Sunday, December 15, 2019

Final Kentucky High School Football Rankings

So here's what happened in the State Finals last week:

In Class 1A, Pikeville crushed Paintsville 43 to 0.

In Class 2A, Mayfield was called for pass interference on the last play of the game.  I thought it was a terrible call.  Somerset was given an untimed down, and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to beat the Cardinals, 34 to 31.

In Class 3A, Belfry beat Bell County 30 to 20 -- thereby giving Pike County two state titles on the same day.  (In case you are wondering, Pikeville beat Belfry 22-21 in the regular season.

In Class 4A, Johnson Central made Boyle County pay for its charge that folks in Johnson County couldn't count to 100.  Johnson Central won the Game of the Year, 21 to 20.  According to MaxPreps, Johnson Central is also the best public high school football team not in Louisville.  So good for them.

In Class 5A, Covington Catholic had a harder time than I expected, but beat Lexington Douglass 14 to 7.

In Class 6A, no one -- except for Male fans and reporters who cover high school football in Kentucky -- was surprised that Louisville Trinity crushed Louisville Male 28 to 6.  The Shamrocks can put their 2019 football trophy next to their 2019 basketball trophy.  On behalf of everyone who cares about KHSAA athletics, I hereby concede all future championships in both football and boys' basketball to the Shamrocks.  I only ask that instead of actually playing in the events, they put the trophies on their shelf and then spend their time trying to beat teams from other states.  Meanwhile, the rest of the KHSAA can play out the football and basketball seasons without interference from the Shamrocks to see who is the second-best team in the state.  That would have to be more exciting than what we do now, which is play for months to prove something that everyone knows -- that Trinity has built an athletic program that no one else in the KHSAA can match.

Ironically, Trinity did not come in first place in the MaxPrep rankings.  The Shamrocks did lose to Male (in the regular season), and Indianapolis Cathedral crushed them 28-7.  So MaxPreps ranked them second behind Covington Catholic.  Here is the final top 20 for 2019 (private schools in italics) (state champions in bold):

1.  Covington Catholic:  15-0
2.  Louisville Trinity:  13-2
3.  Louisville Male:  14-1
4.  Johnson Central:  15-0
5.  Boyle County:  14-1
6.  Lexington Douglass:  14-1
7.  Pikeville:  14-0
8.  North Hardin:  13-1
9.  Belfry:  11-3
10.  Louisville St. Xavier:  8-5
11.  Somerset:  14-1
12.  Bowling Green:  9-4
13.  Louisville Manual:  9-3
14.  Lexington Christian:  10-2
15.  Louisville Fern Creek:  8-4
16.  Louisville DeSales:  10-4
17.  Mayfield:  13-2
18.  Bell County:  14-1
19.  Ashland Blazer:  10-3
20.  Owensboro:  12-2

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