KSR Preps Games of the Week
We’re switching it up this week and covering a doubleheader. Just a few miles from UK’s campus lies the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic High School, where St. Xavier and Henry Clay will play in the first game of the twinbill, and Ryle vs. LexCath in the late game. All four of these teams are ranked in MaxPreps’ Top 35 teams in the state, with St. X coming in at #9. There’s plenty worth watching in the Bluegrass Bowl, so let’s get started.
St. Xavier (0-0) vs Henry Clay (0-0)
Both St. X and Henry Clay are kicking off their seasons in the Bluegrass Bowl. The Tigers of St. X return as a contender for the 6A, District Three title along with Male and Manual. The inexperienced X will look to junior Desmond Ridder to take the snaps in 2015, announced the starter earlier today. On the other side of the ball, Henry Clay returns running back Joquise Buford and Kentucky-commit Davonte Robinson. Buford led the state with 184 yards per game last year, while also totaling 30 touchdowns. Buford is one of the best sleepers in the state. Cornerback Davonte Robinson is not a sleeper. Robinson is the #10 player in the state (Rivals) and had offers from UofL and Notre Dame before signing with UK. The star defensive back led the team in tackles last season and has been committed to UK since 2014.
Trey’s Pick- This game will be a lot closer than most people think. Barring Buford breaking out for a big game, I’m taking St. X.
Nick’s Pick- St. X lost too much last year and Henry Clay has a chip on their shoulder after an early exit in the playoffs. Henry Clay, all the way.
Ryle (1-0) vs Lexington Catholic (1-0)
The host of the Bluegrass Bowl, Lexington Catholic, will play in the late game against Ryle. This game has the potential to go 0-100 real quick due to the offenses that will be paired up. Ryle’s quarterback Tanner Morgan threw for 451 yards last week in a 35-28 win over Covington Catholic. Ryle also gave up 400 yards of total offense, which is something of an issue with Legend Brumbaugh taking the field for LexCath. The son of Kentucky Defensive Line Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, the junior QB threw two touchdowns on 17-19 passing last week against Boone County. This will be a big game for Brumbaugh to prove himself against a good level of competition. The LexCath rushing attack is led by Jaylen Jones and Brett Balcirak.
Trey’s Pick- Legend Brumbaugh will lead LexCath to a win over Ryle. I’m definitely taking the over on whatever the spread would be.
Nick’s Pick- I’ve lived with LexCath kids throughout the majority of college career, but my bias isn’t the reason the Knights will win. Too much firepower from the athletic Brumbaugh cannot be contained by Ryle.
Games to Watch
Paintsville (1-0) vs Frankfort (0-1)
This will be a fun game to watch, but the best reason to watch will be Kash Daniel. The Kentucky-commit ran all over Sheldon Clark last week at the quarterback position in a 46-12 win. Daniel had three touchdowns on 72 yards rushing, but Paintsville also got 177 yards rushing from Kent Phelps on only five carries. Frankfort will look to recover from their opening loss to Paris. Despite the loss, Frankfort is still a contender in 1A. They need to beat Paintsville to prove that they will be in contention.
Trey’s Pick– Kash Money will lead Paintsville to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013.
Nick’s Pick- All Kash Everything as Painstville rolls in front of a Big Blue Central Kentucky crowd.
Pulaski County (1-0) vs Scott County (1-0)
Both of these teams are coming off blowout wins to begin the season. Pulaski County saw a big game from Riley Hall as they destroyed Jeffersonville (Indiana) 64-26 last Friday. To beat Scott County, they will need to stop the run. With Keith Guy (three touchdowns and 76 yards) leading the way, Scott County rushed for 275 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-0 win over Tates Creek.
Trey’s Pick- Scott County is going to end the third longest winning streak in Kentucky as they will beat Pulaski.
Nick’s Pick- PC is the team to beat in 5A, and Scott County won’t be the one to get it done.
Male (1-0) vs Ballard (1-0)
The returning regional champs Ballard got off to a great start with a 54-0 win over Oldham County. They stay at home this week to face crosstown-rival Male. Despite playing without Keion Wakefield, Male defeated Floyd Central (Indiana) 41-0 last week. Wakefield will miss this game as well with a leg injury. Ballard will look to shut down the explosive passing attack that Male imposes. Hayden Shelton threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns last week, including two to Zackery Smith.
Trey’s Pick- Male won this game in a blowout last year. They won’t blow them away this time, but they will take cake of business against Ballard.
Nick’s Pick- It’ll be tough without Wakefield, but I still believe Male gets it done.
Warren Central vs McCracken County
This may not be the most hyped game of the week, but it is extremely important for both teams. Warren Central and McCracken County are coming off big losses to Owensboro and Paducah Tilghman respectively. Both teams are contenders in their respective regions, but an 0-2 start would hurt them out of the gate. Owensboro’s experienced defense held WCHS to 12 rushing yards, forcing Chance Shanklin to drop back and throw 18 passes, completing six. McCracken County struggled to stop the run last week, allowing 205 yards on the ground. Zy’Aire Hughes finished with 75 totals yards last week. MCHS needs to get the ball in his hands as well as Cory Fike’s in order to win on Friday.
Trey’s Pick- McCracken County’s defense will hold WCHS like Owensboro did last week and Zy’Aire will find his zone.
Nick’s Pick- I believed in McCracken in Week 1, and that faith will not falter this week. Zy’Aire Hughes will find a rhythm in Week 2 and get the dub.
Players to Watch
Tre’ Hornbuckle, Murray Defensive End- The Duke-commit was consistently in the backfield last week against West Greene (Tennessee). Hornbuckle has big play potential as a weak side DE as he is fast off the line and can wreck havoc as a pass rusher. Hornbuckle plays both ways and will shine this week against Calloway County.
Jamale Carothers, Bowling Green Running Back- Don’t be surprised if you hear this name from me throughout the season. Carothers is from my alma mater, and he is extremely special. Last season, he ran for 336 yards against Owensboro’s fantastic defense. He was named co-offensive player of the game in the Rafferty’s Bowl last week after totaling 140 yards and two touchdowns on nine touches. The Purples travel to play Christian County this week.