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With the playoffs starting this weekend in the Bluegrass State, no Class seems more up in the air across the Commonwealth than Class 5A.
That is never more evident in the district pairings here in Northern Kentucky, where Cooper laid claim to the District 5 title.
The bracket’s most highly-touted team, Franklin County, is very capable of making a deep run. They will be the team to beat from these sqauads.
Let’s take a look at the opening weekend’s contests:
Montgomery County (5-5) at Cooper (6-4) - It has been a season of firsts for head coach Randy Borchers and his Jaguars. Cooper will host a playoff game for the first time school history. Borchers is hoping he can follow up that up with his team picking the school’s first-ever playoff victory. Dual-threat quarterback Tyler Morris will be the key to Cooper’s post-season success. The junior has hurt opponents all season with his arm and his feet.
While the Jaguars are flying high as winners of five straight games, things have not gone as well of late for Montgomery County. The Indians are coming off a 28-12 win over Rockcastle County, but the team hasn’t won two straight games all season. Montgomery County has struggled to stop the run most of the year as they allow 193 yards per game on the ground. They will have their hands full in this contest.
East Jessamine (5-5) at Conner (5-5) - It has been a rollercoaster of a season for the Cougars’ head coach Dave Trosper and his team. Conner is capable of stringing together a couple of post-season wins, but they will need to take things one game at a time. Sophomore quarterback Drew Barker has enjoyed a breakout season, but most of his damage has come on the ground with 15 of his 16 touchdowns coming via his legs.
East Jessamine wrapped up the regular season with three straight losses after losing one of the best running backs in the state, Cameron Thomas, to an ACL injury. The Jaguars have been an absolute wreck without the Mr. Kentucky candidate and are primed for an early exit here.
Scott (4-5) at Franklin County (10-0) - The Eagles already made one trip to Franklin County this season in a game they lost 54-14 back on September 16. Though Scott has been more competitive this season there seems to be nothing to suggest a different outcome this time around against a Flyers’ defense that is only allowing 8.3 points per game.
South Oldham (6-4) at Anderson County (8-2) - South Oldham’s Achilles’ heel all season has been their inability to stop the run as teams average nearly 260 yards per game against them. Anderson County though is a pass-first team led by quarterback Seth Carmichael (2,099 PaYd, 26 PaTD).
*All games played on Friday, Nov. 4th at 7:30 p.m.
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