The beauty of bowls

My first exposure to high school football bowls came in 1988, when the Corbin team I was covering played in Tates Creek’s Thoroughbred Bowl. I was instantly intrigued by the fact that I could see two quality games in one place, and I still am.

Early-season bowls are wonderful showcases for teams and tremendous opportunities for fans to see teams they wouldn’t normally see. And even though the once-renowned Thoroughbred Bowl has vanished from the scene, bowls are alive and well from one end of Kentucky to the other.

There will be 34 of these doubleheaders, tripleheaders and even quadrupleheaders this year, 25 this weekend and nine next weekend. Every local team is playing in at least one of them, and we’re fortunate to have two of them right here at home.

Lincoln County’s Death Valley Bowl and Danville’s Bob Allen Pigskin Classic are two of the better bowls around, and this year both of them will showcase two area teams. Garrard County and Lincoln will play Friday at Death Valley, and Mercer County joins Danville on Saturday at Admiral Stadium.

Take advantage of your chance to see all of these teams and the four visiting teams over these two days of good football.

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Garrard’s game against Washington County at the Death Valley Bowl is the first meeting between these two teams since 1992. And any matchup of these teams is sure to revive a discussion of their 1991 Class A playoff game, which Washington won 14-13 after Garrard missed a last-second field-goal attempt that the Golden Lions and their fans vehemently disputed — and still do.

Tom Bystrek of The Springfield Sun revisited that controversial game in this story, which proves that time does not heal all wounds when it comes to season-ending losses.

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Now a few words about the heat index, something we’ve grown tired of hearing about over the last three weeks but which will be a factor in football games across the state this weekend.

The starting times for many of tonight’s games have already been pushed back in anticipation of high heat indices today. This includes the doubleheader at Lincoln, now scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

And remember that the KHSAA’s rules limiting activity during times of high heat indices apply to games as well as practices. The most important part of the rule says that if the heat index reaches 105 degrees, all activity stops. That means games can’t continue — and teams can’t even warm up — until the temperature and/or humidity drops.

So be prepared for possible delays, and be prepared to weather the heat in the stands, too. These hot conditions are not to be taken lightly, so take care of yourself while you take in some football.

* * * Web wizard Gary Moyers says that for the second straight year, game stories from Friday night’s football games will be available on our Web site on Saturdays. This was a popular feature on the site last year, and it fills a gap because the Advocate doesn’t publish on Saturdays. So you’ll once again have a chance to read about the big games either online on Saturdays or in our print edition on Sundays.

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Each week during the coming season I’ll offer my picks for each game involving local teams. For the first couple of weeks, I’ll stick with the preseason picks that appeared in the Advocate on Wednesday. However, as teams’ circumstances change throughout the season, I may make some changes as well.

That said, here is this week’s forecast:

  • Bell County over Lincoln County
  • Washington County over Garrard County
  • Mercer County over Russell County (Sat.)
  • Henry County over Casey County (Sat.)
  • Danville over Madison Central (Sat.)
  • Bowling Green over Boyle County (Sat.)

2 Comments on The beauty of bowls

  1. Daniel Hopkins
    August, 27th 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Good week of picks. I don’t think anyone saw the handling Madison Central put on Danville coming, but otherwise you did a nice job.

    Here’s my question, and it actually covers week 3, not this upcoming week: With Danville/Boyle and Mercer/Lincoln both being played on September 7, will you make the trip to Lancaster to see your Jackson County Generals take on the Golden Lions?

  2. Mike Marsee
    August, 28th 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Remember the Danville-Madison Central was the one I picked as my upset special in our preseason preview. As for week 3, those scheduling decisions are still a few days away. Whether I’m there in person or in spirit, I’ll be pulling for my alma mater, even though I don’t know a living soul on the field for the Generals, whether coach or player. Jackson got its second season started with a win over Powell County, and while they’re moving way, way up in class to play Garrard in their first-ever district game, things are progressing well there for such a young program.

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