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 with a much improved 18-2 week-end on October 5th, and went 18-3 just this past week-end (October 12). On the season, we are 134-30, and our seasonal win percentage is now approaching 82%. This week, like last, 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…
Logan County at Calloway County;
Logan County is 7-1 on the year and have won 18 of its previous 20 football games. Logan lost narrowly this past Friday night against Madisonville North-Hopkins. Calloway County is getting much better as its 47-6 thrashing of Hopkins County Central and its having won three games this year, as opposed to the zero it won in 2017, both portend. Calloway lost narrowly to Hopkinsville Friday night 23-12 in a game which was 7-6 at the half. That score is a bit deceptive as Hopkinsville was leading 23-6 late and the Tigers did fumble the football 6 times and have three touchdowns negated by penalty. Still, we think Calloway can keep the game close, and who knows, if the stars align correctly, they could even pull an upset. However, the chances of any of this seem pretty slim to us…
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Logan County
Christian County at Madisonville North-Hopkins;
Christian County is very stout against the run and may be as good at the linebacker position as anyone in Class 5A. The Colonel corners have been consistently picked both on and apart as Mathis at Graves County demonstrated in beating the Colonels this past Friday night in Hopkinsville, Kentucky 44-38. Madisonville North-Hopkins boasts the best lines of scrimmage, offensively and defensively, in the western end of Kentucky regardless of classification. It isn’t lost on KPGFootball, however, that Madisonville hasn’t shown it can effectively throw the football and that the only thing the Maroons do well offensively plays right into the hands of the only thing against which the Colonel defense can muster a stout defense. This game will be low scoring and will come down to both turnovers and special teams. We will take the Maroons only because they are at home.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Madisonville North-Hopkins
Butler County at Todd County Central;
Butler County is both winless (0-8) and hapless. Todd County Central (4-4) can insure a 5-5 mark by winning Friday night, even if the Rebels should lose to Logan County next week in the regular season finale. Todd County could also use a little help out of Hancock County by way of it beating McLean should the Rebels want to host a first round playoff game. The Rebels were flying high after beating Hancock Co. at home but have been brought back down to reality a little after dropping consecutive games to McLean, 41-7, and to Owensboro Catholic, 50-7. This is a game the Rebels badly need.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Todd County Central
Hopkins County Central at Hopkinsville High School;
Hopkinsville High School (2-6) is a powerhouse, at least historically, in both the first District of Class 4A and in Kentucky High School Football. Hopkins County Central, 3-5 on the year, is a bottom-feeder, at least historically. Thus far, Hopkinsville’s 8 opponents have a combined record of 50-16, with 6 of the 8 presently ranked in its classification’s top 10, AP high school football poll. Hopkins County Central lost 47-6 to a Calloway County team HHS beat 23-12, in Murray, Kentucky, in spite of suffering 6 fumbles and having three TDs negated by penalty. I am sorry, but these two teams don’t belong on the same field together. Hopkinsville’s freshman team would beat the Storm’s varsity squad.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Hopkinsville High School
Bowling Green at South Warren;
We don’t know whether the reader of this article remembers this, but just last year, Bowling Green (7-1) beat the crap out of South Warren (8-0) during the regular season just to come back in the Regional Finals and get smoked. Now Bowling Green stepped out of Kentucky, last week, playing Warren Central from Indianapolis, IN, Indiana’s top ranked High School Football team and a team ranked 11th in the USAToday’s, Super 25, High School National Poll. Well, the Purples got embarrassed 62-14. Believe me, we understand losing to Warren Central, but 62-14? I mean, Louisville Trinity gave them a game (Losing 42-41 in Louisville, Kentucky, August 24th) and they are 3-6. A legitimate, top-flight, Kentucky high-school team, like Bowling Green is reputed to be, doesn’t let the Dallas Cowboys ring them up for 62 points. South Warren is not only undefeated but stepped out of Kentucky to beat one of Tennessee’s top football teams, Ravenwood, 21-0 in its last game and was idle a week ago with an extra-week to get ready for this game. We don’t think Bowling Green can play with South Warren.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: South Warren
