Thursday, November 3, 2016

Football in Western Kentucky

They start the high school football playoffs in Kentucky this week, which means that (a) it's almost college basketball season, and (b) there won't be any interesting games for at least two more weeks.  So rather than go on our usual rant about how they should change the KHSAA football playoffs, we will simply give you the final regular standings in Western Kentucky, if all the teams were in one big league.  Congratulations to Mayfield, Calloway County, Hoptown, and Russellville:


Rivers Division
Mayfield:  10-0
McCracken County:  7-3
Graves County:  6-4
Paducah Tilghman:  5-5
Ballard Memorial:  5-5
Fulton City:  1-8
Fulton County:  0-9

Lakes Division
Calloway County:  7-3
Caldwell County:  6-4
Union County:  6-4
Marshall County:  5-5
Crittenden County:  4-6
Trigg County:  3-7
Murray:  3-7


Pennyrile Division
Hopkinsville:  9-1
Christian County:  8-2
Madisonville-N. Hopkins:  4-6
Hopkins County Central:  4-6
Henderson County:  3-7
Fort Campbell:  2-8
Webster County:  2-8

Coal Division
Russellville:  9-1
Muhlenberg County:  7-3
McLean County:  7-3
Ohio County:  2-8
Logan County:  1-9
Todd County Central:  0-10


  1. I haven't been paying any too much attention to this #khsfb season, but one of the things that I'm wondering about is what's going on in Calloway County/Murray. Also, I'm glad to see Christian County/Hoptown rise, and I think it is fitting that Hopkins County Central and Madisonville-North Hopkins have the same records.

  2. By the way, my predictions for the state champions are Trinity, Bowling Green, Highlands, Belfry, Mayfield and Hazard. I haven't looked at the polls to see if these teams remain in classes 6A through A, respectively, or are doing well again this year. I mean, I know offhand that Bowling Green and Mayfield are, but we'll see about the others.

  3. He's got Fort Mitchell Beechwood over Paintsville in Class A. He also says Russellville, Riceland and Pikeville (the defending champ) could upset stuff, and he also has a note about 8-2 Bracken County. I think I saw the other day that team is having its best season ever. I'm not sure what's up with Hazard. Anyway, this sounds like a fun tournament. I'm going to try to keep with this one.

  4. Fort Thomas Highlands is now actually in 5A. I can't believe I forgot that. And the Bluebirds are 3-7! This is even more shocking than Murray's 3-7. Jason identifies Highlands at 5-5 Louisville Doss as the 5A tournament's best first-round matchup: "Bluebirds haven’t lost in the first round of the playoffs since 1991, but Dragons have a chance in this one."

  5. OK, Jason has Franklin-Simpson beating Johnson Central in the 4A final. Now, look, I love F-S. I really do. I covered a lot of games down there; they had a really nice-guy-to-me old coach for years, and they had my favorite basketball gym in all of south-central Kentucky. But here's the deal: Jason Frakes went to Bowling Green High, and anyone who goes to Bowling Green High stays in constant fear of tough, plucky F-S coming up from the sticks and making the city-slicker Purples look bad. It does look like the Wildcats are having a very good year, and I love Jason Frakes. But I imagine he's overrating Franklin.

  6. Jason also mentions Hoptown, Wayne County, Rockcastle County, Shelby County and Etown John Hardin as other tough teams in the 4A bracket. I'm inclined to make Hoptown my pick, but, having grown up in Paducah and West Paducah, I have pretty much the same tendency toward overrating the Tigers as JFrakes does with F-S. I'm friends with a family from Rockcastle County, so I'm going with them. ROCK! IS! HAAARRRRRD!!!

  7. So--programming note--I'm going to monitor only for Trinity, BG, Belfry or Mayfield upsets in the 6A, 5A, 3A and 2A tournaments. You can go download yourself some brackets for those classes here. (By the way, the playoffs started last night with three games, and Go Heath Point B in the base post here was backed up with the following final scores: 55-12, 57-8 and 55-21.) Meanwhile, I'm actually printing the brackets and planning to follow, round by round, the Class A and Class 4A affairs.

  8. Doss did, indeed, eliminate Highlands in 5A. PRP beat our McCracken County Mustangs between Paducah and West Paducah in 6A. Mayfield, Belfry, Bowling Green and Trinity all advanced in their tournaments.

  9. Nothing closer than two touchdowns in Round 1 of 4A. Franklin-Simpson is now 11-0 after thumping the Hopkins County Central Storm, 61-6, after the drive over from Mortons Gap (through Nortonville, White Plains, Apex, Fearsville, Allegre, Sharon Grove, Russellville and Middleton).

  10. Nothing much closer in Class A. Bracken County scored a couple of times in the fourth quarter to close within 34-22 against visiting Fairview in Brockville. It was an 8-3 season for the Polar Bears, ending in the first playoff appearance in the 14-year history of football at Bracken County.

    Griffin Appleman® @GBaby_2132
    I just want to thank @brackencounty and #PBN as a whole, greatest fan base in the world. Love every single one of you!
    10:27 PM - 4 Nov 2016

    Will Jones @willjones_14
    Shout out to the football team on a great season and staring my senior year out right! Thank you #PBN
    10:31 PM - 4 Nov 2016

    Congratulations, #PBN, on a fine season.