Tonight might be one of the few instances that something other than the final score will get most of the attention after the games.
Much of the talk this week has revolved around postgame handshakes following a directive issued by the KHSAA that discouraged the traditional act based on the report that more than two dozen physical incidents have occurred during the postgame ritual over the past three years in Kentucky.
It’s refreshing to hear our local athletic directors and coaches will continue practicing the act of sportsmanship.
Now, let’s take a break from the handshake talk and give someone else a hand. Me! Come on, I need some encouragement to keep up with sports writer Rocky Stanley in The Independent’s race for prediction pride!
Week 8 Predictions
Ashland 34, Sheldon Clark 12: Cards fall in Ashland’s direction as Cardinals fall again. After moving to 0-6, Sheldon Clark has now suffered its fourth straight non-winning season.
Rowan County 21, Boyd County 14: The Lions’ offense has been showing progression, but too many potential drives sputtered last week against Ashland. Can they muster enough against the Vikings? This game has been decided by 10 or fewer points the past two seasons.
Remember the enticing subplot: Boyd County coach John Gilliam’s son Austin is a senior lineman for Rowan County. Will they shake hands?
Mason County 34, Russell 24: The Royals’ season took off in 2012 with a dramatic 32-28 defeat of the Red Devils. Mason County beats Russell behind clutch defense and the strong running of RaShaun Nelson.
Johnson Central 54, Greenup County 16: The Golden Eagles are too powerful and explosive.
Fairview 42, Paintsville 21: Although the Tigers have enjoyed a breakout season, the Eagles are still the team to beat in Class A, District 7.
Raceland 44, Nicholas County 6: At least the Bluejackets don’t have a long bus trip.
Lawrence County 46, Pike County Central 34: Hawks run out of steam as Dawgs find enough seams.
St. Charles 30, Ironton 14: Fighting Tigers have a fighting chance, but a pretty slim one.
East Carter 27, Lewis County 21: Lions probably win just to prove me wrong again.
West Carter 28, Fleming County 26: Panthers drop another heartbreaker and stay winless.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2664.