What happened this week in Kentucky high school football? Here are five observations from Friday night.
1.) Panthers declawed
Pleasure Ridge Park was mentioned among the title threats in Class 6A coming into the season. The Panthers’ senior class went undefeated when they were freshmen, which included a victory over Trinity.
“If we’re not playing for a state championship with this class, it will be tough to ever do it,” PRP Coach Tommy Williams wrote in a preseason survey.
PRP still has some growing to do. St. Xavier defeated it, 35-21, at home on Friday night, and improved its advantage in the series to 20-0. Musketeers running back Anthony Moretti had 181 yards and three TDs on 26 carries.
The Panthers own a win over Bowling Green, a Class 5A favorite, and have plenty of chances to prove their potential in the coming weeks. They go to Male on Friday, Butler the week after that and host Scott County on Oct. 20.
2.) Hounds have it
Perhaps a change of scenery was just what Corbin needed to turn the tide against Mayfield. The Redhounds defeated the Cardinals, 20-17, to snap a two-game skid in the series, in a game played at Austin Peay University. The contest was held at Lindsey Wilson College that last two seasons.
Corbin quarterback Cameron Sizemore threw two fourth-quarter TDs to give the Redhounds a 20-10 lead after they trailed by three coming into the period. Corbin recovered a fumble with 29 seconds left to seal the deal.
It was Mayfield’s first regular-season defeat since a 2015 overtime loss to McCracken County.
3.) Bouncing back
Bell County must have been angry after suffering its first loss of the season last week. Unfortunately for McCreary Central, it was next up for the Bobcats, who mauled the Raiders — who had a shorter week to prepare after defeating Paul Laurence Dunbar on Saturday — 75-43. That point total is the highest output by any team so far this season.
Conner, which became the first team to lose to Dixie Heights after the Colonels started the year 0-4, came out and got a statement win, 35-27, over Newport Central Catholic, which the week before upset Christian Academy of Louisville.
Central took out two weeks of frustration against Henry County, hitting the 30-point mark for the first time this season in a 44-7 road victory. McCracken County followed up four weeks of losses with a thrilling 56-40 win over Daviess County.
Taylor County took its first loss of the season — 21-19 last week at LaRue County — and responded with a 26-20 win over West Jessamine, its second victory in overtime this year.
4.) Boyle beatdowns
The duo’s combined record is 11-1, the only loss a 10-7 defeat that Danville handed Boyle County at the end of August. The Rebels have a bye next week before district play gets underway while Danville hosts Tates Creek.
5.) The Big Game
The annual renewal of the St. Xavier-Trinity series takes place Friday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It is the first time since 2008 that both of the football titans will enter their rivalry game with unblemished records.
St. X and Trinity have played 82 times and at least once every year since 1956. The Shamrocks have won 16 of the last 20 games in the series and own a 43-37-2 overall record in it.