Okay guys, this is when it gets interesting. For the winners, it is survive and advance. For the losers, its basketball season. What we are going to do in this article is identify a team which KPGFootball believes to be primed for upset. For the following team, we are putting them on our Official Upset Alert. Ladies and gentlemen, the following team better not get caught looking ahead because the task at hand may jump up and bite them on the rear-end. That team is…Logan County!
Allen County-Scottsville (6-4) at Logan County (9-1);
There have been a lot of people around the Commonwealth of Kentucky who have continued to discount the Cougars of Logan County. We have heard them referenced as the worst, good team in Kentucky. KPGFootball should not be counted among the disbelievers. Logan County is legit. They have an excellent defensive front anchored by Caden McKinnis, who is the second best D-lineman in the entire western end of Kentucky behind only Jacob Lacey of South Warren. They have one of the most overlooked linebackers in Kentucky, by everybody except for us (we put him on our Freshman, All-State Team), in Zach Yates, and they have a lengthy, stud athlete protecting the backend of the defense in Anthony Rooster Woodard. On offense, they have one of the better running backs in the class in Gary Hardy and a steady hand at QB in Tyler Ezell. So why have we put them on upset alert? Well, because of the following three issues…
Issue No. 1: The first question is…how healthy is Ezell? He didn’t play a down against season ending opponent, Todd County, with senior, Nate Woodall, playing impressively in his stead. Will Woodall play as impressively playing an Allen County-Scottsville team which is a legitimate Class 4A opponent? It is one thing to play well against Todd County Central, which was significantly out-manned, but what will he do against athletes equally yoked with the ones on his team?
Issue No. 2: Another issue to consider is whether Logan County is looking past Allen County-Scottsville at the big, bad, boogie-man, a.k.a. Franklin-Simpson. The first round opponent, for the defending Class 4A State Champion Wildcats, are the 3-7 Calloway County Lakers who have improved but can’t possibly pose much challenge for Franklin-Simpson. The winner of ACS-Logan gets a trip to Franklin, Kentucky for Round 2 (yippee). If Logan is too busy contemplating that prospect it might trip over the obstacle right in front of them. Teams have to take any playoff run one game at a time.
Issue No. 3: Finally, Allen County-Scottsville is good enough to beat Logan whether Logan is looking past them or not. ACS is 6-4 and was 4 points away from 7-3, losing to Warren East 23-20 in Scottsville. ACS also narrowly lost, by 6 points, to Pulaski County at home. If you are wondering the meaning of that please consider the following: Pulaski County is an 8-2, Class 5A team which KPGFootball just voted the 7th best team in its Class in the Associated Press Weekly Top 10 poll set to be released tomorrow. ACS beat a 7-3 Grayson County team which has been, intermittently, ranked this season in the Class 5A top 10 and finished the year 7-3. Grayson County has earned a date to play 5-5 Graves County in the Class 5A, Region One, 5A playoffs. Allen County-Scottsville can play and have played a rather difficult schedule. They should not be overlooked and the price for do so may turn out to be perilous.
There are lots of positives about the Logan County team not the least of which is its being coached by one of the true rising stars in the high school coaching ranks in Todd Adler. If there is anyone who understands fully every word of what KPGFootball has written here, it is Coach Adler. We believe Logan County to be the better team in the game. Being perfectly honest, we don’t believe the difference between the two teams is wide enough for Logan to get by the match-up with one eye focused on Franklin-Simpson. Logan needs to come out in this matchup and focus on ACS and, should they do that, we believe Logan will come out on top.
Reporting for KPGFootball, this is Fletcher Long reminding all of the ballers out there that #WeGotUCovered and to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE.
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