(WYMT) - Let’s take a closer look at this week’s Mountain Top Ten including two contests that feature head-to-head top ten matchups.
1. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated Capital (WV) 28-13
This Week: Bye
The Golden Eagles were in a battle for most of the game against Capital. It was not until late that Johnson Central could feel at ease about the victory. Ryley Preece threw for 112 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, two through the air and two on the ground. The senior also tallied an interception to his stats. The defense was stifling as they held the Cougars less than 100 total yards. Johnson Central now enjoys a bye week before their next matchup against another West Virginia foe in South Charleston on September 13th.
2. Belfry Pirates (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated Lexington Christian 39-20
This Week: Bye
The WYMT Community Trust Bank Pike County Bowl between the Pirates and Lexington Christian was a seesaw affair throughout the first half. However, Philip Haywood’s squad seized the momentum in the second half as Belfry outscored LCA, 13-0. Offensively, the Pirates were tremendous, rushing for 425 yards en route to their second win of the season. Like Johnson Central, the Pirates will not be on the football field for a game this week. Belfry will travel to Ohio on September 13th to take on two-time Division IV State Champions, the Archbishop Alter Knights.
3. Corbin Redhounds (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated Notre Dame (TN) 35-17
This Week: vs. No. 8 Pulaski County
For the second consecutive week, the Redhounds went into halftime on the wrong end of the scoreboard, 14-9. Justin Haddix’s crew amped up the pressure once again in the second half though, outscoring the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (TN) by 23. The offense accrued 360 total yards, including 166 passing yards and two touchdowns authored by freshman Cameron Combs. Senior running back Nick Yeager ran for 85
yards and two scores. Corbin will try to defend their turf for the third game in a row, this time playing host to Pulaski County in an Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top Ten Showcase. Corbin has won the last two meetings in this series.
4. Pikeville Panthers (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated Mingo Central (WV) 47-7
This Week: at No. 7 Paintsville
Pikeville put on another scintillating performance offensively last Saturday against Mingo Central in the WYMT Community Trust Bank Pike County Bowl. This contest was never close as the Panthers dominated from the get-go. Isaac McNamee aired it out for 240 yards and three touchdowns, while Harvard commit Jackson Hensley had four catches for 127 yards and two scores. Pikeville ran the ball at will as well, racking up 196 rushing yards. Not to be outdone, the defense produced three interceptions in the 40-point victory. Pikeville should face more resistance this week as the Panthers travel to Paintsville for an Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top Ten Showdown in the Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week.
5. Bell County Bobcats (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated Knox Central 22-8
This Week: at South Laurel
The Bobcats played their first home game last Friday, and the fans were sent home happy due to an outstanding defensive clinic. Dudley Hilton’s team controlled the line by and large against the Panthers, rushing for 242 yards and three scores on offense. It was the defense that was giving the Panthers fits all night long though. The Bobcats had two sacks, seven tackles that resulted in lost yardage and two picks. Bell County now heads back out on the road for the first of three straight road games, starting with South Laurel.
6. Somerset Briar Jumpers (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated Montgomery County 75-13
This Week: vs. Beechwood
The Briar Jumpers looked human after the first quarter, only leading by seven points. However, Somerset switched gears from that point on, scoring 27 second-quarter points, and the blowout was on from there. The Briar Jumpers have outscored their first two opponents by a ridiculous margin of 115-13. Kaiya Sheron showed that he meant business again, throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Senior running back Alex Miller had a great game as well, rushing for 102 yards and three scores. Somerset will most likely get their first true test of the season this week, as defending 1A champs Beechwood Tigers come calling.
7. Paintsville Tigers (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated Beechwood 19-14
This Week: vs. No. 4 Pikeville
Paintsville had the consensus victory of the week in Georgetown against Beechwood and was voted as the WYMT Team of the Week. The Tigers in blue trailed the Tigers in red, 14-0 at one point, but Joe Chirico’s squad showed their mettle in the second half. A late third-quarter touchdown pass by Jake Hyden gave Paintsville the lead for good. The junior also came up with the game-clinching interception with under two minutes left in the game. It is going to be another donnybrook this week as Paintsville and Pikeville get together in one of Eastern Kentucky’s most storied rivalries in the Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week.
8. Pulaski County Maroons (1-1)
Last Week: Defeated Wayne County 35-27
This Week: at No. 3 Corbin
The Maroons got the better of Wayne County last Friday for the first time since 2007. John Hines’ team rebounded after their week one loss to Lexington Catholic with a nice victory. Sophomore quarterback Drew Polston threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while senior wideout Grant Oakes caught three passes for 130 yards and two scores. Pulaski County also ran for 197 yards, including 128 yards by junior Tristan Cox. It will be another challenging week for the 2014 5A state champs as they travel to Corbin for their second consecutive road test.
9. Williamsburg Yellow Jackets (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated Middlesboro 55-28
This Week: vs. Leslie County
The Yellow Jackets in black and orange proved to be too much for the Yellow Jackets in yellow and black last Friday. It was a 28-14 game at halftime, but the visitors on the scoreboard did not let up. Middlesboro did not have an answer for Dalton Ponder as the senior slung the rock for 452 yards and five touchdowns. The signal-caller also ran for 56 yards and two scores. Williamsburg also got two 100-yard reception performances out of Caleb Rose and Jayden Rainwater. The Yellow Jackets will stay home for a while now with three straight home games, the first coming against Leslie County this Friday.
10. Breathitt County Bobcats (2-0)
Last Week: Defeated South Laurel 43-8
This Week: at Magoffin County
The newest member in the Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top Ten played exceptionally well against South Laurel, defeating the Cardinals by five touchdowns. The Bobcats jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Kyle Moore’s squad will try to maintain their place within the Mountain Top Ten as they make the trek to Salyersville this week to take on Magoffin County.