The Glasgow Scotties fell to No. 4 in Class 3A in the latest Kentucky AP high school football poll despite winning last Friday night over Adair County 50-22.
DeSales jumps over the Scotties to take the third spot as Belfry is ranked second. Bell County took the No. 1 spot for yet another week.
Ashland Blazer, Mercer County, Russell, Louisville Christian Academy, Paducah Tilghman, and Elizabethtown round out the rest of the top 10.
The Scotties’ fall is most likely due to the fact that DeSales impressively defeated Paducah Tilghman last Friday by a score of 49-14.
Gaining the most votes outside of the top 10 was Taylor County with 22 votes. The Cardinals happen to be the next opponent for Glasgow after the Scotties’ bye this week. Kickoff for that contest is slated for 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Glasgow High School.
The Scotties stayed put in the RPI rankings at No. 12 overall in Class 3A. Their big win last week over an Adair County team with a losing record did not do enough to move Glasgow up.
Taylor County is actually ranked ahead of the Scotties at No. 11 in RPI. Every team in the top ten of the AP Poll is ranked ahead of Glasgow with the exception of Elizabethtown. Pike County Central is also ranked ahead of the Scotties at No. 10 in RPI.
According to KHSAA, RPI is used to measure a team’s strength relative to other teams, based largely on the strength of their schedules (margin of victory is not a factor).
RPI is calculated from the team’s Winning Percentage (WP), the Opponent’s Winning Percentage (OWP) and the Opponents’ Opponents’ Winning Percentage (OOWP). These three components are combined to produce the RPI using the following formula: RPI = (WP * WPVAL) + (OWP * OWPVAL) + (OOWP * OOWPVAL).
The rankings make the Oct. 18 contest with the Cardinals very important for Glasgow considering the new format of the KHSAA playoffs. After district play in the first two rounds, teams are seeded by their RPI ranking in the third round.
Taylor County is the last team on the Scotties’ schedule with a winning record as of this week. That means beating the Cardinals would be the last chance for Glasgow to really improve its RPI ranking in the regular season.
Elsewhere in the rankings, South Warren fell to a tie for seventh overall in the Class 5A AP Poll after falling last week to Bowling Green High School 14-3. The Spartans are the only team to defeat the Scotties on the season. The Purples are now fourth overall in Class 5A.
Barren County High School got a little love in the AP rankings as they received four votes in Class 6A, and the Trojans are ranked 17th in the RPI rankings.
Barren County will truly be put to the test this week as the play Central Hardin High School who is ranked fourth in Class 6A in the AP Poll and third in RPI.
Kickoff for that contest is set for 7 p.m. on Friday night at Barren County High School.