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’26 RB fulfilling his immense promise

Don’t know whether or not you remember this, but we talked about Pennebaker in our preseason prognostication for the 1A classification. Here is a link to that article. We said then, “Jamari Pennebaker will be a sophomore and he had a productive year as a freshman. He will be the top returning rusher and will have to pick up the slack left from Ballard and Perry graduating.” So far, so good. Pennebaker went off last Friday against Bethlehem. With the playoffs pending, can 4-5 Cougars get on a roll?

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Friday Night Score: Holy Cross (Lou.) 42, Bethlehem 27

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Holy Cross is an 1A football team. For the most part, and most seasons, the Cougars are a very good 1A football team.

In ’22 the Cougars made it to the semi-finals before being bounced by Raceland. Preseason, we thought the Cougars would be a top-five, 1A team (No. 4 is where we had them). Truthfully, we don’t know that they aren’t.

Holy Cross beat 5A North Bullitt; beat 4As Western and Nelson County; lost by five points to an 8-1, 4A Jeffersontown High; lost by 10 to an 8-1, 5A Atherton; lost by three to an 8-1, 1A power in Kentucky Country Day. Not all 4-5 records are similarly constituted.

Holy Cross is the 7th highest, RPI in the entire classification. In other words, let’s not “mail it in” on the preseason forecast yet.

We predicted Holy Cross to be the 4th-best team at 1A. We aren’t ready to back off the prediction. Let’s wait on the semis.

Against Bethlehem, Pennebaker carried it 35-times for 285-yards and 5-TDs

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What we hit “spot on” was the prediction Jamari Pennebaker would be a star. He absolutely has been.

The sophomore tailback went off on Bethlehem on Friday night. Pennebaker carried it 35-times for 285-yards and 5-TDs. He averaged 8.1-yards per effort and scored a TD every 7th carry.

On the year, Pennebaker is where we thought he would be. Pennebaker has registered 123-carries for 871-yards and 7-TDs. He’s also the ball club’s second leading scorer.

You did see against whom he has been compiling those yards, right? We would say this sophomore RB is “right on track.”

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Holy Cross High’s, Jamari Pennebaker. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. Don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

Holy Cross finishes with 5A Butler at home. Calpreps.com predicts the Cougars will beat Butler 22-14

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