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 16-5 on September 28, were disappointed with that effort, so we followed that up, just last week, with a much improved 18-2 week-end. On the season, we are 116-27, and our seasonal win percentage is now over 81%. Some people have complained the articles are too lengthy so, this week, we will detail 10 games and then pick 10 more winners under a new section we will call KPGFootball’s Other Weekly Winners. Is this the week we finally achieve perfection and go 20-0? Well, let’s see…
Bowling Green High School (8-0) at Warren Central High School (IN) (7-0);
Coach Mark Spader has his Purples playing really well as the 8-0 mark would certainly indicate. Bowling Green’s marquee win on the season, to this point, is a 24-21 overtime victory against the Purples’ former head coach, Kevin Wallace, and Saint Xavier High School. Here’s the rub; Warren Central High School, in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the best high school football team in Indiana. In fact, many believe Warren Central to be among the top 50 or so high school football teams in the entire country and USAToday has them ranked 11th in its National, Top 25, High School Football Poll. Warren Central beat Louisville Trinity before Trinity lost 9 or so starters to season ending injury. Warren Central also easily handled another of Indiana’s top teams, Carmel, last week 41-17. Can’t see BGHS being able to beat this team, in Indiana or anywhere, truthfully.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Warren Central
Paducah Tilghman (5-2) at Union County (5-2);
It is a pretty curvy bus ride to Morganfield, Kentucky and the Blue Tornado will be on the bus approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes before arriving. They are very possibly going to have a few players experiencing car sickness both during and after the arduous journey into literally the middle of nowhere. Both of the teams played and lost to Caldwell County to whom Union lost 40-14 and Paducah Tilghman lost 38-22. The best team Union County has beaten this season is Madisonville North-Hopkins. Paducah Tilghman is WAY better than North-Hopkins. I believe if you give a few of the players a puke break after the bus ride, they will handle Union County easily.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Paducah Tilghman
Warren East (4-3) vs. Allen County-Scottsville (4-3); This is a classic “Good Guys vs. Bad Guys” matchup. You see, the Warren East team is the “Raiders,” which is a reference to a group of Pirates notorious for raiding and plundering on the high seas. The Allen County-Scottsville team is the “Patriots.” Now, nothing is more heroic nor noble than a Patriot? However, and there is no escaping this, football is a game played by players whom arrive at a ball carrier with both cruel and viscious intentions. I want my football team to be populated by outlaws, at least on Friday night, and for the entire time they find themselves between the white hash-marks. Now, after the game, the young me can return to being both noble and heroic. Even the most ardent Patriot has to find his inner Pirate on a battlefield, or so it would appear to us. All of that aside, Warren East has Thomas Maxey in the backfield and Matt Mellancamp to defend against the run and pressure the pass and ACS lost a lot from off a team which lost to Warren East, 17-14, a year ago. We like Warren East in this game.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Warren East
Todd County Central (4-3) at Owensboro Catholic (6-2);
The Aces from Owensboro Catholic are 6-2 and one of the best teams in the 2A classification. On the western end of the Commonwealth, they are second in the 2A classification only to Mayfield. Todd County Central is both ever-improving and being coached by one of the best coaches in the area, especially for teaching hard-nosed, physical play. We are big Coach Keith fans at KPGFootball, but he’s a few years away from being competitive in this match-up.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Owensboro Catholic
McCracken County (5-3) at Dyer County (TN) (3-4;
McCracken County (5-3) travels to Newburn, Tennessee to take on Dyer County (3-4). McCracken has outscored four opponents on the year and beaten one because the team which had beaten the Mustangs was required to vacate the victory for the use of an ineligible player. The team which had to vacate its win over McCracken was also a Tennessee football team. McCracken won’t be so fortunate to get a forfeit on this trip to the Volunteer state and will have to beat Dyer County the old fashioned way; on the scoreboard. Thankfully, the Mustangs are a way better football team than the boys from Newburn, so winning it on the field shouldn’t be too burdensome.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: McCracken County
Murray High School (4-3) at Webster County (0-7);
This game will be played in Dixon, KY between two teams in decidedly different places as programs. Murray High School is getting better all the time with a roster which has plenty of physical stature and looks good coming off the team’s bus while winless Webster County doesn’t look particularly good anywhere, and plays football like a cheap imitation of the “Keystone Cops.”
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Murray High
Caldwell County (6-2) at Fort Campbell (1-6);
I can remember years in which the Falcons from Fort Campbell (1-6) would be a heavy favorite to beat the little team from Princeton, Kentucky (6-2). Unfortunately for Falcon fans, this isn’t one of those years. If your son has been watching from the Caldwell sideline on Friday nights while starring for the Junior Varsity, this is the week to bring the video camera. Caldwell’s JV will get significant playing time this Friday night.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Caldwell County
Ashland Blazer (9-0) at Greenup County (5-3);
The Tomcats from Ashland Kentucky are the top ranked team in 4A and a perfect 9-0 on the year. Greenup County has one of the Commonwealth’s better QBs in Eli Sammons. The game will be played in Greenup, Kentucky. Unfortunately for Greenup, the home field can’t possibly bridge the enormously chasmic gap existing between the respective abilities of the two teams. The boys from Ashland will continue to steamroll toward a 10-0 regular season.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Ashland-Blazer
Graves County (3-4) at Christian County (4-3);
These are two evenly matched Class 5A teams which both play physically but lack the separation speed needed for quick offensive strikes. Both teams have played Caldwell with Graves losing 28-7 and Christian County winning 11-6. Both teams beat Apollo, with Graves winning 64-49 and Christian County winning 18-14. Both teams beat Marshall County with Graves winning 40-17 and Christian County winning 47-10. Christian County is at home Friday night and nobody scores a bunch of points on a Christian County defense; unless the team happens to be from either Bowling Green or Louisville. We believe the Colonels are a little better than Graves so we will take Christian County at home.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Christian County
Paintsville (6-2) at Hazard (4-2);
This is a game between two teams both of which are considered elite teams in the 1A classification. Both teams played Pikeville in Pikeville. Paintsville got rolled when it visited Pikeville, 36-13, and Hazard, arguably should have beaten the Panthers but for a Billiter pick-six, falling 33-27. These teams are virtually equal in ability so we will take Hazard to win the game as the Bulldogs are at home.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Hazard
KPGFootball’s Other Weekly Winners:
Hoptown over Calloway County;
Johnson Central over Rowan;
Logan County over Madisonville North-Hopkins;
Rye Cove over Jenkins;
Simon Kenton over Campbell County;
Henderson County over Daviess County;
Franklin-Simpson over Warren Central;
Beechwood over Ludlow;
Crittenden County over Fulton County;
Trigg County over Hopkins County Central; and
Covington Catholic over Ft. Thomas Highlands.
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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