Josh Moore

Five big takeaways from this week’s high school football polls

Danville’s D’mauriae VanCleave (7) runs the ball in the second quarter against Corbin High School Friday, September 9, 2016., at Danville High School in Danville, KY.
Danville’s D’mauriae VanCleave (7) runs the ball in the second quarter against Corbin High School Friday, September 9, 2016., at Danville High School in Danville, KY.

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

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▪  It appears voters put stock in Scott County’s 25-20 first-half win over Lafayette despite the game’s up-in-the-air status. Scott County slipped from fourth to fifth while Lafayette, tied for fifth last week, dropped to seventh in the Class 6A poll.

The game was suspended because of lightning and an official ruling on the result from the KHSAA is pending. It was reported Saturday that the contest would likely be recorded as a forfeit by Scott County.

▪  Lexington Catholic lost a lot of favor in the poll, dropping from fifth to a tie for ninth after losing by double digits to Madison Central (which is knocking on the door of the Class 6A top 10). The Knights are the only sub-.500 team ranked this week.

Highlands suffered a similar fate, dropping out of the polls for the first time this season. Both programs are off to 1-4 starts.

LexCath and this year’s Highlands squad can look to the Bluebirds’ 2015 campaign for inspiration; last year Highlands started 1-5 but reached the state semifinals.

A total of 21 schools received votes in this week’s Class 3A poll, which is one more than the total number of voters. Eighteen schools received votes in both the Class 4A and Class 5A schools.

▪  Bowling Green received all 20 first-place votes in the Class 5A poll, keeping alive its streak as the only school to be named a unanimous selection in any of the six polls this season. The Purples host Central Hardin, a Class 6A school, this week.

▪  Mayfield was a unanimous selection in the Class 2A poll for just the second time this season. The Cardinals (5-0) received all 16 first-place votes in the first edition of the poll this season before yielding one each to DeSales, Danville and Leslie County the following week.

Leslie County, which suffered its first loss on Friday, received one first-place vote each of the last two weeks.

▪  It was neat to see voters not overreact to Madison Southern’s loss at Tates Creek, a game against higher-class competition which was completed on Saturday after a weather postponement. The Eagles remained static at No. 10.

Pulaski County, which visits MadSouth this week, rejoined the top 10 after a brief absence the past two weeks.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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