High school football games to watch in 2016

High school football games to watch in 2016


High school football games to watch in 2016


With less than three weeks before the high school football season kicks off in Kentucky, it’s time to take a look at the top games involving Louisville-area teams to watch on a week-by-week basis.

Obviously, as the season progresses, the top games could change. But here’s a good guess on what The Courier-Journal’s Games of the Week will be this season:

* Week 1 (Aug. 19) – Fairdale at DeSales. Both teams are coming off winning seasons, but that’s not the No. 1 story line for this one. This will mark the first-ever home game for the Colts as their new on-campus stadium makes its debut. Other top matchups: Manual at Central, Simon Kenton at Christian Academy, Anderson County at South Oldham, Trinity at Ensworth (Tenn.).

* Week 2 (Aug. 26) – Fern Creek at Manual. Both teams have some question marks entering this season, and this one will provide a good indication of which is further along in its progress. Other top matchups: South Oldham at Doss, St. Xavier at Lexington Catholic, Brentwood (Tenn.) at Trinity, Ballard at Male.

* Week 3 (Sept. 2) – Trinity at Lafayette. There may not be more high-level talent on the field in Kentucky all season. Shamrocks ripped the Generals 70-14 last season. Other top matchups: DeSales at Ballard, Central at Christian Academy, St. Xavier at Bowling Green.

* Week 4 (Sept. 9) – Male at Trinity. The Bulldogs are 5-1 against the Shamrocks over the past three seasons but lost 20 of 22 starters from last season. Trinity likely will enter the season as the No. 1 team in Class 6-A. Other top matchups: Central at St. Xavier, DeSales at Holy Cross, North Oldham at South Oldham.

* Week 5 (Sept. 16) – Highlands at St. Xavier. A battle of tradition-rich programs that have won a combined 35 state titles (Highlands with 23, St. X with 12). Other top matchups: Manual at Ballard, Fern Creek at DeSales, Doss at Butler.

* Week 6 (Sept. 23) – Waggener at Central. The Yellowjackets have dominated their Class 3-A district since the expansion to six classes in 2007, but the Wildcats have the talent to make a run this season. Other top matchups: Bullitt Central at North Bullitt, Spencer County at Collins.

* Week 7 (Sept. 30) – St. Xavier vs. Trinity (at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium). Seriously, what other game is going to go in this spot? Other top matchups: Male at Pleasure Ridge Park (Sept. 29), Bullitt East at Bullitt Central.

* Week 8 (Oct. 7) – Christian Academy at DeSales. One of the most underrated rivalries in Kentucky. Other top matchups: Butler at Pleasure Ridge Park, Fern Creek at Doss, Holy Cross at Kentucky Country Day, Manual at St. Xavier.

* Week 9 (Oct. 14) – St. Xavier at Male. Bulldogs have won four straight meetings in this series, but the Tigers are expecting to have a big season. Other top matchups: Central at Bardstown, Pleasure Ridge Park at Manual.

* Week 10 (Oct. 21) – Manual at Male. It will be meeting No. 135 in the Old Rivalry. Other top matchups: Ballard at Trinity, St. Xavier at Butler, Shelby County at Collins.

* Week 11 (Oct. 28) – South Oldham at Shelby County. Who knows which games will be interesting by this point of the season, but this one has the potential to be a good one. Other top matchups: Ballard at Doss, Central at Pleasure Ridge Park, Anderson County at Collins, St. Xavier at Cincinnati St. Xavier.

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