Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 11, 2013

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Playoff blowouts around the Bluegrass

ASHLAND — Want a case for eliminating the opening round of the KHSAA football playoffs?

You have 3,032 reasons on your side.

Of the 94 postseason games played on Friday and Saturday, winners outscored their opponents by a total margin of 3,032 points, which means games were decided by an average of 32.3 points per contest.

Wait, there’s more …

Also of those 94 matchups, only nine were decided by single digits. That’s 9.6 percent. Keep an eye on those narrow victors: Somerset, Gallatin, Bardstown, Carroll County, Walton-Verona, Monroe County, Conner, Grayson County and Shelby County.

If any of those advance deep into November, that will leave some reason for keeping the current format of four teams from each district punching a playoff ticket.

If not, what’s the point?

Call Me Crazy

Johnson Central continued to be one of the highest-scoring offenses in the state, with the top point total of the weekend. The Golden Eagles poured 77 on Harrison County.

Just last week on WLGC-FM’s “Let’s Talk Sports” radio show, I was asked who I liked to come out on top of each class in Bowling Green in early December. When it came to Class 4A, I blurted it out.

Johnson Central.

Yes, I realize most will call me crazy, especially since Johnson Central will likely match up with Highlands on the road.

Highlands, though, has shown some vulnerability this season in terms of giving up points, and the Golden Eagles’ aggressive, come-right-at-you approach might just be enough.

However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves too much.

Ashland will attempt to pull off a shocker at Highlands, while Covington Catholic won’t be a pushover in Paintsville this Friday.

No “Since” In It

I’ve got no “since” this week, but I was posed an interesting trivia question by a Twitter follower.

Is Jake Long the only player to ever score a touchdown for both Ironton and Ashland in the same season?

I’m thinking he could be…

'Cats Control

The score didn’t even do Ashland’s rout of Holmes justice. The Tomcats turned in an absolutely dominant effort from midway through the first quarter through the end of the third quarter, emphatically putting the Bulldogs away.

In the fourth period, Holmes kept its starters in as Ashland went to virtually all reserves.

The Tomcats spread the wealth, having seven different players find the end zone. Actually, it was eight if you take into account Hunter Prince’s throw and Jordan Kennedy's catch.

Tyler Sutton returned from a leg injury and contributed from the backfield.

Playoff Helmet Stickers

Four: None.

This isn’t a bad thing. There were just some well-rounded team efforts this weekend, so no stars really emerged.

Three: Nick Conley (Russell), Quinton Baker (Ashland), Bronson Korzep (Russell),

Two: Carson Christian (Raceland), Hunter Prince (Ashland).

One: Jordan McCann (Lewis County), Tyler Mustard (Lewis County), Daylin Beach (Raceland), Adam Elkins (Raceland), Jacob McKee (Russell).

‰The QB didn’t receive statistics from Lawrence County, Rowan County, Johnson Central or Paintsville.

McPeek Relocation

Former Fairview left tackle Cody McPeek will be blocking for the Tomcats next season, it appears. McPeek has enrolled at Ashland Blazer, putting himself in position to create holes for Quinton Baker, Jake Long and Hunter Prince next season as a senior.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder is a Division-I prospect. So is Baker.

Wide Right

Did you miss it? The following are scores from this past weekend: Ashland 49, Holmes 20; Highlands 70, Boyd Co. 6; Johnson Central 77, Harrison County 13; Lawrence County 36, Magoffin County 20; Garrard County 43, Lewis County 13; Paintsville 61, South Floyd 20; Raceland 62, Phelps 14; Russell 49, Estill County 21; Covington Catholic 41, Rowan County 14.

Noteworthy

Mason County continued to pave its unbeaten path with a 52-39 victory over Powell County. Closer than expected? Yes, but the Royals will likely get past Garrard County this Friday, too. Bourbon County and Mason County might be on a collision course for the regional finals. Bourbon is coming off a 41-0 whipping of Fleming County en route to this Friday's meeting with Russell.

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Remember the PG

The 39th annual basketball preview issue will be released on Monday, Dec. 2, the opening day of the season. Plenty of content about area boys and girls basketball included!

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

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