Breaking down the Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top 10: Week 7

Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 11:09 AM EDT
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There were some shakeups in this week’s Mountain Top 10 as six teams changed spots. Here’s a breakdown of the latest Mountain Top 10:

1. Johnson Central (6-0)

Last week: Defeated Clay County 44-0

This week: at Perry Central

It was smooth sailing yet again for the Golden Eagles as they crushed the Tigers to improve to 6-0. Johnson Central ran for 252 yards including 119 yards by senior Devin Johnson. The running back also found pay dirt twice. The defense continued its dominance as it allowed just 133 yards of total offense while pitching a shutout against Clay County.

Jim Matney’s crew will end the regular season with three of their remaining four games on the road including this week’s Class 4A District 8 battle at Perry Central.

2. Somerset (6-0)

Last week: Defeated No. 10 Hazard 21-9

This week: vs. Danville

The Briar Jumpers hit their first true speed bump of the season against the Bulldogs but found a way to pull out the victory at Daniel Field. This week’s WYMT Team of the Week found themselves down 9-7 at one point during the third quarter but scored 14 unanswered to keep their undefeated season going. It did come at a cost however as senior running back Alex Miller broke his leg and will not return to the field this season.

Kaiya Sheron and company return home this week for a Class 2A District 4 tussle as they play host to rival Danville. Somerset won both matchups between these two teams last year including a 27-14 victory in the second round of the 2A Playoffs.

3. Pikeville (6-0)

Last week: Bye

This week: vs. Phelps

The Panthers were off last week as they took a break from the Friday night madness. Three of the last four games for Pikeville have been decided by six points or less. The defense for Chris McNamee’s squad continues to show out, allowing only 15.5 points per game which is good enough for 12th in 1A. The Panthers have also surrendered only 88 passing yards per game, sixth-fewest in class. The four-time state champs will begin district play this Friday as they play host to in-county foe, Phelps in a Class 1A District 7 matchup.

4. Pulaski County (6-1)

Last week: Defeated South Laurel 48-0

This week: at North Laurel

The Maroons man the four spot in the Mountain Top 10 for another week as they disposed of the Cardinals with ease. This outing against South Laurel was extra special for Jake Sloan as the senior wide receiver became just the second player in KHSAA history to catch 300 passes or more in his career (ironically, the other player to do it was former Maroon Jake Johnson). Sloan also added a TD on his way to entering the record books.

Pulaski County will pack their bags and head out on the road this week to play in another Class 5A District 8 contest against North Laurel.

5. Bell County (6-0)

Last week: Defeated Rockcastle County 39-6

This week: vs. Garrard County

The Bobcats steamrolled an old arch nemesis on Log Mountain last week as Dudley Hilton’s squad is now the only undefeated team in 3A. Bell County's attack was spearheaded once again by the tandem of Brandon Baker and London Stephney. Baker racked up 115 yards and a score on just 14 carries while Stephney ran for 91 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. The quarterback also had an efficient game through the air as the senior threw for 158 yards and two TDs on 10 of 15 passing.

Defensively, the Bobcats held the Rockets to 13 yards passing while sacking Rockcastle County three times. For the only time during the regular season, Bell County will play back-to-back home games as they welcome in the Garrard County Golden Lions on Friday in a Class 3A District 5 tilt.

6. Belfry (4-2)

Last week: Defeated Floyd Central 41-6

This week: Bye

Belfry dismantled Floyd Central to the tune of a running clock and moved to 2-0 in district play. The Pirates are 3-0 this season when featured in the Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week, sponsored by ARH.

Running back Ben Bentley had another sterling performance with 119 yards and two scores on four carries. Philip Haywood’s unit ran for 291 yards while allowing just 105 yards of total offense against the Jaguars. Belfry will head into their second bye week seventh in 3A in points allowed with 13.8 while having rushed for the third most yards per game in class with 324.

7. Breathitt County (7-0)

Last week: Defeated Morgan County 35-6

This week: Bye

The other set of Bobcats in this week’s Mountain Top 10 had another great performance as they remain unbeaten. Breathitt County remains unbeaten on this season, joining only Somerset as unblemished in Class 2A. Only McCracken County has scored more total points this season than Kyle Moore’s crew.

The Bobcats sit sixth in the state and lead Class 2A in points allowed at 7.7 per game. Breathitt County will use this week as preparation before they play their final regular season road game versus Class 2A District 7 opponent Knott Central on October 18th.

8. Corbin (3-2)

Last week: Defeated Lafayette 21-7

This week: at Knox Central

Corbin participated in their first game since September 13th and took care of business in Lexington. Offensively, the Redhounds used the ground game to get the better of Lafayette as they rushed for 218 yards as a unit including 120 yards by senior Nick Yeager. The running back also found his way into the end zone once.

Justin Haddix’s ballclub got after the Generals on defense as well, forcing three turnovers. This week, Corbin will square off with Class 4A District 7 adversary Knox Central in the Holston Gas Bowl in this week’s Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week, sponsored by ARH.

9. Paintsville (4-2)

Last week: Defeated Union (VA) 21-14

This week: at Fairview

The Tigers got back in the win column across the border as Joe Chirico’s team pulled off an impressive victory against Union. Backup quarterback Frederick James had a much better outing this time around, throwing for two touchdowns. John Walker Phelps had a nice game running the ball as well with 119 yards.

Paintsville took the ball away from the Bears three times on defense. They now begin district play in Class 1A District 6 with a visit to Fairview on Friday.

10. Hazard (5-2)

Last week: Lost to No. 2 Somerset 21-9

This week: W 1-0 vs. Jenkins (forfeit)

The Bulldogs held a 9-7 lead during last week’s contest but were unable to hold the Briar Jumpers off. The defense played outstanding, getting two takeaways while holding Somerset to their lowest point total of the season. Senior Reece Fletcher scored Hazard’s only touchdown on the ground. Fletcher also recorded 10 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Hazard’s next game was supposed to be this week at Jenkins but the Cavaliers suspended their football program, handing the Bulldogs a victory by forfeiture. Therefore, Mark Dixon’s crew will have an extra week to prepare for their next contest versus Class 1A District 7 rival Pikeville on October 18th.