We are excited to have our friends at Kroger on board as we bring you high school football coverage this fall. Each week Kroger will present the KSR High School Game of the Week. We will travel to the featured game each week to bring you the best sights, sounds and incredible moments. Together we’re happy supporters of “KY Proud Products” and the “Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.”
The first KSR Game of the Week is North Hardin at Frederick Douglass, which takes place Friday, September 11 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.
After a long offseason filled with chaos and uncertainty, Kentucky high school football is back on Friday, including an opening-night blockbuster featuring two of the state’s juggernauts.
On one end, you have host Frederick Douglass (Class 5A), who comes in as the No. 4 overall team in MaxPreps’ preseason KY High School Football Rankings. On the other, another top-five team in the state in North Hardin (Class 6A), who comes in a spot above Douglass in the rankings at No. 3 overall.
Kentucky commits and targets
While elite talent lines both rosters, the intrigue factor jumps up a notch when you consider the fact that four Kentucky commits round out both rosters with two future Wildcats apiece. For the Broncos, four-star standouts Jager Burton and Dekel Crowdus headline the rosters, while three-star running back La’Vell Wright and three-star safety Jordan Lovett serve as top contributors for the Trojans.
Burton, a 6-foot-4, 271-pound offensive guard in the class of 2021, is considered the No. 1 player in the state, coming in at No. 59 overall and No. 3 at his position in the updated 247Sports player rankings. The future Wildcat announced his commitment to Kentucky on Aug. 30, picking the UK over Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, and Clemson, among over 20 total offers.
Burton’s star Bronco teammate, Dekel Crowdus, is considered a consensus four-star prospect and is ranked as high as No. 223 in the nation (ESPN). Standing 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, Crowdus committed to Kentucky on May 10, choosing the Wildcats over the likes of Auburn, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan.
Beyond the Kentucky commits, junior receiver Dane Key, junior athlete Ty Bryant, sophomore defensive back Isaiah Kenney, and sophomore tight end Thomas Howard all hold offers from Mark Stoops and the UK coaching staff. Standing 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Key is considered the No. 223 prospect and No. 2 receiver in the 2022 247Sports player rankings and holds offers from the likes of Louisville, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, among others. Standing 6-feet, 175 pounds, Bryant is ranked No. 589 overall in the 247Sports Composite as a consensus three-star prospect, holding offers from Cincinnati, Tennessee, Maryland and West Virginia, among others. Kenney, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback/wide receiver hybrid, along with Howard, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound tight end, both received offers from UK back in April.
As for the Trojans, Wright, a 6-foot, 205-pound running back in the class of 2021, committed to Kentucky back on May 6 over offers from Duke, Northwestern, Purdue, Tennessee, and West Virginia, among others. Considered the No. 772 prospect overall and No. 50 running back in the 247Sports Composite, the future Wildcat ran for 1,819 yards and 25 touchdowns on roughly seven yards per carry, along with catching 34 balls for 553 yards and three touchdowns through the air in 13 games last year.
Wright’s current and future teammate, Lovett, committed to UK back on May 20 over offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisville, Missouri, Purdue, and Tennessee, among others. At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, the three-star prospect is considered the No. 644 player and No. 49 safety in the 247Sports Composite.
Sophomore offensive lineman Trevon Alexander also received an offer from UK earlier this month.
Other players to watch
Douglass has size at quarterback with 6-foot-7 Sam Cornett under center for the first time as a junior this season. He has early interest from several schools, but no major offers yet.
Douglass running back Darius Neal, a senior, is back after carrying the ball for almost 900 yards with 13 touchdowns last season.
North Hardin wide receiver Marcus Harris and linebacker Michael Lunz are committed to Division 1 schools. Harris will attend Kent State, Lunz is off to Tulane for college.
Frederick Douglass was 14-1 and runner-up in the 5A State Championship. The Broncos lost the title game to Covington Catholic, 14-7.
|vs. Bryan Station||43-0, W|
|vs. Tates Creek||62-14, W|
|@ Lafayette||40-0, W|
|@ Paul Laurence Dunbar||49-0, W|
|vs. Henry Clay||27-0, W|
|vs. Scott County||36-0, W|
|@ Grant County||54-0, W|
|@ Great Crossing||50-0, W|
|@ Montgomery Co.||56-0, W|
|vs. Lexington Catholic||42-31, W|
|vs. Great Crossing*||50-0, W|
|vs. Scott County*||24-14, W|
|vs. Southwestern*||44-8, W|
|vs. Owensboro*||28-17, W|
|vs. Covington Catholic||7-14, L|
North Hardin also went undefeated in the regular season before falling to Louisville Trinity, 54-7, in the 6A semifinal.
|@ Waggener||48-14, W|
|@ Elizabethtown||20-13, W|
|vs. Ballard||10-6, W|
|vs. Tates Creek||40-0, W|
|vs. John Hardin||42-7, W|
|vs. Bullitt East||42-6, W|
|vs. Meade County||47-10, W|
|@ Barren County||55-12, W|
|@ Central Hardin||7-0, W|
|vs. Pleasure Ridge Park||48-20, W|
|vs. Barren County*||24-0, W|
|vs. Central Hardin*||31-7, W|
|vs. McCracken County*||38-2, W|
|vs. Trinity*||7-54, L|
There will be fans in the stands at Frederick Douglass High School on Friday evening, but it will be limited to immediate family due to Fayette County’s ruling this week on attendance.
According to the Fayette County Public School system, participants are limited to four or five members of a player’s immediate family, with each name being submitted for a will call list prior to the game. The general public will not be able to buy tickets to the games. Players will distribute tickets to friends and family prior to kickoff.
Following the county’s decision, the school officially announced that 60 players can dress out and each athlete will get five tickets purchased in advance with names left and ID shown at the gate, along with temperature checks. If a player doesn’t have person listed they can’t enter, with no walk-ups allowed.
How to follow along
While most fans cannot be there in person, there will be plenty of ways to follow along live on Friday evening, specifically with us here at KSR.
For those wishing to watch the game, you can still stream the game on PrepSpin’s YouTube channel for free, which you will be available to access Friday night right here on the site. If you want the game’s audio broadcast, that will be available at https://www.glicod.com/audio2 starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
From there, KSR’s own Nick Roush and Freddie Maggard will be there to provide coverage for the site, while Bradley “B-Roll” McKee will be there to create video content and Dr. Michael Huang will take photos.
Between watching and/or listening live, along with KSR’s four representatives at the game, you’ll have everything you need to know about the Broncos vs. Trojans on Friday evening.