Friday, September 27, 2013

Kentucky High-school Football, Week 5

Here are this weekend's Kentucky High School Athletic Association football games that I'm most interested in.

Barlow Ballard Memorial (5-0, No. 8 in this week's Associated Press poll for Class 2A) at Caldwell County (5-0, AP 2A No. 1)--The Bombers aren't backing up their busses, baby, from Barlow to Princeton!

Bardstown (4-0, AP 2A No. 4) at Louisville DeSales (5-0, AP 2A No. 2)--It's DeSales's homecoming, but Peter Zubaty of The Kentucky Standard helpfully notes for the traveling local fans that the game is actually played at Louisville Southern High School.

Monroe County (4-1, 3A) at Glasgow (4-1, AP 2A No. 6)--This is my fan-bus road trip of the week. Not only is southcentral Kentucky as pretty as anywhere (as pretty as this song, incidentally, which I always think of when I'm down there in that Glasgow/Tompkinsville/Columbia triangle), this is an awfully good rivalry. Since 2004, the Falcons and Scotties have split their 10 games against one another. The visiting Falcons are not ranked, but they've won four straight since losing by 30 in Week 0 at Wayne County, which is 5-0 and ranked third in Class 3A. Monroe is on a streak of deep playoff runs, including a trip to the 3A seminals last season when they lost by 18-13 to Louisville Central, the eventual state champ. Glasgow typically is good, too. The Raiders finished runnerup to Covington Holy Cross for the 2011 2A title, and they lost by 10-2 to DeSales in last year's 2A quarters. Before losing at good Somerset by 22 last week, Glasgow had won its first four games--three by shutout. 

Louisville Saint Xavier (3-2, AP 6A No. 3) at Louisville Central (3-2, AP 3A No. 4)

Fort Mitchell Beechwood (2-2, AP A No. 5) at Covington Holmes (3-1, AP 4A No. 9)

Middlesboro (4-0, AP 2A No. 5) at Pikeville (4-1, AP A No. 4)

Barren County (1-4, 5A) at Bowling Green (4-0, AP 5A No. 1)--It would certainly shock the Kentucky desk.

Hopkinsville (2-3, 5A) at Christian County (1-3, 5A)

Muhlenberg County (3-2, 6A) at Crittenden County (3-1, 2A)--OK, so you missed the parade. All is not lost ...

McCracken County (2-2, 6A) at Fort Campbell (2-3, AP 3A No. 9)

Russellville (5-0, AP A No. 2) at Franklin-Simpson (2-3, 4A)--Kind thought from Russellville coach John Myers, as quoted by Brian Davis in the Franklin Favorite: "It has been a blessing watching these kids grow up in front my eyes on the football field."

Scott County (5-0, AP 6A No. 1t) at George Rogers Clark (1-4, 6A)

Mayfield (5-0, AP A No. 1) at Marshall County (0-4, 6A)--Nonetheless, Marshall is fifth statewide.

Madisonville-North Hopkins (2-2, 4A) at Owensboro (4-1, AP 4A No. 6)

Belfry (4-0, AP 3A No. 1) at Inez Sheldon Clark (0-4, 3A)

Indianapolis Cathedral at Louisville Trinity (1-3, AP 6A No. 1t)

Fort Thomas Highlands (5-0, AP 4A No. 1) at Covington Catholic (3-1, AP 5A No. 3) on Saturday--G. Michael Graham points out at Fort Thomas Matters than CovCath was responsible for the last Highlands playoff loss.

Previous reports:


  1. Class 2A numbers four 5-0 and seven undefeated teams. Ballard Memorial, Caldwell County, Christian Academy-Louisville and DeSales are all 5-0; Bardstown, Betsy Layne and Middlesboro are 4-0.

    WHAS's Adam Lefkoe reports that CAL, who is quarterbacked by a senior (superbly) named Nathan Christmas, will be trying for its first 6-0 start in school history at 2-3 Shawnee tonight. The Centurions opened the year with double-digit wins over Lexington Christian and Louisville Eastern and is now on a three-game run of shutout victories.

  2. Replies
    1. From the WKDZ/WHVO "Sports Edge" by Tom Rogers:

      The Fort Campbell Falcons will try to rebound from last week's shootout loss to top ranked Caldwell County tonight, as they return to post to host McCracken County. It will be the first ever meeting between the Falcons and the Mustangs, who are in their first year, not only as a football team, but as a school. The Falcons will look to build some momentum Friday night, as they prepare to open district play two weeks from tonight at Paducah Tilghman. Coverage of Fort Campbell and McCracken County on Oldies 96.5 WHVO and gets underway at 6:00pm with the Toyota of Hopkinsville "Friday Night Blitz."

