October 14, 2011
Happy Friday everyone! Should be great football weather tonight, although it looks like we are in store for a little wind. Several teams in south central Kentucky are back in action after a bye week. So in a perfect world, a team should know its opponent inside and out. Some important games tonight, including the big one at El Donaldson Stadium, which I will get to shortly. But first....
Glasgow (7-0) at Green County (5-2) - For folks in Glasgow and Greensburg, THIS is the game of the week. The winner will capture the Class 2A, District 3 title and play at home the first two rounds of the playoffs. Green County typically plays a very difficult schedule and 2011 is no exception. While the Dragons have two losses, they have come against two strong opponents (Evansville Central and Danville). Last year's game went down to the wire with the Scotties pulling off the 35-34 win after stopping the Dragons on a two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter. A similar scenario could play out again this season. The Scotties' victory at Somerset was impressive and will go with Glasgow tonight.
Winner - Glasgow
Allen County-Scottsville (3-4) at Warren East (4-3) - The Raiders nearly pulled off what many would have considered a big upset two weeks ago at Franklin-Simpson. With a win tonight, Warren East puts itself in a great position to host a first round playoff game. However, you can say the same thing about the Patriots. In fact, ACS controls its own destiny. If the Patriots win tonight, next week's game against the Wildcats would determine the Class 4A, District 2 champion. Interesting stat: the Patriots and Raiders have combined to win just one game against teams with a winning record.
Winner - Warren East
Barren County (2-5) at Logan County (3-4) - Tonight's contest in Russellville amounts to a playoff game. The winner will earn the No. 4 seed in Class 5A, District 2 while the loser will miss the playoffs. To pick a winner here, I look at how both teams performed against fellow district foe Greenwood. On that basis alone, the Trojans are the pick.
Winner - Barren County
Warren Central (7-0) at Bowling Green (7-0) - Saving the best for last. Or maybe I was stalling because I'm still not sure who I'm taking. Tonight, Warren County is the epicenter of high school football in Kentucky. It is easily the biggest game in the state this week. Both teams are undefeated and in the same district. The winner takes home the district title and has the easier path in the postseason. And oh yeah, these two schools do not like each other very much. Does the boys basketball 4th Region final ring a bell?
Both teams have plenty of skill players on both sides of the ball. Plus, both squads have a viable kicking game. And as we witnessed the past two years, having a reliable kicker is huge. I think the Purples are deeper than the Dragons, and that could play a role tonight. Then again, it was not a problem in 2009 or 2010.
The Purples have been stewing over last year's game, and the '09 game for that matter, for quite some time. They are not used to losing district games. My guess, though, is that Warren Central does not care. The community should truly embrace this game for what it is. Two crosstown rivals playing the biggest regular season game this area has seen in more than a decade. This revamped rivalry is great for high school football and it is great for south central Kentucky. I for one, cannot wait to see what happens. Time to pick a winner....
Winner - Bowling Green 21, Warren Central 17
Have fun at the games tonight! And be sure to watch Football Friday Night at 10:20 p.m. on WBKO for highlights from the aforementioned games as well as scores from around the area!