Championship Matchups very Intriguing in High School Football

Belfry puts and end to Corbins dream. Photo by Brendon Miller
Belfry puts and end to Corbins dream. Photo by Brendon Miller

Friday, November 25, 2016 – The road to the Championship games are set for WKU next weekend. There are no real surprises in the matchups in each class. Here is Bluegrass Sports Nation’s breakdown of semi final games:Beechwood 35 vs. Russellville 0 Class 1A  – Beechwood won their 10th in a row including a stretch where they allowed a grand total of 33 points in their last 7 games. Their only loss this year was a 44-10 drubbing by Covington Catholic. Since then, they have been unbeatable.

Hazard 20 vs. Paintsville 7 Class 1A – Hazard had a rough 4 game stretch early on losing to Somerset and Pikeville. Since then, the Bulldogs have won 7 in a row including 6 games with scoring 40 or more points. They will need that offense if they want to win a state title over Beechwood.

Christian Academy-Louisville 48 vs. Mayfield 24 Class 2A  – Mayfield was undefeated at 13-0 and Christian Academy was on a 12 game winning streak after an opening day loss so something had to give. Christian Academy came away with an easy win and earned the right to face a surprise Danville team in the 2A finals.

Danville 42 vs. Holy Cross (Covington) 35 Class 2A – Danville prevailed in a back and forth affair with Holy Cross for a chance to play Christian Academy. It would seem on paper that this will be a high scoring Championship as both teams like to put points on the board.

Belfry 42 at Corbin 17 Class 3A – What a game. Belfry found themselves down 17-0 and 17-7 midway through the 3rd quarter. That is when the Pirate ran off 35 unanswered points and turning the game into a laugher. Belfry has won 9 in a row since their out of state loss in Tennessee.  No team from Kentucky, other than 4A power Johnson Central, whom Belfry beat, as played within 20 points of Belfry.

Central 21 vs. Elizabethtown 14 Class 3A – Central opened the season with 4 straight losses before righting the ship and winning 9 of 10 with their win over Elizabethtown. Central has more losses, 5, than any other team in the 6 classes of the High School football playoffs.

Franklin-Simpson 27 at John Hardin 7 Class 4A – Franklin – Simpson remains undefeated at 14-0 after another easy win over John Hardin. FS has now given up a grand total of 117 points over 14 games. Their Championship opponent, Johnson Central has only given up a total of 121.

Johnson Central 51 vs. Wayne County 0 Class 4A – Since the Eagles loss to Belfry in their last regular season game of the season. Johnson Central has outscored their opponents 211-15 in four playoff games scoring at least 51 points in every game. Only 3 teams all season scored in double figures on the Eagles. The Eagles were the only team in 4A to score over 600 points.

Bowling Green 34 at Fern Creek 7 Class 5A – Bowling Green continued on as the favorite of the 5A class. BG is the top scoring team in 5A and sports the best defensive team. Bowling Green has yet to be seriously challenged this season. Purples will play Pulaski County for the state title.

Pulaski County 62 vs. South Oldham 55 Class 5A – Pulaski completed a great comeback after trailing by double digits early.  Pulaski is no stranger to giving up a huge number of points as their season total allowed is at the top of all teams vying for a Championship. QB Wiley Cain will try to put a dent in Bowling Green’s tough defense after throwing for 487 yards and 5 touchdowns against South Oldham.

Lafayette 48 vs. Scott County 47 Class 6A – What a great game that saw lead changes throughout but in the end, Lafayette won a nailbiter by 1 point. The Generals have won 11 in a row since their early season loss to Trinity, the team they must find a way to beat in the Championship game. Trinity demolished Lafayette 45-7 while allowing 47 yards rushing and 65 yards passing to the Generals.

Trinity (Louisville) 24 vs. St. Xavier 14 Class 6A – Trinity has been the class of 6A all season and will have a rematch with Lafayette for the title. Earlier in the season, Trinity pummeled the Generals 45-7. Both teams can score, but the difference between the teams is Trinity allowed about 200 less points during the season than Lafayette. Trinity will be tough to beat.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUPS

Friday, December 2, 2016

Beechwood vs. Hazard –Class 1A (BSN PICK – Beechwood)

Franklin-Simpson vs. Johnson Central – Class 4A (BSN PICK Franklin-Simpson)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Central vs. Belfry Class 3A (BSN PICK – Belfry)

Trinity (Louisville)  vs. Lafayette Class 6A (BSN PICK – Trinity)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christian Academy-Louisville vs. Danville Class 2A (BSN PICK – Christian Academy-Louisville)

Bowling Green vs. Pulaski Count Class 5A (BSN PICK – Bowling Green)