A couple of random thoughts from Week 3 of the High School Football season.
Games in Mirror May be Closer Than They Appear
Bell County escaped Knox Central with a 21-0 win. The game really hinged on two plays in the first half. First, the Bobcats pulled off a successful fake punt on their first drive that led to a touchdown. Then late in the first half, the Panthers were looking to run the clock out when they fumbled and Bell County recovered. The Bobcats turned that in to a touchdown right before the end of the half. The Bobcats also came up with a big play. In the Second quarter the Panthers were looking to tie it at 7, but the Bobcats forced a fumble on the goal line and recovered it.
Rebels Run to 3-0
Allen Central ran all over Phelps for a 62-14 win to open District play. The Rebels won only 4 games all last season. They face their stiffest competition of the season this Friday when they travel to Paintsville (2-1) for the Unite Bowl.
Corbin picked up the easiest win in school history, a 1-0 forfeit win over Bethlehem this week. Bethlehem had a rash of injuries and was down to just 16 healthy players. The Redhounds better be ready next week. They host a high scoring South Laurel Cardinal team.
Chasing Couch, Part 1
Zach Lewis continued his assualt on Tim Couch's career passing yardage record on Friday. Lewis was 18-25 for 333 Yards and 3 TDs in Clay County's 41-14 win. Lewis is now 675 Yards behind Couch. Lewis could reach the mark with two excellent games, but it will likely take 3. That would have Lewis breaking the record on October 10th at home against Perry Central.
Chasing Couch, Part 2
RIcky Bowling also kept up the pace to surpass a Tim Couch career passing record this season for touchdown passes. Bowling tossed four TD passes in the Cardinals 46-42 loss to Southwestern. That gives him 13 in the first 3 games of the season. That puts him 24 back of Couch, 25 to take the lead. (But I'm sure if you ask Ricky, he would tell you that he'd rather throw 0 TD passes and get the win... and he would mean it).
Upsetting Win??? (Not so special teams)
What a great game the Letcher Central - Perry Central matchup turned into. The Cougars led 20-19 at the half. After recovering the second half kick-off Charlie Banks called his own number and plowed through the defense and dove for the pylon scoring a touchdown to put LCC up 26-19 (XP on good). But PCC didn't back down. Jordan Amis and Demtri Travis (did you expect someone else) keyed a drive in the Third quarter capped off by a Travis TD run. The extra point was blocked and the 'Dores still trailed by 1. But they would drive again. This one started in the Third and ended in the Fourth with a Jordan Amis pylon dive of his own. The two point conversion was good and Perry Central led by 7. But LCC would rally. A cougar touchdown would put them down 1. Banks was stuffed on the line during the 2-point try and the Commodores held onto a 1 point lead. Letcher Central would have one last chance. But LCC couldn't get a field goal off in the final seconds as Perry held on for a huge District win, 33-32. This game had a lot of hate in it. There were at least 6 personal fouls that I remember in the 3rd Quarter alone. I would love to see a rematch in the playoffs down the road. And remember, special teams mean A LOT in football.
Then there were 9...
There are 9 undefeated teams left in the Mountains after 3 weeks of play.
Class 1A: Allen Central
Class 2A: Corbin, Prestonsburg, Shelby Valley (2-0)
Class 3A: Belfry, Sheldon Clark
Class 4A: Bell County, Rockcastle County
Class 5A: Johnson Central
At least two of the teams will no longer be undefeated after this weekend. Belfry hosts Shelby Valley and Bell County travels to the Rock for a big District game with the Rockets.
Keep checking back as we add more to the notebook.
` Jeff Archer