An unwelcome trend
For the second straight season, there’s just one Advocate-area football team still alive after two weeks of the postseason. That came as something of a shock a year ago when I discovered that it hadn’t happened since 1998 (and posted about just how unusual it was).
Lincoln County was the only local team in play then, and this year it’s Boyle County, which hosts Lexington Catholic in a Class 4A quarterfinal on Friday. Considering the way the postseason was diluted by the expansion to six classes last year, it’s strange that only one local team should be among the 48 still playing this week — and even stranger to find that’s the case for the second year in row.
As for how far Boyle could go, it’s anybody’s guess. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Rebels were able to win their sixth championship, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if they lost this week or next. There aren’t that many top-flight teams in 4A, but Boyle will almost certainly have to beat two of them to get to Louisville.