High School Football

Some of Kentucky’s smallest schools could produce the most exciting postseason football

LCA's Dillon Wheatley runs against Lexington Catholic at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky., Friday, September 8, 2017.
LCA's Dillon Wheatley runs against Lexington Catholic at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky., Friday, September 8, 2017.

The top five ranked teams in the state’s second-smallest class had not suffered a loss until last week, when Christian Academy of Louisville, who was rated No. 1 last week, fell, 20-15 at No. 8 Newport Central Catholic.

Still, that puts the quintet — No. 1 Mayfield, No. 2 Danville, No. 3 DeSales, No. 4 Lexington Christian and No. 5 CAL — at 23-1 through five weeks of play. That’s a gaudy 95.8 percent win percentage.

Class 6A’s top five in the rankings — Trinity, St. Xavier, Pleasure Ridge Park, Male and Simon Kenton — are 22-1. A 95.6 percent win percentage is pretty remarkable, too, but there’s not much optimism that the big-boy class will yield a champ other than the defending Shamrocks, who are ranked 21st nationally by USA Today.

Hope for an exciting postseason — which is six weeks away — is much more abundant in 2A.

“A lot of times you can look at a class and say, ‘Well it’s gonna be between these three teams, who’s gonna win it.’ I think in 2A, there’s probably at least six teams that could win the thing,” Mayfield Coach Joe Morris said. “It always comes down to a little bit of luck, teams that stay healthy, and who plays the best that certain night and matchups. It’s competitive, that’s for sure.”

In addition to the teams ranked in the top five, Morris mentioned Newport Central Catholic, Owensboro Catholic and Somerset as squads who’ve shown early on that they’ll have to be reckoned with come playoff time.

“Class 2A I think is gonna be very interesting as these playoffs roll around,” Morris said.

▪  Dalton Williams was involved in 24 tackles (13 solo) in Bourbon County’s 12-7 win at Rowan County last Friday. Through four games the senior linebacker already has been in on 73 tackles (43 solo), pacing the Colonels (next closest is junior CaMarr Myers with 34 total tackles) and putting him on track to quickly eclipse the 148 total tackles he recorded as a junior. Myers rushed for 100 yards and a TD on 11 carries in the win.

▪  Owensboro Catholic and Owensboro High typically get the lion’s share of wins when it comes to football in their city, but it’s Apollo that’s gotten off on the right foot this year. The Eagles improved to 4-1, their best start since 2009, after beating Owensboro Catholic, 31-24, for the first time since that same year.

Apollo hosts Graves County (3-2) this week before a major road test at Christian County (4-0 and rated No. 3 in Class 5A). The Eagles haven’t beaten Owensboro, whom it hosts on Oct. 6 following a bye week, since 2004. That year was also the last time Daviess County — the largest school in the county — got a win over Owensboro before last week, when the Panthers defeated the Red Devils, 33-27.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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