Friday, November 8, 2013

Kentucky High-school Football, First Round of Playoffs

I am so looking forward to getting to type out the names of these schools and places over the next half-hour or whatever. I really, really am. I've printed out my KHSAA playoff brackets (you can, too--they're linked here under the bold-face "Class A," "Class 2A," etc. labels), and I've got Mayfield's WYMC fired up on another browser (Roberta Flack's perfect "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is playing). So here we go. Hooray for the Internet! Hooray for high-school football! And hooray for Kentucky!

Horse Cave Caverna (2-8) at Mayfield (9-1 and No. 1 in this week's Associated Press poll for Class A)--Next up on WYMC was Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," which is also great.

Fulton County (1-7) at Louisville Holy Cross (5-5)

Louisville Kentucky Country Day (5-5) at Russellville (8-2, No. 3)--I did not realize that the current Panthers quarterback, Barrett Croslin, is the grandson of Ken Barrett, Russellville's long-time, multiple-state-championships coach. Hooray, too, for Jim Turner of The Logan Journal!

Fulton City (1-8) at Bardstown Bethlehem (9-1, No. 9)--Oh, man, now WYMC is doing "Wedding Song" by Paul Stookey. I've listened to--what?--200 hours of WYMC since moving back to Kentucky in 2008, and I've never heard them play this thing, which is also perfect. (Early-bird happy 10th anniversary to my bride, who is out of pocket this weekend. SHAWTY 4EVER!) 

Dayton (2-8) at Frankfort (8-2, No. 7)--You're killing me, WYMC. At this rate, I'm never going to finish typing in these games.

Eminence (6-4) at Bellevue (6-4)

Ludlow (4-6) at Paris (8-2)--Here's the Class A game I would like to be at tonight, the 1975 Class A state champs at the 1973, 1981 and 1982 Class A state champs. Ludlow '75 beat Coach Orville J the Heath Pirates, so I will, of course, be rooting for the home team tonight. 

Bracken County (2-8) at Fort Mitchell Beechwood (6-4, No. 5)--Zack Klemme in Maysville's Ledger-Independent writes of Polar Bears and inevitability.

Jenkins (1-9) at Williamsburg (7-2, No. 10)

Berea (2-8) at Pineville (6-4)

Harlan (2-8) at Campbellsville (3-7)

Lynn Camp (3-7) at Hazard (9-1, No. 6)

Phelps (1-9) at Raceland (8-2, No. 4)

Not Westwood Fairview (5-5, No. 8) at Allen Central (2-8)--It's on to Round 2 for the Rebels of Eastern.

Nicholas County (2-8) at Pikeville (9-1 No. 2)

Hancock County (2-8) at Caldwell County (10-0, No. 1)--Yeah ... a bunch of offensive linemen getting together on their own, "coming up with crazy stuff to call each other" ... can't imagine anything going haywire there.

Barlow Ballard Memorial (7-3) at Union County (8-2, No. 8)--Here's the Class 2A game I'd like to be at tonight. Good matchup.

Butler County (7-3) at Murray (6-4)

Crittenden County (3-6) at Owensboro Catholic (8-2, No. 5)

Washington County (4-6) at Glasgow (9-1, No. 4)--Scotties rising.

Metcalfe County (5-5) at Louisville DeSales (9-1, No. 3)

Bardstown (8-2, No. 7) at Green County (5-5)

Covington Holy Cross (1-9) at Gallatin County (8-2)

Carroll County (5-5) at Newport (5-5)

Owen County (2-8) at Newport Central Catholic (6-4, No. 6) at Newport on Saturday--NewCath is the defending state champ.

Leslie County (3-7) at Middlesboro (8-2, No. 9)--Lee Majors Field, baby!

Shelby Valley (5-5) at Danville (5-5)

Lexington Christian (1-9) at Prestonsburg (5-5)

Class 3A

Adair County (4-6) at Paducah Tilghman (5-5, No. 9)--Check out this fantastic picture of downtown Paducah that Channel 6 posted this morning. I doubt fog's going to be an issue for tonight's games, incidentally.

Trigg County (5-5) at Monroe County (7-3)--Pretty good matchup, but it's the Class 3A game that I'd most like to attend tonight mostly because I love the route across beautiful southcentral Kentucky. This is my fan-bus road trip of the week, and I hope it left early enough from Cadiz this afternoon so that everyone could enjoy the autumn scenery. And they should be able to pick up The Eddie Stubbs Show on Nashville's WSM 650 AM on the bus radio the whole way back home.

