Around South Central Kentucky, regular-season district play's virtually complete, leaving a few teams lamenting missed opportunities to claim postseason berth.
Most teams, though, are making plans for the first round of the district playoffs and WBKO tries to break down the scenario in each district.
A note on three-way ties: if one team involved in the tie has beaten the other two, it is deemed the winner of the tiebreaker. Any ties between the remaining two teams will be broken by head-to-head results. If one team hasn't beaten the other two, strength of victory will determine the order of finish. Each tiebreaker (as it stands through week 9 of the season) will be broken down below.
The KHSAA football playoffs begin the weekend of November 9th.
Class 6A, District 2
No tiebreakers necessary here. Greenwood used its early-season wins against Meade County and North Hardin to build a lead in the district and ended district play with a 7-3 win over Central Hardin to capture the district's top seed. Here's the rub: the Gators' lone setback in district play came via a 53-19 thrashing at the hands of Nelson County, which happens to be Greenwood's first-round opponent.
(4) Nelson County at (1) Greenwood
October 5th: Nelson County 53, Greenwood 19 in Bardstown
(3) North Hardin at (2) Meade County
October 19th: Meade County 31, North Hardin 0 in Radcliff
Class 5A, District 1
Owensboro's Red Devils have traditionally been one of the better teams in western Kentucky and their 2007 district schedule only reinforced that belief.
The Red Devils gained momentum throughout district play, taking a narrow victory over Christian County before two blowout wins over Ohio County and Hopkinsville to take top honors.
(4) Ohio County at (1) Owensboro
September 21st: Owensboro 56, Ohio County 0 in Owensboro
(3) Christian County at (2) Hopkinsville
September 21st: Hopkinsville 21, Christian County 14 in Hopkinsville
Class 5A, District 2
Again, no tiebreakers necessary. The only difference is Bowling Green had no hiccups to speak of - not even close. The Purples outscored Warren Central, Grayson County and Barren County by a combined score of 181-25 to run away with the top seed.
Warren Central dominated Barren County, then held off the Cougars by a touchdown to earn the other home game in the district.
(4) Grayson County at (1) Bowling Green
October 5th: Bowling Green 63, Grayson County 10 in Bowling Green
(3) Barren County at (2) Warren Central
October 5th: Warren Central 41, Barren County 19 in Bowling Green
Class 5A, District 3
John Hardin was considered the class of this district when it was formed before the season and the Bulldogs did nothing to dissuade those positive opinions. Not only is John Hardin still undefeated, the team outscored its three district opponents by an average of 39 points a game en route to home-field advantage.
(4) Iroquois at (1) John Hardin
October 4th: John Hardin 63, Iroquois 0 in Louisville
(3) Waggener at (2) Doss
October 4th: Doss 54, Waggener 20 in Louisville
Class 4A, District 1
Lone Oak won all three district games to capture the top seed, but that's only half the story for the Purple Flash. Quarterback Corey Robinson's having one of the most prolific statistical seasons in state history.
Through eight games (all victories), Robinson's 181-of-236 passing (a 76.6% completion rate) for 2,856 yards (357 a game) and 52 touchdowns against only four interceptions. Using the NFL's scale, Robinson has a 148.9 passer rating (158.3 is considered perfect). If he keeps pace his 357 yards per game will set a state record, as will his completion percentage. He's on pace to shatter former Lexington Catholic quarterback Justin Burke's single-season record of 62 touchdown passes.
(4) Muhlenberg North at (1) Lone Oak
October 19th: Lone Oak 57, Muhlenberg North 8 in Paducah
(3) Hopkins County Central at (2) Calloway County
October 19th: Calloway County 34, Hopkins County Central 30 in Murray
Class 4A, District 2
Finally, our breakdown comes to an interesting district. Warren East dominated play - its closest district contest was a 20-point road win over Russell County.
But the Lakers, Allen County-Scottsville and Logan County all finished 1-3 in district play, leaving each two weeks to compile wins in an attempt to break their tie.
(4) Russell County/ACS/Logan County at (1) Warren East
September 14th: Warren East 44, Allen County-Scottsville 6 in Bowling Green
September 28th: Warren East 58, Logan County 0 in Bowling Green
October 5th: Warren East 41, Russell County 21 in Russell Springs
(3) Russell County/ACS/Logan County at (2) Franklin-Simpson
September 7th: Franklin-Simpson 40, Allen County-Scottsville 22 in Franklin
September 14th: Franklin-Simpson 34, Russell County 21 in Russell Springs
October 19th: Franklin-Simpson 41, Logan County 21 in Russellville
Logan County also beat Muhlenberg South (2 wins) and Todd County Central (1 win). Strength of victory: 3
Russell County also beat Casey County (3 wins). Strength of victory: 3
ACS has zero wins outside its tiebreaker. Strength of victory: 0
Logan County beat Russell County 26-21, meaning the Cougars are currently 3rd, with Russell County 4th.
Class 3A, District 2
Russellville's the only team who knows where it stands already (the Panthers are the top seed). Fortunately for three other teams, their tiebreaker only determines seeding - not actually making the postseason.
(4) Edmonson County/Hart County/Butler County at (1) Russellville
September 7th: Russellville 49, Edmonson County 6 in Brownsville
September 21st: Russellville 32, Butler County 8 in Morgantown
October 5th: Russellville 46, Hart County 14 in Russellville
(3) Edmonson County/Hart County/Butler County at (2) Edmonson County/Hart County/Butler County
September 14th: Butler County 41, Hart County 19 in Munfordville
September 21st: Hart County 20, Edmonson County 14 in Munfordville
September 28th: Edmonson County 24, Butler County 21 in Brownsville
Butler County also beat Logan County (3 wins), Adair County (0 wins) and Muhlenberg North (0 wins). Strength of victory: 3
Hart County also beat Breckinridge County (1 win), Fort Knox (0 wins), Caverna (1 win) and Adair County (0 wins). Strength of victory: 2
Edmonson County also beat Caverna (1 win) and Adair County (0 wins). Strength of victory: 1
Butler County currently stands 2nd, with Hart County 3rd and Edmonson County 4th.
Class 3A, District 3
Entering a revamped Class 3A did little to change Central from rolling through district play. The Yellowjackets, Class 3A semifinalists a year ago, won every game by at least 31 points to claim top billing.
(4) Shawnee at (1) Central
October 4th: Central 43, Shawnee 6 in Louisville
(3) Elizabethtown at (2) Moore
October 4th: Moore 48, Elizabethtown 44 in Louisville
Class 2A, District 2
Realignment forced Fort Campbell to take on the challenge of traditional power Owensboro Catholic in its district, but the Falcons' 29-6 thumping of the Aces in week 9 sealed up the top seed entering the district playoffs.
(4) Todd County Central at (1) Fort Campbell
September 21st: Fort Campbell 56, Todd County Central 20 in Elkton
(3) Hancock County at (2) Owensboro Catholic
September 21st: Owensboro Catholic 34, Hancock County 0 in Lewisport
Class 2A, District 3
Green County's the only remaining undefeated team in Class 2A, sitting 9-0 and ranked fourth in the class according to the Associated Press. The Dragons built much of that power by steamrolling through their district - a hard-fought win over Metcalfe County was sandwiched by blowouts of Glasgow and Monroe County to take the top seed.
(4) Monroe County at (1) Green County
October 19th: Green County 53, Monroe County 6 in Tompkinsville
(3) Metcalfe County at (2) Glasgow
October 19th: Glasgow 21, Metcalfe County 14 in Glasgow