Football Finale and Basketball Beginning
Last weekend, six teams proved themselves worthy of winning Kentucky's high school football championships at Kroger Field on the UK campus. Yet the losses by the two runner-up teams we have been covering all season -- Louisville's Male Bulldogs and Lexington's Frederick Douglass Broncos -- should not diminish all the efforts that got them there.
Bulldogs QB Elijah Parish, despite throwing two interceptions, one of which was a "pick-6", in their 28-6 loss to Trinity for the 6A title, finished his 3-season run with 2761 passing yards, 29 touchdown passes, 8 interceptions, and a career completion rate of nearly 62%.
Izayah Cummings, who only caught 2 passes for 44 yards last Sunday and could become more of a presence at Kroger Field as a Cat, had career totals of 104 catches for 1921 yards and 27 touchdowns. His fellow graduating teammate, RB Quantrell Wright, despite seeing limited championship action, ends with 271 carries for 1615 yards and 20 touchdowns.
RB Jaylin Bross and WR Vinny Anthony will be counted on to continue Male's strong offensive effort next season. And even after LB Joe Kuerzi has moved on, the Bulldogs' defense will be in the hands of such capable returnees as defensive ends Selah Brown and Elijah Manning, plus cornerback Nick Coates.
Douglass' 14-7 loss to Covington Catholic in the 5A championship game last Saturday cannot take away any of their accomplishments. Included…Josh McCurg's 2400 yards and 28 touchdowns on offense and the defense’s nine shutouts.
While the Broncos will be without McClurg and other graduating players like receiver/defensive back Devin Neal (committed to Cincinnati), safety Jaylin Bybee (11 career interceptions, 2 for TD's) and LB Ramarcus Thompson, they will return such talented players as QB Cameron Dunn, receivers Dane Key, Jakari Cowherd and Ty Bryant (the latter also a threat at safety), cornerback Jasin Burnam and lineman Jager Burton, who recorded 5 sacks this season.
As we close the book on this football season, the hardwood action that is well underway has the Silver Creek Dragons as an early favorite in southern Indiana. And it's not just their defending 3A Champion boys' team, but also their girls' team, who are off to their best start in 8 years. Other early favorites include Floyd Central and Providence in boys, and Jeffersonville in both genders.
Across the river, S. Oldham and Oldham Co. are each off to great starts on the boys' end; N. Oldham, not so much. Ranking the girls' teams after more than a week's play, it's S. Oldham, followed by Oldham Co. and N. Oldham.
You can follow our coverage of these and other area teams throughout the season with our score ticker and live play-by-play coverage here on GLICOD.com. Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas.