Checking out prep football play-off scenarios

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Eagles can still get home game

By Bobby Brockman


High school and big-time collegiate football are sort of similar in that once you defeat a team you hope they start back winning.
On the college scene, it helps teams’ BCS ratings while on the prep gridiron it could mean the difference in making or not making post-season play.
That being the case, Taylor County High School’s play-off chances do not look promising even if the Cardinals triumph on Friday night at home vs. Mercer County.
With a win,  TCHS would, more than likely, end in a three-way tie for third and fourth with Marion County, who beat the Cardinals, and Mercer County, who Taylor County would have defeated.
However in the KHSAA tie-breaker formula which counts points for wins by defeated opponents, Mercer County owns non-district victories against Allen County-Scottsville (4), Danville (4) and West Jessamine (3) for 11 points with a chance to defeat Paul Laurence Dunbar (5) in the last tilt of the season.
Marion County has defeated Lloyd Memorial (5) and Woodford County (1) and host Washington County (3) in the Knights’ regular-season finale for at least 6 points.
On the other hand, Taylor County currently has only 1 point with its win over Casey County and will get 1 more point for sure as winless LaRue County plays at 0-7 Campbellsville in the last game of the season. Plus, the Eagles are favored in district road games the next two weeks at Lynn Camp and Berea.
Campbellsville’s play-off road is much simpler. The Eagles, playing in a four-team district (the Cardinals are in a five-team loop), need two wins to secure the No. 2 seed and a home play-off game.
A split of the next two games would probably get them the No. 3 seed and a road trip vs. the No. 2 seed in Class A, District 6 while two losses would bring about the No. 4 seed and a trip to the top seed in District 6.
Currently, Hazard (5-2) and Pineville (5-2) are tied for first in the Eastern Kentucky district with Harlan (1-6) and Jenkins (1-6) knotted for third.
Campbellsville has entertained Pineville the last two seasons in the play-offs with a win (in 2011) and a loss (last November) at Campbellsville University’s Finley Stadium.
Through eight of the 11-week season, Campbellsville High’s opponents have a 35-35 worksheet.
The Eagles have faced foes with records of 30-19, led by Russell County and Bethlehem’s 6-1 records while Williamsburg, Danville and Green County have four victories apiece. Edmonson County and Taylor County own 3-4 ledgers.
The last three CHS foes Lynn Camp (3-4), Berea (2-5) and LaRue County (0-7) have losing records.
Taylor County’s opponents’ overall records are 32-40 with 22-28 being against played opposition.
Boyle County has been the Cardinals’ top foe with a 7-0 worksheet while Russell County is 6-1 and Lexington Catholic 5-3.
Mercer County and Green County each have four victories, who Taylor County plays this week and in two weeks while Barren County, next week’s opponent, is 2-5. (As mentioned previously, CHS, Casey County and LaRue County are a combined 1-20.)
While the play-off scene is clear as mud, next year’s schedules will have only sites reversed before the 2015 alignment is approved sometime in 2014.
Campbellsville will have Bardstown in the Forcht Bank Bowl, instead of Edmonson County, while Taylor County will battle Edmonson County in place of Russell County. The Eagles and Cardinals will flip-flop with TCHS playing the Friday-night game and CHS competing on Saturday.

• Back to the play-off scene, two districts in the state have an odd scenario.
In Class 6A, District 2 and Class 2A, District 3 only three teams compete for post-season play.
Thus, the fifth-place team in Class 6A, District 6 and Class 2A, District 4 (which has six teams) will play as the fourth seed for the other district.
Boone County will get the 6A seed and have to go to a top seed.
Washington County or Fort Knox will get that 2A spot, but will have to visit CAL (8-0) or DeSales (7-0) in the play-offs. The fourth seed in their original district will play at the Green County-Glasgow victor.