Crystal ball sees tough prep football seasons for locals

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Both squads should be around .500 mark

By Bobby Brockman

The not-so-accurate crystal ball in January picked Campbellsville to “clip” Taylor County 13-12 in high school football and for the Eagles to go 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the play-offs and the Cardinals to go 4-6 and be denied a post-season berth.
A lot of things have happened since then, but after wiping off more dust, the crystal ball will not let this old prognosticator change his picks much for 2012.
Here’s a week-by-week look at our local prep teams and what might, but probably will not, happen:

Russell County provides a tough opener for the Eagles of coach Dale Estes as the Lakers were one of the better teams in the state before being upset in the Class 4-A play-offs last season.
The young Campbellsville team may struggle to score while the Lakers may keep ringing up the scoreboard. Look for something like 49-6 Russell County.
It may not get much easier for CHS when it ventures to North Laurel next Saturday.
The Eagles could/should have won at South Laurel last year, but this year it’s North instead of South. The home team wins the Cumberland Bank Bowl again 21-14.
Week three (CHS-TCHS) we’ve already talked about and week four should mean a 20-7 home-field win over Bethlehem.
Green County will stop the Eagles’ modest winning streak 37-7 back on the turf at CU.
CHS heads into district play at 3-3 after a 34-9 triumph at Paris.
Williamsburg on the road is never easy and this season will be no exception as the Eagles absorb a 28-20 loss before downing Lynn Camp (30-6) and Berea (28-13) at home to finish second in the district. Fort Knox pins a 21-19 loss on CHS in the regular-season finale.
A home play-off win will again precede a road post-season loss.

Taylor County
McCreary Central was Eric Graves’ first win as Cardinal head coach and they will start off 2012 as a TCHS’ victim at 26-12.
Casey County has been a nemesis for the Cardinals, but Taylor County will end that bugaboo with a 14-12 home-field win next week.
Week three has already been talked about and the Cardinals will square their record at 2-2 with another home triumph (26-12) against Breckinridge County.
However, district play begins with Boyle County (49-6) and concludes after losses to Marion County (21-18), Lexington Catholic (55-0) and Mercer County (28-12).
Taylor County closes out the 2012 slate with a road win at Barren County (7-6) and a home triumph vs. Hart County (28-12).