Josh Moore

Five big takeaways from this week’s AP football polls

Lexington Christian's Dillon Wheatley (32) caught the long ball as LCA hosted Estill County on Friday Sept. 9, 2016 in Lexington, Ky.
Lexington Christian's Dillon Wheatley (32) caught the long ball as LCA hosted Estill County on Friday Sept. 9, 2016 in Lexington, Ky.

Some thoughts and observations following the release of this week's Associated Press high school football polls.

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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.)

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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