KSR's Prep Report, Week Four

The top battle in the Bluegrass this week took place in ... Ohio? Yes, as part of the i-wireless Prep Classic at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, the Tigers proved to be too much for the Birds to handle winning 35-21.

Highlands (2-2) looked up to the challenge, holding St. X to 50 yards rushing in the first half to hold a 7-6 lead at the break. St. X (4-0) then went to the power ground game with Victor Anderson skating 38 yards for the go ahead score. Anderson had 154 yards on 21 carries to lead St. X. The Tigers get a week off to prep for the Trinity Shamrocks. Highlands hosts Pulaski Southwestern.

In 4A games.

Male continues to methodically shred its competition. The Bulldogs played sloppy and still thrashed Ballard 41-14. Douglas Beaumont's quest for Mr. Football took a bit of a hit as he was held to 58 yards rushing and left early with an injured ankle. Not to fear, Josh Williams has been a star all year for the Bulldogs. Williams had three scores, two of them on long passes. Male (4-0) has an open date before going to Owensboro to take on one of this season's bigger surprises, the Owensboro Red Devils.

For the second time this season, Christian County has seen a game slip away. First, a Triple overtime loss to Bowling Green, then Friday night, a marathon offensive struggle resulted in a 50-46 loss to Henry Clay. Christian County QB Keith Tandy had 427 passing yards and added 101 rushing yards in a losing effort. Chase Minnifield scored running, passing and receiving for the Devils. Henry Clay (4-0) travels to Scott County Friday night while Christian County will regroup at home against Madisonville-North Hopkins.

Pleasure Ridge Park has just found ways to win all year. Friday, the defense salted a 13-10 win away over North Hardin. Shane Jones recovered a Trojan fumble late in the game to keep the Ridge (4-0) undefeated. The Panthers have an open date to Prep for Louisville Central.

In 3A games

Bowling Green continues to get healthier, and opponents fear them. Greenwood was the victim Friday as the Purples took a 37-0 lead to the locker room enroute to 44-7 win. Avery Hibbitt had a score and QB Trent Steelman figured in three other Bowling Green scores. The Purples (3-1) travel to Logan County Friday night.

Rockcastle County first appearance in the Super 16 was a piece of bad luck as Lincoln County held on for a 21-18 win over the Rockets. Braxton Miller scored on runs of 72 and 22 yards as Lincoln County scored all of its points in the first half. Rockcastle (3-1) will have an open date this weekend.

Covington Catholic played host to Newport Central Catholic on Saturday and came away with a 35-14 win. The Colonel's first offensive snap resulted in a TD pass from Josh Bleser to Kurt Bovard. CovCath (3-1) never looked back amassing nearly 400 yards of offense against the Thoroughbreds. The Colonels stay in 1A for another week and travel to Beechwood Friday night.

Louisville Central makes its 1st appearance in the KSR Super 16.

In 2A games

Mercer County has only given up six points this season. The Titans added a 49-0 shutout of Garrard County Friday evening. Brandon Ford and Corey Jackson teamed up on four TDs and over 250 rushing yards. Mercer County has a real test this weekend hosting Boyle County.

Western and Butler are three miles apart; the players know each other all to well. The Warriors and the Bears squared off during the summer in 7-on-7 drills. Butler had the better of the summer, but Western had the Bears number when it counted. Western drilled Butler 67-34. The Bears actually held a 21-19 lead at the break, but Western torched Butler in the 2nd half on the ground. Western's Justin Collins and Ron Darden are the KSR co-players of the week. Both players had over 200 yards rushing each against the Bears. Western (3-0) goes across town for a district battle with Christian Academy of Louisville.

Belfry's Dustin May and Gerald Epling were a two man wrecking crew as the Pirates beat East Ridge 48-6. Belfry (3-1) scored all of its points in the 1st half and yielded a 2nd half score to East Ridge with JV defenders. Belfry hosts the Magoffin County Hornets Friday night.

Russell took out the aggression of last week's loss to Blazer on Boyd County with a 35-0 victory. Kasey Clark had 103 yards and three TDs for the Red Devils. Russell will leapfrog Belfry in the 3rd spot in class 2A Super 16 Poll.

In 1A games

Danville rolls into week five on the heels of a 48-14 win over Somerset. Danville got a late 1st half TD from BJ Strode on a 45 yard run to take a 26-14 lead at the break. The Ad's defense pitched a shutout in the 2nd half. Danville (4-0) gained 588 yards of offense, doubling up Somerset's 263 yards. The Ads host winless North Oldham Friday night.

Beechwood takes on all teams who want to play. Friday night saw the Tigers get more than they bargained for in a loss to Kettering (OH) Alter 16-0. It is no easier this week as the Tigers (2-1) host Covington Catholic Saturday.

Louisville Holy Cross stepped out of Kentucky to take on the Providence (IN) Pioneers and posted a 26-13 win. The Cougars once again turned to defense to break open a close game as Nick McNeil had a 30-yard pick-6 in the 3rd quarter to give Holy Cross the lead for keeps. The Cougars (4-0) host undefeated Bardstown Friday night.

Bardstown tuned up for Holy Cross with a 35-6 thrashing of Glasgow. Kelvin Scott scored two TDs rushing and one on special teams for the Tigers (4-0). Bardstown will head out to Dixie Highway to take on Holy Cross.

Congratulations to the Western Warriors' duo of Justin Collins and Ronnie Darden, the KSR Prep Players of the week. Both Justin and Ronnie had over 200 yards rushing each in a big victory of the Butler Bears.

Top state matchups for week five

Bardstown at Louisville Holy Cross
Boyle County at Mercer County
Henry Clay at Scott County
Covington Catholic at Beechwood

KSR Super 16 for week four.


1. Male
2. St. X
3. Henry Clay
4. Pleasure Ridge Park


1. Bowling Green
2. Covington Catholic
3. Highlands
4. Louisville Central


1. Mercer County
2. Louisville Western
3. Russell
4. Belfry


1. Danville
2. Louisville Holy Cross
3. Bardstown
4. Beechwood

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