DuPont Manual at Louisville Male;
This is one of the oldest rivalries in high school football in the entire nation. It is the oldest rivalry west of the Allegheny mountains. DuPont Manual is 5-3 on the year and Louisville Male had been 6A’s top-ranked team and undefeated before losing to St. Xavier a week ago, 28-13. This is a bucket-list game for this author as we have got to get to see this rivalry before we kick the proverbial bucket. DuPont Manual lost to St. Xavier, October 5, 25-8 and narrowly escaped Pleasure Ridge Park, 17-14, a team Male beat 49-0. We think last weeks’ slip-up against St. X was just that, a slip-up. We will take the Bulldogs to get back on track and finish the regular season 9-1.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Louisville Male
Paintsville at Raceland;
They should call this one the battle for the title, King of the Mountains, as these two mountain teams are among the elite in Kentucky’s 1A classification. Paintsville (7-2) is coming off an impressive win, 35-34, at Hazard and Raceland (7-1) has only lost to Class 4A’s top ranked team, 9-0, Ashland-Blazer. Raceland lost to Ashland-Blazer, 21-14, back on August 24th. The last time Paintsville traveled to play a team which the CalPreps.com computer believes to be as good as Raceland, Paintsville was visiting Pike County and playing Pikeville. Paintsville was dropped, in that game, 36-13. We are afraid Paintsville won’t enjoy any greater hospitality when it reaches Raceland, Kentucky.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Raceland
Lexington Christian at Danville;
You really wouldn’t have believed the crap KPGFootball endured when, preseason, we forecast Danville would be down this year after the graduation of Dmauriae VanCleave. Well, it was pretty close to the crap we endured when we suggested Lexington Christian wouldn’t win a state championship with freshmen and sophomores dotting its first-string on both sides of the football. Well, here we are with 5-3, Lexington Christian, traveling to Danville to play a 4-5 Admiral squad. Now that we are done patting ourselves on the back, Lexington Christian has played better than KPGFootball expected, truth be told, and the Admirals are getting better every week and figure to be a tough-out in the upcoming KHSAA playoffs. We think these teams are similar in ability so we will take the Admirals in Danville.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Danville
Louisville Ballard at Louisville Trinity;
If I am 3-6 Louisville Trinity, I might be re-thinking the play the very best teams in high school football across the midwest in your first 5 weeks. Not only did Trinity open the year 0-5, but they also suffered some injuries which made them a different team than were those nine players still playing. Ballard (5-3) has some of the very best high school players about whom the city of Louisville can (rightfully) boast. Of the three losses, twice Ballard’s losing had more to do with Ballard than anything either DuPont Manual or Boyle County did to the Bears. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ballard win this game, and if they did, I am not sure it would be an upset; however, an ever glutton for punishment, as Trinity has screwed our record all season, KPGFootball is taking the Shamrocks at home to beat the Bears.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Louisville Trinity
Union County at Trigg County;
The Braves from Union County (5-3) and the Trigg County Wildcats (5-4) are about as evenly matched as two teams can be. However, there are two reasons we will take the Braves to beat the Wildcats in Cadiz, Kentucky…1. Union beat Class 4A, AP ranked No. 7, Madisonville North-Hopkins in Madisonville, Kentucky on September 7th, and 2. Trigg County has been absolutely boat-raced by every decent team it has faced all year long. Union Co., which went 8-3 in 2017, and is 5-3 right now, is a good football team.
KPGFootball’s Weekly Winner: Union County
KPGFootball’s Other Weekly Winners:
Phelps over Jenkins;
Lexington Catholic over Garrard County;
E-Town over Bardstown;
Hazard over Leslie County;
Kentucky Country Day over Frankfort;
CAL over Washington County;
Frederick Douglass over Henry Clay;
McCracken over Muhlenberg County;
Crittenden County over Russellville; and
Owensboro over Graves County.
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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