Mountain High School Football Preview

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

So much hangs in the balance this Friday as teams fight for District Championships and a better seed come playoff team.

District play comes to a close this Friday.  Many games will determine District Championships and seedings.  With that we take a look at some of the better and more interesting games taking place.

Shelby Valley (6-2, 2-0) @ #2 Prestonsburg (8-0, 2-0)
The undefeated Blackcats play host to Shelby Valley in a game that will determine the District Champion.  Most people would tell you that this game is a slam dunk for P’burg, but those people have short memories.  It was just a season ago that Shelby Valley pushed Prestonsburg to the limit before falling in dramatic fashion 13-12.  Watch the athletes in this one.  Michael Burchett is clearly one of the best (if not the best) QBs in the Mountains.  With so many weapons at wide out (Joseph Jamerson, Josh Craynon and others) they have been difficult to stop.  On the other sideline, Shelby Valley has a pair of 1,000 yard rushers in Dillon Hughs and B.J. Roberts.  We are expecting a fun one at our Game of the Week.
North Laurel (4-4, 1-3) @ #8 Letcher Central (6-2, 3-1)
Resident Tie Breaking expert Brian Milam says that the Cougars control their own fate.  Win and they are District Champions.  Lose and they will need some help.  The Jaguars are looking to play spoiler in this one.  They have lost 3 straight District games and are on the outside looking in.  Logan Johnson has really looked good in the Cougars last two games.  The LCC QB is 24-37 for 459 yards and 6 TDs in their last 2 games (both District wins).  Adrian Wardrup will need a big game to keep North Laurel in it.
Whitley County (4-4, 3-1) @ #10 Perry Central (6-2, 2-2)
This one could have been more dramatic if the Commodores could have held on for a win against Harlan County last week.  As it is, this game could determine playoff seedings.  It’s a matchup of athletic Quarterbacks.  They are few better at making more out of less than PCC QB Jordan Amis.  Jamie Lebanion of Whitley County is also known for making big plays (we’ve already seen him hurdle a couple of players in game action).  Darryl Beatty and Jay White make a dangerous receiving duo for the Commodores.
#7 Harlan County (6-2, 3-1) @ Clay County (3-5, 0-4)
With a highly competitive District, most people would not have expected the Black Bears to be in the running for a District title heading into their final District game.  But that’s exactly what is happening.  The Black Bears could finish atop the District with some help.  Either way, it’s been an excellent and challenging season.  Exciting is maybe the best way to describe it considering they won last week on a late 4th Quarter comeback and won the week before in Double Overtime.  At least they are keeping things interesting.
Middlesboro (3-5, 2-0) @ #3 Corbin (7-1, 2-0)
This one may not have the same anticipation as some of their matchups in years past, but you’ve got to love a rivalry game.  And you can never take anyone for granted when two teams hate each other.  The Yellowjackets have picked up some momentum with a pair of District wins, but Corbin has been rolling all season.  Caleb Watkins is having a phenomenal season so far for the Redhounds (107 carries for 1212 Yards and 19 TDs).
Paintsville (4-4, 3-1) @ Pikeville (4-4, 0-4)
Just when you thought Pikeville was going to struggle through a miserable season the Panthers sneak up and put themselves in place to win yet another District title.  But they will have to get past District rival Paintsville.  And the Tigers would love nothing more than to cause some problems.  If they were to win, they could set up a 3 way tie for first with Allen Central and Pikeville.  The tie breaker would probably go the way of the Rebels with Paintsville in the two spot.  But none of that will matter if Pikeville takes care of business on their home turf.

~ As always, support your local teams!

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