After 20 straight years of matchups within a rivalry that produced a 10-10 outcome, Raceland and Greenup County will not play one another next season, according to Raceland coach T.J. Maynard.

The decision to not re-sign the contract was ultimately made by Greenup County, said Maynard.

With the current methods of scheduling, which is signing two-year contracts, Maynard said that, as long as he is head coach at Raceland, the rivalry will not be renewed.

“I told them that if they’re not going to (re-sign), we’ll never sign another contract as long as I’m head coach,” Maynard said.

The decision came after month-long negotiations could not be agreed upon by the Musketeers to continue the series.

“I’m frustrated because it doesn’t make sense,” Maynard said. “There is no reason to get rid of the game.”

Greenup County coach Mike Copley did not confirm one way or the other on Thursday.

With the finalized KHSAA alignment for 2011-14 slated to be released next week, Maynard was close to finalizing Raceland’s 2011 schedule on Thursday, as the Rams have added a non-district contest with Lawrence County to the schedule.

According to Lawrence County coach Luke Salmons, an Ashland-Lawrence County matchup is another distinct possibility for 2011.

Boyd County has also dropped Raceland from its schedule, but, there is still a slim chance of the game happening if the two sides need a game, according to Maynard.

Defensive stand

While assembling the area’s statistical leaders for the week, the QB stumbled upon an interesting team statistic.

Three area schools comprise half of the six classes’ state leaders in points allowed.

Fairview (Class A), West Carter (3A) and Lawrence County (4A) each lead its respective class in this category.

Zach Segina, Jared Hutchinson, Ryan Webb and Chris Littlejohn, as the team’s top four tacklers, have led the Eagles to limiting opponents to 55 total points this season — 7.9 points per game.

West Carter might be the most under-the-radar team in this group, but the Comets are putting together one of the best seasons in school history. Timmy Bradley, Ryan Huston and Mackenzie McGlone have spearheaded a defense that has allowed just 73 points in seven games, including just 16 to Fairview and 13 to Russell in the Comets’ two losses.

The Comets could very well take a 7-3 record into the postseason. They haven’t had seven wins in a season since... well, let’s save that for Monday morning.

Thanks to defensive leadership from seniors Blake Bradley and Turner O’Brian, Lawrence County has surrendered just 68 points in seven games.

Eagle trap?

Sandwiched in between an emotional win over its arch rival and a road meeting with the district kings lies a tiring, uneventful bus ride to Carlisle against a sneaky team.

Nicholas County is 4-3, but Fairview is not willing to let that fool itself into automatic victory mode. The Eagles put their unblemished record on the line once again this week, with three additional potential accomplishments at stake — an undefeated season within the Eastern Kentucky Conference, a guaranteed home playoff game and the set-up of a district championship next week in Lexington against Lexington Christian.

“Nicholas is a very scary football team,” said Fairview coach Nate McPeek. “They have physical, strong kids. It’s never certain any time you go take a trip like that.”

Home turf

Ashland, Fairview and Russell are each competing for a guaranteed home field playoff game tonight.

The Tomcats go to Montgomery County, the Eagles to Nicholas County and the Red Devils travel to Lewis County.

Montgomery County will throw four running backs who have each amassed more than 200 yards at Ashland, but look for the Tomcats to play with some fight tonight. A win will negate a first-round playoff trip to northern Kentucky.

Russell is an average 4-4, but could possibly close out the season with two wins if it keeps showing improvement. A few mistakes proved costly against Mason County last week, but if the Red Devils could notch a win over the Lions and then Raceland next week, they would finish 6-4 and avoid their first non-winning regular season since 1997.

LCA comes to Ram-land

Raceland would also like to still be in the running for a chance at a home playoff game after tonight’s matchup with LCA.

Zach West, who has committed to the University of Kentucky, leads an offensive line for LCA that protects quarterback Kyle Bolin.

“This is not the same LCA as last year (when it was crowned state champions),” Maynard said. “But they are awfully good. We’ll have to be able to get some offense going.”

As for West, Maynard suggested that the force on the front line might stay on the sideline.

“Maybe he’ll get the flu and won’t be able to play,” Maynard joked.

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For your ears only

Tonight’s radio coverage:

Greenup County at Boyd County: WBKS 107.1-FM; WZZZ 107.5-FM

Bath County at East Carter: WUGO 102.3-FM

Bishop Hartley at Ironton: WIRO 1230 AM

Russell at Lewis County: WLGC 105.7-FM; WKKS 104.9-FM

Ashland at Montgomery County: WBVB 97.1-FM

Fairview at Nicholas County: wlgcradio.com

Lawrence County at Rowan County: WQXX 106.1-FM; WZAQ 92.3-FM

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

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