louisville Eastern (AP 6A No. 6), Louisville Male (AP 6A No. 7) and Henderson County (AP 6A No. 8) are idle this week.

Previous reports:


  1. Tom Rogers of the great WKDZ weighs in with his Trigg-Webster and Fort Campbell-Tilghman previews:

    The Trigg County Wildcats came up just a little short in a wild district shootout last Friday night against the Fort Campbell Falcons, falling 56-40. It's another key district matchup this week, as the Wildcats hit the road to Dixon, to take on the Webster County Trojans. Trigg will look to rebound and go 1-1 in the district, while the game is the district opener for the Trojans. Coverage of Trigg County and Webster County will get underway Friday night at 6:00 on WKDZ 106.5 and

    Fort Campbell got a huge night from sophomore running back Triston Luke last Friday in a big 56-40 district win at Trigg County. Luke rushed for more than 300 yards and six touchdowns in the game, which saw the two teams combine for eight 4th quarter touchdowns. The Falcons return home to post tonight for a big district showdown against Paducah Tilghman. A win over the Blue Tornado would go a long way towards securing the top seed in the district for the Falcons. Coverage of Fort Campbell and Paducah Tilghman gets started at 6:00pm Friday with the Toyota of Hopkinsville Friday Night Blitz on Oldies 96.5 WHVO and

  2. Replies
    1. Conner beats Cooper, and Holmes beats Cooper. Campbell leading Kenton ...

    2. Beechwood and Highlands did win.

  3. Powell County, 1-4 this season after in 2011 posting its best record in program history, hosts Garrard County tonight. The Pirates got their first win last week at rival Estill County, which was also winless. The final from Irvine was 48-44!

    Estill tonight visits Bourbon County, ranked sixth in Class 3A.

  4. With 5:31 in the second quarter, Calloway County throws a 40-or-so-yard touchdown pass to take a 27-0 lead at Hopkins County Central. "It looks like they're playing pattycake out there," says one Storm fan (in a T-shirt reading, "GOD FAMILY WILDCAT FOOTBALL") to another. Meanwhile, the 18 girl and one boy cheerleader cheer on dutifully. "Hit 'em again, hit 'em again, har-DER, har-DER!" And: "We are! Cen! Tral! We Are! Cen! Tral!" And: "C! H! S! C! H! S! C! H! S!" This one throws me for a bit--"CH?" Central Hopkins? I thought it was Hopkins Central. Ah: Central High School=CHS.

    A little bit ago, the public-address announcer noted that Fort Campbell is leading Tilghman, 14-0. I could probably make it down there in about an hour and maybe catch the last half of the last quarter, except I'm not sure how complex it is to get on base and to the school.

    I could run up to Dixon, where Trigg County is playing Webster County. Scott Brown with WKDZ passed through Country Cupboard in Madisonville en route from Cadiz to Dixon. That's a heck of a detour, but he Tweeted back to me that it was a "must." Country Cupboard is good, but I'm surprised it would rate quite this highly.

    Madisonville-North Hopkins is idle tonight.

    I could run down to the ol' Stadium of Champions on the south side of Hoptown and watch Christian County and Ohio County. I'll bet that score is as bad as this one by now, though.

    "Here's the score of the night for you, soccer fans," says the PA announcer here in Mortons Gaps. "Crittenden County 2, Marshall County 0--that's at the half. But that's a football score, not soccer."

    Henderson County's off.

    Hoptown's playing up at Apollo.

    2:03 to play in the half, and it's 34-0, Lakers.

    "We have a great halftime show for you! A great halftime show! So please stay in your seats."

    Um ...? Sorry, bud.

  5. Christian County 21, Ohio County 3 at half in Hoptown. The Ohio County radio guys on 99.9 FM (from Hartford, presumably) say that Ohio County is "playing pretty well. You wouldn't think it from the score, but they really are."

  6. Oh, my! Joey Fosko just Tweeted that Fort Campbell is leading Tilghman, 33-0, in the second quarter!

    The Blue Tornadoes might've edged Heath last week, but the Pirates took it out of them!

  7. 105.5 FM ... Muhlenberg County High is also the Mustangs.

