It’s now a five (5) game season
The last Associated Press football poll will be released in two days. Then, it is five games to glory.
We are going to give you the ten best teams in each of the six classifications. This will also be how KPGFootball will vote its last poll this coming Monday.
Pikeville, 7-2, No argument around the fact Pikeville is the best team in this class;
Holy Cross (Lou), 7-3
Kentucky Country Day, 8-2
Newport Central Catholic, 8-2
Bishop Brossart, 8-2
Breathitt County, 7-2, There will be argument here; however, since installing the wishbone to throw in with its other offensive formations and the heightening the ability to beat you senseless with its stable of running backs, or beat you over the top with Bryant to Sperry, or in space with Bryant to “Wheels” Turner, the Bobcats are a very versatile and lethal offensive ball club.
Owensboro Catholic, 7-3
Lexington Christian, 6-4, A healthy LCA may be the best team in this postseason at this level of play regardless of its regular season record.
Metcalfe County, 10-0
McLean County, 8-2
Butler County, 8-2
Shelby Valley, 8-2
Lloyd Memorial, 7-3
Christian Academy-Louisville, 10-0, Called by some the best football team in Kentucky at any classification, there is no one beating this team in the upcoming playoffs.
Union County, 10-0
Mason County, 10-0
Bell County, 8-2
Hart County, 8-2
Lawrence County, 8-2
Ashland-Blazer, 6-4, Look out here, this team knows something about deep playoff runs. They got better week by week this year.
Greenup County, 6-4
Corbin, 10-0, Is this the year of the Red Hound? You know, it just might be.
Warren East, 10-0
Logan County, 9-1, They are a threat to win it all out of the West. Coach Todd Adler may be the hottest coaching commodity at this level of play across Kentucky.
Lexington Catholic, 8-2
Boyle County, 8-2, Getting hammered by any team in your tenth game, even if it is Frederick Douglass, is NOT a good look.
Johnson Central, 8-2
Letcher County Central, 7-3
Spencer County, 9-1
Boyd County, 7-3
Hopkinsville, 5-5, Overcame a talented Paducah Tilghman team last night on the road, the same Paducah Tilghman team which lost to Mayfield in Mayfield, Kentucky by two (2), lost to Henry County (TN, 5A power) in Paris, Tennessee by four (4), and lost to undefeated Union County by four (4) in Morganfield. In a weak classification, Hopkinsville has the talent to be a tough out and stick around a few rounds.
Frederick Douglass, 10-0, The Broncos and the Centurions (CAL) seem to have the best chance to win it all in each of its respective classifications. The Broncos have found it difficult to find an opponent to just give it a game, much less beat them.
Scott County, 9-1
Covington Catholic, 8-2
Bowling Green, 8-2
Woodford County, 9-1
Pulaski County, 8-2
Louisville St. Xavier, 9-1, The defending champions at the “Big Boy” level figure to be the odds-on favorite this year. There are several teams which could make a run this year as there doesn’t appear to be that “clear-cut” favorite.
Bullitt East, 9-1
Central Hardin, 9-1
Simon Kenton, 7-3
Louisville Ballard, 8-2
Lexington Bryan Station, 7-3, This team has “come-on” as the year has progressed. They didn’t get off to an auspicious beginning (0-3) but have improved steadily as they have gone along. That is a sign of good coaching.
Henderson County, 8-2
Louisville Male, 6-4, Talk about your teams which have “come on” at the end of the year, how about this team beating the Crimsons from duPont Manual in its last regular season game?
duPont Manual, 8-2
Louisville Trinity, 6-4
That is how we see it entering the playoffs. That is how we will vote our final AP ballot of the year. Anyone can get hot this time of year and walk away with a championship trophy no matter what the regular season record was.
Look at Tilghman and Belfry from just a year ago, both of whom had lost a ton of regular season games. Neither team entered the playoffs in the RPI’s “top-ten” in the 3A classification.
It didn’t stop the Blue Tornado and the Pirates from playing for the 3A championship. It didn’t stop Belfry’s Pirates from winning it all, in spite of its 9-6 final tally.
There will be teams we didn’t list here who will shock some people. That is what makes this time of year so magical.
This should be one Hell of a fun ride. We know we’re looking forward to it.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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