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Kroger's Kentucky High School Football Rundown - Week 6



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Photo by Steven Peake | Kentucky Sports Radio

It was a busy Friday night in the Bluegrass. No. 2 Frederick Douglass’ 41-0 shutout of No. 24 Scott County in the Kroger KSR Game of the Week was just one of many big games across the state. KSR had boots on the ground in Louisville and Frankfort to capture the action. Check out the recaps below along with a statewide scoreboard thanks to our friends at Kroger.

No. 1 St. Xavier 13, No. 10 Trinity 8


The St. Xavier Tigers won a close defensive battle on Friday night over long-standing rivals Trinity 13-8 at Cardinal Stadium.

Defense Wins Championships

It was smashmouth football, a real slobber knocker on Friday night. The offense didn’t pour points as the rain slowly poured down onto the turf. Nevertheless, the St. Xavier Tigers (#1 in KSR’s Week 5 Top 25) prevailed over Trinity (#10) on defense alone. In fact, Trinity scored their eight points on two field goals and a safety.

On paper, this sounds like a boring game, yet it was far from it. The atmosphere from both sides of Cardinal Stadium kept the temperature high and showed on the field. The game started with multiple punts from both sides, as the defenses showed they came to play. The scoring began with a Trinity field goal from Kellen McLaughlin as the Shamrocks took a 3-0 lead. 

Later in the first half, St. X QB Adam Boone tossed a 19-yard touchdown to Jackson Campisano. This touchdown electrified the Tiger sideline and student section.

“I think it’s really just our defense and the energy they bring,” Boone said when asked about staying into a dogfight. “The positions they put us in gives us the energy to get our offense going and get the few plays we need. ” 

Something’s Gotta Give

When the second half started, the Trinity defense took things into their own hands. The Shamrocks forced a safety and took an 8-7 lead. Unfortunately for the Shamrocks, the offense couldn’t capitalize and add to the lead.

Then with nine minutes left in the game, backup St. X QB Trevor Havill threw a touchdown to Zach Marks.

“It’s about having that mindset in practice,” Marks said after the win. “The coaches do a great job giving you that mindset. We also play big games each week, which also helps”

The Marks touchdown ended up being the game-winner. He was also awarded player of the game.

“We were practicing to be in a battle, and overall we ended up winning. We had injuries throughout, but we were able to pull through.”

You Live, and You Learn

The Trinity Shamrocks have played a grueling schedule so far this year. They’ve played the juggernaut out of Ohio Archbishop Moeller, Louisville Male, Center Grove (Indiana), and LaSalle (Cincinnati). Unfortunately, the 3-3 record that the Shamrocks have is not a good indication of the team that played at Cardinal Stadium.

The Shamrock faithful would have loved to get one over on their rivals, that is without question. Nevertheless, it is easy to see that the talent is there and that Trinity is still a real contender in 6A.

The one area that all Trinity fans will point to is the red zone. Trinity coach Jay Cobb put it best.

“We have to do a better job of executing in the red zone; that’s been our bugaboo all year long. It bit us tonight, and it shouldn’t have been a close game.”

Onto the Next

Trinity will play host to another St. X (Cincinnati) next week.

Louisville St. X will host the Ryle Raiders on Friday.

Nicholas County 42, Frankfort 28


Nicholas County (6-0) stayed undefeated with a 42-28 win over Frankfort (3-3). The Blue Jackets scored touchdowns on six of their eight possessions, with the empty trips being kneel-downs in their own territory at the end of each half. Quarterback Tate Letcher connected with Andrew Watkins for two touchdowns. Watkins, who is tied for the state lead in interceptions, added another touchdown run. Sophomore Alex Koeder rushed for three touchdowns. The Blue Jackets are ranked No. 5 in Class A according to KSR.  

The Panthers, who won a wild 81-60 game two weeks ago against Doss, had an exciting night offensively but not good enough to get the win.  Mason Leigh had two touchdown passes to Caleb Hack and added another score on the ground.  Larry Carter also rushed for a score.  Conley and Jaden Morgan both had some dazzling rushes.

The Blue Jackets, who came in allowing the fewest points in all of Class A, got a big interception from Jacob Hatton right before halftime to swing momentum their way.  Pre snap infractions also hurt the Panther offense.

I really enjoyed my first trip to Sower field right in the heart of Frankfort. The 99-year old stadium is nestled in the middle of a neighborhood. A pitbull watched through a fence just beyond one end zone while extra points clanged into the house beyond the opposite end zone.  A net guarded the pit bull end zone goalpost, for obvious reasons.  There is hardly any room between the goalposts and fence so I had my guard up while filming in the end zone.

As someone who likes Fenway Park and the Rose Bowl over newer stadiums like over Truist Park and Mercedes Benz Stadium, I’m a sucker for history. I enjoy the idea that my grandfather, Rezin Howell of the Mt. Sterling Trojans, likely played on this field in the 1940s. Frankfort High has been playing football since 1911 and is 20th in the state in wins, highlighted by state tournament runner ups in 1968 and 1977.  This is retro to the coolest degree; who needs artificial turf when you have a locker room resembling a dungeon on the outside?

