Following the football finals

The state football finals will go on without any Advocate-area teams for the second straight year, so there probably isn’t a great deal of interest among casual fans in this audience in what will play out Friday and Saturday in Bowling Green.

But many of the football fans among you will be paying attention to the six games, which feature six of last year’s 12 finalists¬† (defending champions Central, Highlands, Bowling Green and Trinity, as well as Mayfield and Belfry) and four first-time finalists (Fairview, Collins, Cooper and Pleasure Ridge Park).

That could make for another weekend of one-sided games. Five of last year’s six games were decided by an average of 28.2 points, with Central’s one-point win over Belfry in the 3A final being the only close game. Central and Belfry will play for that title again in what again figures to be a close game, but if power ratings such as The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings are to be believed, the only other game that looks like it might be a close one is the 2A game between Caldwell County and Newport Central Catholic.

If you want to keep tabs on the action, this KHSAA web page offers links to audio (live) and video (delayed by four hours) streams and live statistics from the games, as well as rosters and pregame stats for all 12 participating teams. In addition, all six games can be heard locally on Lexington-based WVLK-FM (101.5).

My picks for the weekend:

  • 1A: Mayfield over Fairview.
  • 3A: Central over Belfry.
  • 4A: Highlands over Collins.
  • 2A: Newport Central Catholic over Caldwell County.
  • 5A: Bowling Green over Cooper.
  • 6A: Trinity over Pleasure Ridge Park.

Last time: 2-0; season: 47-16 (.746).

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