2020 Football Week 11 + Indiana Playoffs 2nd Round
That second wave of Covid-19 many said would happen began surfacing in the past week, leading to high case rates and several football games being canceled, including two southern Indiana playoff games.
While New Albany and Providence, thanks to their opponents' virus-related forfeitures, advanced to their sectional championship rounds next Friday, the area was treated to an exciting game that proved the experts wrong. Just because Floyd Central won twice this season over Jeffersonville didn't mean it would happen again. Four defensive takeaways and a stellar 3-touchdown, 166-yard performance from senior running back Jordan Ferguson were the big highlights in the Red Devils' 35-28 upset of the Highlanders.
So next Friday, it'll be Jeffersonville traveling to New Albany for the 5A-Sec. 16 title, while Providence travels a couple of hours up the road to Fairland, where they will contend once more with heavily-favored Triton Central for the 2A-Sec. 39 title.
High case rates in Louisville kept the public schools out of the Friday night lights through the end of the season next Friday, resulting in no Manual-Male game for the first time since the 1918 influenza pandemic. Hopefully, everyone will be ready for the playoffs on November 13, if the statistics are more favorable.
It was business as usual, though, for many of Louisville's private schools. Trinity's Nathan McElroy and Jack Mitchell connected on 4 touchdown passes in the Shamrocks' 42-7 win over Bowling Green. Elsewhere, CAL won handily, 35-12 at Bullitt Central. Kentucky Country Day defeated Bethlehem 29-7 in Bardstown, and Holy Cross fell from the unbeaten ranks after coming away from Walton-Verona with a 40-28 loss. St. Xavier and DeSales were both off, the latter due to Covid-19 cases.
While North Oldham took a 47-8 thrashing at home against Franklin Co., the Mustangs' cross-county rivals each had a couple of cancellations. Oldham Co. ended up with an off week, but South Oldham managed to muster a road trip to Meade Co. A back-and-forth affair resulted in the Green Wave getting a narrow 20-17 win after Dragons' kicker Grayson Klehr was wide left on a last-minute 28-yard field goal try that would have forced overtime. Downstate, while Douglass at Scott Co. became a twice-postponed game after high virus case rates, Lexington Christian got a big win over 1A Champion Pikeville 35-13. Bryan Station made it 7 in a row after escaping with a 35-28 victory at Dunbar, while Lexington Catholic shut out Lafayette 43-0, and Tates Creek lost to Pulaski Co., 42-19.
If everything holds up this Friday, we'll be bringing you Providence at Triton Central in playoff action, plus St. Xavier at Douglass in a regular season finale, and maybe another game to be announced. Plus, check out the ticker on GLICOD.com's homepage for other area scores as they become available.