KSR Preps Game of the Week
Belfry (8-1) vs. Johnson Central (9-0)
The High School Football season has flown by as the last week of the regular season has already arrived. Most teams already know their round 1 opponent so this week will be used to gain momentum and fine tune the small details heading into the playoffs.
Two of the best teams in the state face off this week as Johnson Central hosts the defending 3A state champions, Belfry. These teams are very similar in their offensive and defensive philosophies, with both utilizing the triple option extremely effectively due to disciplined offensive lines and balanced backfields.
Johnson Central has rolled through its schedule this season outscoring their 9 opponents by an impressive score of 407-85. Johnson Central averages 330 rushing yards per game while racking up 2,971 total rushing yards through 9 games.
Sophomore running back Joe Jackson leads the Golden Eagles with 1,186 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 93 carries. Senior fullback Gunner Slone has added 363 yards and 4 touchdowns on 65 carries. Johnson Central rarely passes the ball but Senior Geordan Blanton has caught 9 passes for 302 yards and 7 touchdowns averaging 33.6 yards a catch.
Belfry’s only blemish to their 2016 season is a tough 45-20 loss to Knoxville Catholic,TN. Since that loss the Pirates have outscored their 4 opponents 180-21 including a big 35-21 win against West Virginia’s #4 ranked team, Cabell Midland.
Belfry is the highest scoring team in class 3A averaging over 40 points a game while only allowing 14 points per game. The Pirates are lead by 6’5 300 pound guard Cole Bentley, a Louisville commit, and 6’7 309 pound senior tackle Austin Dotson who is committed to UK. The impact that these two have on each and every game that Belfry plays in is immeasurable.
I expect senior quarterback Noah Corbett to have a major impact on this game, he must remain patient in his reads while also having the confidence to make a big play happen when it is there.
Much of this game will be determined by the coaching staff’s of both teams as they must decide weather they want to rest any of their starters in preparation for the playoffs.
Personally I am excited to experience the atmosphere at Johnson Central tomorrow night and hope for a competitive contest.
Eli’s Pick – This one could really go either way as both teams have secured home field advantage in the playoffs. Pride is on the line tomorrow night in Paintsville, and I just can’t pick against the defending state champions, I’ll take Belfry 24-10.
Other Notable Games
Scott County (7-2) vs. Covington Catholic (7-2)
Head Coach Eddie Eviston is enjoying an impressive season in his second year as the head guy at Cov Cath. The Colonels hope to gain major momentum heading into the playoffs by picking up a win against 6A powerhouse Scott County.
Tates Creek (5-4) vs. Ashland Blazer (6-3)
Ashland saw its 6 game winning streak snapped last week by Johnson Central in a 43-6 beating. Who knows if Ashland will play their starters this week after last year’s game against Tates Creek when they lost two of their best players to season ending injuries. Tates Creek is hoping to bounce back after a pounding last week at the hands of Walker Wood and Lafayette.
Bowling Green (9-0) vs. McCracken County (7-2)
Bowling Green has been unstoppable this season as they’ve outscored their opponents 444-61 and have pitched shutouts in 5 of their last 6 games. Many are expecting another blowout win tomorrow night for BG but junior quarterback Cash Jones hopes to continue his impressive season and lead McCracken County to a huge upset against the state’s best.
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