2019 Football Week 12
Of the 95 first-round games spanning all six classes in the 2019 KHSAA football tournament, 36 were decided by the "mercy rule" margin of 36 or more, with 18 of those being shutouts. Prime examples of those included Trinity 63-0 over Marshall Co., Male defeating Southern 43-0, and a couple of 50-0 games: one by unbeaten Kentucky Country Day over Berea; the other, in a repeat from the regular season, by Douglass over Great Crossing.
While the debate continues over whether the Kentucky playoffs should still be five rounds given these mismatches, Friday's action did offer a few upsets, such as CAL winning 34-14 at Mercer Co. in the 3A-District 4 semifinals. Centurions QB Anthony Sabatino threw for nearly 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Brandt Babin, despite being held to just 41 yards, added 2 more. CAL's win sets them up for a rematch this Friday at top seed DeSales, who easily ran over Western Hills 49-7.
An upset was brewing in 6A-District 4 when Butler led St. X at halftime 8-7. Yet the Tigers put up a 21-point spree of their own in the second half to take the 28-8 victory and one more showdown with a Manual team that came from behind to beat them by just a point last month. QB Doug Bodhaine led St. X with a combined 264 yards and 3 touchdowns in individual total offense.
Over in Lexington, as Douglass, Lexington Catholic and Lexington Christian each breezed into their second rounds, while Bryan Station took a loss at Oldham Co., 6A-District 7 semifinal action saw Dunbar win a somewhat close game over Lafayette, 27-19, and Tates Creek, unsurprisingly, knocked off Henry Clay 48-27. Luke Duby, Miles Thomas and the rest of the Commodores should have no trouble getting by the Bulldogs this Friday.
Up in southern Indiana, Providence played visiting Triton Central to a scoreless tie through halftime before a 20-point second half surge sent the Pioneers packing and the Tigers to a 2A-Section 39 title. The more compelling matchup, of course, was in 5A-Section 16, where Floyd Central pulled away from Jeffersonville with a 31-7 victory and their first sectional title in a decade. Wenkers Wright ran for 63 yards, 37 of those on a touchdown carry in the 2nd quarter, before succumbing to an ankle injury on the first play of the 3rd. That didn't stop the Highlanders, though, from taking a close 10-7 lead and opening it up with 21 unanswered points. The regionals next week will send the 9-2 Highlanders to 7-4 Bloomington South, who are in their sixth straight regional appearance.
On our coverage docket for this Friday will be two second-round Kentucky playoff matchups involving Top 10 teams, two of which are unbeaten. For details on these, click "This Week" at GLICOD.com.