Friday football digest, week 11
We’ve reached the end of the regular season, but for the first time in several years every local team has the playoffs to look forward to. So the games will go on for all next week, but not before we finish the schedule with some intriguing matchups this week.
The most intriguing of the three local games tonight is the Christian County-Boyle County game at Rebel Stadium. The Rebels shut out Christian last year in a driving rain in Hopkinsville, but this year’s Colonels appear to be better, having gone unbeaten until a loss last week to a strong Tennessee team.
I like Boyle to win a close one, but it would be no surprise if the Rebels enter the playoffs on their first loss of the year. Either way, it’s the kind of game that will help both teams in the coming weeks.
The same is also true for Frankfort and Danville, who meet tonight at Admiral Stadium. But Frankfort doesn’t quite have the horses it had three or four years ago, so the Admirals should be the team to beat if they can avoid a letdown.
Then there are Lincoln County and Garrard County. Lincoln has won the last five meetings between these next-door neighbors, and the last two games have been head-scratchers. The Patriots won a grand total of only three games in 2008 and ’09, and two of them were against Garrard teams that won nine games over those two seasons.
The Golden Lions have to be banging their heads against the wall trying to figure out ways to beat the Patriots, but this year’s Lincoln team has improved to the point that a win tonight wouldn’t be the upset that the last two were.
See you in the playoffs.
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My last set of regular-season picks:
- Boyle County over Christian County.
- Danville over Frankfort.
- Lincoln County over Garrard County.
Last week: 4-1; season: 44-9 (.830).