When Larry French says this is the best team Lincoln County has faced this season, you’d better believe it. Forget anything you saw from regular-season opponents Bell County and Scott County, and certainly any of the three schools the Patriots have faced in the postseason.
Highlands has been the most dominant team in Class 5A from start to finish this season, while Lincoln is by far the biggest surprise among the four semifinalists in the class.
Not that the Patriots don’t deserve to be there. They’ve earned their place on the right side of the bracket with a season almost no one thought they were capable of.
But they have their hands full tonight in Fort Thomas. And it’s not just about Highlands’ tradition, though that’s impressive enough. This is by all accounts a solid football team in every area, which makes Lincoln a solid underdog.
The Bluebirds have been the most dominant team in Class 5A from start to finish this season, and with good reason. A horse racing form would tell you Lincoln is making a big move up in class in tonight’s final prep race before the state finals, so the smart money goes with the favorite:
- Highlands over Lincoln County.
Last week: 1-0. For the season: 47-17 (.734).
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Before I hit the road, here’s a link to the game preview from The Kentucky Enquirer. (In the spirit of equal time and a fondness for afternoon newspapers, I couldn’t find one from The Kentucky Post.)