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Kentucky Football Hunting Grounds: Mr. Hanky’s Christmas Poo High School Roundup

Be True to your school. Your best memories outside of family matters probably revolve around either your college days or your time served in high school. I've had a conversation about this with Mr. Hanky and he wants me to do a weekly roundup of high school football which I've agreed to do. By the way, he says "Hi Y'all" to all his fans, especially CatinTheLou. He may live in Colorado, but he's Southern through and through.

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What we'll be doing every Tuesday or Wednesday involves the USA Top 25 and also Kentucky high schools with a smattering of information on schools where we (THE University of Kentucky) recruits. Add in some features on particular games you might be interested in. Included will be the Damien Harris Weekly Update (at least until he commits elsewhere should he choose to do so). Mr. Hanky will be watching how Olney, MD Good Counsel does on a weekly basis along with the schools where our committed recruits play. I'll be keeping track of Ohio, Kentucky, and the SEC states.

We just finished week two of the high school season and some teams won't play their first game until September 5th.  I'll start with the nationally ranked schools.

USA Today Top 25 results:

1. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 48

Servite (Anaheim, CA) 27

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) Idle

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale) 38

American Heritage (Plantation, FL)  7

4. Allen (TX) 55

Guyer (Denton, TX) 41

5. Miami Central 21

Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) 20

6. Booker T. Washington (Miami) 19

Tucker (GA) 7

7. Centerville (Clifton, VA) Idle

8. Cedar Hill (TX) 56

South Oak Cliff (Dallas) 34

9. St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) Idle

10. St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) - home of UK commit Alex Stump - 38

Gilman (Baltimore, MD) 7

Butler (Matthews, NC) 28

11. Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 27

12. Jenks (OK) Idle

13. Warren Easton Fundamental (New Orleans) Idle

14. Archbishop Rummel  (Metairie, LA) Idle

15. Katy (TX) 31

Kingwood (TX) 0

16. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) Centennial (Corona, CA) - Saturday

Oak Ridge (Orlando) 28

17. Apopka (FL) 23

18. Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, AZ) 63

North (Phoenix) 0

19. Ben Davis (Indianapolis) 57

Avon (IN) 27

Colquitt County (Moultrie) 35

20. Hoover (AL) 14

21. Bingham (South Jordan, UT) 31

Herriman (UT) 7

22. Buford (GA) 56

Berkmar (Lilburn, GA) 0

23. Gonzaga (Washington, DC) 42 home of UK commit Jabari Greenwood

Nishaminy (Langhorne, PA) 3

24. De La Salle (Concord, CA) 63

Jesuit (Carmichael, CA) 0

25. Bishop George Ahr (Edison, NJ) Idle

Top 25 Game of the week

Baltimore Gilman Greyhounds paid a visit to Lakewood, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland) to take on the #10 St. Edward Eagles in a televised ESPNU game that featured several Division I commitments and targets. Here's the list:

Gilman QB Kai Locksley (Rivals 4*) Florida St.

Gilman WR Jelani Roberts (4*) Northwestern

Gilman DE Devery Hamilton (2016 recruit with UK Interest from Tommy Mainard). He has offers from Maryland, Michigan St., UNC Charlotte, Georgia Tech and South Carolina

Gilman DT/FB Ellison Jordan (2016 UK Interest from Tommy Mainard). Jordan has offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Marshall and Michigan St. South Carolina is showing interest as well.

St. Edward WR Alex Stump (4*) Kentucky

St. Edward DB Shaun Crawford (4*) Notre Dame

St. Edward QB Brett Kean (2*) South Florida

St. Edward LB Troy Dipre (NR) Kent State

St. Edward LB Troy Henderson (3*) Syracuse

St. Edward DB Andrew Dowell (4*) UK priority target

St. Edward WR David Dowell (4*)UK priority target

From the beginning to the end of the game, St. Edward simply dominated Gilman from beginning to end and Alex Stump, Crawford and the Dowell twins all played a large part in the victory. While that may be true, a little known junior running back by the name of Cole Gest stole the show. The 5' 8" 180 pound Cole ran through Gilman's defense and torched the Greyhounds for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. One of the touchdowns came on a 81 yard run up the middle where he showed his speed. The junior RB should get some attention as the season wears on if he keeps playing like he did on Sunday. He currently holds an offer from Toledo, according to the ESPNU announcers.

Andrew Dowell played most of the game on defense, but lined up at RB a few times during the game. He scored on a 1 yard play over the top. His brother, David, made several key plays throughout the game as did (UK commit) Alex Stump. Stump caught passes at times where a catch was needed the most. He caught a 58 yard TD pass from WR Frank Geib who caught a lateral from QB Brett Kean. Stump caught six passes for 79 yards. UK, Vandy and Wisconsin are vying for the Dowell brothers services with UK and Vandy leading, according to the experts. After Vandy's face plant debut, hopefully these four stars will choose the Kentucky Wildcats.

Speaking of quarterbacks, I thought Kean was much better than Locksley, who reminded me of Morgan Newton. Locksley's father, Mike Locksley, is the offensive coordinator and QB caoch at Maryland. Jelani Roberts scored the lone touchdown for Gilman on a beautiful 89 yard kickoff return. He showed just how much speed he has as an Maryland track star. Ellison Jordan is a load. The 260 lb DL has quickness that many don't have and Gilman uses that quickness by putting him at fullback from time to time.

Here's some photos and video from the game. Link

Game Recap: Baltimore Sun and the other perspective from The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gilman plays Paramus (NJ) Catholic this coming Saturday at Towson University this coming Saturday while St. Edward hosts Glenville and UK recruit WR Trevon Story.

