Friday, November 2, 2012

Kentucky high-school football, first round of playoffs

Even WKU's heartbreaking, late-night loss to MTSU can't quell the early-morning enthusiasm of ex-Hilltopper quarterback/Perry County Central Commodores coach Justin Haddix.

Class A:

-- Horse Cave Caverna at Mayfield (No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for Class A)--The home-standing Cardinals lost, 24-6, to Hazard in the 2011 Class A championship.

-- Fulton County at Louisville Holy Cross

-- Bardstown Bethlehem at No. 9 Russellville

-- Fulton City at No. 8 Louisville Kentucky County Day

-- Ludlow at No. 2 Frankfort

-- No. 10 Eminence at Bellevue

-- Dayton at Paris

-- Bracken County at No. 6 Fort Mitchell Beechwood--Winners of 11 state championships since 1984, has the home-standing Tigers' 2012 title bid already been short-circuited? Beechwood made the semifinals last season.

-- Jenkins at AP No. 4 Williamsburg

-- Pineville at Campbellsville

-- Berea at No. 5 Hazard--The home-standing Bulldogs won the 2011 Class A title.

-- Phelps 0 at No. 3 Westwood Fairview 69--And the Round 1 blowouts begin with a Thursday-night kickoff.

-- Eastern Allen Central at No. 7 Raceland-Worthington

-- Paintsville at Pikeville--The home-standing Panthers were 2011 Class A semifinalists.

-- Butler County at Caldwell County (No. 7 in the 2A AP poll)

-- Barlow Ballard Memorial at No. 10 Hancock County

-- Union County at No. 6 Murray--The home-standing Tigers were 2011 2A semifinalists.

-- Crittenden County at No. 1 Owensboro Catholic

-- Washington County at No. 8 Glasgow--The home-standing Scotties lost, 33-14, in the 2011 2A championship to Covington Holy Cross.

-- Metcalfe County at No. 3 Bardstown

-- Louisville DeSales at Green County

-- Clinton County at No. 9 Christian Academy-Louisville

-- Newport at Walton-Verona

-- Carroll County at Erlanger Lloyd Memorial

-- Covington Holy Cross at Owen County--The visiting Indians are the defending state 2A champs.

-- Pikeville Shelby Valley at No. 2 Somerset--The home-standing Briar Jumpers were 2011 2A semifinalists.

-- Lexington Christian at Leslie County

-- Betsy Layne at No. 5 Danville

-- Middlesboro at Prestonsburg

-- Hart County at Fort Campbell (No. 6 in the 3A AP poll)--The home-standing Falcons made the 3A semifinals in 2011.

-- Trigg County at Bowling Green South Warren--Abuzz on Nashville Road.

-- Adair County at No. 9 Paducah Tilghman

-- West Paducah Heath at No. 8 Monroe County

-- Casey County at No. 2 Louisville Central--The home-standing Yellowjackets are the defending 3A champs. After being ranked at the top of the AP poll in Class 3A all season, Central lost its top spot this week despite having three times as many votes for No. 1 (nine) as Breathitt County (three).

-- Henry County at No. 7 Wayne County

-- Corbin at LaRue County

-- Elizabethtown at No. 4 Bell County--"Let's fill the stands and let our boys know we are behind them."

-- Lewis County at No. 3 Bourbon County

-- Garrard County at Russell--The visiting Golden Lions made the 2011 3A semifinals.

-- Fleming County at No. 10 Bath County

-- Powell County at Mason County

-- Inez Sheldon Clark at No. 1 Breathitt County

-- Magoffin County at Pikeville Pike County Central

-- Lawrence County at Morgan County

-- Hindman Knott County Central at No. 5 Belfry--The home-standing Pirates made the 3A final in 2011, losing 15-14 to Louisville Central.

-- Breckinridge County at Owensboro

-- Madisonville-North Hopkins at Allen County-Scottsville

-- Franklin-Simpson at Lone Oak (No. 10 in the AP 4A poll)--The visiting Wildcats lost, 42-14, to Highlands in the 4A championship last season.

-- Calloway County at No. 3 Bowling Green Warren East--Enthusiastic on Louisville Road.

-- Louisville Fairdale at Shelbyville Martha Layne Collins--The home-standing Titans were 2011 4A semifinalists.

-- Goshen North Oldham at Louisville Doss

-- Nelson County at Spencer County

-- Louisville Waggener at Louisville Western

-- Rockcastle County at No. 4 Lexington Catholic--The home-standing Knights were 2011 4A semifinalists.

-- Mercer County at No. 6 Barbourville Knox Central

-- Clay County at No. 7 Boyle County

-- Marion County at No. 2 Russell County

-- Boyd County at No. 1 Fort Thomas Highlands--The home-standing Bluebirds are the defending 4A champs.

-- Covington Holmes at No. 8t Ashland Blazer

-- Rowan County at No. 5 Covington Catholic

-- Harrison County at No. 8t Paintsville Johnson Central

-- Logan County at Graves County (No. 7 in the AP Class 5A poll)

-- Hopkinsville at No. 4 Bowling Green Warren Central

-- No. 10t Bowling Green Greenwood at No. 8 Christian County

-- Owensboro Apollo at No. 1 Bowling Green--"Tickled to death" on Scottsville Road. The home-standing Purples are the defending 5A state champs.

