1. Harlan County– In their first game of the season the Black Bears pitched a 36-0 shutout and looked like the team that came on so strong last year. Harlan County is able to take the top spot in the mountains for the first time ever with a little help from Lexington Catholic.
2. Johnson Central- Johnson Central played well in the opener against Heath. All-State running back JJ Jude started the season off with 313 yards and 6 Touchdowns. The scary thing for the rest of the mountains is that he did it in only 9 carries.
3. Bell County – One thing you would never expect out of the Bell County Bobcats is a loss on Log Mountain to open up the season. Unfortunately, that was the fate of the Bobcats this past weekend. After losing the All-time Winningest Coach in Kentucky Football you would expect them to have some kinks to work out. Expect Coach Wayne Mills to have this team rolling very soon.
4. Hazard– The Bulldogs didn’t play in Week 0 but showed a lot of promise in their scrimmage against Belfry. They remain at the 4 spot.
5. Belfry – Belfry’s season officially starts this weekend against Harrison County. Look for big things from Coach Haywood’s team this year.
6. Knox Central - Knox is another team that has yet to take the field this season. How will the Panthers do under new Head Coach Scott Russel? We will find out this weekend as they open up against West Jessamine.
7. Breathitt County – Coach Holcomb’s Bobcats showed a little bit of everything against the Engineers of Estill County on Friday. They open the season with a 53-6 victory and look to get back in title contention.
8. Whitley County – The Colonels are looking to make a run for their District this year. They have their hands full with a tough schedule but don’t be surprised if they scare or upset some top-ranked teams.
9. Perry Central – The Commodore’s hit a wall toward the end of last season and ended up falling out of the playoffs in the first round. They return every skill player and started the season off with a crunch-time win over the Prestonsburg Blackcats. They will try to shock the mountains for the second week in a row this Friday as they travel to Johnson Central.
10. Rockcastle – The Rockets had a disappointing season last year but return a lot and started the season off with a shocking 45-0 victory over Sheldon Clark. Could Rockcastle become a force this year in the mountains again? We’ll have to see as the season progresses. They will mix it up with Whitley County on September 2nd.