BluegrassPreps.com Football Rankings for 10-27

BluegrassPreps.com Football Rankings for 10-27.

Class 1A
1. Mayfield vs. 2A #2 Caldwell County
2. Beechwood at 2A #9 Newport Central Catholic
3. Pikeville vs. 3A #7 Russell
4. Williamsburg vs. Pineville
5. Frankfort at 2A #6 Danville
6. Raceland at Ironton (OH)
7. Russellville at 3A #1 South Warren
8. Hazard at 3A Sheldon Clark
9. Paintsville at 3A West Carter
10. Fairview vs. James Gamble Montessori (OH)

Class 2A
1. Christian Academy-Louisville vs. 6A #1 Male
2. Caldwell County at 1A #1 Mayfield
3. DeSales at 6A Southern
4. Owensboro Catholic — OPEN
5. Bardstown at 1A Holy Cross (Louisville)
6. Danville at 1A #5 Frankfort
7. Murray vs. 1A Fulton County
8. Prestonsburg at 3A Lawrence County
9. Newport Central Catholic vs. 1A #2 Beechwood
10. Walton Verona at Lexington Christian

Class 3A
1. South Warren vs. 1A #7 Russellville (10/30)
2. Belfry at 4A #3 Johnson Central
3. Central at 6A Pleasure Ridge Park
4. Corbin at 4A #7 Knox Central
5. Bell County at 5A Harlan County (10/30)
6. Paducah Tilghman — OPEN
7. Russell at 1A #3 Pikeville
8. Estill County vs. McCreary Central
9. Garrard County vs. 4A West Jessamine
10. Bourbon County at 6A George Rogers Clark

Class 4A
1. Highlands at 5A #2 Warren Central
2. Owensboro at 6A Henderson County
3. Johnson Central vs. 3A #2 Belfry
4. Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. 5A Apollo
5. Boyle County at 5A Madison Southern
6. Lexington Catholic at 6A Boone County
7. Knox Central vs. 3A #4 Corbin
8. Franklin-Simpson at 5A Hopkinsville
9. Covington Catholic at 5A Conner
10. North Oldham vs. 5A East Jessamine

Class 5A
1. Bowling Green at #4 Pulaski County
2. Warren Central vs. 4A #1 Highlands
3. Southwestern — OPEN
4. Pulaski County vs. #1 Bowling Green
5. Bullitt East vs. 4A Fairdale (10/30)
6. Bullitt Central vs. #8 South Oldham
7. North Laurel vs. Grant County (10/30)
8. South Oldham at #6 Bullitt Central
9. Cooper at 6A #8 Dixie Heights
(10/30)
10. Iroquois at 4A Atherton

Class 6A
1. Male at 2A #1 Christian Academy Louisville
2. St. Xavier at St. Xavier (OH)
3. Trinity at Moeller (OH)
4. Scott County vs. Seneca
5. Manual vs. Eastern
6. Central Hardin vs. 5A Greenwood
7. McCracken County at 5A Christian County
(10/30)
8. Dixie Heights vs. 5A #9 Cooper (10/30)
9. Simon Kenton –- OPEN
10. Henry Clay –- OPEN

Towles Named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll

Sophomore quarterback honored after career day rushing and passing against No. 1 Bulldogs

UK QB Patrick Towles - Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media

UK QB Patrick Towles – Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After rushing for a career-high 76 yards and two rushing touchdowns and passing for a career-best 390 yards with two touchdowns through the air, University of Kentucky sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Week Nine Honor Roll, it was announced Monday morning by the Louisville Sports Commission.

This is the first time Towles has been named to the honor roll, which honors student-athletes each week before giving out a season-end award to the most versatile player in major college football. Towles was named to the list along with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Utah State running back/linebacker Nick Vigil.

Towles had a career outing with 477 total yards in Kentucky’s loss to top-ranked Mississippi State. Towles was 24-of-43 passing for 390 yards with two touchdowns and connected with nine different receivers. He logged 76 yards on 23 attempts and a pair of scores on the ground, which included a career-long rush of 48 yards in the third quarter. He also caught one pass for 11 yards. Towles accounted for four plays of more than 40 yards, including a pair of touchdown tosses that went for 58 yards or longer.

The sophomore’s big game placed him in elite company as he became only the third quarterback in program history to pass for 365 yards or more three different times in the same season. The other two quarterbacks to claim that honor were Jared Lorenzen and All-American Tim Couch.

For the season, Towles is 163-for-271 for 2,077 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers are the best for a UK quarterback since Mike Hartline in 2010. Led by Towles, Kentucky has posted 440+ yards of total offense in three games vs. Southeastern Conference foes this season for the first time since 2001. UK’s 253 points scored this season in just eight games is also more than it posted each of the last three seasons.

