2019 Football Week 9
A 50-0 shutout of Great Crossing back on Friday may have kept Douglass unbeaten, yet it didn't go unpunished. Because the Warhawks were 0-8 after that game ended, it very likely affected the Broncos in the Kentucky Class 5A RPI. Douglass dropped from 2nd to 3rd, only .005 behind 7-1 Pulaski Co. That difference could matter when it comes to home field advantage if both teams make it to the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, the top team in 6A, Male, had a back-and-forth game going at Fern Creek. Yet the Bulldogs pulled it out when it was done for a 34-21 win, which keeps them at the top of the RPI table. And that's to say nothing of Male joining high school football's illustrious "900 Win Club". Or, for that matter, Coach Chris Wolfe getting his 100th win as Bulldogs head coach. Because when a game like that was so closely played, the accomplishments were merely incidental.
Lexington Christian hosted Somerset in another back-and-forth battle, this one involving the top 2 teams in the Class 2A RPI. The Eagles escaped with a 35-34 victory over the Briar Jumpers in a game that was decided with just over 2 minutes left. QB Jayden Barnhardt completed a 32-yd TD pass to Will Vernon, snuck it in on the 2-point play for the lead, and then watched as his defensive teammates fought off a last-ditch Somerset effort to secure the win. Those two teams could face each other again in the 2A second round on Nov. 15.
In terms of who the top team in Kentucky would be, try Kentucky Country Day. The 8-0 Bearcats have the highest RPI in the state, at .818 after a big 61-22 victory at 1A-Dist. 3 opponent Frankfort. Dorian Heard ran for 195 yards and 3 TD, bringing him to 957 yards and 18 TD rushing on the season.
Two Indiana teams finished the season on a high note. Silver Creek, despite the setback last week at Brownstown Central, recovered with a 28-14 home victory over Corydon Central, for a school-best 8-1 regular season. As the Dragons travel to East Central for this Friday's 4A-Sec. 23 quarterfinals, they'll have to count on it being a strong defensive battle. Meanwhile, Floyd Central finished 7-2 for the second time in 3 years after beating Seymour 21-14. Wenkers Wright ran for 216 yards, including a 95-yard TD run in the 2nd quarter.
While Floyd takes a breather as they await BNL in the 5A-Sec. 16 semifinals on Nov. 1, Male, Douglass and Oldham Co. will try to lock up first place in their respective districts, and home field for the first two rounds of the playoffs, in three of our broadcasts this Friday. For a complete listing, just click "This Week" at GLICOD.com.