Breaking down the Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top 10: Week 1

Published: Aug. 29, 2019 at 3:52 PM EDT
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The Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top 10 going into Week 2 of the high school football season was released Monday.

Let’s take a brief look at how all of this week’s Mountain Top 10 teams fared in week one, and who they will play for week two.

No. 1 Johnson Central Golden Eagles

Last week: Defeated Lafayette 49-12

This week: Capital (West Virginia)

Jim Matney’s squad started the season with a victory in Lexington Friday night over the Lafayette Generals. A big night on the ground for the Golden Eagles rushing for 317 yards and six touchdowns. This week, the Golden Eagles travel across the West Virginia border to face the Capital Cougars. The Golden Eagles will try to avenge last year’s 28-21 loss. JC has won two of the last three meetings in this series.

No. 2 Belfry Pirates

Last week: Defeated Southwestern 31-7

This week: Lexington Christian

The Pirates made the three-plus hour trip to Somerset and took care of business against the Southwestern Warriors in the Don Franklin Bowl. Phillip Haywood’s crew got out to an early lead and never looked back. Belfry returns home this week for the annual Community Trust Bank/WYMT Pike County Bowl. The Pirates take on an LCA team that finished in the quarterfinals of the 2A State Playoffs in each of the past four seasons.

No. 3 Corbin Redhounds

Last week: Defeated Whitley County 35-21

This week: Notre Dame (Tennessee)

Corbin struggled throughout the first half against rival Whitley County. However, the Redhounds were able to find themselves in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered against the Colonels while pitching a shutout. The Redhounds will play host again this week as they welcome Tennessee powerhouse Notre Dame in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic. The Fighting Irish finished with a State Championship Game appearance and a quarter-state appearance in each of their last two seasons.

No. 4 Pikeville Panthers

Last week: Defeated Bardstown 47-25

This week: Mingo Central (West Virginia)

It was a back-and-forth affair in the first 30 minutes between the Panthers and the Tigers as Pikeville led 21-18. However, the Panthers pulled away in the second half to take a three-touchdown victory. Like Belfry, Pikeville will take part in the Community Trust Bank/WYMT Pike County Bowl. The Panthers will look to defend Hillard Howard Field again, this time against the Mingo Central Miners on Saturday.

No. 5 Bell County Bobcats

Last week: Defeated Collins 37-14

This week: Knox Central

The Bobcats were in a slugfest with 5A opponent Collins at halftime but Dudley Hilton’s team flexed its muscles in the second half, leaving the Titans in the dust. Bell County rushed for 323 yards, including 100-plus-yard games by Brandon

Baker and London Stephney. The senior quarterback also ran for two scores. Bell County plays its first home game of the season on Friday against Knox Central in the Short-Redmond Auto Group Pride of the Mountains Classic.

No. 6 Somerset Briar Jumpers

Last week: Defeated Rockcastle County 40-0

This week: Montgomery County

The Briar Jumpers were sensational from start to finish in their season opener against Rockcastle. Kaiya Sheron was terrific as the sophomore quarterback threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns while the defense was impeccable. Somerset will be on the road this week to take on the Montgomery County Indians, who are also 1-0 after week one.

No. 7 Knox Central Panthers

Last week: Lost to Ashland Blazer 21-13

This week: Bell County

The Panthers played a hard fought game at home against Ashland Blazer but in the end, it was not to be for Knox Central. It’s not an ideal start to the season but there is plenty of time for Fred Hoskins’ squad to get on the right track. They would love to do that this Friday at Bell County.

No. 8 Paintsville Tigers

Last week: Defeated Lawrence County 48-17

This week: Beechwood

The Tigers started in a 10-0 hole at Lawrence County but outscored the Bulldogs 48-7 the rest of the way. The offense accounted for 383 total yards while the defense forced five turnovers. The intensity turns up a few notches this week,

however, as Joe Chirico’s team travels to Georgetown to take on the reigning 1A State Champions in Beechwood.

No. 9 Pulaski County Maroons

Last week: Lost to Lexington Catholic 21-14

This week: Wayne County

The Maroons took part in the first game of the Don Franklin Bowl, leading 14-0 over Lexington Catholic at halftime. Things came unglued for Pulaski County in the second half though, unable to hang on to its advantage. One bright spot was Jake Sloan - the senior had 14 receptions for 196 yards. It does not get any easier this week for the Maroons as they take on a Wayne County team that has been a thorn in their side the last couple of years.

No. 10 Williamsburg Yellow Jackets

Last week: Defeated Jellico (Tennessee) 42-0

This week: Middlesboro

Williamsburg started its season with a huge victory just across the Tennessee border against Jellico. Dalton Ponder threw for one touchdown but the big story was the defense, recording two interceptions, including a pick-six. The degree of difficulty ramps up this week as it will be a battle of the “Yellow Jackets” when Williamsburg travels to Middlesboro.