KSR Preps Game of the Week
Shelby County (5-0) vs Franklin County (5-0)
For the first time this season, KSR Preps is headed to a 4A matchup. Both Shelby County and Franklin County are 5-0 to begin the season and are ranked in 4A’s AP Top Ten.
Shelby County has been one of the biggest surprises in 4A through the first five weeks. Projected to finish near the bottom of the district, Shelby County has jumped out to a 5-0 record. The biggest reason for their success has been the stout defense. Shelby County has allowed seven or fewer points in all but one game this season. The most impressive performance was in a 52-0 win over Grayson County. The Rockets allowed 32 rushing yards and 35 passing yards in the game. On offense, Shelby County will run, run, run against Franklin County. Led by a diverse rushing attack of a group of back, Shelby County has rushed for 200 or more yards in four of their five games (197 in the outlier). Malik Manica and Michael Perry have been the main backs along with quarterback Tyler Drane.
The Rockets will travel to district-foe Franklin County this Friday. The Flyers run more of a balanced attack than Shelby County. Barrett Sanderson is a threat to throw for big yards in big games. Sanderson threw for 273 yards against Woodford County and has totaled 13 touchdowns in 2015. Sanderson is always a threat to run as well, but he will lean on his back Denzel Vance to carry the run game. Vance has run for 385 yards through five games for Franklin County. Franklin County allowed 13 combined points in their first two games, but have been in a couple shootouts since then against Woodford County and Anderson County. In the latter, Anderson County ran for 173 yards but fell short 33-30 to Franklin County. The Flyers will need to bottle up Shelby County’s run attack and put up their normal amount of points (Average of 43 a game) to stay unbeaten.
Shelby County’s key to win will be to force turnovers. Sanderson threw three picks last week and allowed Anderson County to stay in the game. The Rockets need to bottle up Vance and force Sanderson to throw 30-35 passes in order to win.
Trey’s Pick- In the battle of unbeatens, I’m going with Sanderson and Franklin County to win at home.
Nick’s Pick- I’m siding with the Flyers because I played basketball with a guy from Franklin County who once did a 360-dunk on a fast break. He was 5’11” and white.
Other Games to Watch
Paducah Tilghman (3-2) vs Caldwell County (4-1)
Running back Sayveon McEwen has taken the reigns of Tilghman’s offense and led them to back-to-back blowout wins to boost their record to 3-2. The Blue Tornado dropped two early games to Central Hardin and Mayfield before bouncing back with wins over Graves County and Madisonville-North Hopkins. Caldwell County has won four straight games after losing their first game. The Tigers have scored 48 or more points in their four wins. Both teams bring high powered offenses, but have different styles of attacks. McEwen will lead the charge for PTHS, while Shane Burns will throw the ball around for Caldwell County.
Trey’s Pick- Burns will throw 30+ passes and two scores to lead Caldwell County to their fifth straight win.
Nick’s Pick- Burns is no Elijah Sindelar; the Blue Tornado will beat Caldwell.
Bryan Station (4-1) vs Tates Creek (2-3)
Bryan Station has been one of the best 6A teams outside of Louisville thanks to Andre Davis and their offense. Davis has been a terrific dual-threat QB for Bryan Station and has been one of the sleepers across the state. All four of the Defenders’ wins have been by 30 or more points and they have not scored less than 36 points in a game. It will be interesting to see how Bryan Station plays against crosstown rival Tates Creek. The Commodores have put up big numbers, but have issues stopping high-powered offenses. This game will be a big statement for Bryan Station to potentially jump out to a 5-1 record.
Trey’s Pick- No one is talking about Bryan Station, I think it’s time to give them some attention. They win in a shootout over Tates Creek.
Nick’s Pick- A guy told me this week that Bryan Station is probably the best team in Lexington. I trust this guy and believe they’ll start turning heads this week.
Mayfield (4-1) vs Corbin (3-2)
Mayfield responded well following their first loss with a big win against Graves County last week. They make a big road trip to Corbin to take on the Redhounds this Friday. Corbin has dropped back-to-back games and will be looking to pick a quality win.
Trey’s Pick- Landon Arnett has been great for Mayfield and will lead his team to another win.
Nick’s Pick- I’m not picking against Mayfield until they play DeSales.
Lafayette(3-2) at Henry Clay (3-1)
These Lexington rivals are playing for bragging rights, but the BBN is more intrigued to see the names on the back of the jerseys, rather than the front. Henry Clay is led by cornerback and offensive athlete, UK commit Davonte Robinson, and Lafayette has an offensive line that could start right now for a few small colleges. 4-star OT Landon Young has already committed and is trying to convince 5-star OT, Jedrick Willis, to come along with him. There aren’t any KSR sources that would indicate Mark Stoops will be there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one UK coach was there.
Trey’s Pick- The Blue Devils simply have too many playmakers for the Generals.
Nick’s Pick- Trey makes a good point, so I can’t disagree with him. Lafayette needs a lot of offense to get the win, but they won’t be able to keep up.