The tide turned once again last year in the Boyle County-Lexington Catholic football rivalry, and once again it is the Knights who are riding high. Boyle had won six straight meetings between the teams before Lexington Catholic beat the Rebels twice last year in the latest chapter of what has become arguably the area’s second-best rivalry game.
There’s every reason to believe that Lexington Catholic will extend its streak tonight when the Knights and Rebels meet in Lexington, but there are still enough indicatiors that a Boyle victory wouldn’t be out of the question.
Boyle, which leads the series 11-7, is a better team than it was early in the season, and getting better all the team. Playing Lexington Catholic in the first week or two of the season would likely have been a disaster for the Rebels, but now it seems more reasonable to believe they can match up with the Knights.
There’s also the matter of Lexington Catholic’s latest game, in which the Knights trailed or were tied with Mercer County throughout the first three quarters before they pulled away in the fourth. It wasn’t the best game for highly touted quarterback Kyle Bolin, and the Knights’ running game didn’t give him much help until the second half.
Still, Lexington Catholic is a powerful team with a quarterback capable of throwing the ball all over the lot and scrambling to find space to run or throw, as well as receivers who know how to go get the ball. The Knights also have a capable defense that held Bell County, Male and Lafayette to seven points each.
The Knights are the smart pick here, which means they’ll also be the smart pick if there’s a rematch in the Class 4A playoffs. The teams have met in both the regular season and postseason in each of the last five years, and the team that has won the regular-season game also won the playoff game in each of those years.
Elsewhere, Lincoln County faces a critical district game against much-improved Madison Southern. The Patriots need this one after dropping their 5A-7 opener to Pulaski County last week, but Madison Southern is much more of a handful than in recent years, and winning this one, even at home, won’t be easy.
Garrard County is also in need of a win after opening 0-1 in District 3A-5, and the Golden Lions figure to get back on track at struggling Powell County. Mercer County will have its hands full with a Nelson County passing attack that is putting up video game-like numbers, and Casey County faces a tall order at home against Bell County. Danville is off.
- Bell County over Casey County.
- Garrard County over Powell County.
- Lexington Catholic over Boyle County.
- Madison Southern over Lincoln County.
- Nelson County over Mercer County.
Last week: 4-2; season 22-11 (.667).