Some thoughts and observations following the release of this week's Associated Press high school football polls.
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▪ Lexington Christian continued its steady climb up the Class 2A poll, benefitting from a Danville loss to Corbin to slide up from No. 3 to No. 2 this week. It’s tough to imagine the Eagles (4-0) moving higher than No. 2 this season, though; Mayfield was a clear preseason favorite and has lived up to that billing so far against a stronger schedule than LCA has faced in the first half of the year. LCA could surpass Mayfield if they continue winning and get a little more help from Corbin; the Cardinals (4-0) play the Redhounds (4-0) in a neutral-site game Sept. 23 at Lindsey Wilson College.
▪ Ryle (4-0) moved into a tie with Lafayette for fifth place in the Class 6A poll. At this point in the season, the Raiders’ best win appears to be its season-opening 31-13 decision over Covington Catholic, which has gone 3-0 since that loss and leaped into the top five of the Class 5A poll this week. Ryle’s other opponents — Henry Clay, Boone County and Highlands — are a combined 2-9 this season.
The Generals (3-1) are in a similar boat regarding their opponents’ records. Trinity, Lafayette’s only loss, is 4-0. Boone County, Boyle County and Paul Laurence Dunbar — are 1-11 this season (Boyle picked up its first win, 41-13, over Anderson County last week).
▪ Highlands’ ugly 1-5 start last season knocked it out of the Class 5A poll last season and a similar ousting could be imminent. The Bluebirds are 1-3 and travel to St. Xavier this week before hosting Simon Kenton, Class 6A’s No. 3 team, on Sept. 23. For what it’s worth, Highlands finished last season 7-1 and in the state semifinals.
▪ The absurdity of the Class 3A poll — in which three teams with losing records are listed among the top 10 — has crept into the lower end of the poll. Sheldon Clark (1-2), which was on a bye week and had not received any votes yet this season, earned three points in this week’s poll. That most likely means that a voter listed them as the No. 8 team on his or her ballot.
I love my alma mater — Class of 2009 — but it probably should not be receiving votes in this poll over teams with winning records.
▪ It’s a bit of a head-scratcher for Harlan (2-1) to fall just one spot in the Class A poll (from No. 8 to No. 9) and for the team that defeated it this week — Bracken County (2-1) — to still be sniffing a top-10 spot. (Bracken County was ninth on my own ballot this week; I did not vote for Harlan.)