* Most surprising team.
Harrodsburg, no question. The Pioneers impressively whipped crosstown rival Mercer County and are unbeaten in four outings going into tonight's game at Grant County. First-year coach Terry Yeast not only has wisely made use of Dunn's talent, but he's also developed some other offensive weapons. He's restored confidence to a team that had fallen on hard times in recent years and wants more respect based on what junior lineman Richard Reilly wrote:
"I was just wondering why anybody hasn't given the Harrodsburg Pioneers any respect. We are 4-0 and we have the best defense in the area giving up only 26 points. We average about 41 points a game and also have the best running back in the state of Kentucky (Dunn). Things are changing at Hogtown and teams better watch out for us."
Consider other teams warned.
Honorable mention goes to Garrard County, which is riding a four-game winning streak after giving heavily favored Dunbar a close contest to open the season.
* Most disappointing team.
Casey County, no question. However, there's a good reason for what has happened. Coach Andy Stephens upgraded the schedule by adding non-district games with area foes Harrodsburg and Lincoln County. However, he didn't know then that quarterback Kyle Long would go out with a preseason injury, star running back Rex Delk would be slowed by an ankle injury and top receiver Blake McGinnis has also been hampered by an injury.
The result has been a 1-4 mark going into next week's district opener - the Steve Stonebraker Bowl - at Garrard County.
* Most improved player.
It has to be Mercer County placekicker Jason Chadwick. He played soccer in 2000, did not play any sport in 2001 and was a backup kicker in 2002. Now he's become a reliable placekicker with big-time range. He's already made seven field goals and 10 extra points for the Scotties this year. He's also playing regularly in the line and has emerged as a valuable player for the Scotties.
* Biggest mystery.
That has to be Danville's play. The Ads looked sensational against Manual, which later beat Trinity. They were overpowering against Somerset. In between they were lethargic at Lincoln County and soundly whipped by Boyle.
At times, the Admirals have looked like potentially the best team in Class A. At other times, they've looked like a team that won't be playing in December. Perhaps tonight's game at Highlands will let the team really show whether it will be a Class A contender or pretender.
* 110 percent award.
Give it to Lincoln coach Robbie Lucas. His team finally got its first victory last week at Casey, but the second-year coach has a plan and has not given up on the team or the future. He added games with East Jessamine and Danville this season and, despite the 1-4 record, the Patriots have improved in many facets of the game this year. Lucas could even get his team into the playoffs if it could win the next two games against Marion County and Taylor County, which would be an amazing feat.
Larry Vaught can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.