We will not be traveling to a game as I will be in Starkville. I will be back on the road next week and all five weeks of the postseason. There are the top games in the state to watch.
Ryle (7-1) vs Simon Kenton (8-0)
Simon Kenton has not won a game by less than 16 points and not scored less than 26 points in a game this season. They will face their toughest test when Tanner Morgan and Ryle come to town this Friday. The Pioneers of Simon Kenton have rolled through CAL, Cooper, Conner, and Bryan Station this season on their way to an 8-0 start. Cameron Racke leads the way at QB and Dillon Powell and Dylan Hampton carry the weight on the ground. Simon Kenton has shown they can be versatile in their offense. For example, against Bryan Station, the Pioneers ran for 502 yards in a 52-36 win. Just a week later, Radke went 13/19 for 154 yards and two scores against Conner. Ryle will have their work cut out for them on defense, but their offense can be just as productive as Simon Kenton’s. Morgan is one of the top 2017 recruits in the state. The spread offense has the ability to put up big points in a hurry for Ryle. Jake Chisholm and Mitchell Bateman have been great on the ground.
Trey’s Pick- Simon Kenton will continue their undefeated season behind a big game from Racke on the ground and in the air.
Nick’s Pick- I gotta agree with Trey; Ryle just won’t have enough to knock off the undefeated Simon Kenton.
Bowling Green (7-1) vs Greenwood (7-1)
As a guy from Bowling Green (alma mater is not important), I have seen this crosstown rivalry grow through the years. Bowling Green has never lost to Greenwood in their 20 plus matchups, but Greenwood is an upcoming team in the state. The Gators will run almost every play behind Jackson Adams and Noah Pillow. Bowling Green would normally be able to hold down Greenwood’s run game, but after allowing 219 rushing yards to Barren County, one can’t be sure. Bowling Green has a much more balanced attack. Clark Payne is an excellent junior QB and Jamale Carothers is one of the best kept secrets in the 2017 class.
Trey’s Pick- Greenwood is on the come up. Bowling Green has never lost to them and will keep that streak going strong despite the Gators’ improvement.
Nick’s Pick- It’s finally that time; Trey’s alma mater will take an L to Greenwood.
Danville (7-1) vs Lexington Christian (6-2)
Danville has the stout run defense and LCA has one of the top running backs in 2A with Dillion Wheatley. The Ads fell 42-20 in the third KSR Game of the Week to Boyle County. Since then, Danville has allowed 13 points and pitched three shutouts in five games. The Ads allow an average of just over 48 yards per game and LCA will look to raise that number on Friday. Wheatley has run for 1,461 yards on the year. He will be a tough test for Danville’s front line.
Trey’s Pick- Danville will hold LCA on the ground and force them to throw more than they are comfortable with on Friday. Ads continue on to 8-1.
Nick’s Pick- Sorry Mrs. T, but I like LCA in this matchup.
Male (8-0) vs Manual (7-1)
Yeah, we weren’t going to forget this one. Male has allowed 50 points this season and 37 of them came from games against St.X and Trinity. If Manual can force and then capitalize on Male turnovers, they will stand the best chance to beat the Bulldogs. Hayden Shelton made several big mistakes last week, but his two touchdown passes made up for his turnovers in a 27-24 win. Timothy Comstock will need to have a big game from the quarterback spot and Manual will need to hold down Devin Gentry from running all over. Male’s secondary should be able to hold Comstock to a modest night and their d-line will keep pressure on him.
Trey’s Pick- Male will roll through their rivalries and cement their top ranking for another week.
Nick’s Pick- Male should continue to roll, but this is a rivalry. Crazy stuff happens and this week the Crimson will pull off a crazy upset over the Bulldogs.
Cooper (7-2) vs Conner (6-2) (Saturday)
Conner gave Ryle all they wanted last week but lost 46-34 on the road. Kyler Padgett accumulated all but one of Conner’s yards as he ran for 125 yards and threw for 227. Padgett will face a tough defense led by Marcus Watson and Justin Parks for Cooper. Torey Cordell-Armstrong has struggled with injuries and missed last week’s game. The abscence of Cordell-Armstrong has not affected the Jaguars as Nathan Brown has picked up the slack as the team’s leader. Jaden Jackson had a big game on the ground last week and will accompany Brown in the backfield.
Trey’s Pick- Cooper proved they can win big games when they beat Ryle two weeks ago. I like the Jaguars to win in this rivalry.
Nick’s Pick– Conner will keep it close, but Cooper has this one.