Edmonson County (4-6) at Fort Campbell (4-6)

Webster County (1-9) at Bowling Green South Warren (9-1, T4)--Class 3A is probably the best-balanced of the six KHSAA brackets, as it's the only one where each of the top four teams in the most recent Associated Press poll for its class could conceivably each win regional championships and advance to the state playoffs' final four ...

Casey County (2-8) at Louisville Central (7-3, T4)--... That is, if you are willing to consider Region 1's South Warren as the state's No. 4 team. It and Louisville Central, the three-time defending state champ, were tied for fourth in this week's 3A poll.

Elizabethtown (6-4, No. 10) at Bell County (6-4, No. 8)

Corbin (8-2, No. 7) at Henry County (6-4)--It has been an odd week at Corbin High.

LaRue County (0-10) at Wayne County (10-0, No. 1)

Fleming County (3-7) at Bourbon County (10-0, No. 3)

Estill County (5-5) at Russell (6-4)

Lewis County (7-3) at Garrard County (6-4)

Powell County (7-3) at Mason County (10-0, No. 6)

Sheldon Clark (0-9) at Breathitt County (6-4)

Morgan County (4-6) at Pike County Central (5-5)

Lawrence County (7-3) at Magoffin County (4-6)

Jackson County (6-4) at Belfry (9-1, No. 2)

Class 4A

Breckinridge County (1-9) at Owensboro (7-3, No. 8)

Calloway County (5-5) at Bowling Green Warren East (6-4)

Allen County-Scottsville (4-6) at Madisonville-North Hopkins (5-5)

Hopkins County Central (0-10) at Franklin-Simpson (6-4)

Louisville Moore (4-8) at Shelbyville Martha Layne Collins (8-2, No. 5)--The homestanding Titans are peaking.

Spencer County (6-4) at Nelson County (7-3)

Louisville Doss (6-4) at North Oldham (7-3)--WYMC is playing Rolf Harris's "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," so I'm starting to make some hay on getting these games typed in.

Louisville Waggener (1-9) at Louisville Western (5-5)

Clay County (2-8) at Boyle County (10-0, No. 2)

Mercer County (6-4) at Barbourville Knox Central (6-4, No. 10)

Rockcastle County (2-8) at Lexington Catholic (7-3, No. 6)

Marion County (4-6) at Russell County (9-1, No. 7)

Boyd County (1-9) at Fort Thomas Highlands (9-1, No. 1)--The Bluebirds are going for their seventh-straight state championship, the most recent two coming in Class 4A.

Covington Holmes (5-5) at Ashland Blazer (7-3, No. 9)

Rowan County (3-7) at Covington Catholic (8-2, No. 4) on Saturday

Harrison County (3-7) at Paintsville Johnson Central (10-0, No. 3)

Class 5A

Bowling Green Greenwood (3-7) at Graves County (8-2, No. 10)

Hopkinsville (4-6) at Bowling Green Warren Central (5-5)

Barren County (4-6) at Christian County (4-6)

Owensboro Apollo (2-8) at Bowling Green (9-0, No. 1)--The Purples are trying for a third-straight state championship.

Bullitt Central (4-6) at Elizabethtown John Hardin (8-2, No. 3)

Jeffersontown (3-7) at Shelby County (5-4)

North Bullitt (3-7) at Grayson County (4-6)

Radcliff North Hardin (1-9) at Bullitt East (9-1, No. 8)

Nicholasville West Jessamine (4-6) at Crestwood South Oldham (7-3)

Covington Scott (7-3) at Franklin County (9-1, No. 6)--Pretty good game, potentially. I guess this is the 5A game I'd most like to be at tonight. Scott was ranked off and on during the season.

Montgomery County (6-4) at Hebron Conner (7-3)

Union Randall K. Cooper (3-7) at Anderson County (8-2, No. 5)

Whitley County (1-9) at Pulaski County (10-0, No. 2)

North Laurel (8-2, No. 9) at Hazard Perry County Central (5-5)

Letcher County Central (4-6) at Berea Madison Southern (8-1, No. 4)

Lincoln County (5-5) at Harlan County (7-3, No. 7)

Class 6A

Boone County (0-10) at McCracken County (8-2, No. 7)--Heady times in western (but not West) Paducah. The Mustang volleyball team won its first game in the state tournament today and play Louisville Assumption on Saturday. 