  3. made an interesting point earlier this morning--that Christian County has only three home games scheduled this season, and one of them--tonight's County homecoming vs. Hoptown--is played on what is also the opponent's home field.

  4. had activated the remote from Fort Campbell's Fryer Stadium momentarily, but then it apparently lost the connection back to Cadiz. And, so, now we're hearing (perfect) "When Doves Cry" by Prince and the Revolution.

    Dig, if you will, WHVO: Take your time repairing that link.

  5. The Twitter desk notes that Danville appears to have a kick returner named "Olyjawan" Ford. Hmmm ... say that kid's 18 years old this year ... yeah, that makes sense.

  6. is now back at the base, and the commentators are giving Coach Orville J plenty of love for his work at Lone Oak. (Hey, how about at Heath?!? Started the program and never had a losing season. Never!)

  7. Replies
    1. McCracken County completes a 65-or-so-yard-touchdown pass to Cole Ousley--the former Lone Oak quarterback who got injured and lost his job and may or may not be kin to former (and fantastic) Concord Elementary fifth-grade fill-in teacher Mrs. Ousley. Mustangs (2-2 and on two-game winning streak) take early lead at Fort Campbell!

  8. 7:50 to go in the first, and a Mustang named Snow kicks a 27-yard field goal: 10-0 at Fort Campbell.

    1. Kyle Collier ‏@KyleWYMT
      Upset alert in Pulaski. Maroons down against Lincoln 35-34.
      8:25 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Eric Chumbler @EricChumbler
      Fort Campbell-9
      Complete domination from McCracken so far. McCracken has 400 yards total offense in the first half.
      8:28 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Kyle Collier @KyleWYMT
      Maroons answers and takes the lead back 40-35 late in the 3rd over Lincoln. #UpsetAlert
      8:31 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Lukas Burchett @pantherthunder
      Pikeville 63 Middlesboro 34 3:15 3rd Qtr. BOMBS AWAY! Beautiful deep ball from Squeak Charles to Cody Estep for a 75-yard Panther TD!
      8:36 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Tom Rogers
      McCracken County goes for onside kick, up 28 in final 30 seconds of first half - really ??
      8:37 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Les Johns ‏@Les_Johns
      Hopkinsville fumbles on 2nd play of 2nd half, and Colonels punch it quickly to cut Tiger lead to 21-17 with 9:53 left in the 3rd quarter.
      8:41 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Cole Claybourn @ColeClaybournMI
      Butler County scores again. Jimmy Burns tosses a five-yard TD to Jake Martin. Kick no good, but Butler up, 21-7, 3:10 left in 3rd quarter.
      8:42 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Les Johns @Les_Johns
      Someone in the Christian County cheering section has utilized a vuvuzela repeatedly the last few mins. I'm not a fan.
      8:46 PM - 27 Sep 13

      The EndZone @Theendzonett
      FINAL - Wayne Co. 41, Bell Co. 6. Cardinals put an end to Bell County's 31-game district win streak.
      8:46 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Kyle Collier ‏@KyleWYMT
      The Big Maroon Machine is rolling now. Pulaski turns the int. into 7 points. Up 47-35 on Lincoln. @SportsOT
      8:47 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Boyle County Rebels ‏@BigRebelNation
      FINAL: Boyle County 42 Taylor County 6 This evening's scoreboard sponsored by Rusty Clark Lawn Mowing Service. #khsfb
      8:53 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Cole Claybourn ‏@ColeClaybournMI
      Catholic ties up with an 8-yard TD pass from Hartz to Staples. Aces 21, Butler Co. 21, 11:36 left to play.
      8:56 PM - 27 Sep 13

      RHS Sports on WRUS ‏@WRUS_RHS
      35-7 Panthers win over FS. Move to 6-0 for the first time since 1984. FS falls to 2-4.
      9:00 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Mike Fields ‏@MikeFieldsNotes
      Scott County's Kevin Clausen, Theo Price, Keith Guy each rush for more than 100 yds in 51-13 rout of Clark County,
      9:03 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Cole Claybourn
      Wow. Butler Co. went for it on 4th and five and Jimmy Burns threw a beautiful ball to Drake Embry in the end zone. Butler Co. 28, Aces 21.
      9:04 PM - 27 Sep 13

      The Purple Spirit ‏@BGHSPurplesNews
      Tre Boards scores his first varsity TD on last play of game. Purples defeat Barren County 58-0 #kyfb
      9:04 PM - 27 Sep 13

