HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Here’s how the teams in our latest Mountain Top 10 look – including two head-to-head matchups that features Mountain Top 10 schools.
1. Johnson Central (3-0)
Last Week: Defeated South Charleston (WV) 59-29
This Week: vs. Youthbuild (OH)
The Golden Eagles continue to show why they are the top team in our Mountain Top 10. Johnson Central found themselves only up eight early in the third quarter until Ryley Preece’s 44-yard pick-six. From that point on, Jim Matney’s crew outscored South Charleston 29-7. Preece got it done on offense as the senior threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more. The Golden Eagles racked up 300 yards on the ground. Johnson Central will play their first home game of the season on Friday against Columbus, Ohio’s Youthbuild (formerly known as Bishop Sycamore). The Centurions are 1-1 so far this season.
2. Pikeville (4-0)
Last Week: Defeated Raceland 12-6
This Week: at No. 4 Belfry
Pikeville found themselves in another defensive struggle last time out against Raceland. Senior Cody Raines returned a punt for a touchdown while quarterback Isaac McNamee threw for 167 yards and a score. Sophomore Zac Lockhart came up big for the Panthers, intercepting the Rams inside the red zone, in addition to catching McNamee’s lone TD pass, an 85-yard deep ball. Chris McNamee’s squad has another tough matchup this Friday as they travel to Pond Creek to take on the Pirates. This will be the second Mountain Top 10 contest for Pikeville this season.
3. Somerset (3-0)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: at No. 8 Williamsburg
After taking last week off, it is back to work for the Briar Jumpers. Somerset has defeated their opponents by an average margin of 44 points per game. Only Boyle County and Frederick Douglass have a bigger margin of victory in the state than Charles Lucas’s crew. Somerset plays their first game of the season against a team out of Class 1A this week as they travel to No. 8 Williamsburg in a Mountain Top 10 battle.
4. Belfry (2-1)
Last Week: Lost to Archbishop Alter (OH) 14-0
This Week: vs. No. 2 Pikeville
Phillip Haywood’s team suffered their first loss of the season against Ohio powerhouse Archbishop Alter. It was tough sledding for the Pirates as Isaac Dixon left the game in the first quarter with a mild ankle injury and did not return. Still, the game remained scoreless until the third quarter, as the Knights put together a good drive and took advantage of a helmet-to-helmet penalty against Belfry. The Knights threw for a touchdown on the very next play.
The home team put the game away on a late third-down pass that went for a TD. Belfry only rushed for 93 yards, the lowest output the Pirates have had since October 15th, 2015 against Cabell Midland. Belfry will be back at CAM Stadium this week as they play host to No. 2 Pikeville in a contest of two Mountain Top 10 teams. The Pirates won last year’s meeting against the Panthers at Hillard Howard Field, 36-21.
5. Pulaski County (3-1)
Last Week: Defeated Henry Clay 28-7
This Week: vs. Madison Southern
Pulaski has now won three in a row after their opening week loss at the hands of Lexington Catholic. Henry Clay threw the first punch but it was all Maroons after that as John Hines’ crew scored 28 unanswered on their way to victory. Quarterback Drew Polston threw for 116 yards and three touchdowns, while the defense forced three turnovers including a fumble recovery scoop and score. Pulaski County is back on home soil this week as they play their first 5A foe of the season in Madison Southern. The Maroons have dominated the Eagles, winning eight of the last nine contests in this series.
6. Bell County (3-0)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: at Whitley County
Bell County took their bye week last week after a big victory over South Laurel. The Bobcats sit fifth in Class 3A in both rushing with 333 yards per game and points per game with 46. Dudley Hilton and company head back out on the road for a date with the Whitley County Colonels on Friday. This will also be Bell’s second consecutive contest against a 5A team.
7. Paintsville (3-1)
Last Week: Defeated East Jessamine 41-35
This Week: Bye
The Tigers bounced back with a victory against East Jessamine, but the win was not easy as Joe Chirico’s crew had to withstand a furious second-half comeback by the Eagles. Paintsville lead 41-21 early in the second half but East Jessamine clawed their way back scoring 14 unanswered points. The Eagles even got to Paintsville’s 11-yard line with about a minute to go but fumbled in the endzone, and the Tigers recovered it to seal the victory.
Junior Jake Hyden threw for 306 yards and three scores and added another on the ground, while senior John Walker Phelps caught seven passes for 125 yards and two TDs. Paintsville now enjoys an off-week before their clash with Hazard on September 27th in our Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week, sponsored by ARH.
8. Williamsburg (4-0)
Last Week: Defeated Frankfort 48-6
This Week: vs. No. 3 Somerset
The Yellow Jackets made short work of the Panthers to move to 4-0 on the season. Dalton Ponder had another outstanding game as this week’s WYMT Player of the Week threw for 340 yards and six touchdowns. Junior wideout Gavon Thomas caught three passes for 121 yards and two scores. Williamsburg now sits second in Class 1A in scoring with 47 points per game. Only Fulton County is averaging more in class with 48. The Yellow Jackets play their third consecutive home game on Friday against Somerset. With two prolific offenses, this contest should provide a lot of entertainment.
9. Corbin (2-2)
Last Week: Lost to Beechwood 26-10
This Week: Bye
The Redhounds lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2015. The offense struggled against Beechwood as it only produced 212 total yards and put out its lowest point total of the season. Corbin will take this week off to regroup and try to get back on track as they host the 5A Bowling Green Purples next Friday.
10. Breathitt County (4-0)
Last Week: Defeated Estill County 50-13
This Week: vs. Powell County
The Bobcats went down early in the game last week against Estill, 13-7. After that, Estill proved to be no match for Breathitt County, as Kyle Moore’s squad would score the next 43 points. It was another huge game on the ground for senior Charles Collins, rushing for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Although Estill County became the first team in 2019 to reach double-digits against Breathitt County, the Bobcats are still allowing just eight points per game. Breathitt County plays their second straight game at home this week against Powell County.