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Clack, a 6’4,” 180 pound rush end, leads Kentucky with 14.5 QB-sacks entering last night’s game with Eastern

The statistics from last night’s game with Eastern aren’t yet posted. However, coming into the night, Ballard’s Mikel Clack was leading Kentucky with QB-sacks with 14.5. We are used to seeing that type prowess from Bruin ends on defense and remember well past Bruins who thrilled us with their exploits in the past. One such end who Clack reminds us of is playing college ball right now, in Ohio, named Jadairion Smith. Ballard is 6-3, 2-1 and looking to travel to Versailles to play Dennis Johnson’s Yellow Jackets next Friday.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Calpreps.com predicted: Ballard entered the game with Eastern a 41-point favorite with a 99% chance of winning; the Final Score was Ballard 48, Eastern 6 (42-point margin)

Ballard is one of the deepest rosters in Kentucky. Ballard plays in the high classification in Kentucky football (6A). Ballard is a 5th district team, meaning it has to contend with Trinity High every single year.

Highlights vs. Oldham County

Ballard beat Trinity in ’22. Ballard was 11-3 then and barely lost to Male High in the semis, by only 4-points.

After last night’s game with Eastern, Ballard is 6-3. Trinity smoked them 44-10 on October 6.

Should Ballard get to 7-3, next week against a Woodford County team they figure to be favored to beat by roughly two-TD, the Bruins will enter this year’s playoffs 7-3. They were 8-2 a year ago, losing to only duPont Manual and Scott County.

Can they make the semis again? They will have the coaching. Adrian Morton and staff have before “been there.”

Ballard High will have the roster talent. After all, they are Ballard.

The Bruins have Kentucky’s leading “Sack-Master” in Mikel Clack

Friday Night Fletch

Ballard will have one other thing. The Bruins have Kentucky’s leading “Sack-Master” in Mikel Clack.

Sacking the QB isn’t all Clack contributes. Clack, a 6’4,” 185-pound edge rusher, also has chipped in 77-stops and 9-TFLs entering last night’s blowout win at Eastern.

Ballard has now beaten Southwestern, Pleasure Ridge Park, George Rogers Clark, Lexington’s Tates Creek, and Oldham County in addition to Eastern. Ballard has lost to Male and Trinity in blowouts and Lexington’s Bryan Station by one-score (7).

Ballard Bruins, looking to return to the 6A Semis

Dennis Johnson’s Yellow Jackets at Woodford County will not be “push-overs.” That said, Ballard is a good 6A team with a deep roster of talent and the Bruins should prevail.

If the Bruins win, they will be one-score against Bryan Station form having the same regular season record as last year’s semi-state finalist. Can the Bruins catch fire in the playoffs again this year and hang around a while? Yes, they absolutely could.

Calpreps.com predicts: Ballard will be favored to beat Woodford County by 13-points

One thing is for certain, there is a definite advance to having No. 5 (Mikel Clack) screaming off that end. You know, there is that…

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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