Well, we hope, at KPGFootball, everyone is enjoying our Weekly Winners segment where we comment on upcoming games and pick a winner. As for our prowess picking Winners, or picking the winner in our Inside the Numbers segment, we went 19-3 September 14 and, on the season, we are 63-17. We haven’t done too badly. Well, you will be happy to learn we have 20 more games on the slate for this upcoming Friday night (September 21, 2018) so let’s get right to it.
Corbin vs. Mayfield (Neutral site): Corbin won this match-up last season 2017 on its march to the State Championship game with Boyle County. Mayfield was a State finalist in 2017 in its classification too. We have been pretty effusive in our praise of Mayfield and beating Mayfield two years in a row? Well, we’ll believe that when we see it…
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Mayfield
Trigg County at Fort Campbell: Trigg County is coming off an impressive road beat down of Russellville, 45-16, and Coach Coby Lewis has his Wildcats sitting at 3-2. Fort Campbell played Russellville at home and lost to the Panthers, 28-3, on August 24, 2018. So, basically, Trigg County is coming off a road blow-out of a Russellville team which traveled to Fort Campbell, earlier in the year, and blew out the Falcons in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Should we expect a different result when the boys from Cadiz, Kentucky roll onto the military base? We don’t think so.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Trigg County
Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, CO) at South Warren: The Lobos from Fort Collins, Colorado are 1-3 on the year and the 90th best football team in the state of Colorado. South Warren is the 10th best football team in the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky and in the top three teams in its Kentucky classification. We don’t hold Colorado high school football in very high regard at KPGFootball.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: South Warren
Hopkins County Central at Logan County: This is a Class 4A, first district tilt which will occur in Russellville, Kentucky, the county seat of Logan County. Logan County has won 16 of the last 17 football games it has played and is one of the highest rated teams in the classification. They are also playing at home. Logan beat Hopkins County Central 38-8 in Madisonville last year. While the Storm is an improved football team and sitting, presently, at 3-2 on the year with wins over Webster, Ohio, and Todd County Central, the Storm is coming off a 42-6 loss, at home, to the Maroons from Madisonville North-Hopkins. Unfortunately for the Storm, they will suffer more of the same this Friday night at Logan as they did at home against the Maroons. Hell, the Storm may be running straight into a typhoon.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Logan County
Rowan County at Ashland-Blazer: Pivotal Class 4A, District 8 match-up here between the top rated team in Class 4A in Ashland-Blazer against a 4-1 ball club in Rowan County. Ashland-Blazer beat the crap out of the Vikings last season (46-14) on the decks of its home ship. Unless they get to attend a lemonade and finger sandwich affair at the Judd’s house, Rowan will not enjoy this trip to the mountains.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Ashland-Blazer
Calloway at Madisonville North-Hopkins: Chris Champions’ Lakers didn’t win a single game in 2017. They have already improved on that effort in beating Metcalfe County, August 31st, 19-14. They are a better ball club than a year ago as they beat a Metcalfe County team which beat it 26-7 in 2017. Let’s hope they are better, because Calloway got Madisonville North-Hopkins at home last year and lost 63-0. There are two things we know at KPGFootball…1. Nobody puts Baby in a corner, and 2. Calloway County can’t beat North-Hopkins in football.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Madisonville North-Hopkins
McCracken County at Daviess County: Mark Clark’s Mustangs are 1-4 and in bad need of a win, Friday night, as the herd stampedes into Owensboro, Kentucky to challenge a Daviess County team which eliminated McCracken from the playoffs a year ago. Though it didn’t show up in the left-hand column, McCracken made a very good showing against Birmingham Carver (AL) in losing 39-26 to one of the best football teams in Alabama’s 6A classification. Daviess County got blown out, this past Friday night, at the hands of cross town, Owensboro (Senior) High, 42-14. Our sources tell KPGFootball that game really wasn’t as close as the score, which is pretty bad as the score was lopsided. Daviess County’s win, in the second round of last year’s playoffs, was the program’s first defeat of McCracken since the school consolidated Heath, Raceland, and Lone Oak High Schools. Friday night won’t be Daviess County’s second win in the series.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: McCracken County
Caldwell County at Paducah Tilghman: If anyone seriously wondered whether David Barnes could coach the game of football, we believe Caldwell’s past two performances, a convincing win against a highly regarded Crittenden County team (32-20) and a convincing win over the number 8 (at the time) ranked team in the 6A classification, Henderson County, (34-14) probably answered all questions. It’s going to be tough traveling into Paducah, Kentucky to play a Blue Tornado squad which embarrassed a Hopkinsville team that beat Caldwell in Princeton, 35-20, on August 31. If Caldwell can maintain ball security and get scores upon entering the red zone it will certainly have a chance. Caldwell beat the Blue Tornado in 2015, 2016, and 2017, but they won’t beat Tilghman this year.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Paducah Tilghman
Christian County at Marshall County: At KPGFootball, we are certainly capable of making a mistake. Kind of like when we thought these two played last weekend instead of Friday night. Last week we picked Christian County to win at Marshall County. We may have had the wrong date for the game, but we didn’t mess up the likely outcome.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Christian County
