High School Football

High school football review: Rocks, refs and returns to glory

Trinity's Rondale Moore (1) runs the ball past St. Xavier's Peyton Mattingly (21) during their game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky., Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Trinity beat St. Xavier 28-0.
Trinity's Rondale Moore (1) runs the ball past St. Xavier's Peyton Mattingly (21) during their game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky., Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Trinity beat St. Xavier 28-0. aslitz@herald-leader.com

What happened this week in Kentucky high school football? Here are five observations from Friday night.

1.) Trinity rocks

Trinity is the best football team in Kentucky.

It made that much clear with a 28-0 shutout of St. Xavier, its most decorated rival, Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in front of about 24,000 fans.

The Shamrocks, ranked No. 1 overall in the Cantrall Ratings this week, has now played No. 4 Male and No. 5 St. X. Those teams are among the likely challengers to meet the defending Class 6A champion in December’s finals, and neither was able to manage to score a point against a swift, stingy defense that’s limited opponents to an average of 230 yards per game.

St. Xavier finished its night with just 158 yards of total offense. Male had 111 and Jeffersontown, the only other Kentucky team the Rocks have played so far, had 60.

Trinity Coach Bob Beatty said he heard all week about how big St. Xavier’s offensive line would challenge his team.

“Our band of little misfits showed up tonight,” Beatty said. “… That defensive front really stepped up. I don’t know how many yards rushing they had, but it wasn’t very many.”

The answer? Five yards.

2.) Creek dammed

Tates Creek traveled to Danville, the top-ranked team in the Class 2A poll, and came back to Lexington with a 27-24 defeat in its back pocket after leading 21-7 in the first half. It had to be wondering, “Why?”

The officiating of the contest – which included an inadvertent whistle that erased a fourth-down stop by Creek with the replay leading to a Danville TD to cut the score to 21-14 in the second quarter – was called into question during and after the game by reporters and fans in attendance. The Commodores also had two potential scores – a fumble recovery after the fumbler was ruled down and a TD catch in the end zone that, in real time, would have been a close call but that photo evidence after the game clearly showed that the receiver was in bounds – nullified by the officials.

Commodores Coach Antoine Sims wasn’t going to allow that to color the loss. He said Creek had multiple chances to close out the game and put itself in bad spots with self-inflicted mistakes down the stretch.

“We had an opportunity to win that game last night regardless of anything else out of our control,” Sims said. “... I can’t take anything away from Danville at all.”

3.) Midnight in Montgomery

Montgomery County was on the road after midnight, but the Indians must not have minded the late travel following Friday’s result – a 60-36 rout of South Laurel

Coach Jamie Egli is in his second year with the program, which improved to 5-1 for the first time since the 2007 season. Of the 83 players on Montgomery’s roster, 56 are freshmen and sophomores – including some of its skill guys that are already making a big impact.

“I could see it coming, cause we’ve got really good kids that work hard and want to be good and do the good things and live in the weight room, but I didn’t think we’d have this much success this early,” Egli said.

Before coming to Montgomery County, Egli was the head coach for seven years at Nelson County. He was an assistant there for two years after serving as the defensive coordinator under Jim McKee at Scott County from 2004-2006.

Egli brought the wing-T – with which Scott County has had great success in the last two decades -- with him to Montgomery County. The Indians, a Class 5A team, also have similar advantages to Scott County regarding student population.

“It’s a perfect scenario. It’s a one-horse town, one middle school, one high school,” Egli said. “Every kid’s gonna be an Indian. We’re running the wing-T here from the third grade up. Our terminology, what we do, I have control over that.

“It’s got unbelievable support of the community. They want to be good.”

4.) Rebel records

Casey County improved to 6-0 for the second straight season with a 49-28 win over Bell County, ensuring itself of its fifth winning season in school history and achieving back-to-back winning ledgers for the first time in program history. Britt Pendleton, a senior wide receiver, set new school records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (240) in the victory.

Friday also gave the Rebels their first at Bell County ever.

"This was a great win for our program and very meaningful in the playoff picture this season,” Coach Steve Stonebraker said.

5.) Eagle eye-popping

LCA’s 76 points against Middlesboro were a season high and the program’s most in a game since it scored 79 in a victory over Evangel Christian on Oct. 22, 2004. The Eagles scored 69 points in the first half of Friday night’s victory, which would have been enough to defeat every team in the state on Friday except Powell County, which scored a 71-44 victory over Knott County Central.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps