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Class A football preseason top 10

Paintsville's Kent Phelps runs against Paris at Blanton Collier Stadium in Paris, Ky., Friday, November 19, 2015.
Paintsville's Kent Phelps runs against Paris at Blanton Collier Stadium in Paris, Ky., Friday, November 19, 2015.

Coaches in each of Kentucky’s six classes were asked to rank the top 10 teams in their respective classes. These rankings are based on the results of that polling.

CLASS A

School

2015 record

Josh Moore’s comment

1. Pikeville

13-2 (champs)

Blake Charles and Evan Rhodes look to replace Daric Pugh’s production.

2. Beechwood

13-2

Tigers were *this* close to first title in nearly 10 years before losing control.

3. Russellville

11-3

Panthers graduated just five seniors from team that lost to Beechwood.

4. Raceland

7-5

Coach Michael Salmons says this senior class is among largest he’s had.

5. Paintsville

13-1

Where do the Tigers go after the departure of Mr. Football Kash Daniel?

6. Hazard

10-3

Cory Smith, who was Class A’s sixth-best rusher, returns as a junior.

7. Louisville Holy Cross

7-6

Bob Bronger back with program after coaching Cougars from 1990-1992.

8. Harlan

9-3

After Pikeville and Russellville, no small school scored more than Harlan.

9. Kentucky Country Day

6-6

Senior Jared Frank a threat to throw, catch and run in Bearcats’ offense.

10. Nicholas County

6-5

Can Zach Richardson’s legs carry Bluejackets to a regional final?

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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