Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

October 21, 2013

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Possible rematch 5 weeks away

ASHLAND — Just a fair warning … if Fairview and Raceland meet up again in this year's regional finals, whoever I pick is automatically the underdog.

Over the last two seasons, I'm 0 for 2 in predicting this matchup. For some reason, I do myself no favors by going with the away team, too.

So, I annually brace myself for a good lambasting or roasting from the home side.

Friday night had nothing to do with the Monday Morning Quarterback, though. It was all about the Rams, and they made that clear from the get-go.

Sure, Fairview showed some signs of life, but overall it was a dominant (and near flawless) effort by Raceland. The Rams did all their roasting on the field.

Given how heated and how important this rivalry game is year-in and year-out, it's surprising that only one of the previous seven meetings has been decided by fewer than 13 points.

Cars lined up in the grassy area along U.S. 23 and fans encircled the premises — just a typical scene for the Rams and Eagles in Raceland.

Question is, do you want to see it again on Nov. 22?

Here’s what has to happen:

‰Raceland needs a win over Paintsville this Friday to lock up a Class A, District 7 title.

‰Fairview must win its first two playoff games, the second of which likely being a clash with Pikeville at Pikeville. The Panthers, as Raceland witnessed last season, have been tough to beat at home in the postseason.

‰Raceland must also win its first two playoff games, which will both be at home given a win over Paintsville on Friday.

My prediction (which apparently carries little weight): See you in Raceland for the rematch in five weeks.

Absence Effect

Both Fairview and Raceland had to deal with significant injuries and, unfortunately for them, the story may be much the same if they meet again on Nov. 22.

Zack Litteral (broken leg) is out for the year for the Rams.

Fairview was missing starting defensive tackles Aaron Fitchpatrick (leg) and Billy Davis (back). They are done for the season. Also out was former starting defensive end Chris Perkins. Perkins, who has been out for the past three weeks, also will not return. According to coach Nathan McPeek, he is off the team due to a violation of team rules.

One question lingers for Fairview, though. Will junior Isaiah King, a defensive back and running back, be healthy in five weeks? He is currently out with a broken collarbone.

Got Any “Since?”

‰Johnson Central and Ashland haven’t played a game decided by fewer than 16 points at Putnam Stadium since … 2005. The series has included recent one-point outcomes (2009, 2012), but both contests were played in Paintsville. Games at Ashland haven’t been near as close since 2005, when the Tomcats prevailed 13-10.

The Class 4A, District 8 rivals do battle at Putnam on Friday.

‰Johnson Central hasn’t scored at this torrid pace since … ever. At 58.3 points per game, the Golden Eagles are putting up ridiculous numbers. They haven't been held under 36 all season, and they've scored 50-plus points seven times in eight games.

They’re also one of three Class 4A teams to have held teams to less than 100 total points this season.

‰Russell has had a 100-yard rusher every week since … Sept. 6 against Ironton. Since then, the Red Devils have produced a 100-yard rusher in six straight games. It's been freshman Nick Conley five of those times, with junior Bronson Korzep accounting for the other. Amazingly enough, Conley has rushed for exactly 100 yards on three occasions.

Helmet Stickers

Four stickers: Connor Messer (Raceland).

Messer plays more roles on a football field than Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor.

One catch was particular nutty for the junior, playing wide receiver at the time.

With the game out of reach for Fairview, a sharply delivered pass from Rams quarterback Adam Elkins appeared out of reach for anyone. That is, until the 6-foot-3 Messer laid out, body parallel to the ground, for a diving snag that he corralled with his fingertips.

That was just the tip of iceberg for Messer, who tallied 93 yards of offense in nine total touches. He rushed five times for 52 yards and a score. He was 1 of 2 passing for 17 yards and a perfectly placed TD throw to Rodney Vance. He caught two balls for 24 yards.

Messer also excelled in the secondary, coming up with key stops and deflections.

Three: Daymion Belcher (Johnson Central), James Queen (Ashland), Jordan Young (Johnson Central).

Two: Armonde Yetts (Fairview), Daylin Beach (Raceland), Quinton Baker (Ashland), Kane Snyder (Raceland), Nick Conley (Russell), Maverick Dixon (Raceland), Isaac Lee (Rowan County), Zack Cathey (East Carter).

