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This year, each Friday I’ll take a look at the week that was in high school football and look ahead at the upcoming week.
Most of our readers probably look forward to our predictions, seeing if we picked your team or against it. It might be one of the most read parts of the newspaper because fans always remind us when we’re wrong.
Two years ago, I went into a slump so I began to let my daughter, Lilee, make my selections to help me snap out of it. It seemed to help and last year I bounced back to tie Greg Crews for best record. Yes, Greg, it was a tie.
But the results this year have been a little puzzling. As Greg elegantly put it, “We (the sports staff) should be embarrassed.” Our county editor Jeff D’Alessio, who hasn’t missed a game, and photographer Neal Cardin both have better records than all four members of the sports staff.
If this continues, Lilee as well as Jordan Bryan (Nathaniel Bryan’s nephew) and Brody Crews (Greg’s son) are going to have to take over to save the family name.
New addition. This week’s helmet sticker goes to the Central Hardin Bruins, who are 3-0 for the first time since 1999 and ranked 10th in The Associated Press Class 6-A poll.
GAME OF THE WEEK
John Hardin at North Hardin. The Trojans won the first two meetings, but the Bulldogs have controlled the series since winning three in a row and putting North Hardin in the rearview mirror. The Trojans have struggled in recent years, while John Hardin has gone 42-9 the last four years. If the Trojans are looking to make a statement that they’re back, tonight would be a good time to do it.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Each week, I'll highlight the top five performers who I think are up for the Offensive Player of the Year. The players are listed in alphabetical order.
n Dylan Beger, Central Hardin. The 6-foot-1, 161-pound quarterback didn’t throw for many yards, but then again, he didn’t have to in last week’s 49-7 victory. He still added to his area-best 11 touchdown passes.
n Vincent Davis, Central Hardin. The 5-10, 166-pound quarterback passed – no pun intended – Beger for the area lead in passing yards, but he struggled in the second half at Shelby County
n Alex Dingle, John Hardin. The 5-11, 183-pound quarterback is fourth in the area in passing yards. He is averaging 211 yards a game and has three touchdown passes.
n Landon Savoy, John Hardin. The junior halfback rushed for more than 140 yards for the second consecutive week. If John Hardin’s going to beat North Hardin tonight, another big effort is needed.
OFFENSIVE SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
The same thought as the previous section. This one is limited to top three. The players are listed in alphabetical order.
n David Hickman, North Hardin. Hickman is third in the area in rushing yards with 200 and is tied for the area lead in scoring.
n Drew Newberry, LaRue County. Newberry and the Hawks were off last week.
n Kyle Todd, Elizabethtown. Todd had a rough night against the Bruins, but still has thrown for 705 yards and six scores.
Chuck Jones is the sports editor for The News-Enterprise. He can be reached at 505-1759, or at email@example.com