Important football games, and two fantastic soccer matches

Happy Friday, folks.

We’re entering the second-to-last week of the high school football regular season, and there are plenty of significant games in the area tonight.

Undefeated Bowling Green travels to Greenwood at 7 p.m., looking to lock up the Class 5A, District 2 title with a win.

Now, if the Purples should happen to lose their first game of the year, there would be a three-way tie for first in the district that creates a headache of a tiebreaker system.

Basically, the standings would come down to what BG and Warren Central’s opponents do in the final week of the season.

It would be possible in that case that Warren Central, who the Purples beat last week, could earn the No. 1 spot. But Bowling Green can avoid that completely by beating Greenwood for the 19th straight time.

I received a call this morning from a Bluegrass Cellular representative, telling me that BG-Greenwood is the company’s Battles in the Bluegrass rivalry of the week.

Fans can watch pregame videos of the coaches at http://www.battlesinthebluegrass.com, as well as vote afterward for a Play of the Game.

The winning school gets $250 and is eligible for the Play of the Season contest at the end of the year, which has a $1,000 prize. Just letting you guys know.

I’ll be covering South Warren’s game against Adair County tonight. The Spartans beat Hart County 23-21 last week and must beat Adair tonight for their first-ever playoff berth.

If South Warren wins, I believe it’ll be the No. 3 seed in its district. If South Warren loses, it’ll be left out as the fifth-place team.

You can follow @bgpreps on Twitter for updates from all of the local games, as well as check out Saturday’s Daily News.

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I had the privilege of covering both Region 4 soccer championships this week, and they probably both go down as the two best soccer matches I’ve ever covered.

Last night’s boys’ final – a 1-0 win in overtime by Greenwood over BG – is definitely at the top of the list.

Beyond just the intense rivalry, this match had everything. As I wrote about in today’s paper, there was so much to soak in after Stephen Altfillisch nailed his winning penalty kick.

You have to feel for the Purples, who hadn’t lost all year and fell to Greenwood in the region finals for the fourth straight season.

And how about Gators senior Tyler Daniels? The kid hurt his hip flexor and hamstring against Warren Central in the semifinals, and I’m told he had been on crutches leading up to Thursday.

Daniels had to leave the title match twice to be treated, but he was on the field to draw contact in the box and set up Altfillisch’s heroics.

The other coaches recognized that effort and awarded Daniels the MVP honors. He could barely walk back across the field after accepting his trophy, and Greenwood coach Scott Gural telling his players to “Go to Tyler” and embrace him was a nice moment.

The soccer rolls on next week with the “subsectional” first round of the state tournament. The Greenwood boys host University Heights on Monday, while the BG girls visit Hopkinsville on Tuesday.

We’ll of course have all of the action for you as it happens.

But for now, everybody go enjoy your weekend and the (hopefully) warmer, drier weather.

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