Friday football digest, week 4
We’ll get a much better idea of how much progress Danville has made since last season when we see how the Admirals fare against Somerset.
We already know they have covered more ground than many expected in such a short time, with an impressive win over Mason County and consecutive shutouts against Rockcastle County and Pikeville on their ledger. Now comes tonight’s game, against a Somerset team that humiliated them last season and went on to the Class AAA finals.
Danville doesn’t have to win to show that it has made marked improvement, and beating Somerset is still a tall order. But the Admirals can win this one, and doing so would send a strong message about just how far they have come — and how far they might yet go.
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Tonight also brings critical home games for Garrard County and Casey County, who host Estill County and Clinton County respectively. Garrard lost a one-point game at Estill last year, and the Golden Lions need a good showing against the Engineers after three games that, well, weren’t. Casey didn’t score at Clinton last year as part of its struggle through the first half of the season, but this year’s Rebels should be able to avenge that loss to the 5-year-old program.
It’s the home opener for Garrard and for Mercer County, which hosts Anderson County.
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Boyle County is off this week while preparing for its home opener next week against Mercer. But things are never idle in Rebelville these days, and this week the talk has centered around the unfortunate loss of wide receiver-kick returner Jarrod Harrington, who suffered a broken left forearm in Boyle’s win over Corbin last Saturday.
Harrington has already had surgery on the arm, and now we’ll see whether he can make it back on the field this season. That probably wouldn’t happen before mid-November at best, but based on what we know of how hard he plays the game, I won’t be surprised to see him playing again this season.
Meanwhile, Boyle fans will watch with considerable interest as two of the best teams in Class 4A, Lone Oak and Lexington Catholic square off tonight in Lexington. The Purple Flash, who nearly had Boyle’s number in last year’s 4A final, won a 52-49 thriller over Lexington Catholic last year at home.
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Casey County kept me from a perfect start last week by beating Bourbon County, but this week the Rebels are the only area team I’m picking to win:
- Anderson County over Mercer County.
- Casey County over Clinton County.
- Estill County over Garrard County.
- Rockcastle County over Lincoln County.
- Somerset over Danville.
Last week: 5-1; season: 15-3 (.833.)