Final scores from tonight’s Advocate-area games:
- Danville 28, Boyle County 21
- Garrard County 35, Lloyd Memorial 14
- Lincoln County 53, Washington County 0
- Madison Central 19, Mercer County 13, 2OT
Casey County plays at Sheldon Clark on Saturday.
Final scores from tonight’s Advocate-area games:
Casey County plays at Sheldon Clark on Saturday.
Sure it’s just another game. After all, they paint bells and anchors in this town every week during football season, don’t they?
No, they don’t, which is one way you can tell it’s Danville-Boyle County week in the City of Firsts. (Of course, you could also look at a schedule once in a while.) The area’s biggest game is tonight at Boyle, and it might be the most competitive game between the two teams in recent years. Then again, maybe not.
Further evidence that this game is something different can usually be found in the days leading up to kickoff in the form of some usually friendly “vandalism” at one or both teams’ fields, and this year the proof was written in blue paint at Rebel Stadium. A photo is circulating that shows the bell that Boyle players ring as they take the field bearing a fresh coat of blue paint, with the words “Ghost In Blue” written on the supporting post.
That paint has already been covered, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Admiral Stadium anchor has already been painted black or gold in retaliation. If you’re a player and that sort of thing gets you fired up, that’s fine, and that’s part of the fun, as long as it’s nothing more harmless than a coat of paint. (Oh, and if you’re over 18 and that sort of thing gets you fired up, grow up and shut up. This party belongs to the kids; you only get to sit and watch.)
Back on the field, this series has belonged to Boyle in recent years, as the Rebels have won their last four games against the Admirals, and they really haven’t been close. I think this game will be closer, though it could become one-sided if either team is plagued by the turnovers that hurt them both two weeks ago.
It feels like the outcome will be decided by the running game and which team can advance the ball on the ground and/or prevent the other team from doing the same, especially if it starts raining. Nothing like a little smash-mouth football in what’s left of a hurricane, right?
There are other games going on around the area this weekend, and a couple of them have the potential to be good ones. Lincoln County lost to Washington County last year but looks to have an edge over a Washington team that appears to be in decline, and Mercer County might make a run at Madison Central if it can erase some of the mistakes made in its opening-week win. On the other hand, Garrard County should have an easy time with rebuilding Lloyd Memorial, and Casey County will probably have a tough time in its Saturday night game at Sheldon Clark.
Last week: 4-1; season: 7-2 (.778).
Tonight’s football finals from around the Advoplex:
Tonight’s final score from the Advoplex:
Saturday’s local games:
The Friday football fix comes late this week, but it’s all right because most of this week’s Advocate-area games do, too. Five of the six local teams will be playing Saturday, all of them in the bowls at Boyle County and Danville.
And don’t get me started on the fact that both of those bowls are being played at the same time for the second straight year. I ranted on that a year ago at this time, and I just don’t have the energy to do it again. But let’s just say my feelings haven’t changed.
As for Saturday’s games at Admiral and Rebel stadiums, the most interesting storyline is in the opener at Boyle’s Stuart Powell Ford Tough Bowl, where Mercer County faces Allen County-
Scottsville in Chris Pardue’s first game as Mercer’s coach. Because this matchup was set a couple of years ago, it’s purely coincidence that Pardue’s first game will be against the school where he played and was later an assistant coach — working for the father of Allen’s current coach, no less — and at the school where he worked as an assistant coach for 13 years and head coach for three years. Funny how life works, isn’t it?
Allen slipped last year after losing many seniors off the team that reached the Class 4A finals in 2010, but former Lincoln assistant Brad Hood’s Patriots should be better this year. Meanwhile, Mercer takes the field only nine days after its starting quarterback was lost to a broken collar bone, and knowing the way Pardue’s offenses have typically operated, that would seem to be a problem.
Boyle faces a dangerous Collins team that reached the 4A semifinals last year. The Titans are 23-5 since the school opened two years ago and have relied primarily on defense for their success, but that defense will be tested by a Boyle offense that mighty Highlands had trouble stopping last week. Of course, Boyle’s defense had its own problems at Highlands, and coach Larry French will be looking for signs of better tackling this week.
At Danville’s Bob Allen Pigskin Classic, Garrard County faces an Anderson County team that is trying to regroup after its own deep playoff run last year, when it reached the Class 5A finals. The Bearcats lost their opener to a good Bryan Station team, and they might have too much for Garrard, which is playing the first of two straight games against 5A teams while still trying to find its legs on offense. Defense will have to keep the Golden Lions in this one, as it did last week.
