Friday, September 20, 2013

Kentucky High-school Football, Week 4

Here are the Kentucky High School Athletic Association football games that I'll be checking in on over the weekend.

Henderson County (3-1, No. 7 in the Associated Press poll for Class 6A) at Madisonville-North Hopkins (2-1, AP 4A No. 10)

Barlow Ballard Memorial (4-0, AP 2A No. 9) at Mortons Gap Hopkins County Central (0-4, 4A)--This is my fan-bus trip of the week. The Bombers are probably going to move to 5-0 on the season tonight, and then next week they might be up to around No. 7 in the Class 2A poll (as 2-2 OweCath at No. 8 is idle tonight and 1-3 NewCath at No. 7 plays at a 6A team). Ballard needs to be making the most of tonight. I propose a big bus loop south through Barlow, Wickliffe, Blandville and Lovelaceville on the way out of the county this afternoon; a stop for supper at Pennyrile State Resort Park south of Dawson Springs (call ahead and they'd probably make pancakes for the football players), and a big victory run north back into the county late tonight through Kevil, Bandana and La Center. Live it up, Bomber Nation.

Graves County (3-0, AP 5A No. 9) at Mayfield (4-0, AP A No. 1)

Fort Campbell (2-2, AP 3A No. 8) at Caldwell County (4-0, AP 2A No. 1)--They're getting so excited at Caldwell County. At least a dozen Tweets a week swirl around about or for the Tigers that go about like this one ...

Pikeville (4-0, AP A No. 3) at Belfry (3-0, AP 3A No. 1)

Hazard (2-1, AP A No. 6) at Fairview (3-0, AP A No. 5)

Beechwood (2-1, AP A No. 4) at Franklin County (4-0, AP 5A No. 7)

Harlan County (3-1, AP 5A No. 6) at Johnson Central (3-0, AP 4A No. 5)

Bowling Green (3-0, AP 5A No. 1) at McCallie School (Tennessee)

Glasgow (4-0, AP 2A No. 3) at Somerset (1-3, 2A)

Newport Central Catholic (1-3, AP 2A No. 7) at Edgewood Dixie Heights (2-1, 6A)

Marshall County (0-3, 6A) at Murray (1-3, AP 2A No. 10)

Louisville Shawnee (2-2, 2A) at Louisville DeSales (4-0, AP 2A No. 2)

Bowling Green South Warren (4-0, AP 3A No. 2) at Hart County (2-2, 3A)

Wayne County (4-0, AP 3A No. 3) at Southwestern (0-4, 5A)

Louisville Central (2-2, AP 3A No. 4) at Louisville Western (0-3, 4A)

Boyle County (4-0, AP 4A No. 2) at Winchester George Rogers Clark (1-3, 6A)

Pulaski County (4-0, AP 5A No. 2) at Rockcastle County (1-3, 4A)

Fort Thomas Highlands (4-0, AP 4A No. 1) at Paducah Tilghman (1-3, AP 3A No. 9) on Saturday

Russellville (4-0, AP A No. 2) vs. Elkton Todd County Central (0-3, 2A), Calloway County (2-1, 4A) vs. Fulton City (1-2, A) and Bullitt Central (3-0, 5A) at McCracken County (1-2, 6A) on Saturday (McCracken County Bowl)--These games are scheduled to start at 3, 5 and 7:30. That's quite an evening of work if you've gotten yourself signed up to dispense hot dogs in the band-booster concession trailer. Incidentally, I learned from the KHSAA web site today that Coach Jack Haskins's first name is Orville!

Previous reports:

-- 2012 wrap


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    1. Also in Class A, No. 1 Mayfield whipped Graves County, 49-21; No. 3 Pikeville lost, 56-20, to Belfry; No. 4 Beechwood lost, 28-24, to Franklin County; No. 5 Fairview beat No. 6 Hazard, 30-27; No. 7 Raceland won, 42-33, at Dawson Bryant of Coal Grove, Ohio; No. 9 Paintsville won, 35-0, at Allen Central, and No. 10 Bardstown Bethlehem beat Trimble County, 60-0.

      That Hazard-Fairview game in the Ashland suburb of Westwood must've been something. These two teams played in the playoffs last season, with Fairview prevailing, too. This time, Hazard opened a 27-22 halftime lead but then couldn't score in the second half and yielded a Fairview score after a botched punt from its end of the field.

    2. This week, then, the Associated Press voters shuffled around those same nine teams (plus Williamsburg, which was No. 8 and idle last week). Mayfield and Russellville remain 1-2, followed now by Fairview.

