We have Crittenden County ranked the 5th best team in the 1A classification. They also have an intra-state, East vs. West match with number two ranked, and 2019 state finalist, Paintsville looming just one week away (September 18) to open the 2020 home season in Marion, Kentucky.
Hopefully the rockets won’t be looking past the Tigers from Princeton, Kentucky. Caldwell is our number 8 team in the 2A-classification. They are always tough.
2019 Records: Crittenden County 10-3; Caldwell County 8-3
Personnel: Crittenden County returns 10 starters on both sides of the football. They have loads of senior leadership, experience, and depth. Xander Tabor is a 6-2, 200-pound senior RB who is their leading returning rusher. Their top defender is Tyler Boone, a 6-0, 210-pound LBer, and Preston Turley is their most coveted player, next level, as he is a 6-5, 245-pound TE/WR type with the frame and athleticism colleges covet. Their coaching staff reports speed, strength, and pass defense as team weaknesses, but that is probably a bunch of “coach-speak.”
Caldwell County graduated their leading rusher, leading scorer, leading tackler, and leading interceptions guy. They return the top QB in Russ Beshear who has his top three receivers back from a year ago. Beshear threw for 1,555-yards and 19-TDs in 2019 and is the leading returning rusher. Baron Wells is a thrill-a-minute TD-scoring machine from a variety of posts. Last year, Wells, a WR/DB/KR/PR, had 27-receptions for 356-yards receiving with a TD, picked 2 passes on defense, forced and recovered a fumble, and housed 2 punts and 2 kicks. Tate VanHooser is the leading returning tackler and caught 29 footballs in 2019 for 351 receiving yards with 6 TD receptions with Trip Branch contributing 423-yards receiving, on 29-catches, with 5-scoring receptions.
Projected regular season records: Crittenden County is projected to go 7-2 in the regular season, picked to win its district, with a 3% undefeated regular season probability. Caldwell County is projected to go 6-3, picked to finish 2nd in its district, with a less than 1% undefeated regular season probability.
Betting line: Crittenden County will get 5 points in this matchup with 3 of those points coming from the game being in Princeton, Kentucky. These are two really well-matched teams.
Neutral field: The CalPreps.com computer says Caldwell County beats Crittenden County on a neutral field 28-26.
Our Call: We like Caldwell County in this game 28-21.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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