Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kentucky High-school Football, Week 4

I didn't spend much of last weekend paying attention to Kentucky high-school football. Here's some of what happened.

Graves County hosted Mayfield, and the Class A-champion Cardinals beat the home-standing 5A Eagles, 21-0. Mayfield is now 4-1 and remains ranked No. 1 in Class A, with its only loss coming to 6A McCracken County.

The "team up north" that Bourbon County did, indeed, beat was Harrison County--by 49-0. The Colonels of Paris are now 3-1 and remained ranked No. 3 in Class 3A.

I've been calling it "Covington Scott," but it turns out that Scott High is actually in Taylor Mill, south of Covington. After the parade around Taylor Mill, the Eagles whipped Holy Cross (which I think is in Covington), 48-14. Scott is now 4-0-1 and ranked sixth in Class 5A. (Bowling Green, the defending 5A champ, lost, 21-20, to a Tennessee school, McCallie, but remains No. 1 in the AP poll.)

Here's a pretty picture from Louisville Saint Xavier's warmups at Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati. Things were pretty ugly from here on for the visitors; the Tigers lost, 26-0, and slipped to 3-2 on the season and sixth in the Class 6A rankings. (Male, which was idle, remains No. 1.)

The Meade County Green Wave got a history lesson before its game with Jeffersontown. Meade's most celebrated seasons were 1991, when it was runnerup to Bell County for the Class 3A title, and 2013, when it was runnerup to Scott County for the 6A crown. Maybe this season will turn out to be one for the books in Brandenburg. The Green Wave is 4-0 and ranked seventh in Class 6A after beating Jtown, 35-0, last week.

The Raiders of southern Louisville remain outside the Class 5A AP top 10, but the 'Quois is 5-0 after stomping Kentucky Country Day, 41-0.

At Owensboro Catholic's Steele Stadium, it's good--and so are the Aces again. They're 4-1 after beating Hancock County, 60-14, and fifth in Class 2A. (DeSales, the defending state champ, whipped previously unbeaten Louisville Shawnee, 65-16, and remains No. 1 in 2A.)

It really has been an unusually buggy late summer/early fall in western Kentucky. Stuff like that really shakes me up. Also, Trigg County won at Union County, 21-14.

Pikeville wrestled one of the Class A first-place votes from Mayfield after beating 3A-champ Belfry, 29-20. Pikeville (5-0) is now No. 2 in A. Another Class A team that posted a notable win over a larger school was No. 6 Fort Mitchell Beechwood (2-2), which won at previously unbeaten Franklin County, which had been ranked sixth in 5A, 42-13.

The new No. 1 in 3A is South Warren of Bowling Green. Belfry dropped to No. 2. 

North Oldham of Goshen won at South Oldham of Crestwood, and that got everybody whipped up in David Wark Griffith country. The AP poll voters took notice, too. North Oldham (4-1) moved into the 4A poll at No. 10 (Fort Thomas Highlands is still No. 1), and South Oldham (3-1) slipped one slot in the 5A to No. 9.

Finally, thanks, Go Heath, for asking about the best route from Southhaven, Miss., to western Paducah. Here's the route I would take. I don't know much about that drive, but my guess is that it feels a lot longer driving home on a Saturday night after losing a 21-point second-half lead and falling, 52-49, to the 4-0, No. 5 McCracken County Mustangs

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