-- Hebron Estates North Bullitt at No. 2 Elizabethtown John Hardin--The home-standing Bulldogs were 2011 5A semifinalists.

-- Grayson County at Shepherdsville Bullitt Central

-- Radcliff North Hardin at Shelby County

-- Nicholasville West Jessamine at Crestwood South Oldham

-- No. 5 Union Randall K. Cooper at No. 9 Anderson County--The home-standing Bearcats lost, 55-3, to Bowling Green in the 2011 5A final. This looks like the state's best game this weekend.

-- Montgomery County at No. 6 Hebron Conner

-- Taylor Mill Scott at No. 3 Franklin County

-- Whitesburg Letcher County Central at Pulaski County

-- London North Laurel at Whitley County

-- Hazard Perry County Central at Berea Madison Southern

-- Lincoln County at No. 10t Harlan County

-- Louisville Fern Creek at Henderson County (No. 6 in the AP 6A poll)--Sometimes it's hard to recognize a recovery.

-- Marshall County at No. 5 Louisville Eastern--Fourth-ever playoffs trip to Louisville for the Marshals; first three have ended seasons, notes Ann Beckett.

-- Oldham County at Daviess County

-- Muhlenberg County at No. 7 Louisville Ballard

-- Louisville Southern at Meade County--In Round 2, the winner plays No. 8 Louisville Butler, which has a bye this weekend. Butler made the 2011 semifinals.

-- Louisville Seneca at Elizabethtown Central Hardin

-- Boone County at No. 3 Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park--The visiting Rebels were 2011 Class 6A semifinalists. The home-standing Panthers 

-- Lexington Paul Laurence Dunbar at Campbell County

-- No. 10 Independence Simon Kenton at Lexington Bryan Station

-- Lexington Henry Clay at Edgewood Dixie Heights

-- Union Larry A. Ryle at No. 2 Scott County--The home-standing Cardinals lost, 62-21, in the 2011 state 6A final to Trinity.

-- Winchester George Rogers Clark at No. 1 Louisville Trinity--The home-standing Shamrocks are the defending 6A state champs.

-- Louisville duPont Manual at Richmond Madison Central

-- Lexington Tates Creek at No. 4 Louisville Saint Xavier

-- Louisville Male at No. 9 Lexington Lafayette

Previous reports:


  1. Mayfield's WYMC 93.9 FM/1430 AM "holds all the Cards," it says. The station carries the games of Mayfield High School, the University of Louisville and St. Louis's Major League Baseball team.

    Right now, however, it's broadcasting the fantastic "When You're In Love with a Beautiful Woman" by Dr. Hook.

    1. Brother Monti Hodges (sp?) with Mayfield's Northside Baptist Church is now bringing his daily lunchtime message.

    2. Prays that God uses Sandy "to bring about a great revival in the Northeast" and blesses those who have been hurt and those who are helping. Urges listeners to consider whether God is calling them to go help.

    3. Prays for officeholders, and prays "for guidance next Tuesday ... guide us and lead us."

    4. Brother Monti (sp?) is bringing it strong on original sin and being saved from spiritual death, but his delivery is so rapid (which is not to say ineffective) that there's just no way that I can keep up with the play-by-play.

  2. JFrakes's AP-poll ballot. The Courier-Journal's lead hound on Kentucky high-school sports likes NewCath and LexCath more than most of the AP pack do.

  3. Pretty gangster that Bowling Green holds off on having its senior night until the first round of the playoffs.

  4. The WYMC say Caverna has "about five" fans at Mayfield's War Memorial Stadium for tonight's game. Cardinals lead, 7-0.

  5. Now the WYMC guys are feeling sorry for the Caverna quarterback, who is apparently under incessant and overwhelming pressure. "That poor kid," says one of the radio dudes. And now it's turning into a criticism of the KHSAA football playoffs format.

  6. 15-0, Mayfield, with six minutes to play in the first quarter ... WYMC says Caverna blockers "are just letting them get through. They're not even trying."

  7. Sideline infraction on Caverna ... "They've got five kids over there, and they called them for a sideline infraction! That's crazy!" ... "You get (officiating) crews like this in games like this. These guys have probably never played a down of football in their lives." ... The WYMC guys are on fire. 22-0, Cardinals ...

  8. OK, now the WYMC guys don't realize that their microphone is still on during a break in action, and they're talking about the parents of some of the players. This is pretty loose.

  9. reports thtat Fort Campbell fumbled the opening kickoff return, and then Hart County scored and converted a two-point conversion. There's 5:32 to play, and the 4-6 Raiders lead the 8-4 Falcons, 8-0, at Fort Campbell.

    1. Hart County's touchdown drive was 10 plays covering 35 yards.

    2. Then Fort Campbell returns the ensuing kickoff to the Hart County 15, and, on first down, the Falcons throw for a score. The two-point conversion evens the score at 8 with 5:11 to go.

    3. 15-8, Fort Campbell ... seconds remaining in the first quarter ...

