KSR Preps’ Game of the Week
Pike County Central (2-3) vs Paintsville (6-0)
In a season of firsts, KSR Preps will be covering our first Thursday night game of 2015. There is no better way to open than with Kash Daniel and Paintsville taking on Pike County Central this Thursday. KSR will not be the only entity on hand to watch Kash. Coach Stoops and D.J Elliot will also be on hand to watch the UK commit and Paintsville.
The Paintsville Tigers are 6-0 and ranked as the top team in 1A in the AP Poll. Daniel has been a big part of their success on offense at the quarterback position. While he has had success throwing the ball, Daniel has run for 13 touchdowns. Kent Phelps is beside Daniel in the backfield and has been one of the best kept secrets in the Bluegrass. Phelps has 673 rushing yards and six scores on 69 carries for Paintsville. Pike County Central will have a difficult time stopping the option with Daniel and Phelps in the backfield.
With Daniel as the top defensive player on the field, Pike County Central will counter with an offense led by running back Austin Mullins. Following three losses to open the season, Mullins has run for 300 yards to lead PCCHS to back-to-back wins. Quarterback Seth Conn is a dual threat as he ran for 75 yards and threw for 85 last week against Magoffin County. Pike County Central’s defense has allowed eight points in each of those wins. This is a big turn around from a team that allowed 47 points per game in their first three matchups.
Other Games to Watch
Henry Clay (3-2) vs Pulaski County (4-1)
There will be a lot of star power on the field this Friday in Somerset. For Henry Clay, Joquise Buford will look to continue his strong stretch of running the ball. Buford has totaled 528 yards and ten touchdowns in only three games this season. Alongside Buford is Kentucky-commit DaVonte Robinson and Austin Bledsoe to run the ball. Defending 5A champion Pulaski County is led by Riley Hall. The senior QB has thrown for 1,378 yards and five touchdowns through five games. There will be plenty of offense in this matchup. Expect for the scoreboard to light up all night.
Trey’s Pick- Pulaski fell to 6A power Scott County to end their winning streak. I think they beat a 6A foe in Henry Clay this week.
Nick’s Pick- PC will be back with a vengeance and get the W.
Lafayette (4-2) vs Bryan Station (5-1)
Bryan Station is getting plenty of opportunities to show that they are a valid contender in 6A. This week their defense will need to prove they can stop high-profile offenses like Lafayette’s. Quarterback Walker Wood of Lafayette put on a clinic last week against Henry Clay when he ran for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Wood also threw the ball well two weeks ago against Scott County and Bryan Station has struggled to stop the pass lately. Andre Davis will need to lead the attack against Lafayette on the ground and in the air. Bryan Station has climbed to 8th in the 6A Poll and this would be a big win over a fellow top ten opponent.
Trey’s Pick- I don’t think that Bryan Station will stop Walker Wood. Lafayette pulls off the win at BSHS.
Nick’s Pick- Even though Lafayette’s offense was impressive last week, I’m sticking with the upstart Bryan Station.
Campbellsville (6-0) vs Danville (4-1)
Campbellsville is one of the four undefeated teams remaining in 1A with a 6-0 record. They will face their toughest test this Friday at Danville. The Admirals are led by a stout defense that hasn’t allowed a point in their last two games. Campbellsville will look to change that stat this Friday behind a versatile rushing attack. The Eagles will run out five or more players that can carry weight in the backfield.
Trey’s Pick- I think that Danville can stop Campbellsville and end their undefeated season.
Nick’s Pick- Nice try Campbellsville, but Danville’s been here before and you have not. The Admirals end a perfect start to their 2015 season.
St. Xavier (4-1) vs Trinity (5-1)
Y’all thought I was going to leave this one out? The annual rivalry will be fantastic once again as both teams are contenders for the 6A title. Both teams will look to quarterbacks who are getting their first taste of the rivalry. Desmond Ridder has been impressive as both a runner and passer for St. X in his first season under center. Trinity’s Jacob Woosley has also been very good as the leader of the #2 team in 6A. This game will come down to who can run the ball against each other’s defense.
Trey’s Pick- The Rocks will be too much for St. X.
Nick’s Pick- Do I have to? I mean, can they both lose? Well, this is tough, because St. X has lost to Trinity so much recently it’s not really a rivalry anymore. With that said, they’re due for a win about once every five years and it’s about that time. Relish it Tiger fans, it’ll be awhile before it happens again.