Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

August 23, 2013

Time for fall (please) and football

By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — It’s that time again, when pigskins fill the air, are carried around cradled like loafs of bread, kicked about the gridiron. (It’s the most wonderful time of the year, someone sang. They were chirping about Christmas, but for football fans, this is the most wonderful time of the year.)

I’ve been reviewing results from last year’s high school season and trying to determine what we can expect this year. There is some hype surrounding the Glasgow Scottie’s chances of returning to the state title game. In preseason polls, the Scotties did get a first-place vote and were tabbed at No. 4 in the poll. They will play a big game at No. 3 Somerset on Sept. 20.

The Glasgow football program is nine wins away (as best I can tell) from reaching win 600 in its history. Mike Fields of The Lexington Herald-Leader published a list of the Top 10 high school football programs by wins and No. 10 was Manual at 636. Highlands, which is second nationally according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, leads the state with 842 wins. The NFHS record book only has the top 47 schools by number of wins listed. Why only 47? There is no explanation.

In a column in this space Oct. 26 of last year, I explained I found a document that stated there were only 90 high school programs nationwide that had accomplished at least 600 wins. With two seasons having been played since that document was published, I am certain there are more than 100 now and there may have been more than 100 then. Trying to track down and accurately report high school football records is not easy.

Even with that said, any program that can stick around long enough and win enough to reach 600 victories has reached a significant accomplishment.

Based on performance in their recent scrimmage, the Barren County Trojans should be better this season. They won only one game — being their first — last season, but could win at least five this year. They have a solid group of young talent and some other tools to with which to work. As a program, they are looking to get things going in an upward trajectory.

The young talent should be around for at least a couple of years and if the classes behind the sophomores can improve, then the future for the program is bright. If there is one thing Barren County must do in order to compete in Class 5A football is to increase the participation numbers.

Monroe County, meanwhile, will be in a rebuilding year. Losing Chad Wilson and the other seniors will be hard to overcome. Plus, the Falcons, who were within a game of the Class 3A state championship, will have 18 freshmen on the roster and 14 seniors. As is always the case with Monroe County since John Petett took over, they will play hard, they will hit the competition and he will come up with some offensive wrinkle that will make the best use of the players he has.

Even in a rebuilding year, the Falcons will be a tough team to beat.

The three teams mentioned above will also have the chance to measure themselves against each other. Glasgow plays Barren County at Trojan Field on Sept. 6. The following week, the Trojans travel to Tompkinsville to play Monroe County. On Sept. 27, the Falcons play at Hank Royse Stadium against the Scotties.

For those of us who love, the high school football season has taken too long to get here.

James Brown is editor of the Glasgow Daily Times. He can be contacted by e-mail at jbrown@glasgowdailytimes.com.