The Daily News has six teams still playing high school football heading into this week’s second round of the playoffs.
Four of those teams – Bowling Green, Warren East, Warren Central and South Warren – are here in Warren County, while Glasgow and Russellville are also still alive.
Those six teams represent five classes, 1A through 5A, and have a combined record of 57-9 with no team’s record worse than 8-3.
Here are some thoughts from the coaches of five of the six programs, minus Russellville and coach John Myers, which travels to Kentucky Country Day in the Class 1A second round.
KEVIN WALLACE, Bowling Green coach
On Christian County (9-2): “A team that’s averaging the number of points that they’re averaging is obviously very talented. They’ve got a good running back, nice receivers, quarterback’s doing an outstanding job. From a standpoint of how they call their offense, they do a good job of getting the ball in the hands of people who can really make plays.”
On defending the Colonels: “I hope we can cause them some problems up front with the way we move and bring people. Watching them on film, I don’t think they’ve played anybody that’s pressured them a little bit. We’re going to try to get after them. We’ve got to do a good job tackling in space.”
BEN BRUNI, Warren East coach
On Lone Oak (8-3): “You have to start with what they have up front. They are the biggest football team we’ve seen all year long. They are absolutely immense on the offensive and defensive line. They’re very young with their skill players, but they’re very athletic and explosive.”
On LOHS running back D’Juan Sherrill: “He has the ability to run you over and run past you, and he does all that behind a small mountain range. They’re a tough combination when you put that together. They’re a tough offense.”
MIKE ROGERS, Warren Central coach
On Graves County (9-2): “They score a lot of points. That’s the big thing. They have a dynamic offense that’s had a lot of success. Zack Katzman is the school’s all-time leading rusher, and that’s saying a lot. They have a couple of good receivers and the quarterback is playing extremely well right now, so they’re a huge challenge for us.”
“They’re giving up some points, but I think they’re playing better as of late. They’ve gotten better as the season’s gone on. We’re expecting a really good effort out of them and an aggressive defense.”
MARK NELSON, South Warren coach
On Fort Campbell (9-2): “Year after year, Fort Campbell is the team to beat in 3A. It’s going to be a big job for our team to go down there and play on their field again. They’ve got a lot of speed, they’re big up front and they’re very skilled. That presents challenges for us, but our kids have been fighting all year long, and I think we’ll be ready to play.”
On the Falcons’ personnel: “(Running back Tristen) Luke is a very good football player. He plays both ways, and when they have a big play, he seems to be involved. Their big lineman, (Coty Hix), he’s a really physical football player. Defensively, (linebacker Drayton) Simmons is somebody that’s a football coach’s dream when he’s on your team. He’s a nightmare when you go against him.”
RICK WOOD, Glasgow coach
On Bardstown (10-1): “They’re ranked No. 3 for a reason. They’re solid and extremely fast, as Bardstown always is. They’re really impressive on film. They have tremendous big-play capability.”
On winning five games in a row: “We’re playing solid. Right now, we feel like we’re playing our best football, and we know we’ll have to play that way to win Friday.”