Football stories to watch in 2019

Metcalfe County quarterback Peyton Dial looks to lead the Hornets to a District 3 title this season. | GDT FILE PHOTO 

GLASGOW — Beyond wins and losses, there are some local storylines to note as we prepare for the 2019 high school football season.

There are always unpredicted situations that arise, but these are some of the definite changes and challenges to follow this season. 

Moving on up

Glasgow and Barren County will be playing new district schedules this season. 

That’s because Glasgow is moving from Class 2A to 3A, while Barren County will compete in Class 6A. The Trojans didn’t play in a district last season, but were previously a 5A school. 

The Scotties dominated District 3 recently, racking up a 12-1 record over the past four seasons. Glasgow’s last district loss came to Monroe County in 2015. 

But Class 3A/District 2 will present a new challenge for Glasgow. 

Hart County, Adair County, Casey County and Taylor County are Glasgow’s new district opponents. Taylor County steps down from Class 4A after going 12-2 last season, advancing to semistate before falling to eventual state champion Franklin-Simpson. 

Barren County joins Meade County, North Hardin and Central Hardin in Class 6A/District 2. 

While Meade County and Central Hardin were both 3-8 last season, North Hardin was 9-3 with a perfect district record. 

New opportunities

Though the teams likely wouldn’t concede it based on competitive spirit, Glasgow’s departure from Class 2A creates good opportunities for those remaining in District 3. 

Green County, Monroe County and Metcalfe County didn’t have much luck against the Scotties the past three seasons, but they don’t have to beat Glasgow this year to win a district title. 

Edmonson County is a new arrival to Class 2A/District 3 along with the Clinton County Bulldogs. 

Even the worst weatherman in the country can get this prediction right — there will be a new district champion this year in District 3. 

Closer to home

A change this year for the playoffs will see teams playing district opponents in the first two rounds. After the first two weeks, teams will be seeded based on a power index. 

While it remains to be seen how that will affect the playoff system, it will mean less travel for many teams. 

For example, Monroe County traveled almost four hours, one-way, to play teams in northern Kentucky during the first rounds of the playoffs in 2017 and 2018. 

A downside could be that two district teams may play each other Week 9 and then meet in the first round of the playoffs a few weeks later.