Daviess County (6-4) at Cecilia Central Hardin (9-1, No. 8)

Muhlenberg County (6-4) at Henderson County (8-2)

Marshall County (1-9) at Meade County (8-2, No. 9)

Union Larry A. Ryle (2-8) at Louisville Butler (8-2)

Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park (4-6) at Campbell County (7-3)

Edgewood Dixie Heights (7-3) at Louisville Seneca (2-8)

Louisville Southern (4-6) at Independence Simon Kenton (10-0, No. 3)

Louisville duPont Manual (8-2, No. 4) at Louisville Ballard (5-5)

Louisville Eastern (4-5) at Louisville Trinity (4-5, No. 5)--The KHSAA has awarded six 6A state championships, and Trinity has five of them.

Louisville Saint Xavier (6-4, No. 6) at Louisville Fern Creek (6-4)--St. X has the sixth. It came in 2009.

Oldham County (2-8) at Louisville Male (9-1, No. 1)

Winchester George Rogers Clark (2-8) at Scott County (10-0, No. 1)

Lexington Bryan Station (4-5) at Lexington Lafayette (3-7)

Richmond Madison Central (2-8) at Lexington Henry Clay (7-2, No. 10)

Lexington Paul Laurence Dunbar (5-5) at Lexington Tates Creek (6-4)

Previous reports:

-- 2012 wrap;

-- Week 9 roundup at GoHeath's western-Kentucky wrapstandings and lookahead to Week 10, and

-- Week 10 roundup.


  1. Hurrah! Mustangs win! After beating Boone County, 55-10, at Marquette Stadium, it's on to the second round for Coach Orville J and McCracken County High! The second-round opponent will be Central Hardin, a 48-0 winner over Daviess County tonight. McCracken County and Central Hardin were ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, in this week's Class 6A AP poll.

  2. Class 4A delivers the rare first-round upset: Mercer County 31 at No. 10 Knox Central 14.

  3. We, indeed, have ourselves a game in Tompkinsville. Early in the fourth quarter, Trigg County leads, 28-27, at Monroe County. Per the WKDZ live stream, the home-standing Falcons have just taken over on their own 22 ...

  4. Trigg County forces a Monroe County punt and takes over near midfield ...

  5. The Wildcats score on some crazy 40-yard option run in which the WKDZ play-by-play guy was faked out and didn't see the pitch--he said he'd already looked down to write it down as a 2-yard loss for Trigg County. The Wildcats extend their lead to 34-27 at Monroe County with 7:36 to play.

  6. Henderson County finishes off Muhlenberg County, 53-13. The Region 1 Class 6A semifinals next Friday will pit No. 8 Central Hardin at No. 7 McCracken County and Henderson County, which received votes for this week's poll and was ranked most of the season, at No. 9 Meade County.

  7. Monroe County grinds out two on a third-down run to pick up a first down and push into Trigg County territory ... 4:46 to go ...

  8. The Falcons have given the ball to the same runner on eight straight downs and--they had to measure--just picked up a first down on a third-and-3 to the Trigg 27 ... 3:25 to go ...

  9. Inside of 3 minutes to play ... at Trigg 20 ...

  10. Personal-foul face-mask penalty on Trigg County!

  11. Monroe will have second-and-6 just outside the Trigg 6 ... 1:30 to go ...


    34 seconds to go ... last two extra-point kicks, one by each team, have been missed ... Falcons take timeout to consider their attempt, trailing by one point ...

  13. WKDZ says Monroe County is going for the win!

  14. Trigg County offsides ... yard closer ...

  15. Monroe is in a wishbone formation ...

    "This is your season right here," says WKDZ ...

  16. First man through--not the guy who ran eight straight plays--carries the one-and-a-half yards for the two-point conversion, and the home team is ahead by 35-34 with 34 seconds to go. WKDZ says the Monroe County drive was 15 plays for 74 yards over 7 minutes, 2 seconds.

  17. 21 seconds remain ... Trigg County is at its 29 ... they have two timeouts remaining ...

  18. 16 seconds ... Wildcats complete out to the 48 ... receiver gets out of bounds ...

