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High School Playoff Previews: Class 1A

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It’s time for the postseason to begin in Kentucky. KSR will have previews of all six classes over the next few days and we will begin with 1A.

There are two undefeated teams in 1A, and they will be have a chance to square off early in the postseason. Paris and Paintsville won their respective districts and will look for a matchup in the region three championship. Paintsville is lead by two of the top players within 1A in Kash Daniel and Kent Phelps. The Tigers have a vicious run game led by Daniel, Phelps, and Luke Trimble. Paintsville has played one true, close game in 2015 when they won in OT against Pikeville. One weakness for Paintsville was their ability to throw the ball. Daniel went 7/11 for 184 yards last week nad prove they have a chance to go vertical if the run game stalls. Speaking of Pikeville, the Panthers return as a top seed in region four. Daric Pugh has been a hard-nosed runner for Pikeville and the Panthers’ defense has been shutting down opponents as of late. The only worry about Pikeville is their schedule. Pikeville has one win over a team with a winning record a dropped games to Paintsville and Belfry. They will have to face off against Harlan or Hazard if they want a rematch against Paintsville in the sate semis.

Paris’ defense has carried them to this point in the season. The Greyhounds did not allow double digits over a span of seven games in the middle of the season. Paris returned nine starters on each side of the ball and that experience will be huge in the playoffs. James Clark is a beast on the ground, and Jaques, Jawan, and Jawane Dumphord will spearhead the Greyhounds’ defense. The potential matchup of Paris and Paintsville in the region three final is already getting me excited.

Paris and Paintsville both rounded out undefeated seasons, but Beechwood should also be labeled as a top contender for the title. A perennial contender, Beechwood finished 9-1 with their only loss being Covington Catholic. I like that Beechwood is a team that can throw the ball in a class that is based largely on the run. Kyle Fieger will test a lot of secondaries that may have not seen the type of offense that Beechwood brings to the table. Beechwood finished with the most points in all of KHSAA football, and they will look to ride that to another state title.

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Best Potential Matchups

Pikeville vs Paintsville- Paintsville upset Pikeville in last year’s playoffs and won in OT this season. Think that Pikeville might be ready to play the Tigers again? This game would have the potential to be an all-time classic in the mountains. The teams could meet in the state semifinals on November 27th.

Ludlow vs Louisville Holy Cross- Don’t be surprised if Holy Cross is the first district winner to lose in the playoffs. Justin Blackburn will be tough for Holy Cross to stop on the ground. It will be a fun one to watch as these teams are fairly equal. The reason this one is a fun matchup is because it could happen in the second round.

Bishop Brosart vs Paintsville- This is a potential second round matchup between the #1 and #6 teams in 1A. Craig Pfefferman and Frank Cetrulo led BBHS to a 9-1 record in the regular season. They will have a chance to prove that record was no fluke when they take on the top team in 1A.

Players to Watch

Luke Trimble, Athlete, Paintsville- While there is so much focus on the other studs for Paintsville, Trimble has quietly been doing a fantastic job on offense. Trimble is going to run for around 75 yards a game and catch a few passes as well. While teams are focused on Kash and Kent Phelps, Trimble will be an excellent weapon on jet sweeps and in the passing game.

Evan Perry, Running Back, Louisville Holy Cross- Perry is the leading rusher in 1A with 1,313 yards on 201 carries for 13 touchdowns. He will need to step up and help his team reach the regional title after winning their second straight district title.

Ethan Stringer, Running Back, Beechwood- For Fieger to be successful, Stringer will not to open up the running game. He has run for as many as four touchdowns in a game this season and will be a much-needed weapon to open up the passing game. With a balanced attack, Beechwood could become the favorite to win the title.

Picks for the Playoffs

Region One- Bethlehem

Region Two- Beechwood

Region Three- Paintsville

Region Four- Pikeville

State Championship- Beechwood vs Paintsville

Champions- Paintsville. For a team that went undefeated, this feels like a bold pick. They have to get past rival Pikeville in the semifinals, not to mention the potential matchup with Bishop Brossart in the second round. A matchup with Brentwood would be the perfect way to end the dream season for the Tigers. Paintsville went 2-9 when this group of seniors were freshmen. It is a special group of hardworking players and they will take home a state title with a 15-0 record.

Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

10 Comments for High School Playoff Previews: Class 1A



  1. WeareBBN
    9:52 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    If you live in South Ohio or North KY you could go see future QB Gunner Hoak as his team {Dublin Coffman} plays at Cincy Colerain Saturday at 7 pm. Prolly his last game of the season as Colerain is always a power and the #1 seed.



  2. BNClay
    9:52 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Paris is most overrated team in the state. Hoping Nicholas co gets another chance against them. Nearly beat them a couple weeks ago.



  3. chief_cat
    11:36 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    Go Russellville Panthers!!!



  4. tripled6610
    8:57 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

    Ethan Stringer is good but Brett Slusher is the best player for Beechwood and one of the best players in the State. 24 touchdowns, 4 by defense, 5 rushing and 15 receiving.



  5. BigCAL
    9:11 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

    No way Bethlehem beats Russellville in Russellville!



  6. BLUGOTTI
    9:27 am November 4, 2015 Permalink

    James Clark at Paris High will help lead these guys to the 1A title. Overrated my butt! There defense is the real deal. As far as a 1A team goes I haven’t seen one with this much talent. Now maybe I am biased because my brother in law is the head coach and several players are relatives of my wife. But I am a Lexington guy who thinks 1A is garbage! This Paris team just looks to be the real deal!!! I hope they meet up with Paintsville so I can see how fast Cash Daniels really is.

    James Clark
    1308 yds rushing 19 tds.
    146 yds rcv 3 tds
    3 interceptions 1 td

    #BALLING



    • Bleed Blue
      12:27 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

      Kash* isn’t that fast about a 4.7 speed, but he’s a load and strong as any high school kid you will see. The kid power cleans 325 as a workout. Most schools don’t have a kid that can even get 300 on power clean. As far as Paris goes they are kind of overrated. There schedule wasn’t the hardest they had 4 teams that recorded 4-wins or less and the other teams with good records had even worst schedules than them. Bishop Brossart only played 2 teams with a winning record. Paris has speed and good athletes, but when it comes down to being physical they don’t have what it takes. If they play Paintsville they will get beat by at least 2 touchdowns.



  7. Atakemat
    9:21 pm November 4, 2015 Permalink

    You’ll get to see Cash at UK for the next four years and starting, nice stats for the Clark guy should fit in well at Union College



    • BLUGOTTI
      8:57 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

      We are seeing Matt Elam too. How is that working out for us? Like I said I’d love for them to see Paris in the playoffs. Paris has a kid getting recruited by UK too. Kobe Garrad. I didn’t even mention him. I just hope the game happens.



  8. Bleed Blue
    12:30 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

    A kid to also watch is Harlan’s Nick Jarvis. He’s a FB/MLB and the kid is a load. One of the few kids in the area that could actually compete with Kash in terms of size. If he could have went to some camps I think he would have turned some heads at 6’2-6’3 215 he has the frame and work ethic to add 30 pounds. He is also the kind of kid you would want as he’s a near straight A student and just goes about things the right way. He’s also apparently one of the best catchers in Baseball to come out of that county in quite some time.