The season-end award is voted on by fans, who can vote as often as once every 24 hours atwww.paulhornungaward.com for players who were on the preseason watch list or who have been named to a weekly honor roll. A finalist will be chosen in mid-November with fans then getting a chance to vote from a group of finalists.

For the latest on the Kentucky football team, follow @UKFootball on Twitter or University of Kentucky Football on Facebook.

UK Football Launches Interactive iPhone App

UK football releases interactive new app featuring interactive content, social media, etc.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans of the University of Kentucky football program can now follow the Wildcats right at their fingertips as UK has released an iPhone application featuring interactive content, social media and more.

The app, which can be downloaded by visiting www.ukfbapp.com, features a social media wall, organizing all Kentucky football social media platforms in one place, including @UKStoopsTroops on Twitter and Instagram, Kentucky Football on Facebook and KYWildcatsTV on YouTube. The app also gives fans a look inside Kentucky football with easy access to tickets, schedules and more.

An exciting feature of the app is the UK Power Optix, which works similar to a QR code reader. The UK Power Optix scans images using the iPhone camera and directs fans to videos associated with that image (images attached can be scanned for videos.)

The app was developed by JumpForward in conjunction with UK football’s social media hub at www.ukstoopstroops.com. JumpForward provides custom software and fanatical customer support to help college athletics departments reach the goals of their strategic plan.  JumpForward’s Unified Athletics™ Department provides a single platform for coaches, student-athletes, and the entire athletics department staff to share access-based information, create paperless forms workflows, and communicate with the rest of the department.

Last month, UK Athletics announced a new social-centric mobile app that enhances the game day experience. The Kentucky Gameday App is packed with robust social, on-campus and stadium features that enhance the game-day experience by delivering free live game audio; real-time Instagram and Twitter feeds from the team; the official game-day guide with key times, events and need-to-know information including stadium maps and parking to plan the day; enhanced location-aware maps for fans attending both home and away games; live conference and top 25 scores, real-time stats; opt-in alerts for weather updates, pre-game events, play-by-play information and more.

For the latest on the Kentucky football team, follow @UKFootball on Twitter or University of Kentucky Football on Facebook.

VOLLEYBALL – Wildcats Fall in Top-25 Road Battle, 3-1 at Texas A&M

After 1-1 roadtrip, UK returns home to host Tennessee Wednesday

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – The No. 16 Kentucky volleyball team dropped a top-25 matchup on the road to No. 24 Texas A&M, 3-1 (22-25, 24-26, 25-17, 16-25), Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena.

The Wildcats fall to 18-4 and 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play, while Texas A&M extends its winning streak to three and improves to 14-6, 6-3 in SEC competition.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t respond the way that we needed to,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “In a match on the road, against a team that was executing at a high level, we needed to make some stops defensively. Give credit to A&M for executing at the level that they were. We need to do a better job of creating breaks for ourselves and creating opportunities to score, both offensively and defensively.”

Sophomore Anni Thomasson posted her 11th double-double of the season and third in the last three matches with 12 kills and 10 digs. Senior Lauren O’Conner led UK with 19 kills on .421 hitting while senior Jackie Napper led the defensive effort with 20 digs.

Kentucky returns home to host rival Tennessee on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Broadcast on ESPNU, the match between the two SEC rivals is the annual DanceBlue Match. To support the on-campus organization DanceBlue, the team will raise awareness and money to benefit children with pediatric cancer who are treated at UK’s Pediatric Oncology Hematology Clinic.

Freshman Kaz Brown had eight kills and two block assists, while junior Shelby Workman recorded seven kills along with 11 digs. Junior Sara Schwarzwalder added five kills with a team-high-tying four block assists.

Junior setter Morgan Bergren dished out 42 assists and added five kills. Bergren also tied for the team lead with four blocks in addition to having 10 digs.

Also defensively, freshman Ashley Dusek had a career-high nine digs as UK posted 67 in the match. Bergren and Schwarzwalder accounted for four block assists each, helping the Wildcats to six rejections in the match.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set en route to a 25-17 win. Texas A&M rallied to tie the set at 5-5, and again at seven-all and 8-8, but each time Kentucky responded. Already playing at another level in the third set, UK stepped it up another notch with the set tied at eight. The Wildcats scored 13 of the next 15 points, highlighted by a 7-0 run to break it open at 21-10. Five players had kills in the stretch, including two each by Bergren, Thomasson and O’Conner, while Napper added a service ace. The two teams traded the next four points to make it 23-12, and after A&M cut UK’s lead to seven at 24-17, Workman put the set away with a kill for the 25-17 victory.

Kentucky hit .244 with 17 kills in the set and held A&M to .116 hitting with 11 kills. O’Conner posted five kills while Thomasson had four in the frame. Defensively, Workman and Napper each had six of UK’s 24 digs.