    1. 4:25 to go in the first half, and Graves County leads, 42-6, in Greenville.

  8. So the best game within driving distance for the end of its second half might well be Christian County-Ohio County.

  9. WKDZ: "The report I'm getting is that Tilghman just kind of came out listless. ... Remember I told you that they're tough it you come out and let them get some momentum and some energy. But they're undisciplined ..."

  10. Actually, the game to get to would be Crittenden at Marshall. Still 2-0. No way I could make Draffenville before that one ends, though.

  11. 9:56 to go in the third at Papa John's, and Trinity is up, 21-7, on St. X.

  12. OK, definitely the game to be at anywhere near here is Lone Oak at Owensboro ... the Red Devils lead, 24-17, in the third quarter, but the Purple Flash just recovered a fumble on the Owensboro 26 ...

  13. Bowling Green beat Logan County, 62-0; meanwhile, Warren Central is up 10 on visiting Louisville Ballard.

    Barlow Ballard, incidentally, is getting crushed over in Murray.

  14. Marshall's up, 8-2, on visiting Crittenden.

  15. Lexington Catholic, playing without its Louisville-recruit quarterback who was injured earlier in the game, is up three about midway through the fourth quarter with Boyle County.

    1. Boyle County misses a late field-goal try and fall, 24-21, to Lexington Catholic.

  16. Oh, another good one: Fosko says Apollo and Hoptown are tied at 14.

    1. 7:03 to go ... Hoptown up, 31-24, on 90-yard touchdown run.

    2. 5:26: Hoptown, 48-27. That's what WHOP just said, but I'm pretty sure that's 38-27.

    3. Hoptown's statkeeper started keeping stats for the Tigers in 1980, and he says a runner named Killebrew (sp?) has broken the team's single-game rushing record that he has recorded. The guy has 312 yards right now. WHOP refers to this as "the modern era."

    4. One of the WHOP commentators notes that the modern-era-record-breaker is the son of an Oak Grove police officer and the Oak Grove tourism director. The other WHOP commentator knows both of those people and is delighted to learn of the connection to the Hoptown runner.

  17. 24-24, Lone Oak and Owensboro ... that's the game.

    1. Kudos to the Lone Oak assistant principal and his excellent Twitter feed.

    2. @KG_LOHS_AP says Owensboro has surged to 38-24 lead through three quarters.

  18. Final: Trinity 34, St. X 7. First game for Trinity against a Kentucky opponent this season.

  19. Warren Central up, 34-17, with less than four minutes to go against Ballard.

  20. Mayfield (No. 1 in the Associated Press poll) 66 at Fulton City 0

    Fairview (AP A No. 3) 53 at Grove City (Ohio) Christian 24

    Fort Mitchell Beechwood (AP A No. 6) 33 vs. Edgewood Dixie Heights 28

    Hazard (AP A No. 7) 38 vs. Prestonsburg 20

    Russellville (AP A No. 8) 65 at Fulton County 20

  21. Owensboro Catholic (AP 2A No. 1) 51 vs. Todd Central 17

    Whitley County 14 at Somerset (AP 2A No. 2) 7 ... upset

    Murray (AP 2A No. 4) 49 vs. Ballard Memorial 7

    Bardstown (AP 2A No. 5) 40 vs. Fort Knox 0

    Covington Holmes 12 vs. NewCath (AP 2A No. 6) 7 ... upset

    Washington County 6 at Louisville DeSales (AP 2A No. 8) 41

    Glasgow (AP 2A No. 9) 62 at Clinton County 0

    Reidland 7 at Caldwell County (AP 2A No. 10) 56

  22. Magoffin County 8 at Breathitt County (AP 3A No. 2) 39

    Bell County (AP 3A No. 3) 54 at Casey County 13

    East Ridge 0 at Belfry (AP 3A No. 4) 51

    Paducah Tilghman (AP 3A No. 5) 13 at Fort Campbell (AP 3A No. 9) 43 ... wow

    Estill County 14 at Bourbon County (AP 3A No. 6) 64

    Wayne County (AP 3A No. 7) 26 at Corbin 23

    Monroe County (AP 3A No. 8) 23 at Adair County 6

    Jackson County 0 at Morgan County (AP 3A No. 10) 44

    1. I think Fort Campbell is really good. They have an excellent chance to be the team that gives Louisville Central its toughest game in the playoffs.

