Off and running, and week 1 is here!
In 1A, the biggest change is Frankfort slipping from #6 to #1 0 after losing to Paris on Saturday. Will QB Anthony Robinson out with an injury, will Frankfort be able to stay in the Top 10? But questions are arising after #2 Raceland allowed two kickoff returns for touch downs. Are the Rams just shaking off the cobwebs? Or are Special Teams an Achilles heel for Raceland? Pikeville remains #5 this week, despite beating 2A Prestonsburg 43-6. Should Pikeville be ranked higher? Hard to justify when both #3 Paintsville and #4 Russellville beat 3A teams just as convincingly.In 2A, Owensboro Catholic leapfrogs Christian Academy-Louisville and Newport Central Catholic by virtue of trouncing Louisville Holy Cross in week 0. Both Mayfield and DeSales are solid at 1-2 after winning their season openers by large margins. Shelby Valley drops out of the top 10 and Somerset jumps in. The real question is, will Somerset be able to stay in the top 10? There seems to be a tightly contested bunching of teams right outside the top 10.
In 3A, just a little shuffling this week, as Paducah Tilghman moves from #5 to #4 , and Central drops from #3 to #5 . Garrard County drops out of the top 10 this week, replaced by Elizabethtown. The biggest question in 3A right now is what to think of Central, who lost to Manual by 2 touchdowns in their season opener. Some also think Paducah Tilghman is better than #4 . But can anyone argue the case that they’re better than Boyle County, Lexington Catholic and Belfry this year?
4A is a real dance at this point in the season. John Hardin, last week’s #2 lost in a huge way to last week’s #3 South Warren. As a result, John Hardin shuffles on down to the #5 spot this week, opening up the #3 spot for Ashland to overtake. Collins manages to beat 5A Montgomery County, but slips this week to #1 0 . Same top 10, different order. Is 4A primed for some teams who are just on the outside of the top 10 to sneak in in the next couple of weeks?
5A rankings this week are yet another shuffle. Maybe the biggest surprise is that Dixie Heights drops right out of the top 10 without even having played a game yet. Entering is Fern Creek. Highlands, who began the preseason ranked #1 in their new class now finds themselves slipping to #3 as a result of very, very strong performances by both Bowling Green and Pulaski County. Will Highlands find themselves outside the top 3 for long? This has to be uncharted territory for the Bluebirds.
In 6A, there are no changes till you get to the #8 position. McCracken County and Central Hardin both drop out of the top 10. Ballard moves up to #8 and cooper and Bryan Station enter the top 10. The top 7 teams with games in week 0 all had strong performance, and it’s too early to tell. It’s going to be really tough to break into that top 7 for teams just outside. One standout question: The #1 and #2 spots should be interesting to watch. #2 Trinity shut out Ensworth (TN), a first after having lost the previous 2 contests. Male remains #1 after shutting out Floyd Central (IN). Is the real battle in 6A the 1-2 spots? Will St. Xavier stay middle of the pack after playing their first game of the season this week?
Class 1A
1. Beechwood at 2A #7 Lloyd Memorial
2. Raceland at 4A #3 Ashland
3. Paintsville at #1 0 Frankfort
4. Russellville vs. 3A Fort Campbell
5. Pikeville vs. 5A Letcher County Central (8/29)
6. Hazard at #7 Fairview
7. Fairview vs. #6 Hazard
8. Campbellsville vs. 2A Washington County at Campbellsville University (8/29)
9. Paris vs. 4A Holmes
10. Frankfort vs. #3 Paintsville
Class 2A
1. Mayfield at 5A Marshall County
2. DeSales vs. 6A Butler
3. Owensboro Catholic at 6A Daviess County
4. Newport Central Catholic at 6A #9 Cooper
5. Christian Academy – Louisville vs. 6A Eastern
6. Murray vs. 4A Calloway County
7. Lloyd Memorial vs. 1A #1 Beechwood
8. Danville vs. 4A Rockcastle County
9. Somerset at 1A Williamsburg
10. Monroe County vs. 4A Warren East
Class 3A
1. Belfry vs. 6A Tates Creek
2. Lexington Catholic vs. 6A Ryle
3. Boyle County vs. #8 Bell County (8/29)
4. Paducah Tilghman vs. 6A Central Hardin
5. Central vs. 4A Knox Central at Corbin
6. Russell vs. 4A Greenup County (8/29)
7. Corbin vs. Waggener
8. Bell County at #3 Boyle County (8/29)
9. Elizabethtown at 4A Marion County
10. Lawrence County at 5A Montgomery County
Class 4A
1. Johnson Central at Fairland (OH)
2. South Warren at 5A Apollo
3. Ashland vs. 1A #2 Raceland
4. Franklin County vs. 3A Western Hills
5. John Hardin at 6A North Hardin
6. Franklin-Simpson vs. 3A Caldwell County
7. North Oldham at 5A Oldham County
8. Bourbon County vs. 5A #5 Southwestern at Danville
9. Warren Central at 6A McCracken County
10. Collins at 5A Bullitt East
Class 5A
1. Bowling Green at #9 Christian County at Hopkinsville (8/29)
2. Pulaski County at 6A #3 Scott County
3. Highlands vs. 6A Campbell County
4. Owensboro vs. 4A Madisonville-North Hopkins
5. Southwestern at 4A Bourbon County at Danville
6. Covington Catholic vs. St. Xavier (OH)
7. Anderson County at 6A George Rogers Clark
8. North Laurel vs. Harrison County (8/29)
9. Christian County vs. #1 Bowling Green at Hopkinsville (8/29)
10. Fern Creek vs. 6A #4 Manual
Class 6A
1. Male at #8 Ballard
2. Trinity at Brentwood Academy (TN)
3. Scott County vs. 5A #2 Pulaski County
4. Manual vs. 5A #1 0 Fern Creek
5. Lafayette vs. 4A Mercer County at Boyle County (8/29)
6. St. Xavier vs. Henry Clay at Lexington Catholic
7. Simon Kenton at #1 0 Bryan Station
8. Ballard vs. #1 Male
9. Cooper vs. 2A #5 Newport Central Catholic
10. Bryan Station vs. #7 Simon Kenton

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