  10. WHVO commentator criticize Fort Campbell-Hart County officials as "not a good spotting crew." On-field officials and KHSAA decision-makers are getting clobbered on western Kentucky's airwaves tonight.

  11. Struggling to find close game to follow on Internet radio. This one sounds like the Falcons are starting to take control.

    1. Yeah, 6:34 to go in the first half at Fort Campbell, and the Falcons' lead now is 22-8.

  12. Pretty good Class 5A game at the Stadium of Champions in Hoptown: No. 8 Christian County Colonels, 16-7 over the No. 10 Greeenwood Gators, with 52 seconds to play in the first half. The very good Todd Hamilton is on the call for WHOP.

    1. 16 seconds to go in the first half ... Christian facing third-and-2 from the Greenwood 11 ...

    2. Todd says Christian actually lost a yard on an incomplete pass ... official simply moved the line of scrimmage back from the Greenwood 10 to the Greenwood 11 after the incomplete ... "Oh, me," he says.

    3. The Colonels' lead could be huge ... Christian County has failed on two fourth-and-goal attempts from the Greenwood 1 and another fourth down from inside the Greenwood 20 ... and now the Colonels have missed a 27-yard field-goal try ... remains 16-7, home-standing Christian County, at halftime ...

    4. 3:54 to go in the third quarter, and Christian County surges ahead, 26-7 ...

  13. So far in 6A: Lexington Tates Creek has fallen, 66-13, at St. X, and Lexington Lafayette was upset at home, 17-3, by Male. Now Dixie Heights of Edgewood of northern Kentucky has scored three straight touchdowns to tie visiting Lexington Henry Clay at 42. We're in the fourth quarter, and the home-standing Colonels are about to punt to the Blue Devils. is televising ...

    1. 73-yard touchdown run for Henry Clay, and the Blue Devils sprint ahead, 49-47, with 6:10 to play in Edgewood ...

    2. 2:23 to go ... Dixie Heights timeout ... Colonels trailing by seven ... face fourth-and-goal at the Henry Clay 12 ...

    3. False start ... now back to the 17 ...

    4. Dixie Heights quarterback apparently failed to see one open receiver but kept the play alive and then heaved, successfully, to the back of the end zone!


    6. 2:12 to play ... Henry Clay has two timeouts ... first lead of game for Dixie Heights ...

    7. 1:45 to go ... Henry Clay completes to Dixie Heights 36 ...

  14. Well, Henry Clay ended up scoring, and winning, 57-50.

  15. Best I can gather, the closest things we had to true upsets tonight were ...

    -- in 3A, Fleming County, 37-36 at No. 10 Bath County, on a last-seconds two-point conversion, and

    -- in 6A, Male, 17-3 at No. 9 Lafayette (I guess that was an upset).

    1. Fleming Co. High ‏@FCHSPanthers
      @heathpostdotcom you were surprised? We weren't! #WeAreFC!
      3:43 PM - 3 Nov 12

  16. Interesting second-round matchup in Class A: Pineville at defending-champ Hazard. Hazard won, 28-22, at Pineville three weeks ago.

  17. Pulaski County beat Letcher County Central (another home winner).

  18. And today CovCath swamped Rowan County (another home winner) in 4A.

  19. "Gridiron Glory!" Per Channel 6:

    -- In A, Caverna dressed 17 players, including a girl linebacker, for its loss at Mayfield.

    -- In 3A, the annual pre-playoffs bye seems to have served its purpose for Paducah Tilghman, and even a troop of girls doing pushups couldn't keep Heath Pirates' football tradition alive for one more week.

    -- In 4A, star senior quarterback Cole Ousley returned to action a couple of weeks ago after an injury, but the Purple Flash are still getting plenty of mileage out of his freshman replacement, Zyaire Hughes.

    -- In 5A, Graves County's Zach Katzman adds to his school-record career rushing total.

    1. In beating Franklin-Simpson, Lone Oak eliminated the 2011 Class 4A runnerup.

  20. James Quick @Uno1Siete7
    Nobody can read my mind..
    8:15 AM - 4 Nov 12

  21. In winning at Anderson County, Cooper knocked out the the 2011 Class 5A runnerup.

    1. And brought to close for another year John Herndon's excellent football coverage for The Anderson News.

    2. With Somerset Southwestern, a 2011 semifinalist, failing to qualify for the playoffs this season, the bottom half of the 5A bracket is wide open to Cooper, South Oldham, Conner, Franklin County, Whitley County, Pulaski County, Madison Southern and Harlan County to crack the final four.

    3. Among those teams, only Conner has ever won a KHSAA football championship.

  22. In 6A, PRP knocked out one of the 2011 semifinalists, Boone County.

  23. WYMC just played a campaign commercial for Carroll Hubbard, in which he told a story about having his home in Mayfield appraised while working through a mortgage refinance. The problem, the appraiser said, was that the value of all homes in Mayfield had dropped because of fewer job opportunities, so then Hubbard used this point to pivot off and ask the WYMC audience who would fight harder for job growth in Mayfield and Graves County, he or his opponent, from Cadiz?