    2. I was at a church camp with a bunch of people from Paducah last weekend, and one of them--an old Tilghman girl--told me that Reidland now has bigger graduating classes than does Tilghman.

  23. Fort Thomas Highlands (unanimous AP 4A No. 1) 69 at Harrison County 10

    Boyle County (AP 4A No. 7) 21 at Lexington Catholic (AP 4A No. 2) 24

    Pendleton County at Covington Catholic (AP 4A No. 3) Saturday

    Rockcastle County 0 at Russell County (AP 4A No. 4) 37

    Barbourville Knox Central (AP 4A No. 5) 42 at Clay County 6

    Boyd County 16 at Ashland Blazer (AP 4A No. 6) 56

    Franklin-Simpson 0 at Bowling Green Warren East (AP 4A No. 8) 43 ... wow

    Ironton (Ohio) 31 at Paintsville Johnson Central (AP 4A No. 9t) 44

    Lone Oak (AP 4A No. 9t) 31 at Owensboro 45

    1. Could we please just give Highlands the 4A trophy if they promise to also try to win either the 3A trophy or the 5A trophy? I would be very excited to see Highlands play a big game against either Central or Bowling Green. I have no interest in watching them crush everyone in 4A.

  24. Logan County 0 at Bowling Green (AP 5A No. 1) 62

    Elizabethtown John Hardin (AP 5A No. 2) 48 at Elizabethtown Central Hardin 0

    Louisville Ballard (AP 6A No. 10) 17 at Bowling Green Warren Central (AP 5A No. 3) 34

    Franklin County (AP 5A No. 4) 35 at East Jessamine 22

    Union Randall K. Cooper (AP 5A No. 5) 21 at Hebron Conner (AP 5A No. 10) 38

    Ohio County 17 at Christian County (AP 5A No. 6) 57

    Woodford County 7 at Anderson County (AP 5A No. 7) 21

    Barren County 8 at Bowling Green Greenwood (AP 5A No. 8) 47

    Winchester George Rogers Clark 14 at Harlan County (AP 5A No. 9) 23

    1. Or here's an option -- couldn't we say that the loser of BGHS/Warren Central has to leave 5A and compete for the 4A title?

    2. Good lead on the Conner-Cooper game story from Richard Skinner in The Kentucky Enquirer: "About the only time Conner senior football standout Cameron Fogle didn’t succeed on Friday night was during the halftime crowning of the school’s homecoming king and queen, when he finished as fourth runner-up." First loss for Cooper, which trailed 21-0 at the half but got it to within 28-21 in the third quarter.

  25. Louisville Saint Xavier 7 (AP 6A No. 2) at Louisville Trinity (unanimous AP 6A No. 1) 34

    Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park (AP 6A No. 4) 35 at Louisville Fern Creek 7

    Campbell County 29 at Independence Simon Kenton (AP 6A No. 5) 28 ... upset

    Louisville duPont Manual 17 at Louisville Butler (AP 6A No. 9) 34

  26. Hopkinsville 48 at Owensboro Apollo 27

    Calloway County 48 at Mortons Gap Hopkins County Central 0

    Crittenden County 2 at Marshall County 15

    Graves County 62 at Muhlenberg County 19

    Trigg County 35 at Webster County 0

    Berea 42 at Paris 6

    Ludlow 6 at Nicholas County 56

  27. Replies
    1. Thanks. The most fun moment of the night for me was the shoutout on WHOP to the Hoptown statkeeper of 32 years.

  28. Tilghman coach Randy Wyatt called in to Channel 6's "Gridiron Glory" on the way home to Paducah from the Blue Tornadoes' 43-13 loss at Fort Campbell.

    WPSD's Jeff Bidwell: "Coach, you're sitting on the bus. What is the emotion right now? Anger? Frustration? Stunned? What is it?"

    Coach Wyatt: "You talking about me or the kids'?"

  29. Clinton County's coach, Jamie Miller, to the Clinton County News after his team's 62-0 loss to visiting Glasgow: “Glasgow is an established program. We’ve still not become established yet."