Well, last week KPGFootball picked 21 total football games and went 14 and 7. We aren’t very proud of that effort truthfully. We expect to do much better than that with our infinite knowledge of Kentucky High School football. Oh well, we are 29-9 on the year. We plan to get everyone of these games correct this week. We’re having fun doing it and let’s hope your enjoying the insight so let’s pick another pack of games. For some of these matchups we might make a wisecrack (or not). Here’s how we see Friday Night shaking out…
Pikeville vs. Paintsville. Truthfully, we don’t believe there is but one team in the 1A classification which can stay on the field with Pikeville. Paintsville isn’t that team.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Pikeville
Beechwood at Corbin. This game pits the top ranked team in Class 1A against one of the top ranked teams in Class 3A. Next to the 6A classification, 3A might well have some of the best teams in the entire Commonwealth among its members. Beechwood is mighty good, just not good enough to beat Corbin in Corbin.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Corbin
Phelps at Jackson County. The Hornets are one of the best stories in all of Kentucky High School sports, with a former NFL defensive player as the head coach and a former college football coordinator, coordinating its offense. The defense is the top unit in Kentucky football at present statistically. Defense wins games, it will win this one too.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Phelps
Crittenden County at Caldwell. Had a friend tell me one of the hardest things to do is catch a team off a loss. Caldwell, a perennial, top-ten team in Class 3A will host a highly ranked team in the 1A classification and Caldwell is coming off a 35-20 loss to Hopkinsville in a game which saw the Tigers in Orange, burn the Tigers in Blue and Gold, for 333 rushing yards. Caldwell will be really fired up and ready to take it out on someone. That someone figures to be Crittenden. Sorry, Rockets!
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Caldwell
Mayfield at McCracken. Doesn’t take a genius here, Mayfield may be one of the best teams in Kentucky regardless of classification. The 2A power will murder the Class 6A, District 1, Mustangs in Paducah this Friday.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Mayfield
Christian Academy of Louisville vs. Elizabethtown. We’ve been telling anyone who would listen E-Town lost a ton off its 2017 football roster. Now that they are the recipient of back-to-back 2TD or more defeats, and winless in the young season, maybe someone will listen to us. There are better days ahead for E-Town, whose schedule has been brutal; however, Friday night will not be one of those days.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: CAL
Glasgow at Allen County-Scottsville. Okay, ACS is 3-0. Is that because they are good or because their opponents haven’t been? We think the latter.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Glasgow
Boyle County at Wayne County. Boyle travels to Wayne County with the best team in the 3A classification and one of the best teams in Kentucky period. Wayne County is going to get murdered.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Boyle
Belfry vs. Newport Central-Catholic. Newport Central-Catholic travels to Pond Creek where they will find a group of Pirates whom perpetually seem to be in an ill-humor. With the best offensive front in Kentucky, the Pirates will run all over Newport Central-Catholic.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Belfry
Central at Ballard. The last time the Bruins from Ballard took on a 3A team as talented as Central was in opening with Boyle. Boyle won that game rather convincingly, though it was more of a case of the Bruins beating themselves than anything Boyle either did or didn’t do. Ballard will lose this game too we wager.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Central
Franklin-Simpson at Greenwood. Go back up to the paragraph detailing Crittenden County versus Caldwell and read what my friend said about catching a team coming off a loss. Franklin-Simpson was on a running clock before half time against South Warren, a high school in the same county as Greenwood. There will be a terrible price exacted from Greenwood as a result of the South Warren debacle. The Wildcats will run the clock in this one.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Franklin Simpson
Logan County vs. Russellville. Logan County has played more stiffs this year than what starred in Weekend at Bernie’s. This rivalry game has been owned by Russellville over the years, but Logan won the contest last year. Throw out the record books on this one, and the fact Russellville is in the 1A classification and Logan is in the 4A classification will mean even less than the team’s respective records. Sorry, Russellville, but the Cougars are too talented for you.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Logan County
Hopkinsville vs. Christian County. What will probably be easier to predict than which of these cross-town rivals wins the game is the fact there will be, at least, one bench clearing brawl and the stadium will be filled to capacity. To say these two hate each other is the very picture of understatement. We don’t believe the Colonels are good enough offensively to win the game without a lot of help from the Tigers.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Hopkinsville
Madisonville North-Hopkins vs. Union County. Union County is really an ever-improving football team and program. They haven’t gotten good enough to corral ball carriers the ilk of Hightower and Miller for the Maroons.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Madisonville North-Hopkins
South Warren vs. Central Hardin. Central Hardin is, generally, a yearly threat to play in the state-semis in Kentucky’s largest classification (6A). As country music singer, Travis Tritt would tell Central Hardin, here’s a quarter, call someone who cares. South Warren can beat anyone, and will beat Central Hardin on Friday night.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: South Warren
Bowling Green at Owensboro (Senior). We are absolutely shocked Owensboro lost to Owensboro Catholic and by double-digits to boot. We would have picked this game differently before the Catholic game.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Bowling Green
Male at Trinity. We gave Trinity the benefit of the doubt against the 16th highest regarded team in the State of Ohio in Archbishop Moeller. Trinity burned us. They won’t get us again playing the top ranked team in Kentucky’s 6A classification, or will they? Okay, Shamrocks, you get one final chance with KPGFootball, but only because you’re at home and have played a much tougher schedule than the Bulldogs.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Trinity
Scott County vs. Archbishop Moeller (OH). Not going to get burned two weeks in a row by the Catholic boys from Cincinnati.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Archbishop Moeller
Daviess County at Hancock. Has anyone else heard the best receiver, maybe, in Kentucky is out for the year? Oh well, with or without Marquel Tinsley, Daviess County will beat the crap out of Hancock County.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Daviess County
Saint Xavier vs. Fairdale. Sooner or later, one of Kentucky’s premier high school football coaches (Kevin Wallace) is going to win a game at one of Kentucky’s premier, Class 6A, football programs. Oh well, this week looks as good of a time to do it as any.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Saint Xavier
Reporting for KPGFootball, this is Fletcher Long reminding all of you ballers out there that #WeGotUCovered and to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE.
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