KSR Preps Game of the Week
Trinity (3-0) vs Male (3-0)
It is extremely rare to see this big of a game in Kentucky. Both of these teams are ranked in the Top 50 in the nation, making this the highest ranked game in KHSAA Football History (HSFB100 Rankings). Male’s defense vs the athleticism of Trinity’s offense. Male’s explosive receivers vs a Trinity defense with five interceptions in three games. The game has the feel of an Alabama/LSU game because it is defined by each team’s pure athleticism.
Offense: Both teams have quarterbacks that can throw on the run and can make a pass rush pay. Trinity’s Jacob Woosley has improved since the first game of the season where he completed 9 of 24 passes. Woosley has gone 28/36 in his last two games, including a 14/20 game against Brentwood (Tennessee) where he also ran for a touchdown. This is Woosley’s first year as a starter, and it is Hayden Shelton’s first as well at Male. Shelton took over for current UK quarterback Davis Mattingly this year. His receivers have made his job easy with three early blowouts. Zackery Smith caught four passes for 160 yards against Ballard as Shelton completed 17/25 passes for 315 yards. Male’s early success has been without Louisville-commit Keion Wakefield at receiver. Wakefield is listed as a game-time decision and would be a difference maker in this game if he even steps on the field. For Trinity, look for Jailen Reed, Rodjay Burns, and Robert Jones to make big plays. Burns and Jones are the top targets for Woosley, while Reed will get the majority of carries. Reed has seven rushing touchdowns, including three last week against Lafayette.
Defense: Trinity and Male have a lot of talent of offense, which will make it interesting when they meet each other’s defenses. Male is yet to allow double digits in a game this season. Led by defensive end Marcus Davis, Male allowed a combined 13 points in their first three games. Male has forced more turnovers than touchdowns allowed. They will face their biggest challenge this Friday when Trinity comes across town. Trinity packs quite a punch on defense as well. Connor Foos and Michael Hiestand anchor the line, while Vince Lococo and Damon Lowe are difference makers at the linebacker position.
The Trinity pass rush against Male’s offensive line will be a key for both team’s in this game. If Shelton has time to throw and find Smith down the field, Trinity could be in trouble.
Trey’s Pick- After watching film, comparing stats, and matchups, I’ve finally decided to go with Trinity. I like Jailen Reed, even against that defense.
Other Games to Watch
Owensboro (3-0) vs Bowling Green (2-1)
The Purples were handed their first defeat last week at St. X in a blowout. They return this week against the number one team in 5A (AP) and rival Owensboro. The Red Devils bring a stout, experienced offense to BG that has allowed 35 total points in their first three games. One thing to watch in this game is the matchup of the running games. Jamale Carothers and Jacob Yates will lead the way for BG, while Anthony James and Landon Board carry the weight for Owensboro. Bowling Green’s offensive line struggled last week, allowing seven sacks against St. X. The Purples need to give Clark Payne time to throw the ball if they want to succeed. Owensboro will need both Board and James to be consistent and will need to put pressure on Payne.
Trey’s Pick- Bowling Green gave up too many hits on their QB last week, Owensboro is going to expose that once again. OHS wins at BG.
McCracken County (2-1) vs Mayfield (3-0)
The state’s longest winning streak is once again on the line as Mayfield will play the last team to beat them this Friday. MCHS snuck out a 38-37 win last season, and Mayfield has won 16 straight games since then. Mayfield has been shutting down everyone they have played in 2015. Before last week’s 37-14 over Paducah Tilghman, Mayfield had shutout their first two opponents. Don’t look for the Cardinals to shut out McCracken County this week. MCHS has scored 50 or more points in their last two games. Cash Jones has thrown seven touchdowns in the last two games for McCracken. Zy’aire Hughes ran for 204 yards against Warren Central and then totaled over 150 against Madisonville-North Hopkins. McCracken has weapons, but so does Mayfield. Landon Arnett has thrown ten touchdowns and 11 incompletions this season. Look for Arnett to step up in a big way for Mayfield in the air and on the ground. He will have to shine if Mayfield wants to continue their streak.
Trey’s Pick- Landon Arnett is going to lead Mayfield to a big win and continue the streak.
Central Hardin (2-1) vs South Warren (3-0)
What’s better than one of the best defenses in the state against a team that rushes the ball better than anyone? Central Hardin will look to run for 300+ yards yet again this week against a South Warren team that has allowed a total of 141 rushing yards this season. Linebacker Austin McElwain leads South Warren into perhaps their toughest matchup of the season. Darius Barbour and Xavier Arnette are a two-headed monster at running back for Central Hardin. South Warren will also run the ball a majority of the time behind leading rusher and passer, Ryder Litten.
Trey’s Pick- South Warren is for real, and they will prove it against Central Hardin.
Players to Watch
Dalton Frasure, RB/LB Prestonsburg- The Austin Peay-commit ran for 146 yards against Pikeville and 204 against Sheldon Clark to begin 2015. Prestonsburg takes on Breathitt County; a team that will allow a lot of rushing yards to the powerful Frasure. The senior will also carry a lot of the weight at linebacker, and will most likely catch a few passes. If this were fantasy football, he’d be the sleeper pick of the week.
Joquise Buford, RB Henry Clay- The leading rusher in the state last year will return to take on Henry Clay this Friday. Buford missed the first two games of the season, but tweeted he will be back for the game against their cross town rivals.
Helmet on my head pads all on me cleats on my feet yeah I'm talking this week ðŸ˜ˆðŸ˜ˆðŸˆ #creekweek
— Joquise Buford (@Joquisebuford) September 5, 2015