One: A.J. Cyrus (Lawrence County), Dan Metzler (Fairview), Kurtlen Brown (Fairview), Chase Parker (Lewis County), Adam Elkins (Raceland), Jacob Pennington (Russell), Qua Davis (East Carter), Bryce Workman (Johnson Central), Josh Vaughn (Ashland).


Super Seven

1. Johnson Central (8-0)

2. Raceland (6-2)

3. Fairview (7-1)

4. Ashland (7-2)

5. Lawrence County (6-3)

6. Russell (5-3)

7. Paintsville (6-2)

Wide Right

Did you miss it? The following are local scores from this past weekend: Ashland 35, Greenup County 6; Russell 44, Lewis County 8; Raceland 36, Fairview 14; Johnson Central 59, Rowan County 10; Belfry 35, Lawrence County 12; Bishop Hartley 54, Ironton 0; Fleming County 35, East Carter 23; Mason County 42, West Carter 0; Paintsville 53, Nicholas County 0.

Tweet the QB

Follow the Quarterback on Twitter (@DindependentQB) for local sports news and scores.

Need Cats' Pause?

The Cats’ Pause 2013-14 Kentucky Basketball Yearbook is on the shelves at Ashland Sporting Goods. Go grab a copy, which includes college and high school previews. Yours truly even has a few bylines in there.

High school practices officially began last week, and the high school season tips off on Dec. 2.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.


Text Only
Local Sports
  • Proposed plan a touchdown for Ashland, Central

    They’ll have to wait another year, but some major changes are on the horizon.

    April 15, 2014

  • Martin, Cannoy put pop on top of Boyd 12-2 win

    Boyd County’s softball bats are booming of late.

    April 14, 2014

  • Stock spiking for Raceland softball

    Raceland took a major step in trying to shift the balance of power in 63rd District softball.

    April 14, 2014

  • 0415eastSB0110.jpg Still chasing the Kittens

    East Carter entered Monday’s softball showdown with Ashland looking to show it’s a credible threat to the Kittens’ recent domination of the 16th Region.

    April 14, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local Sports in Brief: Bush, Porter Wendy's Heisman finalists

    Rose Hill Christian seniors David Bush and Myriah Porter have been named state finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

    April 14, 2014

  • Paintsville tops Magoffin, 12-0

    Kash Daniel and Spencer Taylor combined to toss a one-hitter as Paintsville pounded Magoffin County, 12-0, on Monday night in the first of a two-game series between 57th District foes.

    April 14, 2014

  • AARON SNYDER: Kittens on prowl for SS

    The Monday Morning Shortstop didn't have to dodge any actual darts at Ashland Softball Complex, although there may be an enlarged picture of him riddled with holes somewhere close by.
    If the piercing looks thrown my way weren't enough to sway me, the Kittens did more than enough on the field the past two weeks to distance themselves from a No. 5 ranking in northeastern Kentucky.

    April 13, 2014

  • 0414bcclassic0539.jpg Raceland girls, Boyd boys win track Classic

    As Boyd County first-year track and field coach Chris Holbrook stood on the infield and watched a member of Raceland’s 4-by-400-meter relay team circle the track in the final girls’ event of Saturday’s Boyd County Classic, he commented aloud to no one in particular, “She’s not showing any signs of running out of gas.”
    The Lady Rams had just enough in the tank to fend off the Lady Lions’ late charge and lock down their third victory of the young season, edging host Boyd County by six points, 171-165.
    On the boys’ side, Boyd County cruised, beating second-place Rowan County 175-114. A Lions club that finished 10th in last spring’s Class 2A, Region 6 meet has won all three meets it’s participated in this season.

    April 13, 2014 4 Photos

  • Starns, Steward stellar in '13-14

    After compiling a 40-2 record against 16th Region opponents over the last two seasons, Fleming County left the rest of the area thoroughly convinced of its prowess on the basketball court.

    April 13, 2014

  • Thunder on a sunny day

    Greenup County did its best to pitch to Ashland slugger McKenzie Vanover in her first three trips to the plate Saturday afternoon.
    It didn’t work out so well.

    April 13, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone