(WYMT) - The High School Football Season in the Mountains is in the month of October now, which means district play is starting to heat up. Here’s the latest breakdown on the Mountain Top 10.
1. Johnson Central (5-0)
Last Week: Defeated Simon Kenton 49-11
This Week: vs. Clay County
Johnson Central took Simon Kenton to the woodshed and handed out another beatdown. This was the third time this season in which the Golden Eagles have put up 49 points or more in a game. Jim Matney’s team rushed for a season-high 453 yards against the Pioneers on offense. Bryce Tackett and Devin Johnson had 100-yard games on the ground and scored two touchdowns. Johnson Central now sits sixth in 4A in points per game with just under 44.
The Golden Eagles will play another home game and start district play on Thursday against Clay County.
2. Pikeville (6-0)
Last Week: Defeated Lawrence County 49-26
This Week: vs. Phelps
After some close calls the last few weeks, the Panthers put away the Bulldogs in a hurry. Pikeville had a 43-12 lead at halftime and coasted home from there. Sophomore quarterback Isaac McNamee played an efficient game, going 12 for 14 with 197 yards and four TDs. Senior Jon Collum returned a scoop and score for a touchdown as well. Chris McNamee’s squad returns home as they play host to the Phelps Hornets in a Class 1A, District 7 contest.
3. Somerset (5-0)
Last Week: Defeated Russellville 64-12
This Week: at No. 9 Hazard
The Briar Jumpers continue to annihilate whoever stands in their way as Russellville became the latest team to see Somerset’s phenomenal offense up close. Junior QB Kaiya Sheron did not miss a throw, but the bigger story of this game was running back Alex Miller. The senior ran for 170 yards and three scores.
The defense more than did its part as well, producing two touchdowns. Somerset has alternated between home and away games this season so after a home game last week, they will hit the road to take on the ninth-ranked team in the latest Mountain Top 10, the Hazard Bulldogs at Daniel Field this Friday. Somerset has won the last three in this series including last year’s contest, 24-10.
4. Pulaski County (5-1)
Last Week: Defeated Whitley County 21-18
This Week: vs. South Laurel
Like many games last week, the Maroons and Colonels had to wait out a long weather delay, but the game was a battle once it started. Pulaski County took a 21-10 lead in the third quarter before Whitley County rallied. Jep Irwin’s team had a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime, but the field goal attempt was unsuccessful. Quarterback Drew Polston threw for 207 yards and a touchdown while wide receiver Jake Sloan had 12 receptions for 113 yards. The fighting John Hines’ will look to win their second straight district game as South Laurel comes to town. Pulaski County won last year’s matchup over the Cardinals, 43-16.
5. Belfry (3-2)
Last Week: Defeated Magoffin County 59-14
This Week: at Floyd Central
After suffering back-to-back losses, the Pirates found their way back into the win column with a thrashing of Magoffin County. The tandem of Ben Bentley and Peyton Hensley ran for 163 yards and two scores and 102 yards and a TD respectively. Belfry sits third in Class 3A in rushing with 324 yards per game. Only Garrard County and Paducah Tilghman have more.
Philip Haywood’s crew will be back in action this week to take on Floyd Central in the Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week, sponsored by ARH. This will be the third time that Belfry has featured in the Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week this season.
6. Bell County (5-0)
Last Week: Defeated McCreary Central 56-6
This Week: vs. Rockcastle County
The Bobcats have looked like a well-oiled machine so far through their first five games. The offense scored early and often while the defense had two scoop and scores and a house call interception. Sophomore running back Brandon Baker had 86 yards and a touchdown on just three carries as this game was called at the half due to weather. The Bobcats now head home after three straight road games to renew an old rivalry with Rockcastle County in their second district contest in a row.
7. Breathitt County (6-0)
Last Week: Defeated Middlesboro 57-7
This Week: vs. Morgan County
Breathitt County continues to overwhelm the opposition as Kyle Moore’s squad opened district play with a bang. Charles Collins had another fantastic game as the WYMT Player of the Week had 182 yards and four touchdowns. For the fifth time in six games, the defense did not allow a double-digit spot on the scoreboard as they now lead Class 2A in fewest points allowed with about eight per game.
The Bobcats now have a great opportunity to run the table the remainder of the regular season as they play host to Morgan County on Friday in another Class 2A, District 7 matchup.
8. Corbin (2-2)
Last Week: vs. Bowling Green (Canceled)
This Week: at Lafayette
The Redhounds were hoping to get their game in against Bowling Green, but mother nature had other plans so for the second week in succession, Corbin did not see the field. Justin Haddix’s team now travels to Lexington to do battle with 6A Lafayette. This will be the Redhounds last game before they start district play.
9. Hazard (5-1)
Last Week: Defeated No. 10 Paintsville 23-14
This Week: vs. No. 3 Somerset
The Bulldogs have made their way into our Mountain Top 10 for the first time this season. Paintsville was without QB Jake Hyden, and Hazard won their first home game of the season. Senior Reece Fletcher had 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground while adding a TD on the receiving end. Linebacker Mason Collins had five tackles and a 70-yard pick-six.
Another big test awaits Hazard as the number three team in the Mountain Top 10 comes calling. Mark Dixon’s team will look for their first victory against the Briar Jumpers since 2015.
10. Paintsville (3-2)
Last Week: Lost to No. 9 Hazard 23-14
This Week: at Union (Appalachia/Powell Valley, VA)
The Tigers fought hard and valiantly but in the end, it was no cigar. Harrison Phelps had a 26-yard rushing touchdown while John Walker Phelps got behind the Bulldogs’ defense for a 61-yard receiving score, but it was always going to be tough sledding without starting QB and DB Jake Hyden. Jaylyn Allen also went down in the first half with an injury as well. The senior is tied for eleventh in Class 1A in sacks with three so far this season. Paintsville will play their second straight game away from Memorial Field on Friday. The Tigers will take on out-of-state opponent Union, who is 5-0 this season.