Kentucky High School Football

Louisville Courier-Journal Coaches Poll (Preseason)

I've linked each school to the KHSAA database for all you alumni.

Class 6-A

1. Scott County

2. Male

3. Trinity

4. St. Xavier

5. Du Pont Manual

6. McCracken County

7. Meade County

8. Butler

9. Simon Kenton

10. Henry Clay

Class 5-A

1. Bowling Green

2. Pulaski County

3. John Hardin

4. Madison Southern

5. Anderson County

6. Warren Central

7. Harlan County

8. Graves County

9. Franklin County

10. Bullitt East

Class 4-A

1. Highlands

2. Collins

3. Lexington Catholic

4. Boyle County

5. Covington Catholic

6. Johnson Central

7. Owensboro

8. Franklin-Simpson

9. Mercer County

10. Russell County

Class 3-A

1. Belfry

2. Central

3. Paducah Tilghman

4. Bourbon County

5. Wayne County

6. Bell County

7. Corbin

8. Monroe County

9. South Warren

10. Mason County

Class 2-A

1. DeSales

2. Newport Central Catholic

3. Caldwell County

4. Murray

5. Somerset

6. Louisville Christian Academy

7. Owensboro Catholic

8. Glasgow

9. Middlesboro

10. Danville

Class 1-A

1. Mayfield

2. Beechwood

3. Frankfort

4. Williamsburg

5. Hazard

6. Russellville

7. Pikeville

8. Raceland

9. Paintsville

10. Holy Cross

Complete Kentucky High School Scoreboard courtesy of the KHSAA.

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Damien Harris  Update


Kentucky's 2015 favorite son had 257 yards on 13 carries on Friday night in Madison Southern's  game against Whitley County. He also scored 4 TDs in the Southern Madison 41-20 win. Mom must be proud and as awestruck as the BBN.  Harris now has 380 yards on 20 carries in two games. That's 19.0 yards per carry if you're interested in stats. He has 5 touchdowns in 1-1/2 games. Remember, last week's game was called at the half due to weather.

While Kentucky was manhandling UT-Martin 59-14, Harris was at the game. For those who thought he was taking his official visit to Ohio State, he decided to attend the UK game instead. Don't celebrate yet, he notified Ohio State on Tuesday that he will take his official up in Columbus for the Virginia Tech game. Read about it at Eleven Warriors.  As you can see from the article, the Ohio State people are pretty confident.  Harris and Stoops greeted each other during the Cat Walk and Harris sat with the UK basketball game. Harris rated his visit here as a "10."

If we get Harris and add in the 4* Dowell twins and, presto, the Wildcats will have a another  top 20 recruiting class.

Kentucky Commitments did well over the weekend

Jabari Greenwood caught a 30 yard TD pass from QB Nick Johns with 2:40 left in the first quarter, and with 1:11 remaining caught another TD pass from Johns for 11 yards. #23 Gonzaga blasted Neshaminy, PA  42-3.

Alex Stump and Lakewood Ohio's St. Edward faced off against Baltimore's Gillman on Sunday. Top targets Andrew and David Dowell also play for St. Edward. In this Eleven Warriors article, the Ohio State site believes that the only thing keeping Stump from being a Buckeye is a mere lack of an offer.

Darius Fullwood's Good Counsel team beat Wilson 49-13. According to Patrick Loney over at Scout, "every play was made by a player who either committed or camped at Kentucky." You can read about the game in this Washington Post story .

Marcus Walker and his Lake Wales team beat Ridge 7-0. No stats are available.

Kei Beckham All I can tell you about Beckham's  game is his Trotwood-Madison team won.

Jordan Jones and his Cardinal Mooney Cardinals lost to Imhotep Charter of Philidelphia 31-27, Read about the game here.

Logan Stenberg: His James Clemons team beat Athens (AL) 37-30. Read about the game here.

Levon Livingston Unfortunately, Livingston's  Ballou HS score wasn't found. They could've been idle this week.

Larry Wells I can't give you any info except that his team lost. The local paper's account is premium info.

George Asafo-Adjei Lakota West pulled out a 49-46 win over Loveland at the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Miami University. They had to put up a last minute goal line stand to win the game. Read about it here.

C.J. Conrad had an 82 yard punt return down to the Monroeville (OH) three yard line. QB Denny Szalai took it in for the TD. Conrad also caught a two point conversion. He also caught a 40yard TD pass. His coach, Rob Clarico, said, "When things were going bad, some doubts started to creep in, but once we got the lead, everyone started breathing easier and playing a little more free. C.J.'s play allowed everyone to loosen up a little bit." Read about the game here.

Eli Brown moved to quarterback as Warren East beat Barren County 24-14. He took over the QB duties when Antwan Gilbert went down in a first game loss to South Warren last week. Brown had 13 carries for 66 yards and one TD.

Mason Wolfe and his Henderson County team's first two games were against two teams from Evansville. Rietz beat the Colonels 34-14 last week, but Wolfe's team beat Evansville North Friday night 27-21. No stats have been sent in to the KHSAA. Next week they visit Hopkinsville and take on Christian County.

Landon Young After losing to Scott County last week, Young's Lafayette team took a trip to Louisville and beat Central 28-14. They face Lexington Catholic this Saturday.

Zy'Aire Hughes The boys from Lone Oak's McCracken County HS hosted Mayfield and it turned out to be probably the best game in Kentucky for the weekend. The Mustangs barely won 38-37 in overtime.