The Ball Report

FOOTBALL REGULAR SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE

By: Gary Ball
By: Gary Ball

As you have probably noticed the High School Football season is winding down for 2008. Regular season play ends Friday, November 7th and the playoffs begin Friday Nov 14th. The following are some random thoughts on the 2008 season heading into the playoffs.

As you have probably noticed the High School Football season is winding down for 2008. Regular season play ends Friday, November 7th and the playoffs begin Friday Nov 14th. The following are some random thoughts on the 2008 season heading into the playoffs.

* It is clear to me that football appears to be on the rise again in 2008. Records continue to be broken with some terrific performances. Zach Lewis at Clay County just shattered Tim Couch’s record with over 12,000 yards passing. This season Boone County Tailback Charles Quanoo leads the state in rushing yards with nearly 2,000 yards. Zack Lewis has to be one of the front runners for Mr. Football.

* Highlands and Trinity are the two teams with the most championships in the state, with 18 state championship crowns for the Shamrocks and 17 for the Bluebirds. Trinity will have a tougher road to get to number 19 than Highlands will to capture their 18th state championship title. Trinity has to get past St. Xavier, in the semi-finals this years’ top ranked team. It appears that Highlands gets to take the road less traveled to win their 18th title. It’s my feeling that Highlands is a machine, with Tony Guidugli at Quarterback. Highlands continues to win even without one of their star players Josh Conner. Josh missed one of their significant wins with an injury when the Bluebirds rolled over a good Madison Central team 46-0.

* There has been a lot of discussion about the strength of the Lexington area teams this year. Some schools have a lot of young players and are rebuilding their teams. Lexington Catholic is a strong contender in Class 4-A, but they will have to get past a very good Boyle County team in the Regional Final. Lexington Christian Academy is solid with Lucas Witt returning at quarterback, and Dominque Hayden at running back carrying the load. LCA would love nothing better than to get another crack at Beechwood for the Class-A title. Last year they lost 38-35 to the Tigers in the State Championship Final. Sometimes it’s hard to predict what will happen, the question is could Lexington produce multiple champions come Dec 12th and 13th at Papa Johns’?

* There are many coaches who have done an excellent job with their programs this football season and the following are a few of those. Starting in “Title Town” Larry French has taken the reins at Boyle County and has guided the Rebels to a perfect season so far. Mike Glaser has once again led St. Xavier to a number one ranking in the state in addition to a national ranking. Dudley Hilton has coached Bell County to the top of Class 4-A. Noel Rash has Beechwood primed for another post-season run in Class A. Shawn Berner has Ft. Campbell, the defending state champion sitting pretty with a perfect record so far this year. Philip Haywood has Belfry back in the Class 3-A picture. Oliver Lucas has turned Bryan Station team toward the win column again. Bob Schneider returns this year with another consistent Newport Central Catholic team in Class 2-A. Louisville Central coach Tyrran Scroggins is looking to repeat after winning their first state title last year. Dixie Jones at Hopkinsville has also done an excellent job.

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