Before the very first University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football encounter in the revived football series, a die-hard Big Blue fan remarked, “I don’t care if we win another game as long as we just beat Louisville.”
Little did that person know, that it would happen the very first game in 1994 when the Wildcats conquered the Cardinals 20-14 in Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 3, but UK did not win another game in a 1-10 campaign and actually 12 in a row before winning at Indiana in 1995.
So, that’s a perfect example on why tomorrow’s Campbellsville-Taylor County high school football game at Campbellsville University’s Finley Stadium and Sunday’s Kentucky at Louisville clash in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium are not season-defining games.
Kentucky started a five-straight bowl run in 2006 despite losing 59-28 at Louisville early in that same season.
Last year’s 26-25 Taylor County triumph over Campbellsville at Campbellsville University did not ruin the Eagles’ season as CHS went on to win six of its next eight games, including a first-round play-off tilt, before being eliminated at Hazard in the play-offs.
However, it doesn’t lessen the importance of the game because it does mean huge local or state bragging rights for at least a year. But, the truth really is it only counts as one win or one loss — no more, no less.
Then again, I’m not sure UK head coach Bill Curry ever recovered from that 1994 setback as his 1-10 season was followed by back-to-back 4-7 years.
Locally, Bill Lindsey was a perfect 7-0 for the Cardinals in the TCHS-CHS gridiron rivalry, Perry Thomas was 6-2 for the Eagles and Harry Reif was a combined 7-1, coaching at Campbellsville (3-0) and Taylor County (4-1).