PREP FOOTBALL OPINION: Monday Morning Quarterback (09/23)

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By Chuck Jones


John Hardin senior Matt Elam is one of the country’s most sought after defensive linemen and Friday night he demonstrated why. The 6-foot-6, 360-pound tackle disrupted everything Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park tried to do. Elam spent the night in the backfield, creating havoc for both the running and passing game. He had four tackles for a loss, including two sacks, but the attention he received created openings for others. He finished with 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops. This was the Elam everyone expects to see every Friday night.


* John Hardin senior Khalil Frazier rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. He’s the first Bulldog to top 100 yards this season.

* Central Hardin junior Koree Krupinski passed for 143 yards and a touchdown and he added 66 yards and two scores on the ground.

* Elizabethtown senior James Washington rushed four times for 138 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a fumble return.

* This Meade County defense might be one of its best in recent memory. The Green Wave recorded a shutout and limited Jeffersontown to 119 yards.


Central Hardin is off to a 5-0 start, its best since winning its first eight games to start the 2010 season. While Friday night’s win over Bullitt East was impressive, what makes it even more remarkable is how the Bruins did it. Things weren’t going well. It went from bad to worse in the third quarter when the Chargers scored, and then returned a fumble for another touchdown in a 37-second span. But the Bruins showed tremendous resolve, rallying with three touchdowns in the final quarter. This was a character win for the Bruins.


LaRue County and North Hardin both are still searching for their first win midway through the season. This isn’t totally unexpected for the Hawks, who are young, and after a rash of injuries, are even younger and more inexperienced. They’ve played well defensively, but are still having trouble generating much offense. Meanwhile, the Trojans didn’t expect to be sitting in this situation. Granted the schedule has been brutal, but they had high hopes entering the season. The good news is both can turn around their season in district play.


1. Central Hardin (5-0). The Bruins did what good teams do: Find a way to win.

2. John Hardin (3-2). The Bulldogs turned to defense on a rainy night and it delivered a win.

3. Elizabethtown (4-1). The Panthers bounced back with a lopsided win over Breckinridge County.

4. Meade County (3-1). Four games, three shutouts. If the other team can’t score, the Green Wave can’t lose.

5. Fort Knox (1-4). The effort was there for the Eagles, but Bardstown’s speed was too much.

6. North Hardin (0-5). The Trojans look to right the ship heading into their first district game.

7. LaRue County (0-5). The Hawks have their bye week to try to get things going in the right direction.


“I played a lot of rain football when I was little. I just did whatever it took to get my team in the end zone.” — Krupinski said after scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help the Bruins to a 28-19 win over previously unbeaten Bullitt East.

Chuck Jonesis the sports editor for The News-Enterprise. He can be reached at (270) 505-1759, or at cjones@thenewsenterprise.com.