(WYMT) - Five weeks down, six more to go in the regular season. Here is an in-depth view of our latest Mountain Top 10.
1. Johnson Central (4-0)
Last Week: Defeated Youthbuild / Bishop Sycamore (OH) 34-8
This Week: vs. Simon Kenton
The Golden Eagles played their first game in front of a home crowd on Friday and took care of business. Ryley Preece continues to lead his team to victory as the senior quarterback and defensive back scored three total touchdowns, including a 104-yard interception return. Preece has produced a pick-six in back-to-back games and has picked off at least one pass in every game this season with exception of the season opener against Lafayette.
Johnson Central will play their second straight home game this week against 6A Simon Kenton. This will also be just the second time this season that Jim Matney’s crew faces an in-state opponent.
2. Pikeville (5-0)
Last Week: Defeated No. 5 Belfry 22-21
This Week: at Lawrence County
Out of all of the victories that the Pikeville Panthers have had this season, last week’s might be the most impressive. Chris McNamee’s squad found themselves down 21-8 at one point before turning the tide. Sophomore quarterback Isaac McNamee connected with senior wide receiver Seth Pugh for a couple of touchdowns on offense while the defense came up with two key turnovers in the second half to complete the comeback.
It was the Panthers’ first victory over Belfry since 2014 and only the second since 2000. Another road journey awaits Pikeville this Friday as they travel to Louisa to do battle against Class 3A Lawrence County.
3. Somerset (4-0)
Last Week: Defeated No. 10 Williamsburg 41-13
This Week: vs. Russellville
The Briar Jumpers were only up a point at halftime against Williamsburg. Things changed in the second half however as Somerset found another gear, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 27-0 to pick up their 700th victory in program history.
Junior QB Kaiya Sheron racked up his first 300-yard passing game while senior running back Alex Miller ran for 142 yards and three scores. Surprisingly, Somerset recorded more than 600 total yards on offense in a game for the first time this season.
Charles Lucas’ squad returns home for a contest against another 1A opponent in Russellville this Friday.
4. Pulaski County (4-1)
Last Week: Defeated Madison Southern 56-34
This Week: at Whitley County
The Maroons continue to climb the Mountain Top 10 ladder as they handled Madison Southern for the ninth time in the last ten meetings. It was an entertaining first half as Pulaski led at the break, 28-21. John Hines’ team took over in the second half though, scoring 21 unanswered points to put the Eagles away.
Quarterback Drew Polston had his best game of the season as the Sophomore aired it out for 407 yards and five TDs, while senior linebacker Konner Hargis was all over the field with 14 tackles including a sack.
Pulaski heads back out on the road this Friday as they go toe-to-toe with another 5A foe in the Whitley County Colonels.
5. Belfry (2-2)
Last Week: Lost to No. 2 Pikeville 22-21
This Week: vs. Magoffin County
The Pirates held a 13-point lead over Pikeville at one point during the second half but could not preserve it, losing back-to-back games in the same season under Philip Haywood for the first time since 2001.
Turnovers and penalties costed Belfry in the fourth quarter including an interception on the potential game-winning drive. Belfry ran for 293 yards including 127 yards and two scores from senior running back Peyton Hensley.
The Pirates look to get back on track this week as they play host to their first 3A adversary of the season in the Magoffin County Hornets, a Class 3A District 8 matchup.
6. Bell County (4-0)
Last Week: Defeated Whitley County 42-21
This Week: at McCreary Central
Bell County jumped out to a big lead against Whitley County and never looked back as Dudley Hilton’s squad remains unbeaten. The No. 6 team in the Mountain Top 10 ran for 377 yards, including 151 yards by sophomore running back Brandon Baker. Senior Quarterback London Stephney also broke the century mark on the ground, going for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense did their part as well, picking off the Colonels twice. The Bobcats finish their three-game road stand this week, traveling to 3A McCreary Central to open district play.
7. Paintsville (3-1)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: at Hazard
Joe Chirico’s group sat on the sideline for last week’s action, watching their Week 6 opponent Hazard take down Danville on the road. Junior defensive back Jake Hyden is tied for the lead in Class 1A in interceptions with four. The Tigers’ quarterback is also throwing for 180 yards per game, good enough for sixth in class.
Paintsville and the Hazard Bulldogs square off in this week’s Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week, sponsored by ARH. Paintsville has won two of the last three matchups in this series including last year’s 38-37 shootout.
8. Breathitt County (5-0)
Last Week: Defeated Powell County 56-6
This Week: at Middlesboro
Kyle Moore and company made short work of Powell County, putting a running clock on the Pirates in the first half. This was the third straight game in which Breathitt County has scored 50 points or more. It is safe to say that the offensive unit is firing on all cylinders.
The defense virtually remains impregnable as well, allowing slightly more than eight points per game. The Bobcats should get their first true test of the season this Friday as they link up with Class 2A District 7 foe Middlesboro Yellow Jackets.
9. Corbin (2-2)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: vs. Bowling Green
The Redhounds were on hiatus last week but welcome the Class 5A Bowling Green Purples to Redhound Stadium this week. In their two victories, Corbin has put up more than 30 points. In their two losses, Justin Haddix’s squad has scored less than 25 points.
Corbin is 1-1 against teams from the 5A class in 2019. Bowling Green has defeated the only 4A team they have played so far this season in the Warren Central Dragons, 56-0.
10. Williamsburg (4-1)
Last Week: Lost to No. 3 Somerset 41-13
This Week: at Lexington Christian
The Yellow Jackets were neck and neck with the Briar Jumpers in the first half but were unable to get anything going in the second half. Senior quarterback Dalton Ponder threw for 296 yards and two scores while senior wide receiver Caleb Rose caught eight passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
It does not get any easier for Williamsburg this Friday as head north to take on another 2A squad in Lexington Christian. The Eagles are 4-1 on the season, averaging nearly 38 points per game.