October 21st, 2010

Week 10 High School Football Predictions

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Week 10 High School Football Predictions
photo from Holy Cross High School

Can the Cougars finish its regular season undefeated?

With two weeks until the Kentucky high school football state playoffs (and the Indiana postseason getting underway tonight), this weekend is certain to be a crucial one for several Louisville area teams.

Read below, as LouisvilleCatholicSports.com previews each game and provides its prediction for all the big games.

Trinity (7-1) vs. Ballard (6-2)

This match-up of District 5 teams showcases two of the state’s most prolific offenses, as the Shamrock trio of quarterback Travis Wright, running back Derek Bishop, and wide receiver James Quick look to continue their dominance of Kentucky teams. They will be countered by Mr. Football front runner Devontae Parker, hybrid player Damonte Flippins and quarterback Moez Crawford. Trinity has won 46 straight district games and Friday will be their first home game since Sept. 17. Ballard has won two straight games following its 26-20 home loss to Male.

Prediction: Trinity 35 Ballard 31


Holy Cross (9-0) vs. Paducah Tilghamn (7-2)

Playing a Saturday afternoon contest, Class A Holy Cross High School is looking for its tenth straight victory and an undefeated regular season schedule, as the Cougars welcome Class 3A Paducah Tilghman to Alumni Field. Tilghman, who will be making the 3.5-hour drive from western Kentucky, is a traditionally fast team who only lost to Class A’s No. 1 team – Mayfield – by three points earlier this season. Holy Cross, who has already clinched a district title, is led by a trio of running backs that will have to be effective in order to wear down the athletic Tilghman Tornado.

Prediction Holy Cross 20 Paducah Tilghman 17


DeSales (4-4) vs. Carroll County (6-2)

Following a hard fought district win last week against Christian Academy of Louisville, the DeSales Colts are seeking its third straight win against a Carroll County team that allowed that same CAL team to score 69 points just two weeks ago. But despite boasting one of the most dangerous backfield duos in the state – Garrit Leicht and Jeremy Lucas – DeSales should not take Carroll County lightly. The Colts do have the edge by playing the game at “home” within the confines of duPont Manual Stadium.

Prediction: DeSales 30 Carroll County 17


St. Xavier (6-2) vs. Pleasure Ridge Park (4-4)

Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP) made national headlines this past week after one of the craziest finishes to a football game you will ever see, in a game against Butler. Playing at home again, how will the Panthers rebound after such an emotional roller coaster one week ago? They will have to be prepared to take on a resurgent St. X team that has found new life behind full-time QB Alex Mattingly and an almost 100-percent La’mont McMurry. Following its loss to Trinity, the Tigers have won two straight games by a combined score of 89-14 and look to stay on a roll on the road.

Prediction: St. Xavier 42 PRP 14


Providence (6-3) vs. Triton Central (6-3)

It’s playoff time in Indiana, as the 38th Annual State Tournament is ready to commence on Friday night. After an impressive 35-18 victory last week on Senior Night, can Gene Sartini’s Providence team refocus and win on the road in this Sectional 31 first-round game? The TritonTigers have not been playing their best ball, and narrowly escaped having a third straight loss last week with a 22-21 win over Milan. The Pioneers seem poised for a postseason run and will have to do on the ground behind the rushing attack of Spencer Corraro, Zack Johnson, and Jared Griffith.

Prediction: Providence 21 Triton Central 14

For schedules of all these games and more, visit the "Local Schedules" section here: http://www.louisvillecatholicsports.com/page/local-schedules


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