Each week, KSR Preps picks one game that will provide several key components to a great game. The atmosphere and aspect of a rivalry are key, as well as the importance of the game and talent on the field. This week, the KSR Preps Game of the Week will be Boyle County vs Danville.
Boyle County (2-0) vs Danville (2-0)
In the third edition of our Game of the Week, KSR is coming to Danville. This rivalry has a buzz around it once again this season as both teams are district contenders. Boyle County is led by quarterback Josiah Robbins. Last week against Bell County, Robbins’ four touchdowns and 281 yards led the Rebels to a 41-7 win. Danville has a gun-slinger of their own in QB Zach Dampier. The junior threw for 390 yards and five touchdowns in a blowout win over Rockcastle County.
Danville proved last season that they were back to their winning ways after finishing with a losing record in 2013. The Ads won the district title and finished with an 8-4 record. One of those four losses was a 24-7 defeat to Boyle. The Rebels went 11-2 and lost out to Lexington Catholic in the regional final. Robbins returns to lead Boyle County after proving he was one of the top QBs in central Kentucky last season. Danville will put up more of a fight against Boyle this year after totaling only 110 total yards in last year’s loss.
We’re looking forward to Danville showing out this Friday for our Game of the Week. Along with myself, keep an eye out for Danville’s finest, Tyler Thompson, and potentially a Ryan Lemond appearance.
Trey’s Pick- Boyle County’s defense will be too much for Danville. But this will be a true rivalry game with Danville giving all they’ve got against the Rebels.
Nick’s Pick- It’s been far too long since the Admirals took home a victory. Danville will come away with the upset.
Other Games to Watch
Bowling Green (2-0) vs St. Xavier (1-0)
This game has turned into quite the rivalry over the past few seasons. Bowling Green won 6-0 in overtime last year and has won the past four matchups. This year’s game will be very interesting as both team’s have new quarterbacks. Clark Payne (BG) was named the co-MVP of the Rafferty’s Bowl and Desmond Ridder (St. X) was the MVP of the Bluegrass Bowl. St. X shut down Henry Clay last week on the ground; it will be intriguing to see how they handle Jamale Carothers and the Purple rushing attack.
Trey’s Pick- Both of these teams have different outlooks than in year’s past. I like Carothers and Jacob Yates to lead the Purples to their fifth straight win over St. X.
Nick’s Pick- St. X has looked good so far this year, and they’ll continue to roll with a vengeance over the Purples.
Pikeville (2-0) vs Paintsville (2-0)
This will be one of the year’s biggest games in the mountains. Pikeville beat Paintsville 62-8 in the 2014 regular season, only to lose 30-6 in second round of the postseason. Daric Pugh has been phenomenal to this point in the season (478 yards, eight touchdowns), but he will face his toughest task against Kash Daniel. Paintsville will rely on Kent Phelps and Daniel to run the ball as well. Don’t expect there to be much passing in this game.
Trey’s Pick- This a big statement game for Paintsville. After losing by 54 to Pikeville last year in the regular season, I think Paintsville will turn it around in this game. Paintsville is a top five team in 1A.
Nick’s Pick- The toughest matchup in 1A, the knock-down, drag ’em out will be Kash Daniel’s defining moment. He’ll win the stalemates, keep Pugh in check, and carry a couple of touchdowns in an important victory.
Mayfield (2-0) vs Paducah Tilghman (1-1)
With a 15-game winning streak, Mayfield travels to Paducah Tilghman to take on Jessie Dunigan and the Blue Tornado. Mayfield has not allowed a point in wins over Fort Campbell and Marshall County to open the season. Dunigan will look to change that stat from the quarterback position. With 378 yards passing and 90 yards rushing, Dunigan has been the center of the Blue Tornado offense. Mayfield will look towards QB Landon Arnette to have a big game and lead Mayfield to another win.
Trey’s Pick- This is the second oldest rivalry in the state. Paducah Tilghman leads the all-time record, but Mayfield will win for the 40th time over the Blue Tornado.
Nick’s Pick- This game will determine if Mayfield is worth the hype they’ve received since moving up to 2A. I think they will, but it will still be a close call against Tilghman.
Highlands (1-1) vs Scott County (2-0)
Highlands responded with 23-point win over Campbell County last week after getting blown out by Cooper in their opener. Nick Kendall ran for 118 yards and two scores while quarterback Austin Hergott tallied 208 total yards. Scott County put up 56 points last week on 5A contender Pulaski County in a huge win. The matchup of Highlands’ defense vs Scott County’s Keith Guy will be fun to watch. SCHS ran for 443 yards last week against Pulaski and had three players with 100 or more rushing yards.
Trey’s Pick- I like Keith Guy, Kendrick Hamilton, and Noah Hughes to run all over Highlands and lead Scott County to a 3-0 start.
Nick’s Pick- Scott County’s already proved themselves once, and they’ll do it again this week with another win.
– Trinity is ranked number one in the state after beating the top team in Tennessee last week. They take on Landon Young and Lafayette this week in Louisville.
– Keion Wakefield is still injured and there is still no word on if we will see him this week. Joquise Buford of Henry Clay is out against George Rogers Clark.
– South Warren and Greenwood square off in Bowling Green. A good portion (OK, most) of the students at South Warren moved from Greenwood’s school system when the school opened in 2010. Greenwood is 0-2 against SWHS and has been outscored 73-3 in those games. I’m sure the Gators would love to beat their new rival for the first time.
If you’re in or around Danville, stop by the game for some great football!
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