2020 Football Week 10 + Indiana Playoffs 1st Round
If Week 10 of the high school football season felt a bit like Week 1, then you'd be right. Except that how bad it felt depended on where you were.
Southern Indiana got the same kind of heavy storms with frequent lightning that also swept through Louisville and Lexington on Friday night, yet because it was the first round of the playoffs, the games played out as scheduled.
One of those was the 4A-Sec. 23 quarterfinal, as previously-unbeaten Silver Creek were outmatched by East Central 35-0. Head coach Dave Papenhaus tweeted afterwards that despite being shut out, "the journey with this group was better than we could have ever imagined."
Charlestown also lost, 36-0 to Greensburg in 3A-Sec. 31, while Clarksville, in 2A-Sec. 39, ended up on the losing end of a 62-38 score against Paoli. But you can't deny how tough the Generals hung in through the early going, such as with a 99-yard touchdown run by Robert Lamar, and a 70-yard touchdown pass from Keyshawn Minor to Dakota Capps.
Providence, on the other hand, advanced to the 2A-Sec. 39 semifinals after defeating Union Co. 42-7. Jeremy Gettelfinger and Kole Krininger set the tone for the Pioneers' dominance with touchdown-scoring carries of at least 60 yards each.
Louisville and Lexington didn't fare so well on the Friday football front, however, with lightning the cause of many games either getting canceled or moved to Saturday. A few Friday matchups that were barely underway in Lexington ended early, such as Douglass' 29-0 win over Montgomery Co., called off before the 1st quarter ended. Male and Manual, who were supposed to face each other this Friday before high Covid-19 rates forced a postponement, registered huge shutouts in their Saturday matchups. The Bulldogs got their third flawless victory of the season, 49-0 at Bullitt East, while the Crimsons racked up 55 as they held Butler scoreless.
Saturday also gave us two of the week's closest games. In Danville, the Admirals and Lexington Christian swapped scores during the late going. In the end, it was the Eagles' Mason Moore getting what proved to be a game-winning touchdown carry with about 30 seconds left for a 34-30 comeback win.
Up the road in the Frankfort area, Central overcame a 16-6 deficit at Franklin Co. with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The second of these, by Malachi Williams, came in just a few seconds under the wire. With that 18-16 Yellow Jacket comeback, it stands to reason that the Flyers can't wait for the rematch, possibly on Nov. 20 in the playoffs.
Despite Louisville public schools not playing football this Friday, we should still have some great action to bring you, like Mitchell at Providence in Indiana's 2nd round, plus the aforementioned Franklin Co. traveling to N. Oldham, and a big one in the Lexington area between Douglass and Scott Co. GLICOD.com's homepage is where you'll find the ticker for all the area scores.