Danville would seem to have a decided advantage in its game against Lincoln County. The Admirals didn’t set the world on fire last week in their opener against Simon Kenton, but Lincoln is not Simon Kenton. The Patriots should again get better as the season goes on, but they’ll be noticeably slower and less experienced than the Admirals.
The only local game on tonight’s schedule sends Casey County to Taylor County in search of its first win. The Rebels wore the Cardinals out last year in Liberty, and an effort similar to their effort last week against Lincoln could reward them once again, but it will be much tougher sledding this year than last.
Last week: 3-1.
Here are tonight’s final scores from around the Advoplex:
And next week’s area games:
Friday, Aug. 24
Saturday, Aug. 25
It’s football time in Kentucky at last, and opening night hasn’t looked better in a long, long time. The passage of a cold front has given us conditions much more conducive to football than the oppressive heat players usually face early in the season.
A new season begins tonight with five of the six Advocate-area teams kicking things off: Casey County plays Lincoln County and Danville plays Simon Kenton in Lincoln’s Death Valley Bowl, Garrard County hosts Clay County in its Hall of Fame Bowl for the second straight year and Boyle County returns a game to Highlands. (Mercer County opens next week.)
Which is the best game of the night? Hard to say, but I’ll take Danville-Simon Kenton, a matchup of what might has the potential to be a pretty good Danville team against a Simon Kenton team trying to rebound from a tough 2011 season. It’s easy to go with a class bias and favor the 6A school (Simon Kenton) over the 2A school (Danville), but not every 6A school is good, and Simon Kenton wasn’t very good last year. If the Admirals are as good as they believe they can be, they can start their second century of football with a win.
The first game at Lincoln matches two rebuilding teams in Lincoln and Casey, but they’re at two different places. Lincoln returns a handful of players who were part of the Patriots’ turnaround season last year; Casey has only five or six guys who have played any varsity minutes at all. Numbers have unfortunately become a problem once again for the Rebels, and they figure to be outmanned in this one.
Last year’s Garrard-Clay game was an aberration for both teams, as Clay went straight into the tank after losing in four overtimes Garrard, while the Golden Lions only got better. The Tigers bring some beastly linemen to Lancaster, but Garrard has the better team.
Finally, Boyle heads to Highlands to play the powerful Bluebirds, who were waxed by Trinity in a scrimmage last week. (They trailed 51-0 at halftime.) But that says less about Highlands, which is still one of the three to five best teams in the state, and more about how far behind Trinity the rest of the state really is. The Rebels should have a good season, but Fort Thomas is not a good place to open the season, and this won’t be their night.
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Sports editor Larry Vaught has compiled the opinions of the Advocate sports staff for a preseason predictions column for a number of years, but he decided not to do it this year. In lieu of that, here are my team-by-team predictions for the regular season, which would usually run in that space:
There you have it. If they were on paper, I’d tell you to eat those predictions immediately after reading. Instead, I’ll probably eating at least some of those words come late October.
For what it’s worth — which is nothing — I went 59-10 in picking area games last season, an .855 winning percentage. That’s enough to satisfy me, not enough to make me consider a career in sports wagering.
Enjoy the season.
Marty Jaggers, a former football coach at three Advocate-area schools, has returned to his roots. Scott Brown at WKDZ-FM of Cadiz reports that Jaggers has been named athletic director at Trigg County, his alma mater.
Jaggers, a 1977 Trigg graduate, will begin work Monday at the school where he set numerous passing records during his football career.
He was the head coach for six seasons at Lincoln County — he led the Patriots to the Class AAA finals in 1993 — and four seasons at Mercer County and also worked as an assistant coach at Danville.
The soccer season is just getting under way, so it’s not too late to see where some area teams stand in the preseason coaches’ polls.
Boyle County is ranked at No. 18 in the girls poll — the Lady Rebels defeated No. 16 Henry Clay in their opener Monday — and Mercer County is at No. 21 in the boys poll. Danville also received votes in the boys poll.
West Jessamine, which joined the region containing all of the local teams this season and which eliminated the Boyle girls in a sectional final last year, starts the season at No. 10. No other 12th Region boys teams are ranked.
The KHSAA has announced the dates for the 2013 state track and field championships so that schools and students may put them on their calendars well in advance.
The meet will be held May 17-18. The Class 2A section will be held on Friday, May 17, with the Class 1A section in the morning followed by the Class 3A section in the afternoon on Saturday, May 18.
Exact times and the location of the meet will be announced at a later date. The meet has been held at the University of Louisville for the past four years.