Friday football digest, week 1
I don’t care how the KHSAA labels it, if this were ” week zero” there wouldn’t be any games. Instead, we’re off and running with four local games tonight and another on Saturday.
Much like last year, this weekly post will provide a few tidbits about the weekend’s games, link to preview stories from the Advocate and other newspapers close with my usually useless predictions.
As the new season begins, we’re just 106 days away from the state finals, which will have a new home this fall. The finals will be played in Bowling Green for the first time since 1975 and outside Louisville for the first time since 1978.
The schedule begins with a terrific matchup between two teams that aspire to the finals every year: Class 4A power Boyle County and Class 5A power Johnson Central. It will be interesting to see how Boyle looks with a significant number of new starters, and Johnson is usually a cut above your typical mountain team.
We have one new coach, Bill Mason of Mercer County, whose team debuts Saturday night against Breathitt County in Campbellsville. And five of the six area schools will have new starting quarterbacks, with Will Hatter of Casey County being the only incumbent. The other probable starters: Boone Goldsmith (Boyle County), Will Dunn (Danville), Billy Abney (Garrard County), Austin Hinds (Lincoln County) and Tre Dunn (Mercer County).
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Once again, the stories of games covered by the Advocate sports team will be posted on amnews.com on Saturday mornings. This makes those stories available 12 to 18 hours before the Sunday Advocate is printed, and it has become a popular feature with our online readers. Of course, the stories and photos will still be available in the Sunday Advocate. (For those who don’t know us, the Advocate doesn’t publish on Saturdays.)
The Advocate’s preview stories, game stories and features from throughout the season can all be found in one place, on the high school football page at amnews.com. Stories seen there will be available for reading or reference all season long.
To get you stoked for this weekend’s games, here are the links to every preview story I could find. Just click on the links to read the stories:
- Johnson Central at Boyle County: My story from amnews.com; Aaron Snyder’s story from The Daily Independent of Ashland.
- Caverna at Casey County: My story from amnews.com; Jeff Bastin’s story from the Casey County News.
- Anderson County at Garrard County: Larry Vaught’s story from amnews.com; John Herndon’s story from The Anderson News.
- Danville at Mason County: Hal Morris’ story from amnews.com; Matt Montavon’s story from The Ledger Independent of Maysville.
- Mercer County vs. Breathitt County (Saturday): Hal Morris’ story from amnews.com.
Since we’re at the start of the season, I’m also linking to all of the football preview sections I can find online:
- The Advocate’s preview at amnews.com, which goes in depth on Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties and Danville.
- The fabulous team-by-team previews at bluegrasspreps.com.
- Lexington Herald-Leader.
- The Courier-Journal (Louisville).
- The Kentucky Enquirer (for northern Kentucky teams).
- The State Journal of Frankfort’s previews of Frankfort, Franklin County and Western Hills.
- The Ledger Independent of Maysville’s previews of Mason County, Lewis County, Bracken County and Fleming County.
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Bluegrasspreps.com has issued its preseason rankings, which rank all 220 schools in the state’s six football classes. It’s the only ranking I know of that does that.
Here are some highlights:
- 1A: 1. Beechwood; 2. Lexington Christian; 3. Frankfort; 4. Mayfield; 5. Raceland.
- 2A: 1. Fort Campbell; 2. Corbin; 3. Newport Centrall Catholic; 4. Danville; 5. DeSales; 13. Bardstown; 22. Washington County; 31. Fort Knox.
- 3A: 1. Central; 2. Breathitt County; 3. Mason County; 4. Belfry; 5. Paducah Tilghman; 12. Somerset; 13. Wayne County; 19. Garrard County; 23. Taylor County; 31. Casey County; 36. Jackson County.
- 4A: 1. Boyle County; 2. Bell County; 3. Lexington Catholic; 4. Allen County-Scottsville; 5. Bullitt East; 23. East Jessamine; 29. West Jessamine.
- 5A: 1. Highlands; 2. Whitley County; 3. Bowling Green; 4. Owensboro; 5. John Hardin; 9. Pulaski County; 15. Mercer County; 18. Southwestern; 26. South Laurel; 31. Lincoln County.
- 6A: 1. St. Xavier; 2. Trinity; 3. Henry Clay; 4. Male; 5. Eastern.
If you’re not a BGP subscriber or the above link doesn’t work for you, we published the entire rankings list in today’s Advocate.
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Finally, here are this week’s picks. These will mirror the picks I made in Thursday’s post in which I made predictions for the entire season, but that won’t necessarily be the case as the season unfolds:
- Boyle County over Johnson Central.
- Casey County over Caverna.
- Anderson County over Garrard County.
- Danville over Mason County.
- Breathitt County over Mercer County (Saturday).
Last season: 51-12 (.809).