Breaking down the Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top 10 heading into Week 10

Published: Oct. 24, 2019 at 5:36 PM EDT
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The Mountain Top Ten saw a few shakeups this week including a new addition to the poll. Let’s break it down.

1. Johnson Central (8-0)

Last Week: Defeated Harlan County 56-6

This Week: at Letcher Central

The Golden Eagles continue to show zero signs of letting up in their pursuit of a fifth straight Class 4A state championship appearance. Jim Matney’s crew had their way yet again, this time against Harlan County and improved to 3-0 within the district.

Johnson Central ran for 398 yards as a unit. Running back Devin Johnson produced 159 rushing yards and two scores while Quarterback Ryley Preece went for 122 yards and two TDs. Senior Cody Rice found pay-dirt three times on the ground as well. Johnson Central sits third in RPI in 4A and 12th overall in the state. The Golden Eagles will play their final Class 4A District 8 showdown this Friday at Letcher Central.

2. Pikeville (9-0)

Last Week: Defeated Hazard 42-0

This Week: Defeated Jenkins 1-0 (Forfeit)

Like Johnson Central, Pikeville has their sights set on getting back to Lexington also. It was total domination once again for the Panthers last time out as they shut their opponent out for the second straight week.

Chris McNamee’s squad has outscored the opposition 92-0 in the last two games. Four different players found the end zone on the ground for the maroon and white including senior Jon Collum, who ran for two scores. Pikeville is just one of two remaining unbeaten squads in 1A and is second in the state and in class in RPI behind Kentucky Country Day.

The Panthers will have a de facto bye this week and get ready for their last contest of the regular season against out of state foe Ridgeview on November 1st.

3. Somerset (7-1)

Last Week: Lost to Lexington Christian 35-34

This Week: vs. Washington County

The Briar Jumpers lost their first contest of the season last week in Lexington, and it was an instant classic. Lexington Christian held a 13-6 halftime lead, but both offenses took over in the second half.

Somerset led for most of the second half but gave up a touchdown that led to the game-winning two-point conversion. Kaiya Sheron threw for 274 yards and two scores. Somerset put up 440 yards of total offense but allowed a season-high in points on defense.

Despite the loss, Charles Lucas’ team still holds the second-best RPI in 2A. This Friday’s matchup with Washington County will be Somerset’s last home game during the regular season. It will also be their final tilt in district action.

4. Pulaski County (7-1)

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. Southwestern

Up until last week, the Maroons had been playing football since August 23rd. Drew Polston leads 5A in passing with 234 yards per game while tossing 18 touchdowns. Jake Sloan leads the class in receiving with 111 YPG. In fact, he is the only receiver that is averaging more than 100 yards receiving per game. Linebacker Konner Hargis is second in class in tackles per game, averaging slightly more than 12.

Pulaski County has the second-best RPI in 5A behind Covington Catholic. The Maroons end the regular season with two straight home games. They start Friday with a Class 5A District 8 tussle against arch-rival Southwestern.

5. Bell County (8-0)

Last Week: Defeated Jackson County 45-0

This Week: at Estill County

The Bobcats continue to manhandle their district rivals as Dudley Hilton’s unit dealt out another shutout. Bell County ran at will against Jackson County, putting up 363 yards on the ground while surrendering only 57 yards of total offense to the Generals. London Stephney had 98 yards rushing and a TD while Brandon Baker carried the rock for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bobcats are still Class 3A’s lone unbeaten team but no longer hold the top RPI ranking. Paducah Tilghman has claimed that title for this week while the Bobcats are second. Bell County wraps up Class 3A District 5 action this Friday at Estill County.

6. Belfry (5-2)

Last Week: Defeated Lawrence County 48-0

This Week: at Pike Central

As playoff time approaches, the Pirates are starting to round more and more in to form like Philip Haywood’s teams of old. The school out of Pond Creek kept Lawrence County off the scoreboard while recording their second-highest scoring game of the season. Belfry ran for 408 yards including 100-yard rushing performances by the duo of Isaac Dixon and Peyton Hensley. Hensley also tacked on two scores.

The Pirates sit seventh in their class in RPI. Belfry will make one more regular-season road trip as they head to Pike Central on Friday for what will be the Class 3A District 8 championship game.

7. Breathitt County (8-0)

Last Week: Defeated Knott Central 56-8

This Week: vs. Leslie County

The Bobcats continue to annihilate their foes as Kyle Moore’s squad surpassed the 50-point mark for the fifth time in the last six contests. How dominate were the Bobcats against Knott Central? They put the running clock on the Patriots during the second quarter. Despite running for just 141 yards offensively, the Bobcats still found their way into the end zone five times on the ground.

Class 2A’s only undefeated squad sits sixth in RPI this week. Breathitt County will end the regular season with back-to-back home games including Friday’s Class 2A District 7 contest against Leslie County.

8. Paintsville (6-2)

Last Week: Defeated Betsy Layne 44-0

This Week: vs. Raceland

Pikeville is not the only 1A team to produce back-to-back shutouts. Paintsville did this two weeks ago against Fairview, and they replicated that feat last week against Betsy Layne. The Tigers gained 411 yards of total offense while holding the Bobcats to 80 yards of total offense. Joe Chirico’s crew sits third in RPI in class.

Things will progressively get more difficult for Paintsville as they play host to arch-nemesis Raceland on Friday at Memorial Field. These two teams have met more than once in the same season in the last several years. Paintsville has won six of the last eight meetings in the series, but the Rams have won the last two contests held during the playoffs including last year’s 14-7 slugfest in the Region Final. Five of the last seven games have been decided by seven points or less.

9. Corbin (5-2)

Last Week: Defeated Wayne County 26-21

This Week: vs. Wayne County

The Redhounds find themselves in the midst of a three-game winning streak. Corbin took a 20-14 lead into the locker room and lead 26-21 after three quarters. Lincoln County had a chance to win the game at the end after a Corbin fumble, but the defense came through with an interception at the end to hang on. Justin Haddix’s team found comfort in the running game once again as the Redhounds rushed for 224 yards on offense.

Corbin now sits sixth in 4A in RPI. Corbin will meet Wayne County on Friday at Redhound Stadium to decide who will be champion in Class 4A District 7.

10. Williamsburg (6-2)

Last Week: Defeated Pineville 44-6

This Week: vs. Lynn Camp

After disappearing from the Mountain Top 10 for the last few weeks, the Yellow Jackets are back. Williamsburg has scored at least 40 points or more in all six of their victories. Dalton Ponder continues to put up video game-like numbers as the quarterback threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns. The former WYMT Player of the Week still leads the class in passing with 296 yards per game. The senior is also tied with Campbellsville’s Arren Hash for the most passing touchdowns in class with 25.

Williamsburg comes into this week with the fifth highest rated RPI in 1A. Jerry Herron, Jr.’s squad will have one more regular season home game this Friday against Lynn Camp in a class 1A District 8 duel.