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I’m sure that there may be some disagreement with me on this, but I think Henry County might have played their toughest schedule ever this season. Statistically, their opponents were pretty impressive.
The Wildcats opponents’ overall record was 59-41. When you take out Elizabethtown’s 1-9 record it is 58-33. Aside from E-town, the only team with a losing record was Class 5A Woodford County who played a pretty tough schedule themselves and finished 4-6.
The Wildcats played three 5A schools with a combined record of 18-12. Two of those schools Bullitt Central (6-4) and Shelby County (8-2) may have been two of the best performances of the season for the Wildcats. They played both teams close and allowed only 21 points by the Rockets’ potent offense, Shelby’s lowest output of the seasons.
They played two 4A schools, North Oldham (6-4) and Spencer County (7-3) who had a combined 13-7 record. The Bears beat North Oldham and Woodford County handily but struggled offensively against the Cats on Friday night.
The Cats played one 2A school — Walton-Verona — and defeated them. Walton finished the regular season 8-2.
The Cats played one 1A school, Bellevue, and defeated them 13-6. Bellevue, a traditionally strong small school team, finished the season 6-4 and racked up major points on their final three opponents.
The Cats showed a lot of grit against one of the best teams in the state when they held Central’s speedy offense to one touchdown in the first half before losing 35-0.
Central’s only losses of the season came to 6A powers St. X (6-4) and Pleasure Ridge Park (10-0). Undefeated PRP defeated Central in the final regular season game by just one point.
To me, the worst loss of the season came against LaRue County (5-5) who doesn’t appear to be that strong. But LaRue played a tough schedule as well and only lost to Central 16-8.
My point is that this Wildcat team is a lot better than their record indicates. They had a strong defense throughout the season but struggled to convert a good rushing game into points all year. Some of those offensive struggles had to do with key injuries to the offensive line and backfield.
I know the bottom line is wins and losses but I also know that in high school sports nothing really matters but the postseason.
Henry County has to go to Wayne County on Friday night to take on a team with a 9-1 record, but the Cats should be as prepared as anybody to take on a strong team in the postseason. Coach Jason Spencer’s biggest task is making the team forget the records and just play like both teams are 0-0. If the Cats can do that, then they stand a chance of pulling off what looks like a big upset on paper.
But a closer look at the records might indicate otherwise. Wayne County opened the season with big wins over some poor teams. First they defeated Clinton County 52-6. That’s the same team that Eminence just walloped 42-8 in their final regular season game. Clinton County, a Class2A school, finished 0-10, and fielded just 13 players Friday in Eminence.
Their next victory came against Estill County, a 3A school who also finished the season 0-10.
In fact, when you add up their opponents’ record it is 36-64. When you take out the cupcakes and look at the record of the four 5A schools they played you still don’t feel overawed. North Laurel, Madison Southern, Lincoln County and East Jessamine combined to go a mediocre 19-21.
So take heart Wildcat fans. If the team can find a way to get some points on the board, they may just come away from Wayne County with a win.
After all, records can be deceiving.
Tour de Henry postponed
Earlier this summer, I wrote about my desire to cycle around the county as a way to be healthy and enjoy the beauty of our land. This fall we had some of the best color ever and as the date approached, I was anxious to make the ride.
But, alas, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. Indian Summer ended about 2 days too early. I held out hope through a miserable Friday, but when I awoke to temperatures in the 40’s and a steady 12-15 mile an hour north wind, I made the decision to postpone. With a long cold snap predicted for the next couple of weeks, I have decided to postpone the trip until spring. I am not setting a date yet but I anticipate making the ride sometime in April as long as the weather cooperates.
Hopefully that will give my fellow bike riders time to get in shape and heal from injuries that had ruled them out of the trip planned for last Saturday. Call me a weather wimp if you want, but wet roads and cold, windy weather just didn’t seem enjoyable to me.
Besides, when is Henry County prettier than in the spring?