With fall in the air amid a feeling of nostalgia, the orange and blue clad fans celebrated homecoming with fervor and zeal, but it was the Blue Jackets who came out victorious.

The game was delayed in the final minutes when a Frankfort player was carried off on a stretcher. Tensions boiled over with a big scuffle on the next play. Refs considered calling the game bit it finished without incident.

Scores From Around The State

(KSR High School Rankings listed)

Thursday, Sept. 22

North Laurel43at South Laurel0
South Oldham43at Jeffersontown0

Friday, Sept. 23

No. 5 Christian Academy-Louisville51at Mercer County7
Middlesboro48at Morgan County0
Atherton58vs. Seneca27
No. 26 Bardstown40at LaRue County26
Barren County46at Russellville0
Belfry51at Magoffin County14
Bell County56vs. McCreary Central24
Berea54at Jackson County0
Betsy Layne61vs. Phelps14
Bishop Brossart10at Ludlow9
No. 14 Bowling Green46at Father Ryan (Nashville), TN45
Boyd County42vs. Harrison County21
No. 3 Boyle County65vs. North Hardin14
Bracken County24at Dayton0
Bryan Station50vs. Lafayette6
Bullitt East42at Meade County28
Butler County27vs. McLean County12
Caldwell County49vs. Ballard Memorial16
Campbell County21vs. No. 25 George Rogers Clark20 (OT)
Campbellsville47at Fort Knox7
Carroll County39at Shawnee8
Casey County32vs. Taylor County12
Central Hardin39at Fern Creek2
Christian County34vs. Murray20
Clay County42at Harlan County20
Collins27vs. Madison Southern18
Conner17vs. Boone County14
No. 6 Covington Catholic14at Cooper7
Cumberland Gap, TN60vs. Lynn Camp14
Daviess County57at Marshall County0
Doss40vs. Iroquois6
No. 7 DuPont Manual21vs. No. 4 Ballard0
Eastern48vs. North Bullitt14
Elizabethtown42vs. Thomas Nelson0
Estill County7vs. Rockcastle County3
Fairdale48vs. Bullitt Central0
Franklin County42vs. Shelby County19
Franklin-Simpson17vs. Allen County-Scottsville7
No. 2 Frederick Douglass41at No. 24 Scott County0
Graves County52at Breckinridge County0
Grayson County42vs. Muhlenberg County6
Green County52at Clinton County12
Greenwood41at Glasgow28
Harlan50vs. Sayre42
Hart County35at Adair County13
Hazard14vs. Ashland Blazer7
No. 21 Henderson County30at No. 23 Paducah Tilghman13
Henry County49vs. DeSales6
Highlands59vs. Dixie Heights14
Holmes40at Holy Cross (Covington)27
Holy Cross (Louisville)23vs. Providence (Clarksville), IN21
Kentucky Country Day29vs. Southern14
Lawrence County42at East Carter26
Leslie County52vs. Fairview12
Letcher County Central49at Perry County Central32
Lewis County34vs. Powell County29
No. 15 Lexington Catholic41at Tates Creek0
Logan County49vs. Hopkinsville28
Madisonville-North Hopkins67vs. Calloway County7
No. 8 Male36at Butler0
Martin County46at Bath County0
Mason County49vs. Pendleton County12
No. 13 Mayfield50vs. Fort Campbell7
McCracken County34vs. Apollo14
Metcalfe County39at Edmonson County22
Montgomery County48at Grant County22
Nelson County45vs. Caverna22
Newport Central Catholic42vs.Newport26
Nicholas County42at Frankfort28
North Oldham47vs. Waggener7
Owen County18at Trimble County14
No. 22 Owensboro56vs. Ohio County7
Owensboro Catholic48at Hancock County12
Paul Laurence Dunbar21at Russell14
Pike County Central30vs. Floyd Central28
No. 18 Pikeville60vs. Lexington Christian21
Pleasure Ridge Park35vs. Western0
Prestonsburg42at East Ridge36
No. 16 Pulaski County55vs. Whitley County13
Raceland48at Greenup County28
Scott37at Rowan County34
Shelby Valley54vs. West Carter21
Somerset38vs. Williamsburg28
No. 11 South Warren24vs. Central0
No. 20 Southwestern48vs. Lincoln County0
Spencer County48vs. Marion County7
No. 1 St. Xavier13vs. No. 10 Trinity (Louisville)8
Todd County Central30vs. Monroe County0
Trigg County55at Fulton County34
No. 27 Union County25at Crittenden County6
Valley30vs. John Hardin17
Walton-Verona35vs. Gallatin County8
Warren Central36vs. Russell County9
Warren East35vs. Wayne County14
Washington County49at Eminence13

Kroger is a staple in your hometown community just like high school football. There’s nothing quite like Friday nights in the Bluegrass. We are honored to share this journey with Kroger and you for the third consecutive season. 

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