Friday football digest, week 10
The season doesn’t end tonight, but the district races will end for almost everyone. With the exception of those teams who will be counting tiebreaker points they or their opponents might earn next week, most coaches will know where their teams stand before they sleep tonight.
All six Advocate-area teams figure to make the playoffs this season, and it looks like three of them will be at home for the first round. Here’s how things will probably shake out:
- The stakes are high for Danville’s game at Washington County, as the winner gets not only the District 2A-4 championship but also home-field advantage throughout the Class 2A playoffs.
- Boyle County can secure the District 4A-6 title with a win over East Jessamine, which would give the Rebels up to three home playoff games. They would be on the road for the semifinals.
- The Garrard County-Casey County game in Liberty appears to be for second place in District 3A-5. Garrard would take second-place — and its prize of a first-round home game — outright with a win, while a Casey win would generate a three-way tie in which the Rebels would appear to hold the edge. Casey would be a No. 4 seed if it loses; Garrard would be seeded third or fourth with a loss.
- Lincoln County can clinch third place in District 5A-7 by beating winless South Laurel at home. That would leave Mercer County in fourth place (unless it upsets Pulaski County) and South Laurel on the outside. If South Laurel wins, there’ll likely be a three-way tie that would probably leave Mercer third, Lincoln fourth and South Laurel still out.
We’ll keep you posted.
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While teams are jockeying for position in the final furlongs of this season, coaches are hard at work on their schedules for the next two years now that the 2011-14 alignment is set. You can almost see the e-mails flying through the air as coaches look for opponents and line them up.
Queries from virtually every area coach have appeared on the statewide coaches’ e-mail list-serve. Here are a couple of notes from the ‘Net:
- Garrard County is looking for and willing to reward an opponent to come to Lancaster for a two-year contract for its Hall of Fame Game, which it wants to turn into a bowl.
- Boyle County and Highlands, which will be in the same class again next year, reportedly have agreed to another home-and-home series. The teams would play season-opening games at Boyle in 2011 and at Highlands in 2012.
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Finally, here are this week’s predictions:
- Boyle County over East Jessamine.
- Danville over Washington County.
- Garrard County over Casey County.
- Lincoln County over South Laurel.
- Pulaski County over Mercer County.
Last week: 4-1; season: 40-8 (.833).