(WYMT) - There is a lot of movement after last week’s action so let’s examine how all ten teams fared.
1. Johnson Central
Last Week: Bye
This Week: at South Charleston (WV)
The Golden Eagles used their bye week last week, so Jim Matney’s squad will be playing games every week from here on out. Despite having played only two games so far, the 2016 4A state champions are sixth in scoring and fourth in points allowed in class. Johnson Central will be away from home again as they face another West Virginia opponent in South Charleston. The Black Eagles have won four state championships in their history, the most recent coming back in 2009. Johnson Central has had their way in this battle of the eagles, winning the last three contests in this series.
Last Week: Bye
This Week: At Archbishop Alter (OH)
The 4-time 3A state champs were also idle last week. Isaac Dixon is third in Class 3A in rushing yards per game with 186. The senior running back also has four touchdowns. Philip Haywood’s crew now plays their second road game of the season, this time heading north to Ohio to take on Archbishop Alter. This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools. The Knights have a strong football tradition, winning the Division IV state title in 2008 and 2009.
Last Week: Defeated No. 8 Paintsville 9-8
This Week: vs. Raceland
It was not pretty, but a win is a win. That is exactly how the Panthers would describe their win last Friday at Paintsville. Cody Raines scored Pikeville’s only touchdown and Tanner Hamilton booted what would turn out to be the game-winning field goal through the uprights. The Panthers were stingy on defense forcing three turnovers. This week, Chris McNamee and company return home as they face another formidable 1A foe in the Raceland Rams. These two schools have met each other twice in the last two years and four times in the last eight years. All four meetings happened in the playoffs, with Pikeville
winning three of them. That includes last year’s semi-state contest, 38-19. Two of those contests have been decided by six points or less.
Last Week: Defeated Beechwood 46-14
This Week: Bye
Another week, another blowout victory for the Briar Jumpers. Somerset has been sensational on both sides of the ball so far through three games. Charles Lucas’ crew leads the state with 53 points per game on offense while allowing the defense is allowing only nine points per game. Quarterback Kaiya Sheron has thrown for eight touchdowns while completing 71 percent of his passes. The Briar Jumpers now get to enjoy a week off before they resume action on September 20th at Williamsburg.
5. Bell County
Last Week: Defeated South Laurel 80-40
This Week: Bye
Yes, you read that score correctly. The Bobcats scored eleven touchdowns and racked up over 600 total yards at South Laurel. Sophomore rusher Brandon Baker had a monster game, putting up 241 yards and four scores on the ground while senior quarterback London Stephney threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Baker, who was named as this week’s WYMT Player of the Week, now sits eighth in Class 3A in rushing, averaging 147 per games to go along with six touchdowns. Dudley Hilton and the Bobcats are also taking their bye week this week. Bell County will continue their road stand on September 20th when they travel to Whitley County.
6. Pulaski County
Last Week: Defeated No. 7 Corbin 23-22
This Week: at Henry Clay
John Hines’ team went into a hostile environment and not only took the fight to Corbin, but ended up on the positive side of the scoreboard by a point. As a result, the Maroons were named this week’s WYMT Team of the Week. Sophomore quarterback Drew Polston threw for 286 yards and two scores. Senior wideout Grant Oakes had a fantastic performance on the receiving end, catching eight passes for 115 yards and a score. Pulaski County plays their final game of a three-game road stretch in Lexington this week as they duke it out with 6A opponent Henry Clay. The last time these two schools met was back in 2016 as the Maroons defeated the Blue Devils, 40-21.
Last Week: Lost to No. 6 Pulaski County 23-22
This Week: at Beechwood
It was a tooth and nail affair against the Maroons, but ultimately the Redhounds ended up on the wrong side of the pendulum. Still, there were some positives for Corbin to take away from the contest. Senior running back Nick Yeager scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season and has scored a rushing touchdown in all three games so far. Senior wide receiver Jacob Steely has also caught a touchdown pass in every game but had his first 100-yard reception performance of the season against Pulaski County. As for this week, Justin Haddix’s squad will make the trek up to Fort Mitchell to take on Beechwood. The Tigers will be hungry as they continue to search for their first win of the season.
Last Week: Lost to Pikeville 9-8
This Week: vs. East Jessamine
Like Corbin, Paintsville came up just short in a tough and tightly contested battle. John Walker Phelps had 88 yards rushing and scored the lone touchdown for the Tigers. Defensively, Paintsville played great as they forced two interceptions including one by Jake Hyden. The senior quarterback and defensive back is tied for second in the state with four picks. Joe Chirico’s squad will play their second straight game on home turf this week, hosting 5A East Jessamine. The Jaguars are 2-1 so far this season with wins over Lincoln County and Dunbar.
Last Week: W 44-13 vs. Leslie County
This Week: vs. Frankfort
Jerry Herron, Jr.’s team has rolled through all challengers it’s faced so far. The Yellow Jackets have not only taken care of business but have done so in obliterating fashion, as they won their first three games by at least 27 points, including a 44-14 win over Leslie County this past week. Senior quarterback Dalton Ponder comes into this week as the sixth best passer in the state, throwing for 281 yards per contest to go along with seven touchdowns. Williamsburg plays their first 1A opponent of the season on Friday as Frankfort makes the trip southbound on Interstate 75.
10. Breathitt County
Last Week: Defeated Magoffin County 55-6
This Week: vs. Estill County
The Bobcats proved that they deserve to stay in the top ten after their lopsided thrashing of the Hornets. Breathitt rushed for over 300 yards including 150 yards by Charles Collins. The senior running back also scored three TDs. Kyle Moore’s squad has yet to allow double-digit points in a game thus far while also scoring at least 39 points in every game. The 3-time 2A state champions now play back-to-back home games, starting with the Estill County Engineers on Friday.