2019 Football Week 11
Football excitement on both sides of the river heated up on a cold November 1st. Male and Manual played a game that lived up to what "The Old Rivalry" was about, as the Bulldogs overcame a 14-0 deficit, and the dominance of Crimsons RB Jawaun Northington, with a defense that stepped up as the game wore on, plus touchdowns by Jaylin Bross and Quantrell Wright, and a late 21-yard field goal by Jordi Gomez. The Bulldogs' 22-21 win, though, came down to a bad snap on the Crimsons' last-second 36-yard field goal try. Male is now 6-2 against Manual in "Old Rivalry" matchups decided by just one point.
Male locked up the number one spot in the 6A RPI index, which earned them home field throughout the Kentucky playoffs. Other teams in our coverage areas that got similar advantages after winning on Friday were Frederick Douglass (2nd in 5A after a 42-31 win over Lexington Catholic), Lexington Christian (1st in 2A following a 28-7 victory at Paintsville) and Kentucky Country Day (1st in 1A after winning 38-6 over Campbellsville).
KCD's 10-0 regular season was history-making in its own right, in that it's the Bearcats first ever, on top of having the highest RPI in Kentucky, at .814. Male, Douglass and KCD go into the playoffs as three of the eleven high school teams in Kentucky with unbeaten regular seasons.
Meanwhile, the Indiana playoffs just north of the river completed their second week. Floyd Central and visiting Bedford-N. Lawrence went back and forth early on, but it was the Highlanders, on the strength of 220 yards and 4 touchdowns rushing by Wenkers Wright, that eliminated the Stars 44-30, and gives them a shot at their first sectional title in a decade this Friday by hosting Jeffersonville for the 5A-Sec. 16 championship. The Red Devils sent New Albany packing with a 23-7 victory, in which Jordan Ferguson ran for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns, one of which was a 93-yard carry in the 2nd quarter. 2007 was the last time Jeff. won a football sectional title.
Charlestown's 49-18 loss at Lawrenceburg in the 3A-Sec. 31 semifinals could have been softened some with more of a presence from Marion Lukes. Injured early in the game, the Pirates' star senior running and defensive back recovered to score a 70-yard consolation "pick-6" late in what was his final game as a high school player. Providence, meanwhile, had no problem at Eastern (Pekin) in the 2A-Sec. 39 semifinal, winning big 42-16. Colin Flake led the Pioneers with 16 carries for 331 yards and 5 touchdowns. Because of the bracketing format, Providence will host the toughest team in that section, Triton Central, for the title this Friday.
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