  19. Trigg County timeout with 7 seconds to go ... COMPLETE TO THE MONROE COUNTY 37 ...

  20. Incomplete pass deep ... 0.3 seconds remaining ...

  21. Three wide receivers right ... hook and ladder ... fumbled out of bounds ... ballgame ...

  22. 5-6 finish for Trigg County ... second-straight losing season ... first time that's happened since 1998 and '99 for the Wildcats, says WKDZ, which is PHENOMENAL.

  23. Upset to everyone but The Scribe at Somerset 29 at No. 10 Betsy Layne 20 in Class 2A.

  24. Not exactly an upset in Class 3A: Lawrence County (which received votes in this week's poll) 36 at Magoffin County 20.

  25. Class A non-home winner but also non-upset: Paintsville 61 at South Floyd 20. Paintsville is 8-3 and received votes in last week's poll. South Floyd finishes 3-8.

  26. Class A Round 2:

    Louisville Holy Cross at Mayfield
    Russellville at Bardstown Bethlehem
    Bellevue at Frankfort
    Paris at Beechwood
    Pineville at Williamsburg
    Campbellsville at Hazard
    Paintsville at Raceland
    Eastern Allen Central at Pikeville

  27. In Class 2A, No. 7 Bardstown won, 21-13, at Green County.

    Region 1 semis: No. 8 Union County at No. 1 Caldwell County and Murray (vote-getter) at No. 5 Owensboro Catholic.

    Region 2 semis: No. 3 DeSales at No. 4 Glasgow and No. 7 Bardstown at No. 2 Christian Academy of Louisville, which had a bye tonight.

    Region 3 semis: Carroll County at Gallatin County and Walton-Verona vs. tomorrow's No. 6 NewCath/Owen County winner.

    Region 4 semis: Somerset (vote-getter) at No. 9 Middlesboro and Danville at Prestonsburg.

  28. In Class 3A, No. 7 Corbin won, 24-10, at Henry County.

    Round 2 next week:

    Monroe County (8-3) at Paducah Tilghman (6-5, No. 9)
    Fort Campbell (5-6) at South Warren (10-1, T4)
    Bell County (7-4) at Louisville Central (8-3, T4)
    Corbin (9-2, No. 7) at Wayne County (11-0, No. 1)
    Russell (7-4) at Bourbon County (11-0, No. 3)
    Garrard County (7-4) at Mason County (11-0, No. 6)
    Pike County Central (6-5) at Breathitt County (7-4)
    Lawrence County (8-3) at Belfry (10-1, No. 2)

  29. Class 5A Round 2:

    Warren Central (6-5) at Graves County (9-2, No. 10)
    Christian County (5-6) at Bowling Green (10-0, No. 1)
    Shelby County (6-4) at Elizabethtown John Hardin (9-2, No. 3)
    Grayson County (5-6) at Bullitt East (10-1, No. 8)
    Franklin County (10-1, No. 6) at South Oldham (8-3)
    Hebron Conner (8-3) at Anderson County (9-2, No. 5)
    Perry County Central (6-5) at Pulaski County (11-0, No. 2)
    Berea Madison Southern (9-1, No. 4) at Harlan County (8-3, No. 7)

  30. Home losers in Class 6A: Tates Creek (finishing the season 6-5), 28-16 to Paul Laurence Dunbar; Ballard (5-6), 41-0 to Manual, and Seneca (2-9), 49-6 to Dixie Heights.

  31. And Fern Creek (6-5), 26-0 to St. X, and Lafayette (3-8), 28-14 to Bryan Station.

  32. Round 2:

    Cecilia Central Hardin (10-1, No. 8) at McCracken County (9-2, No. 7)
    Henderson County (9-2) at Meade County (9-2, No. 9)
    Campbell County (8-3) at Louisville Butler (9-2)
    Edgewood Dixie Heights (8-3) at Independence Simon Kenton (11-0, No. 3)
    Louisville duPont Manual (9-2, No. 4) at Louisville Trinity (5-5, No. 5)
    Louisville Saint Xavier (7-4, No. 6) at Louisville Male (10-1, No. 2)
    Lexington Bryan Station (5-5) at Scott County (11-0, No. 1)
    Lexington Paul Laurence Dunbar (6-5) at Lexington Henry Clay (8-2, No. 10)