The high school football season is just two weeks old, but already there are plenty of surprises around the region.
Welcome back, Boyle Co.
After ripping 6-A Henry Clay on Friday, the 2008 Boyle Co. squad is reminding folks of those Rebel teams that won five state titles during the Chuck Smith era. New coach Larry French takes over for Chris Pardue, who's last two Boyle Co. teams finished 6-6 and 5-7. French has reestablished a tough, disciplined approach that Smith used to make Boyle Co. a football powerhouse in 4-A. The results, thus far, have been surprising to some.
The Rebels have never been afraid in scheduling "up." In the season opener, Boyle whipped Warren Central, a 5-A team, 49-13. At 2-0, the Rebels start the season undefeated for the first time since 2003.
Where did they go?
After two weeks, it appears Fayette Co. teams are down this season. It doesn't help that three teams are under new coaches: Tates Creek, Lafayette and Dunbar.
Henry Clay starts the season 0-2, which is a bit of a surprise. The Blue Devils have some new faces in key roles and have struggled early.
Ending the streak
Congratulations to Dr. Oliver Lucas and his Bryan Station Defenders. After knocking off Dunbar in the season opener, the Defenders hammered Western, 47-6, last Friday. It's the first time in more than 10 years that Bryan Station has started a season 2-0.
The win over Dunbar ended a 7-year, 21-game losing streak to city teams. The Defenders are a big, bruising bunch, but now the season gets tougher. Undefeated Johnson Central awaits Bryan Station next Friday, so the feel-good story thus far this season might take a turn.
It's good to see the Defenders have success early. Fayette Co., and Central Kentucky needs Station to be competitive. Already, Lucas and staff have tried to elevate the confidence level of the players -- the first set of new uniforms have arrived. Now, the school is trying to raise $30,000 to purchase a new scoreboard.
As their website announces, "The green machine is back!" Let's hope so.
Running down a dream
Clark Co. running back Ryan Williams is well on his way to a 1,000 yard season. At his current rate, Williams could well rush for more than 2,000 yards this year.
During the Cardinals' 19-0 win over Montgomery Co. in the season opener, Williams ran for 238 yards. Last Friday, Williams rushed for 229 yards in Clark Co.'s 44-0 blowout over Harrison Co.
New Offense? No problem
The list of talented tailbacks that have played at Danville reads like a who's who in Kentucky high school football history. They include Jeremy Britt, Kelvin Turner, Kelvin Kinley, Chris Jones and Donnie Redd.
They're a big reason Danville is one of the winningest schools in the history of high school football and has won 10 state championships.
This year, Sam Harp has updated his offense and borrowed from the spread. Harp says his players are still learning the spread, but if the first couple of weeks are any indication, this group of Admirals could add an 11th title to the trophy case.
In Week 1, quarterback Trae Grey threw for 431 yards in the Ads win over Russell Co. Not even the venerable Larry Vaught, of the Danville Advocate-Messenger, can remember the last Danville quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards.
Danville was a bit more balanced in Week 2, in a 26-7 win over Southwestern. Tailback Antwoin Simon gained 182 yards on the ground, while scoring twice.
The Admirals will put their new offense to the test on Friday, when they travel across town for the annual showdown with Boyle Co.
Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.