By - Harold Combs
The Cats will get their toughest test of the young season when they travel down to the "SWAMP" this Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. The win over Ohio University was not a thing of beauty, but when you only had two wins all season last year, your second win in as many games the following season means a lot. Mark Stoops will go into the first SEC matchup of the season in one of the loudest and rowdiest stadiums in college football. Kentucky has not beat Florida since 19 who remembers? And that streak will likely continue this weekend. I don't think BBN really expects anything other than a competitive contest with the Cats beating the spread of 19 according to the boys in Vegas. If Kentucky can hold down the big play on the defensive side of the ball and establish a decent running game, the Cats could be in this after halftime. They just can't afford to give the Gators anything, and that includes big plays. The Cats are still a couple of years away from having a legitimate shot at teams like Florida, Auburn, Alabama, etc. If Stoops can continue to recruit like the last two years his teams will have any SEC opponent dreading to come into Commonwealth Stadium. Once they can get more than two deep on the depth chart and still be competitive, look out, as the song goes, "The boys are back in town".
But for now it is still Florida and Kentucky and the Cats get a real test on the defensive side of the ball. Gators 34 Cats 20.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Some games from last Friday night.
Hazard pulled away from Letcher Central late for a 41 - 27 win in Whitesburg. A couple of turnovers proved costly for the Cougars and the Bulldogs, led by Brandon Jones, took advantage to seal the win.
One of the most anticipated games in the mountains was Harlan County at Belfry. The Pirates pulled away from the Black Bears for a 36 - 14 win at Belfry. Belfry should again go deep into the playoffs under the leadership of veteran coach Philip Haywood. Coach Tom Larkey's Bears will also recover and make a run in the playoffs as well.
Pulaski County has a sophomore quarterback that is becoming the talk of the state, Junior Riley Hall led the Maroons to the state finals last season and returns with most of his teammates for another run at the state title. The game of the year for the true high school football fan will come on October 10 when the Pulaski County Maroons travel to Richmond on the campus of EKU for an ESPN televised game between Pulaski County and Madison Southern, led by the # 1 running back in the nation and the # 5 over all player in the country, Damien Harris.
Mark Stoops flew in by helicopter last Friday night to watch Harris score four times while gaining 314 yards on 17 carries in a 42-11 win over cross-county rival Madison Central. I'm sure BBN will be well represented when the ESPN cameras roll into Kentucky for something other than a UK football or basketball game.
- Bell Co. over Whitley Co. 57-13
- Leslie Co. over Morgan Co. 42-0
- Tates Creek over Perry Central 22-18
- Highlands over Bryan Station 47-41
- Knott Central over Phelps 28-14
- Williamsburg over Pike Central 42-14
- Appalachian Bowl in Clay County last Saturday
- Knox Central over North Laurel 7-3
- Prestonsburg over Clay County 44-6
Some interesting match-ups for this Friday. Most games are 7:30 EST
- Harlan County @ Knox Central
- Pike Central @ Letcher Central
- Williamsburg @ Wayne County
- Frankfort @ Franklin County
- Bryan Station @ Lexington Catholic
- Bell County @ Middlesboro
- Corbin @ Danville
- Madison Southern @ Dunbar
- Henderson County @ Covington Catholic Saturday @ 2:00 PM