HRN’s thoughts on the regional football games

Last Friday marked the official kickoff to the local high school football season here on HRN. We had you covered with our game of the week (McLean County @ Ohio County) presented by, as well as live call ins from Daviess County @ Owensboro Catholic, Muhlenberg County @ Apollo, and Owensboro @ Madisonville North-Hopkins. As we look ahead to week two, lets take one last look at the action of week number one, starting with the teams from outside the city.

Todd County Central 14, Breckenridge County 6: This isn’t a good sign for the Tigers from beautiful, scenic Harned. With every remaining game left on the schedule featuring a team that is arguably better than Todd County Central, it appears wins are going to be hard to come by for Breckenridge County. Coach Hottell will have to find a way to keep the Tigers motivated as they host a hungry Grayson County team on Friday in Harned.

Simon Kenton 47, Meade County 13: The Pioneers are considered one of Kentucky’s best 6A teams outside of Jefferson County. Meade County wasn’t able to match up and was down 39-6 at the half. The bad news for Meade County is they have big games against Anderson County followed by Shelby County. Meade’s result against Simon Kenton is a little disheartening, but expect Meade to make strides as the season goes along, which has been the Green Wave M-O the past few seasons.

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Logan County 42, Butler County 24: Most people will look at this result as a doomsday scenario for the Bears. However, I think it’s more the combination of a couple of factors. One, Butler County will have to adjust to life post Rex Henderson, which would be difficult for any team. Second, Logan County is a vastly improved football program from last season and the Cougars have been on the upward swing since coach Todd Adler took over last season. Butler County still has plenty of playmakers in Brendan Shanklin, Gage Ward, and Houston Hampton. The Bears have to focus quickly as an impressive Edmonson County will host Butler County in Brownsville. If the Bears can get back on track this Friday, it could set them up for some huge matchups against Russellville and Apollo down the road.

Edmonson County 54, Caverna 6: The Wildcats opened the proverbial “can” on Caverna the first game of the season. Quarterback Tucker Cole was spot on in throwing a pair of touchdowns to James Hollis and Logan Lindsey. Although Caverna was grossly outmatched, the result was still a very good one for Edmonson County. The schedule will quickly become much more difficult for the Wildcats as they play host to Butler County this Friday, travel to Grayson County next Friday, and host a dangerous Warren East team in 3 weeks. It appears thus far, that the loss of Daniel Caudill has made the Wildcats a much more versatile team.

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Hancock County 33, Grayson County 14: The Hornets got 2017 off to a great start with a win over 5A Grayson County at Sheaffer-Glover field in Hawesville. Running back Gage Gray was an absolute beast as he ran for 153 yards on 15 carries with 1 touchdown. The Hornet defense only allowed 86 yards of total offense from Grayson County, which is a good start for a team trying to earn a home playoff game by season’s end. Darian Clay (10 tackles, 1 interception, 1 touchdown), Spencer Harpenau, (12 tackles), and Lukas Garrison (10 tackles) had very solid outings for the Hornet defense. Next week against Webster County should be a breeze for Hancock County, but the schedule will quickly get tougher as they will play at Ohio County in week 3. Grayson County meanwhile, should be able to rebound against a struggling Breckenridge County before taking on a surprisingly tough Edmonson County team.

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Ohio County 40, McLean County 38: The HRN game of the week presented by saw the host Ohio County Eagles shoot out to a quick 20-0 lead, but as the game wore on, McLean County simply would not go away. The first thing anyone had to notice was the marked improvement of the Ohio County football program. In this same game last year, the Eagles simply could not hold up to the running attack of McLean County in Calhoun, but with increased numbers, Ohio County was able to dominate the game early. Something started to happen however in the 3rd quarter as the wing attack of McLean County started to wear the Eagles down. This is the biggest McLean County offensive line in quite some time, and I fully expect the Cougar rushing attack to do that to many teams this year. Tyler Beals is a beast and is going to be hard for many teams to stop. Although McLean County lost the game, they showed they can match up with a 6A team, but the next game (Trigg County) will be a difficult task. Ohio County meanwhile, has a legitimate chance to start 5-0 on the year as the Eagles play Hopkins County Central next.

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