Vaught's Views: Listening to show pays off

August 23, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Notes and thoughts on an interesting opening weekend of high school football.

* It really does pay to listen to "Title Town Talk," the weekly radio show on WHIR 1230-AM each Thursday 6-7 p.m. at Arby's here with Charlie Perry and myself.

On our first show last week, we offered listeners a chance to win 10 footballs to throw in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic Toss for the Titan. Danville's Jeff Trueblood claimed the footballs and today he's completing paperwork on the two-year lease on the Nissan Titan he won Saturday.

Trueblood and three other contestants - James Neikirk, Mary McKitric and Donald Holtzclaw - purchased footballs that were tossed into the sunroof of the Titan. Each had a chance to choose a key and Trueblood picked the one that started the Titan.


So if you don't think it will pay to listen to our show Thursday, just ask Trueblood.

* Boyle County cannot be expected to win every game, but there's no way anyone could have anticipated Lexington Catholic - or anyone else - scoring 43 points on the Rebels. Yet that's just what Catholic did in Saturday's 43-42 thriller that must have left WKYT-TV officials patting themselves on the back for picking this game to televise, even if it did last three hours.

Boyle had won 73 of 75 games going into Saturday's game. More importantly, the last time the Rebels gave up 43 points was in 1998 when they lost 60-7 to Danville. Since then Boyle had gone 77 games without surrendering 43 points in a game.

The Rebels looked to have the game won when they went up 35-14. Normally, that's when Boyle buries an opponent. But before you wonder if the Rebels can win an unprecedented sixth straight state title, remember two things.

One, Boyle has suffered a lot of preseason injuries that have cost players practice time and also has linebacker-tight end Evan Teague sitting the game out because of a suspension.

Two, Catholic probably has more depth than any team in the state except Trinity and St. Xavier, and in an emotional, intense opening game, that depth paid big dividends in the fourth quarter.

Even though I picked this upset, I'll still take Boyle as Class AAA champion in December.

* Danville might not have the depth or as many playmakers as coach Sam Harp wants, but the Admirals are still going to be a good team. Danville proved that by coasting to a 43-6 win over Garrard County in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic

Harp's team took the life out of an upset-minded Garrard team early and never let the Golden Lions in the game. Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker tried a lot of offensive gimmicks against Danville, but the Admirals' more simple offense was much more effective.

* If you need rain and lightning, call PBK Bank Death Valley Bowl officials. For the second straight year, foul weather played havoc with the bowl and this time resulted in postponing the Lincoln County-Harrison County game from Friday until Saturday afternoon, which was absolutely the right decision to make.

New Lincoln coach Larry French's team was not bad on defense, but has to work on its offense. Still, from all accounts, the French we knew and loved when he was head coach at Mercer County has not changed. He was as demonstrative as ever from start to finish.

* Casey County is going to face a long season unless coach Andy Stephens can find a way to solve the Rebels' obvious chemistry problem. Stephens was visibly upset not only with his team's overall effort, but the attitude of his younger players.

Casey does not have the numbers or overall talent to win, or be competitive, unless everyone from the head coach to the last player has the same goal in mind.

* If preseason publicity bothered Mercer County's Andrew McCloud, it didn't show. He opened the season by rushing for 268 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in a win at Monroe County.

He's going to be a marked man this season after the season he had in 2003 and the success he had in off-season workouts that attracted Division I recruiters. But McCloud and his teammates made a statement Friday that stopping him is going to still be easier said than done.

* Finally, Harrodsburg might be short on numbers, but still has a rising star in sophomore running back Brandon Ford. He showed that Friday with 162 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a win over Western Hills.

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