Balanced, but not close

The Danville-Frankfort series has become a good one in recent years, so it surprised me when I researched the scores and found that very few of their games have actually been close.

In fact, only two of the six games the Admirals and Panthers have played since beginning annual meetings in 2003 have been what you’d call close games. The first was the 2004 game at Frankfort, a narrow Danville win that was close enough to give an improved Frankfort program the idea that it could play with Danville. Since that game, the two teams have split the next four meetings, the last of which was Frankfort’s 20-19 win last year at Admiral Stadium.

Four of the six games were decided by 20 points or more, but that one game in 2004 was all it took to make this a competitive series. And the attraction is still high for tonight’s game in Frankfort. Will it be close this time? My pick of Danville is based on the Ads’ edge in experience over Frankfort, which lost a number of key players from last year’s team that made the Class A semifinals.

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Winless Pendleton County makes the first of two trips to this area for its game tonight at Garrard County. The Wildcats will be at Boyle County two weeks from tonight for a first-round game in the Class 4A playoffs.

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Here are this week’s out-of-town football previews:

The State-Journal of Frankfort previews the Danville-Frankfort clash.

Brandon Roberts of the Georgetown News-Graphic takes a look at the Lincoln County-Scott County game.

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I’m coming off a 6-0 week in the picks department, and you’ll have to take my word for that because I incorrectly typed “East Jessamine over Boyle County” last Friday, which was not at all my pick. Trust me, I’m an honest guy. And I wouldn’t have been nuts enough to pick that upset, so I’m taking credit for Boyle. This week’s picks:

  • Danville over Frankfort
  • Garrard County over Pendleton County
  • Mercer County over Rockcastle County
  • Scott County over Lincoln County
  • Boyle County over Southwestern

Last week: 6-0; season 38-7 (.844).

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