  9. Replies
    1. Cole Claybourn ‏@ColeClaybournMI
      And just like that, Hartz throws a 78-yard TD pass to Ryan Clark. Owensboro Catholic 28, Butler County 28, 8:48 left to play.
      9:07 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Les Johns ‏@Les_Johns
      Facing 4th and 25 at the 35, Graham throws one up for grabs that is picked off by Christian County. Hoptown up 21-17 with 10 mins left.
      9:12 PM - 27 Sep 13

      101.3 FM WMSK @wmskfm
      The Braves win it 43 - 13 over Hancock Co! Go Union go Union go!
      9:12 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Steve Cornelius ‏@CJsportseditor
      FOOTBALL - Final: Pulaski County 61, Lincoln County 35; Maroons improve to 6-0 with the victory
      9:15 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Cole Claybourn
      Owensboro Catholic scores on a 1-yard TD pass from Hartz to Riney. Kick no good. Aces 34, Butler Co. 24, 5:30 left to play.
      9:18 PM - 27 Sep 13

      DeSales High School @DeSales_Colts9h
      Big crowd on hand tonight to see #2 DeSales wallop #4 Bardstown 55-7 at Southern HS.
      9:21 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Shelley Jones⚓ ‏@shelleydg8211h
      Congrats to the Fairview Eagles & @Coach_Jones89 @coach_chandler @CoachChamplin on your Homecoming win tonight! #55-7 #step5 #BITW
      9:22 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Les Johns ‏@Les_Johns
      Another Hopkinsville fumble, this time a botched lateral, sets the Colonels up 1-and-10 at the Hoptown 29, down 4 points with 7 mins to go.
      9:24 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Les Johns ‏@Les_Johns
      Christian County takes its first lead of the game on a 8 yard touchdown run from Jamarius Taylor. Colonels 24-21 over Hopkinsville 6 mins
      9:26 PM - 27 Sep 13

      Enquirer Sports ‏@ENQSports
      From @nkyskinner: NewCath remains king of Class 2A, District 6 with win over Lloyd. #nkyfb
      9:27 PM - 27 Sep 13

  10. Halftime: McCracken County 37, Fort Campbell 9.

  11. Solid leads for Caldwell over Ballard, DeSales over Bardstown, Glasgow over Monroe, St. X over Central, Wayne over Bell, Middlesboro over Pikeville, Beechwood over Holmes, Bowling Green over Barren, Christian over Hoptown, Muhlenberg over Crittenden, McCracken over Fort Campbell, Russellville over Franklin-Simpson, Scott Co over Winchester GRC, Mayfield over Marshall, Owensboro over Madisonville-North, Trinity over Indianapolis Cathedral, Meade over Warren East, CAL over Shawnee and Henderson County over Tilghman.

  12. Finals:

    -- DeSales 55, Bardstown 7
    -- Belfry 49, Sheldon Clark 6
    -- Mason County 50, East Carter 7
    -- Wayne County 41, Bell County 6
    -- Collins 59, Atherton 6

  13. OK, hold the phone in Glasgow ... Monroe is back within 27-26 with 21 seconds to go in third ... I've switched to Glasgow's, and the Scotties-centric commentators nervously go to radio with Glasgow lining up a key third-and-2 ...

    1. Loss of two to Monroe 39 ... fourth quarter and fourth down coming ...

    2. Incomplete pass ... Falcons take over from Scotties ...

  14. Finals:

    -- Trinity 35, Indianapolis Cathedral 30
    -- Bowling Green 58, Barren County 0

  15. Monroe takes timeout with 8:48 to play. Score remains 27-26 (Glasgow led 27-6 late in second quarter). Monroe facing third-and-goal from the Scotties' 6 ...

    1. Incomplete ... but face-guarding interference penalty on Glasgow! ...

    2. That's not automatic first down in KHSAA football?

    3. 7:56 to play ... after procedure penalty on Monroe, Falcons are facing fourth-and-goal from the Glasgow 7 ... another Monroe timeout ...

    4. Field-goal attempt (presumably) coming ... WCLU commentator suggests, "Watch the fake, boys; he hasn't even made an extra point tonight" ... BUT MONROE FOLLOWS THROUGH ON THE 24-YARD FIELD-GOAL ATTEMPTS, AND IT'S GOOD! The Falcons, once down 21 on the road, are now up, 29-27, with 7:46 to play ...

  16. Glasgow has not completed a pass in the second half.

  17. On third-and-10, Glasgow does complete a pass, and it's enough for the first down ... But "OH, NOT AGAIN!" says the WCLU commentator ... holding on Glasgow ...

  18. But the Scotties convert the third-and-long as the quarterback runs out of the pocket and just edges past the marker!


  20. 2-POINT PASS IS GOOD! ... Glasgow surges back ahead of visiting Monroe County, 35-29, with 5:24 to play ...