Grayson County at Allen County-Scottsville: Grayson County was rolling along at 4-0 before running into the Spartan buzz saw that is South Warren. South Warren beat Grayson County, in Leitchfield, Kentucky, 41-7. Meanwhile, ACS had been devouring cupcakes before dropping two straight to Glasgow and Pulaski. We believe these teams to be pretty even so we’ll take Allen County-Scottsville owing to their being the home team.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Allen County-Scottsville
Henderson County at Ohio County: Henderson County is a hard team to figure. They drilled Christian County in Hopkinsville 28-7, then two weeks later, got drilled 34-14 by a Caldwell County team which lost to Christian County at the Jerry Claiborne Bowl, 11-6. You kind of see why comparing scores against common opponents isn’t a reliable indicator regarding who is likely to win a high school football game. One thing is clear, however, and that is Ohio County is probably the worst team in the entire 6A classification. Henderson County will kill them even if they elect to leave the varsity at home and travel with the freshman squad.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Henderson County
Union County at Crittenden County: Union County has got to be one of the best kept secrets in the entire Commonwealth. Everyone professed shock when the 4-0, Class 3A, division 1, team traveled to Madisonville, Kentucky and knocked off the Maroons, 14-13 on September 7. Hey, Union beat Madisonville North-Hopkins in Morganfield, Kentucky in 2017, 28-14, and finished 8-3. At KPGFootball, we are trying to tell you the Braves are for real. They travel to Marion, Kentucky to take on Crittenden County and Coach Starnes’ Rockets ain’t no joke either, man! These teams are pretty evenly matched and both blew out the common opponent, Webster County. We would take the home team in what amounts to a toss-up game, but Union killing Crittenden 33-6 in Morganfield, in 2017, just sticks in our head for some reason.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Union County
Lexington Catholic at St. Francis DeSales: This game pits two of the best teams in their respective classifications squaring off in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday night. Lex. Cath.’s only loss on the year is to a very good Highlands club and DeSales has already beaten St. Xavier and Butler. We like St. Francis in the battle of the Catholics. There are darn few teams in Kentucky who can beat DeSales, and Lexington Catholic isn’t one of them, unfortunately for them.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: St. Francis DeSales
Glasgow at Franklin-Simpson: The undefeated Scotties from Class 2A, district 3 invade Franklin, Kentucky to discover whether a small and ancient breed of Terrier is a match for a Wildcat. Franklin Simpson, 4-1, is not only the second ranked team in the 4A classification but its defending State Champion and a team which beat the Scotties in Glasgow, Kentucky, last year, 35-19. Whether a Scottish Terrier can whip a Wildcat or not, this Scottie won’t whip this Wildcat this Friday night.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Franklin-Simpson
Boyle County at North Hardin: Boyle County heads to Radcliff, Kentucky to take on a highly regarded North Hardin team which is presently 4-1 with its only loss being to one of Tennessee’s best football teams, Northeast High School (Clarksville), in week zero, 26-16. North Hardin is a top twenty Kentucky High School football team regardless of classification. However, Boyle County is the 6th highest regarded team in the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky, is 5-0, and has already beaten both Louisville Ballard (whom Male had to take to overtime to beat) and cross-town Danville. This figures to be quite a test for North Hardin. It is a test North Hardin will flunk, losing by at least two touchdowns.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Boyle County
Bishop Brossart at Nicholas County: The boys from Alexandria, Kentucky will travel to Carlisle to play Nicholas County. Brossart is 3-1 on the year while Nicholas County is 4-1. Bishop Brossart is coming off a 6-2 win over Newport Catholic (Class 2A) played at Covington Catholic while Nicholas County lost in its last outing, 45-19, to Class 3A, West Carter, in Olive Hill, Kentucky. Game is virtually a toss-up if we are being honest.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Nicholas County
Male at Butler: These are both Louisville teams, and both Class 6A, district 3 opponents. Male is the number one ranked team in Kentucky’s 6A classification and Butler is ranked 5th. Male is undefeated, and Butler lost once, to DeSales, 35-34. Male has blown out Ballard and beaten Trinity convincingly. We will take Male, even though Butler eliminated Male from last year’s playoffs.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Male
Belfry at Sheldon Clark: Last year, on Pond Creek, Belfry hung 63 on Sheldon Clark. Sheldon Clark lost 26-0 to Phelps in Pike County on August 31st. Belfry is way better than Phelps, though that shouldn’t be interpreted as a knock on a Phelps football team which is improving all the time. Belfry will kill Sheldon Clark, regardless of where the game gets played.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Belfry
Rockcastle County at Somerset: The Rockets will leave the comforts of Mount Vernon, Kentucky to visit Somerset and play the Briar Jumpers. Somerset is off to a really good start, as they are 4-1, with the only loss being to a tough Beechwood team in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky on August 31st. Rockcastle County, 2-2, is a Class 4A team and Somerset is a Class 2A, district 7 team. The Briar Jumpers will jump all over the Rockets in this one as the outcome will never, seriously, be in question from the opening kick.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Somerset
Shelby Valley at Betsy Layne: While Shelby Valley is 4-1, no Kentucky football team has beaten the Wildcats yet. Coach Hampton’s Wildcats only loss is to Ridgeview High School in a game it had to travel to Clintwood, VA to play. Betsy Layne hasn’t won a game all year, and it has to be somewhat deflating to play football for a team named Betsy Layne. Kind of like being A Boy Named Sue. The Bobcats from Betsy Laynes are 0-4 and have been blown out each game so far. They will get blown out in front of the home-folks Friday night we are afraid.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Shelby Valley
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