  2. In Class 2A, No. 1 Caldwell County won at home against Fort Campbell, 48-35; No. 2 Louisville DeSales beat Shawnee, 49-0; No. 3 Glasgow lost, 35-13, at Somerset, which last week was only receiving votes for the 2A poll; No. 4 Christian Academy-Louisville swamped Washington County, 44-0; No. 5 Bardstown won, 27-8, at Fort Knox; No. 6 Middlesboro won, 47-2, at Harlan; No. 7 NewCath (the defending state champ) lost, 36-7, vs. 6A Dixie Heights to slump to 1-4 on the season; No. 8 Owensboro Catholic was idle; No. 9 Ballard Memorial, fueled presumably by Pennyrile pancakes, obliterated Hopkins County Central, 42-0, and No. 10 Murray whipped Marshall County, 55-14.

    1. The AP voters mulled all of that and just swished around the same 10 teams in this week's poll. Caldwell and DeSales remain 1-2; CAL is up to No. 3. Ballard Memorial is up to No. 8. Somerset remains on the outside looking in.

    2. Friday night, Ballard goes to Caldwell and now-No. 4 Bardstown goes to DeSales, so ... hooray!

  3. The only two teams in last week's Class 3A poll to lose were No. 8 Fort Campbell (at Caldwell County, 48-35) and No. 9 Paducah Tilghman (to Fort Thomas Highlands, 42-24). So, in this week's poll, the order of the top seven remained No. 1 Belfry, No. 2 South Warren, No. 3 Wayne County, No. 4 Louisville Central, No. 5t Corbin, No. 5t Bourbon County and No. 7 Mason County. The only newcomer to the 10 is No. 10 Powell County, which last week beat another team that was receiving votes, Lewis County, by 34-13.

  4. Class 4A: Only five of last week's top eight were in action last weekend, and all five of them won. No. 9 Knox Central and No. 10 Madisonville-North Hopkins both lost big--to Bell County by 34-12 and to Henderson County by 45-14, respectively. So, in this week's poll, Highlands and Boyle County--both 5-0--remain 1-2. Covington Holmes took my main Maroons' slot in the poll.

    1. I don't know exactly when it was that Warren East, one of the dozens of high schools that are in Bowling Green, started getting good, but I'm pretty sure it was the mid 1990s, while Kevin Wallace, who is now the head coach at fantastic Bowling Green, was there. For years, the Raiders were not very good at all, but, at some point, they started becoming quite good. And, last season, they made the 4A semifinals, losing there to Shelbyville Martha by a lot.

      This season, East has a new head coach, Steve Long. The Raiders were clobbered in Week 0, 35-0, at very good South Warren. Then they beat Barren County, and then they lost, 25-20, at good Monroe County, and then they slugged Ohio County.

      So, last week, East played at home against rebounding Hoptown, and it had to go without its regular quarterback, who was ruled ineligible. Instead, Michael Compton reported in The Daily News, the Raiders went with a Vanderbilt commit at quarterback, and that guy, junior Eli Brown, scored the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion and game-winning touchdown for a 33-27 overtime decision. Brown finished with 338 yards and five touchdowns, Compton wrote.

      East, the top vote-getter in the 4A poll outside the top 10, this week plays at Meade County, an also-recipient-of-votes in the 6A poll. The Raiders are 3-2 on the year. Meade is 3-1.

  5. The only two teams in last week's 5A poll to lose last weekend both lost to good teams on the road. No. 6 Harlan County lost, 36-14, at Johnson Central, and No. 9 Graves County lost, 41-29, at Mayfield. Graves's loss bumped the Eagles from the poll, in favor of 5-0 Covington Scott, the new No. 10.

    No. 1 remains, of course, Bowling Green, which won, 40-36, at McCallie School of Chattanooga, Tenn. The "Green Purples" trailed the Blue Tornado by nine points late in the third period of the road game, reported James Beach in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

  6. And then there's 6A.

    Louisville Trinity was idle, but the 1-3 Shamrocks actually got two more first-place votes in this week's poll (nine of 15) than they did last week (seven of 14). Still, 5-0 Scott County, a 42-13 winner over Radcliff North Hardin, finagled enough voting points to vault into a tie with Trinity for No. 1 this week.

    1. No. 3 St. X lost by 24-12 at home to Archbishop Moeller of Cincinnati--but still held on to No. 3. No one else in last week's 6A poll lost, so this week just entailed a little shuffling in the bottom five.

    2. The big news in 6A, however, was that Orville J. Haskins's McCracken County Mustangs picked up their second-straight decisive win (and first-ever victory against a Kentucky team): 48-0 over previously undefeated Bullitt Central of Class 5A. The #Stampede heads to Fort Campbell this weekend.