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PREP FOOTBALL OPINION: Tonight is must-win for area teams (10/23)

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By Chuck Jones

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. NBC used to call its Thursday night lineup “Must-see TV.” I’m calling tonight “Must-win Friday” for a handful of area teams. Playoff futures are on the line. While some teams are in, a win would certainly bolster their seeding. Let’s start with North Hardin. If the Trojans win at Nelson County in a Class 6-A, District 2 game, they keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Trojans could use some help in the form of a Central Hardin victory over Meade County to avoid a messy tiebreaker situation. Lose, and well … season over. If Central Hardin wins, not only would it help North Hardin get in the playoffs, the Bruins can lock up the No. 2 seed and host a playoff game, which would be a big confidence booster after dropping back-to-back games. Lose and the Bruins face the prospect of going to Henderson County, Graves County or Owensboro Apollo. Meade County is in a similar situation as Central Hardin. If Meade County wins, the Green Wave are the No. 2 seed. Lose and they go on the road. In Class 5-A, District 3, the John Hardin Bulldogs could make their road in the playoffs a little bit better with a victory over Bullitt Central. If the Bulldogs lose, they are the No. 2 seed and would probably have to go on the road in the second round instead of hosting three playoff games. In Class 4-A, District 4, LaRue County can’t win the district championship after losing to Marion County last week, but like Central Hardin and Meade County, a win over Bullitt East would allow the Hawks to stay at home in the first round. Lose and they go to either Louisville Valley or Louisville Western. In Class 3-A, District 3, Elizabethtown needs a win in the worst way. A win at Louisville Moore would ensure the Panthers the third seed. HELMET STICKER It goes to the Meade County Green Wave and the John Hardin defense. Meade County won its third straight to continue its late season surge. John Hardin’s defense held its fourth consecutive opponent to negative yards rushing, which is quite an impressive feat. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Each week, I'll highlight the top 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 looks to rebound against Meade County after his second straight sub-par performance. n Alex Dingle, John Hardin. The 5-11, 183-pound quarterback didn’t have a touchdown pass for the first time this season, but then again, he didn’t need to. n Alex Lee, LaRue County. The junior halfback was held in check by Marion County, gaining just 68 yards on 13 carries. n Landon Savoy, John Hardin. The junior halfback rushed for only 65 yards, but found the end zone three times for the second straight week. OFFENSIVE SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR The same thought as the previous section. The players are listed in alphabetical order. n Devante Clarkson, Elizabethtown. Clarkson had five catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns. n Drew Newberry, LaRue County. Like Lee, Newberry was limited to 51 yards on 12 attempts. n Kyle Todd, Elizabethtown. Todd completed 21-of-32 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns. Chuck Jones is the sports editor for The News-Enterprise. He can be reached at 505-1759, or at cjones@thenewsenterprise.com