By Kent Taylor
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Week #9 of Touchdown Friday Night will feature 8 games from all over Kentuckiana. We'll have highlights from games from two different states and 5 different counties.
Brian Winner is headed up to Owen County. The Rebels are off to a school record 7-0 start and host 6-1 Carroll County. "I love it, all growing up, all through middle school, elementary, we always won, we always came in first, second place, and everybody said that once we got into high school things were going to change, that it was a lot different when you were playing with the older big boys, and sure enough we're proving them wrong, so we're 7-0," Owen County quarterback Adam Hazlett told WAVE 3 Sports.
"They've taken the beatings the last four years, and I think that they're a little tired of it, and they're going to show up Friday night ready to go," Rebels head coach Adam Fowler added. "Talking to the administration, they're getting prepared, they're talking about bringing extra bleachers in. Carroll County is an outstanding team, and they're coached by a good friend of mine, Mike Weedman, and they're 6-1. If they beat us it's a three-way tie for first place in the district."
Sawyer Williams is Hazlett's favorite target, and at 6'7", he's easy to spot. He says winning has changed the attitude in Owenton. "In the previous years we've been coming out not expected to win, just expected to win our few rival games against Trimble and Gallatin, and now we're expected to win a lot of games," Williams said.
Friday night is also homecoming for the 2A #9 Rebels.
In Louisville's south end no rivalry is bigger than Pleasure Ridge Park and Butler. Friday night the 6A #7 Panthers (6-1) visit the 6A #5 Bears (5-2). Adding some spice to this one is the fact that Butler won last year's meeting 42-41 on a crazy kick return, with 6 laterals, as time expired. The play made it all the way to ESPN, and even resulted in some national TV appearances for Butler head coach Scott Carmony.
"We don't talk about it too much anymore, I mean we've got a lot of other things, and we've had a lot of other things to worry about, and think about, and we don't talk about it, our kids don't talk about it, it's a whole different year, it's a whole new year," Carmony said.
He may not talk about it, but his players say they still do."It comes up quite often, probably a little bit more than it should, Bears senior Henry Gallusser said. "We're not really concerned about the play, we're more worried about this year,"
P.R.P. head coach Jason Hiser is also ready to move on. "All I know is Butler played a good football game, and we played a pretty good football game and they got us, the score don't lie, they beat us, 42-41," he said.
All the publicity generated by that play has not gone unnoticed by the Panthers players. "They talk a lot, they talk a lot, they talk bad on our school and on our program," P.R.P.'s Davonte Richardson said, "but I just look forward to running out there and letting our pads talk."
The play aside, it's a rivalry with some serious bragging rights on the line. "Everybody in the city of Louisville knows about it. We don't really like each other, we don't like each other at all, but it's the game of the year," Butler's Dekendrick Mason said.
Our other 6 games include a top 5 6A matchup at Manual Stadium, as the #3 Crimsons ( 6-1) host #4 St. X (4-4). Trinity (7-0) has climbed all the way to #2 in the nation. The 6A #1 Rocks visit Male (2-5) in a rematch of the 2010 6A State Championship game.
5A #2 John Hardin (7-0), one of just 20 unbeatens remaining in the entire state, visits North Hardin (4-3), and 3A #1 Central (5-2) hosts Henry County (1-6).
There are three more weeks left in the regular season in Kentucky, but it is the final week over in Indiana. Floyd Central (7-1) is at New Albany (1-7), and Providence (4-4) visits Clarksville (3-5).
Scott Reynolds joins me in studio, plus we'll have highlights from Big Blue Madness and a report from Kendrick Haskins from U of L's Red-White scrimmage, all on WAVE 3 News at 11 and Touchdown Friday Night.