Vaught's Views: Poll has both Title Town teams No. 1

July 20, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

If the preseason football rankings are right, Title Town is going to be a happy place the first weekend in December.

The poll has Danville and Boyle County once again atop the Class A and Class AAA rankings, respectively. And why shouldn't those two teams be at the top?

The Rebels return most of their starters off a 15-0 team that demolished Highlands in the state title game. Boyle now has won 73 of its last 75 games and captured five straight state titles.

Danville has won three of the last four Class A titles and has been in the state title game four of the last six years. While the Admirals lost more to graduation than Boyle, they certainly have a nucleus returning that merits having such a lofty ranking.


Familiar names are also at the top of the preseason rankings. In Class A, Newport Central Catholic is No. 2, Louisville Holy Cross No. 3 and Beechwood No. 4. Danville beat Holy Cross in the Class A regional title game last year and then downed Beechwood in the title game. Danville beat Newport Central Catholic in the 2000 and 2001 state championship games.

What about Mayfield? The Cardinals have a young team and enter the season ranked No. 6 behind regional foe Hancock County. However, it still will be no surprise to see a Danville-Mayfield battle on Thanksgiving weekend in the state semifnals.

Right behind Boyle in the Class AAA poll is Highlands, a team that lost by one point to both Boyle and Danville during the 2003 regular season. Hopkinsville is No. 3 and a likely state semifinal opponent for Boyle. The Tigers, as always, have a wealth of talent led by versatile quarterback Curtis Pulley.

Boyle plays Highlands Sept. 17. The Rebels also open the season at Lexington Catholic, which is No. 6 in the preseason poll and has two of the state's premier players in senior linebacker Brandon Logan and junior quarterback Justin Burke.

Class AA ignores Mercer County, Garrard County and Casey County. Elizabethtown, which eliminated Garrard in the playoffs last year, is the No. 1 team with Belfry No. 2.

It's no surprise that Trinity, Male and St. Xavier are the top three teams in Class AAAA. Manual is No. 4 and Dunbar No. 8 and those two teams meet in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic here Aug. 21 in another of the top matchups the first weekend of the season.

But what the poll does better than anything else is justify the preseason excitement in Title Town.

Kentucky Monthly will have article on Title Town

Kentucky Monthly, a magazine, should have its August edition on newsstands here early next week. The monthly magazine will feature an 1,800-word article on the Title Town phenomena. The in-depth look at the way two teams from the same community have been able to dominate state high school football includes interviews with coaches, former players and fans of both teams.

While the magazine article certainly will provide bulletin board fodder for Boyle and Danville opponents, it also will give those outside the area a taste of what the football magic - and rivalry - here is all about.

Never doubt that the rivalry still exists. Yet former Boyle receiver Neal Brown made a valid point during his recent visit here before going to Connecticut to start his first year as a full-time assistant coach for Division I-AA Sacred Heart University.

"Both teams are actually getting more notoriety because the other team is also winning. If just Boyle or just Danville was winning, it would not be as big a story outside this area. But because they are both winning, it's become a bigger story and actually brings more attention to both schools," Brown said.

He's right and that's why another December weekend celebration is only going to add to the allure of Title Town.

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