We picked one game from each class to preview this week. Let’s get it started with our game of the week in Louisville.
6A Game of the Week
St. Xavier (7-4) vs Trinity (10-1)
The biggest rivalry in the state will take place once again this Friday at Papa John’s Stadium. Trinity won the first matchup 20-15 in early October. Losses like that have been the tale of St. X’s season. The Tigers have dropped close games to Trinity, Male, and Central. A win in the second round over Trinity would reverse the curse. Desmond Ridder will need to limit turnovers and play like he did last week. Ridder was 10/11 for a touchdown while running for two scores. He has the weapons around him to make big plays and can be the x-factor for St. X to pull off the upset. St. X has an underrated defense led by Logan Butler, but they will have their hands full once again. Jacob Woosley was 21/25 with no interceptions in the regular season meeting for Trinity. Jailen Reed ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Trinity’s defense forced three interceptions and made Ridder uncomfortable, and that will be the key to them winning once again. The winner of this game will take on either Male or Manual and the regional final next week.
Trey’s Pick- I’m taking the upset. Maybe it was Clay Bollinger’s convincing, but I think X is going to be salty from last time and they’ll win at Papa John’s Stadium.
Nick’s Pick- The elements kept X in the game last time, Trinity won’t mess around and roll into the next round to get revenge on Male.
5A Game of the Week
Greenwood (9-2) vs Owensboro (10-1)
The Gators of the Greenwood have enjoyed on their best seasons this year. Greenwood has Noah Pillow and QB Jackson Adams to run the ball in an offense that doesn’t throw much. The only issue is that Greenwood has not beat a good team. They got killed by South Warren and Bowling Green in their only big games. This would be an opportunity to prove this season was for real. Owensboro is trying to reach the regional final for a potential matchup with Bowling Green. Landon Board is a big talent in the backfield and has led the Red Devils to a ten-win season in 2015.
Trey’s Pick- Owensboro’s defense has improved since last season and their run attack will be too much for Greenwood.
Nick’s Pick- The last time I picked Greenwood in an upset it worked for about a half against Bowling Green. It’ll work for four quarters this time around.
4A Game of the Week
Spencer County (10-1) vs John Hardin (8-3)
Spencer County has been one of the biggest surprises in 4A this season. Logan Holbrook and Brandon Leff have led SCHS to a ten-win season and an opportunity to advance to the regional final. They are the lower seeded team after losing to Shelby County and John Hardin winning their district. They travel to E-town to take on JHHS this Friay. The Bulldogs’ misdirection offense confused Franklin County last week as John Hardin ran for 347 yards. This is another game where neither team will drop back, but John Hardin’s Shay Stone probably has theb est arm and the capability of making plays.
Trey’s Pick- Even though they are the lower seed, I think Spencer County will pull this one off in E-Town.
Nick’s Pick- Even though I want the Bears to get the victory, John Hardin has been here before and will use that experience to move on to the Regional Championship.
3A Game of the Week
Boyle County (10-1) vs Central (9-2)
Josiah Robbins and Boyle County travel to take on Central the Yellow Jackets’ stout defense. BCHS got hot this year and never scored less than 21 points in a game. Robbins had a big role in the offense as the quarterback and rusher. He will be a tough task to stop for Central. The Yellow Jackets’ biggest win came against St. X. The biggest thing to watch for Central will be their defense. Central forces a lot of turnovers and puts teams in a corner fast.
Trey’s Pick- Central will shut down Boyle County and bring an end to the dream season for the Rebels.
Nick’s Pick- Boyle County for the win (this one’s for you, Gage).
2A Game of the Week
Lexington Christian (7-4) vs Shelby Valley (9-2)
LCA showed a much more balanced attack last week against Prestonsburg. Brayden Miller threw for 193 yards and Dillion Wheatley ran for 140 in the win. Ryan Stucky is the leading receiver in 2A and had nine catches last week. Shelby County is nearly a strict running offense. Chandler Rowe and Kasey Tackett lead the way for the top-seeded Shelby Valley. The Wildcats have folded in big games to this point in the season with losses to Paintsville and Franklin County. This would be a big opportunity to prove their season was no fluke.
Trey’s Pick- I have not been a big believer in Shelby Valley. I like LCA in this one.
Nick’s Pick- Trey convinced me a long time ago to stay away from the Shelby Valley hype. I also never liked playing against Ashley Hatfield. LCA gets the win.
1A Game of the Week
Fairview (7-4) vs Paris (11-0)
Paris proved last week they are vulnerable with a 28-14 win over Bethlehem. Aaron Maggard struggled at QB, but Paris forced three turnovers and James Clark ran for 172 yards in the win. Fairview will be a tougher matchup for Paris. Alex Roy threw for 356 yards in the first round win over Nicholas County. Paris has allowed double digits in back to back games for the first time this season, and Fairview will need to exploit that on Friday.
Trey’s Pick- Paris will continue their undefeated season into the regional final next week.
Nick’s Pick- One of my best friends is a Paris native, how could I pick against them?
The (Almost) Game of the Week
Ryle (9-2) vs Simon Kenton (11-0)
It was between Trinity/St. X and this game. Tanner Morgan and Ryle travel to take on Simon Kenton in what will be a fantastic second round matchup.