UK fell in a tightly-contested first set, 25-22. Kentucky trailed early, but fought back to tie it at 4-4 and again at 8-8 on a Brown kill. UK evened it up again at 9-9 and 10-10 on an O’Conner kill and took its first lead of the match at 12-11. The Wildcats extended their advantage to two at 14-12 on two Aggie errors. Texas A&M climbed back to tie the set at 16-16 though and regained the lead on the next point. Bergren’s first kill of the match tied the set at 17-17, but the Aggies responded with a 3-0 run. Trailing 21-18, Brown recorded a kill and Dusek a service ace to cut the deficit to one at 21-20, but UK could not get any closer.

UK opened with a 4-2 lead in the second set, with the help of three Aggie errors. Texas A&M answered with a 4-0 run to take a 6-4 lead, but Kentucky rallied with a 3-0 run of their own to regain the lead at 7-6. A&M regained the advantage at 10-8, but down 11-9, UK went on a 3-0 run. The run, led by a kill and two aces, all from Workman, gave UK a 12-11 lead. The Wildcats lost the lead but quickly took it back at 18-15 with the next four points, capped by a Brown kill on a free ball. Texas A&M climbed back to claim a 20-19 advantage, but it would not last. A Thomasson kill and a block by Bergren and Schwarzwalder put the Wildcats ahead 22-21, the first two points of a 4-0 swing. The Aggies though, scored the final five points for the 26-24 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Texas A&M opened with a 6-3 lead in the fourth set, which it extended to six at 9-4. Out of a timeout, the Thomasson recorded a kill to cut the Wildcats’ deficit to five at 9-5, but UK could get no closer. UK hit .167 with 11 kills in the final frame, led by O’Conner’s five and Thomasson’s three. Thomasson added six digs, while Dusek had four. Thomasson and Brown assisted on UK’s one block in the set.

Visit UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information on the Kentucky volleyball team and all 22 varsity sports. For additional info on the volleyball team like Kentucky Volleyball on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter at @KentuckyVB.

Bluegrass Preps Rankings for week of 10-20-14

BluegrassPreps.com Football Rankings for 10-20.

Class 1A
1. Mayfield at #8 Russellville
2. Beechwood at Ludlow
3. Pikeville at Allen Central
4. Williamsburg vs. Lynn Camp
5. Frankfort vs. Eminence
6. Raceland vs. #10 Paintsville
7. Hazard at Pineville
8. Russellville vs. #1 Mayfield
9. Holy Cross (Louisville) at Bethlehem
10. Paintsville at #6 Raceland

Class 2A
1. Christian Academy-Louisville — OPEN
2. Caldwell County vs. Crittenden County
3. DeSales at Thomas Nelson
4. Owensboro Catholic vs. McClean County
5. Bardstown vs. Shawnee
6. Danville vs. Lexington Christian
7. Murray at 4A #4 Madisonville-North Hopkins
8. Prestonsburg at Leslie County
9. Newport Central Catholic at Holy Cross (Covington) (10/23)
10. Walton Verona — OPEN

Class 3A
1. South Warren — OPEN
2. Belfry vs. Pike County Central
3. Central vs. Larue County
4. Corbin at Casey County
5. Bell County vs. McCreary Central
6. Garrard County vs. Estill County
7. Paducah Tilghman at Webster County
8. Bourbon County vs. Bath County
9. Russell at East Carter
10. Lawrence County — OPEN

Class 4A
1. Highlands vs. Cincinnati Elder (OH)
2. Owensboro vs. Hopkins County Central
3. Johnson Central vs. #10 Ashland
4. Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. 2A #7 Murray
5. Lexington Catholic vs. Marion County
6. Boyle County vs. Mercer County
7. Knox Central vs. Russell County
8. Franklin-Simpson at Allen County-Scottsville
9. Covington Catholic at Holmes
10. Ashland at #3 Johnson Central

Class 5A
1. Bowling Green vs. Greenwood
2. Pulaski County at #6 Southwestern
3. Warren Central at Logan County
4. Bullitt Central at 6A #10 Simon Kenton
5. Bullitt East vs. Shelby County
6. Southwestern vs. #2 Pulaski County
7. North Laurel at South Laurel
8. South Oldham — OPEN
9. Franklin County at Montgomery County
10. Cooper vs. Grant County

Class 6A
1. Male vs. #6 Manual
2. Saint Xavier –- OPEN
3. Trinity –- OPEN
4. Bryan Station at Henry Clay
5. Scott County vs. Dunbar
6. Manual at #1 Male
7. Central Hardin at Muhlenburg County
8. McCracken County at Henderson County
9. Dixie Heights at Ryle
10. Simon Kenton vs. 5A #4 Bullitt Central

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