The KHSAA Playoffs are scheduled to begin this weekend; here are my picks for the top contenders. High school football usually doesn’t produce surprise champions, so it is likely that teams on this list will be taking home the trophy if the playoffs are played to completion.
Heavy Favorite – Trinity
The nationally-ranked Shamrocks thrashed North Hardin (54-7) in the playoffs last year and rolled over Male (43-14) this season.
Other Contenders – North Hardin, Dupont Manual, Male
Co-Favorites – Frederick Douglass, South Warren
The Broncos have as much talent as any team in the state including UK commits Jager Burton and Dekel Crowdus. The Spartans have Ohio State commit Jantzen Dunn healthy, making their stingy defense even scarier.
Other Contenders – Covington Catholic, Owensboro, Scott County, Bowling Green
Heavy Co-Favorites – Johnson Central, Boyle County
The Golden Eagles defeated the Rebels by 1 point in the 4A championship game last year, capping a 15-0 season. These teams are expected to meet in the finals again.
Other Contenders – Central, Franklin County, Corbin, Lexington Catholic
Favorites – Ashland, Elizabethtown, Belfry
The Tomcats and Panthers are both undefeated, while the reigning champion Pirates are in the mix as usual.
Other Contenders – DeSales
Co-Favorites – Lexington Christian, Beechwood
The Eagles already beat Somerset once this season to earn home field advantage through the district. Beechwood is led by QB Cam Hergott, a dual threat Mr. Football candidate.
Other Contenders – Mayfield, Somerset
The Favorite – None
Class A seems to be the most wide open of all the classes.
Teams in the Mix – Pikeville, Louisville Holy Cross, Kentucky Country Day, Crittenden County, Newport Central Catholic