  21. Finals:

    -- Meade County 28, Warren East 13
    -- Elizabethtown 42, Bullitt Central 21
    -- Hazard 36, Breathitt County 20
    -- St. Xavier 27, Central 13
    -- Pulaski County 61, Lincoln County 35
    -- Danville 48, Green County 34

  22. Finals:

    -- South Oldham 34, Conner 32
    -- Obion (Tenn.) Central 28, Calloway County 26
    -- Warren Central 30, Greenwood 0

  23. Meanwhile, back in Glasgow, the Scotties--on the same play--have been called for three penalties, resulting in 30 yards to the good for Monroe County:

    -- Facemask

    -- Helmet-to-helmet contact

    -- Unsportsmanlike conduct

  24. Monroe County is now facing a third-and-11 from Glasgow's 34 ...

  25. Incomplete on fourth down ... Glasgow will take over on downs, holding a six-point lead, with 3:06 to play ...

  26. Finals:

    -- Owensboro 41, Madisonville-North Hopkins 13
    -- Union County 43, Hancock County 13
    -- Estill County 43, Powell County 29
    -- Caldwell County 63, Ballard Memorial 28

  27. And Glasgow runs out the clock! Final: Scotties 35, Monroe County 29. That's a long, hard (but beautiful) drive back home to Tompkinsville for Falcon fans.


  29. Finals:

    -- Pikeville 77, Middlesboro 46
    -- Mayfield 64, Marshall County 28

  30. Finals:

    -- Owensboro Catholic 41, Butler County 34
    -- Christian County 24, Hopkinsville 21

  31. Finals:

    -- Muhlenberg County 13, Crittenden County 12
    -- Berea Madison Southern 47, London South Laurel 7
    -- Henderson County 27, Paducah Tilghman 14
    -- Scott County 51, Winchester GRC 13

  32. Twitter was invented for following high-school football across your state on a given Friday night--or for simultaneously following multiple regional semifinals in the boys' or girls' KHSAA basketball tournaments.

  33. Mike Stunson reported in this morning's local Messenger that the Madisonville-North Hopkins quarterback broke his ankle and will miss the remainder of the season.

  34. This weekend's ranked losers:

    -- No. 4 Conner (34-32 at South Oldham) and No. 9 Harlan County (45-0 at Greenville, Tenn.) in Class 5A;

    -- No. 3 Covington Catholic (42-7 vs. Highlands) and No. 9 Covington Holmes (40-7 vs. Beechwood) in 4A;

    -- No. 4 Louisville Central (27-13 vs. St. X), No. 8 Bell County (41-6 at Wayne County), No. 9 Fort Campbell (53-17 VS. MCCRACKEN COUNTY!) and No. 10 Powell County (29-13 vs. Estill County) in 3A;

    -- No. 4 Bardstown (55-7 at DeSales, No. 5 Middlesboro (77-46 at Pikeville) and No. 8 Ballard Memorial (63-28 at Caldwell County) in 2A, and

    -- No. 6 Raceland (38-35 to Lawrence County) in A.

  35. Replies
    1. I have no doubt that Trinity will win the 6A title.

    2. Well, I imagine you and Jason Frakes are thinking along the same lines, and you're probably both right. I would probably vote, though, for unbeaten Scott County at No. 1 and wait for Trinity to prove how great they are again by racking up more actual wins.

    3. 11/23/12: Trinity 21, Scott Co. 14
      12/02/11: Trinity 62, Scott Co. 21
      11/27/09: Trinity 42, Scott Co. 13

  36. This week's polls are out. Mayfield in Class A, Caldwell County in 2A, Belfry in 3A, Highlands in 4A and Bowling Green in 5A remain the 1s. Scott County is now alone in No. 1 in Class 6A, ahead of Trinity. Poll newcomers are No. 10 Graves County (4-1) in 5A, No. 10 Ashland Blazer (4-2) in 5A and No. 8 Lawrence County (5-1) and No. 9 Elizabethtown (5-1) in 3A.

  37. Jim Turner personally has been watching Russellville play football for a long, long time, and he's not going to let any of his Logan Journal readers get too fat and happy to appreciate a win over Franklin-Simpson: "A win over athletically adept Franklin-Simpson is always something to be cherished and relished. The ease with which the Russellville Panthers dispatched the Wildcats at James ‘Shadetree’ Matthews Field Friday is remarkable."

  38. For Middlesboro, Jay Compton writes in The Middlesboro Daily News, "it all came crashing down last Friday at Pikeville."

  39. Bourbon County opened its game at Frankfort Western Hills with a 95-yard touchdown run, and then the score got really ugly. But this picture by Hannah Reel in Frankfort State Journal is beautiful.