KSR's Kentucky Prep Report - Week One

The Kentucky Prep football season entered the last season with 4 classes this past Friday evening. Next year the classes will expand to six with schools having the ability to petition the KHSAA to play up in class. This will be the subject of a future article. There were quite a few open dates in the first week. We will review a full slate of games next week as prep ball begins in full.

In 4A games this past weekend, Trinity was idle and will be ranked 1st in the KSR Super 16 this week. Trinity will open with Tennessee Prep power Montgomery Bell Academy this weekend. In Trinity's case, the Rocks are still king of the mountain until someone can knock them off of it.

Male's Bulldogs took on the New Albany Bulldogs from across the river. Not much of a dogfight at all as Male put up 49 points in the first two quarters and coasted to the 49-6 win. 4-Star prospect Doug Beaumont put up two scores for Male, but the star for Male (1-0) was Joshua Williams who scored on passes of 55, 52 and 69 yards from Male QB Corey Gainey. Male travels to Western Kentucky for a tussle with the Hopkinsville Tigers from class 3A Friday night.

For the second year in a row, St. X opened with the Bowling Green Purples. In a game eerily reminiscent of last season's game between the two teams, the Tigers struggled to a 15-7 win. A defensive game, there were a lot of penalties in which the Purples only managed four first downs for the entire game. Victor Anderson led the Tigers with 15 rushes for 61 yards and one TD. St. X (1-0) will host the 2005 3A State Champion Lexington Catholic Friday night. Bowling Green (0-1) will play Christian County in the Pigskin Classic at Franklin-Simpson on Saturday night.

Pleasure Ridge Park outsized and overpowered Lincoln County 30-13. The Panthers spread the wealth of rushing yards between Jherray Smith with 115 yards, Kevin Ardis with 51 yards and QB Josh Deacon with 107 yards. The Ridge (1-0) will host the Doss Dragons Friday night.

In 3A games this past weekend.

Highlands took on 4A Dixie Heights and ran away with a 48-0 whitewash over the Colonels. The Bluebird defense stifled Dixie the entire evening and offensively relied on Jordan Kramer's 128 rushing for the win. Highlands (1-0) will once again step up in class and travel to 4A Conner Friday night.

Lexington Catholic had an open date last weekend. The Knights will travel to Louisville for a matchup will 4A powerhouse St. Xavier.

Boyle County opened its season at Harrison County with a 21-6 win over the Thoroughbreds. The Rebels scored on the first play from scrimmage and played solid defense the rest of the game. The Rebels (1-0) step up to 4A for a battle with Henry Clay in Lexington Friday Night.

In 2A games this weekend.

Russell was idle this weekend and will travel to Greenup County Friday night.

Mercer County absorbed Harrodsburg High during consolidation this year and that merger has produced a stout team on the gridiron. Mercer County went to Lexington Christian Academy and blanked the Eagles 63-0. The Titans (1-0) will step up to 4A and host South Laurel this weekend.

Belfry's Pirates took on class 1A power Newport Central Catholic at the Pike County Bowl Friday night and eked out a 7-6 victory. Belfry relied on its "old school" philosophy to shut down NewCath on all possessions late in the ball game. The Pirates (1-0) will hop up to 3A and go to Ashland Blazer Friday night.

Owensboro Catholic went across the river for a shot at South Spencer and came home licking their wounds from a 35-8 thrashing. The Aces (0-1) will attempt to pick up the pieces against 4A Owensboro Senior High on Friday night.

In 1A games from the past weekend.

Danville hosted Southwestern in the Bob Allen Pigskin classic and willed out an exciting 33-30 victory. Big play after big play was the rule in this ball game. Danville just happened to make the last one when it counted the most. Ads QB Rich Witten lofted a deep ball over the Warrior secondary and Daylen Morris ran under it for a 72-yard TD with 1:00 on the clock.

Beechwood had an open date and is prepping for 4A Dixie Heights on Friday Night.

Louisville Holy Cross opened in the Charger Classic at the John in Louisville and drilled Hancock County 29-6. Andy Rodman scored three TDs for the Cougars. Holy Cross held Hancock County to four first downs and 128 total yards (90 of which occurred on one play). The Cougars (1-0) take on Christian Academy of Louisville Friday night.

The KSR Prep player of the week is Nick Stinnett of the Meade County Greenwave. A 6'2" 220 lb. Junior, Stinnett rang up 157 rushing yards against the Butler Bears and scored two TDs in a 35-14 Greenwave victory. He also had 33 yards receiving.

Top games in the state this weekend:

Male at Hopkinsville
Montgomery Bell Academy at Trinity
Cincinnati Elder at Covington Catholic
Lexington Catholic at St. X


The KSR Super 16 for week 1.

4A

1. Trinity
2. Male
3. St. X
4. Pleasure Ridge Park


3A

1. Highlands
2. Bowling Green
3. Lexington Catholic
4. Boyle County.

2A

1. Russell
2. Mercer County
3. Belfry
4. Owensboro Catholic

1A

1. Danville
2. Newport Central Catholic
3. Beechwood
4. Louisville Holy Cross


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