Here’s what to watch during the 2022 high school football season in Kentucky’s Class 2A:
(Ranked by the state’s coaches)
1. Lexington Christian (14-1 record in 2021)
Back-to-back runners-up added top QB prospect Cutter Boley
2. Beechwood (15-0)
Tigers have two straight state titles, state-best 23-game win streak
3. Mayfield (12-2)
Cardinals look to lift up town after devastating December tornado
4. Middlesboro (13-1)
Junior quarterback Cayden Grigsby leads 2021 state semifinalist
5. Owensboro Catholic (7-6)
Sophomore Brady Atwell is an up-and-coming quarterback
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6. Danville (8-5)
Can Admirals close gap on district foe Lexington Christian?
7. West Carter (9-4)
Running back Cole Crampton posted big numbers as junior
8. Murray (8-3)
Tigers will run wild with triple-option attack
9. Green County (11-2)
Dragons on rise after going 1-7 in 2020
10. Breathitt County (4-7)
With 10 starters back on defense, Bobcats should improve
Others to watch (in order of votes received): Walton-Verona, Somerset, Metcalfe County, Caldwell County, Lloyd Memorial, East Ridge.
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Top players to watch
Mitchell Berger, Beechwood running back – Last year he rushed for 508 yards, caught 29 passes for 560 yards and scored 17 touchdowns (10 rushing, seven receiving). He also earned third-team All-State honors from The Courier Journal at linebacker. He’s committed to play baseball at Eastern Kentucky University.
Cutter Boley, Lexington Christian quarterback – The 6-foot-6 sophomore passed for 1,391 yards and 11 touchdowns at LaRue County last season before transferring. He already has a scholarship offer from Alabama.
Cole Crampton, West Carter running back – No back in Class 2A had more rushing yards than Crampton last season, as he tallied 1,893 and also scored 28 touchdowns (24 rushing, four receiving).
Antonio Robinson Jr., Beechwood defensive back – Transfer from Florida Christian has committed to Wake Forest. He’s the son of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Antonio Robinson Sr. and one of the state's top-rated prospects in the Class of 2023.
Jutarious Starks, Mayfield running back/linebacker – Starks is set to become the next star running back for the Cardinals after rushing for 511 yards and 12 TDs as a sophomore. He also posted team highs in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (7 ½).
Top games to see
Sept. 2, Belfry at Lexington Christian – Eagles get an early season test against last year’s Class 3A state champion.
Sept. 16, Beechwood at Covington Catholic – Tigers snapped six-game losing streak to rival Colonels last year.
Sept. 16 – Owensboro Catholic at Christian Academy – A battle of two strong young quarterbacks in the Aces’ Brady Atwell and CAL’s Cole Hodge.
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Sept. 30 – Middlesboro at Breathitt County – Yellowjackets won a pair of high-scoring tilts last season — 52-30 in the regular season and 43-33 in the second round of playoffs.
Oct. 21, Mayfield at Murray – Murray won regular-season matchup last year before Mayfield got revenge, 55-6, in the second round of playoffs.
Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @kyhighs.
This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: KHSAA football: Team rankings, top players, games to watch in Class 2A