Friday football digest, week 2
It’s a strange football Friday throughout most of the Advoplex, as only one local team will be in action tonight, while everyone else will play Saturday in one of two local bowl games.
Casey County has the stage to itself tonight for its home game with Taylor County. It looks like a bounce-back game for the Rebels, who acquitted themselves very well last week against Simon Kenton in a game where most people — including, I’ll admit, me — thought they would be obliterated. Everyone knows what the differences are between Casey and Simon Kenton, the largest school Casey has ever played, which is why the Rebels are and have every right to be energized after a 25-point defeat.
They find themselves on the opposite side of the coin tonight against Taylor, a team that won only one game last year and this year has its third coach in three seasons. The Rebels won’t be the kind of overwhelming favorite that Simon Kenton was last week, but they do have the edge in this game, and taking care of business the way favored teams are expeceted to do should serve them well in the coming weeks.
The other five area teams will play in one of the four games to be played Saturday at Boyle County and Danville. Check back later for my thoughts on why two bowls in one night in one town is one too many, but for now I’ll stick to the matchups.
Don’t expect the same kind of game that Boyle County and Allen County-Scottsville played in last year’s Class 4A championship when they meet again Saturday. Allen’s roster was gutted by graduation, and this year’s Patriots don’t look anything like the team that took Boyle to the wire last year, at least not yet. The rematch looks like it could be the most one-sided game of the weekend.
The Collins-Mercer County game at Boyle figures to be more interesting, if only to see what kind of stamp Paul Rains has put on the Mercer program. It also figures to be a wide-open game, with both teams relying heavily on the spread offense.
Across town, Lincoln County will face an angry Anderson County team that was stunned by a season-opening loss to Bryan Station — congratulations on your first win, Craig Yeast — in the opening game at Danville. Will the Patriots be just as angry about their loss to Danville last week and able to keep pace with what was expected to be a potent group of Bearcats?
In the nightcap, Danville gets a Garrard County team that is coming off the most exciting win of week one, a four-overtime victory over Clay County. Garrard is making a significant move up in class this week, even though it’s playing a team from a lower class, so the Golden Lions will have to rise to a greater challenge. Almost everything went right for the Admirals last week, but they will still be vulnerable if they can’t fix the few things that didn’t.
On another note, I’ve noticed that some people might be checking this blog in search of a final score for their favorite teams, so I’ll be posting those here on Friday nights (and Saturdays when necessary). This blog has never been designed as a first option for results and game details, because there simply isn’t time in my schedule to post results from so many different teams and sports. But I’ll post a quick list of football scores here as my schedule permits on game nights, and remember that you can visit amnews.com on Saturday mornings to read the stories from Friday night’s games.
Finally, here are this week’s predictions:
- Casey County over Taylor County.
- Anderson County over Lincoln County.
- Boyle County over Allen County-Scottsville.
- Collins over Mercer County.
- Danville over Garrard County.
Last week: 3-1.