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Greyhounds ranked No. 5 in the latest 1A Kentucky High School Football Media Poll

Paris, who will be off this week, will face Bishop Brossart, winner of the last six games against the Hounds, next week for homecoming




LOUISVILLE – Coach Tyquan Rice’s Paris Greyhounds, freshly off a thrilling 39-37 come from behind win (three times) over previously undefeated Rockcastle County, entered this week’s Kentucky High School Football Media Poll ranked No. 5 in Class 1A.

The Hounds, who will be idle this week, will return to the gridiron next Friday night when they play host to former district rival Bishop Brossart for homecoming night at Blanton Collier Station. The Mustangs have won the last six meetings against Paris, including last season’s 38-13 shellacking in Alexandria.

One of Paris’ future opponents Raceland, despite their 40-0 loss at the hands of 5A power Fort Thomas Highlands, is currently the No. 1 ranked team in the small school division. The two will face off in Raceland on Friday, October 13.

For Paris, freshman QB1 Julius “JuJu” Gregory, after taking over for injured QB1 Kaden Frederick at the beginning of the season, has completed 45 of his 77 pass attempts for 725 yards. He’s thrown 9 touchdowns, while being picked off 3 times.

Senior Jaiden Holman leads the Hounds rushing attack with 476 yards on 59 attempts, scoring 5 touchdowns.

Senior Jakari Ransom tops the Greyhounds’ receiving crew with 22 catches for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ransom leads the team in scoring with 62 points, where he has scored a total of 9 touchdowns and 4 two-point conversions.

Junior all-everything playmaker Elijah Webb, following his explosive performance against Rockcastle County, has 12 catches for 285 yards and 5 touchdowns. On the season, Webb has scored a total of 8 touchdowns, while scoring a team second-best 48 points.

Junior Preston Cowan leads the team with 45 total tackles and 14 of those have went for a loss, including 4 quarterback sacks. Senior Zian Webb is second behind Cowan with 36 total hits, 12 that have gone for a loss, along with a team-high six QB sacks. Senior Brandon Cruz, who kicked the game winning field goal against the Rockets, is the team’s third leading tackler with 36 (6 went for a loss). Rounding out the top five are senior Cordre Patterson (24 total hits, 9 for a loss and 2 sacks), and Holman (22 total tackles).

Ransom leads the team with 3 picks and Webb has 2, while freshman Donovan Griggs has returned an interception and fumble back for a touchdown.

A total of 21 sports journalists from across Kentucky returned ballots for this week’s poll. The poll will be released each Wednesday morning throughout the regular season.


Here are the complete polls. First-place votes are in parentheses.

Class 6A  Rank-school (FPV)                        

  1. St. Xavier (17)
  2. Male (2)
  3. Manual (2)
  4. Frederick Douglass
  5. Trinity
  6. Bryan Station
  7. Ballard
  8. Bullitt East
  9. Pleasure Ridge Park
  10. Ryle

Others receiving votes: Meade County 8, Simon Kenton 8, Tates Creek 6, Fern Creek 4, Central Hardin 2, Henderson County 2, George Rogers Clark 1.

Class 5A  Rank-school (FPV)                         

  1. Bowling Green (6)
  2. Highlands (8)
  3. South Warren (6)
  4. Scott County (1)
  5. Cooper
  6. Woodford County
  7. South Oldham
  8. Greenwood
  9. Owensboro
  10. Southwestern

Others receiving votes: Madisonville-North Hopkins 16, Collins 11, Dixie Heights 3, North Laurel 3, Conner 2, Atherton 1.

Class 4A  Rank-school (FPV)                         

  1. Boyle County (18)
  2. Corbin (3)
  3. Covington Catholic
  4. Paducah Tilghman
  5. Franklin County
  6. Ashland Blazer
  7. Wayne County
  8. Johnson Central
  9. Logan County
  10. Taylor County

Others receiving votes: North Oldham 10, Henry County 6, Jeffersontown 5, Nelson County 4, Boyd County 2, Perry County Central 2, DeSales 1, Letcher County Central 1, Mason County 1, Whitley County 1.

Class 3A  Rank-school (FPV)                         

  1. Christian Academy (20)
  2. Bell County (1)
  3. Lexington Catholic
  4. Union County
  5. Lloyd Memorial
  6. Central
  7. Franklin-Simpson
  8. Hart County
  9. Belfry
  10. Glasgow

Others receiving votes: Mercer County 28, Adair County 5, Clay County 5, Fleming County 3, Lawrence County 1, McLean County 1, Rockcastle County 1.

Class 2A  Rank-school (FPV)                         

  1. Lexington Christian (18)
  2. Beechwood (2)
  3. Owensboro Catholic (1)
  4. Mayfield
  5. Murray
  6. Green County
  7. Somerset
  8. Shelby Valley
  9. Bracken County
  10. Crittenden County

Others receiving votes: Prestonsburg 18, Betsy Layne 11, Pike County Central 9, Breathitt County 5, Floyd Central 4, Walton-Verona 3, Washington County 3.

Class A  Rank-school (FPV)                         

  1. Raceland (12)
  2. Pikeville (6)
  3. Campbellsville (3)
  4. Kentucky Country Day
  5. Paris
  6. Sayre
  7. Newport Central Catholic
  8. Bethlehem
  9. Newport
  10. Eminence

Others receiving votes: Louisville Holy Cross 17, Covington Holy Cross 3, Bellevue 2, Middlesboro 2, Hazard 1.


Voters: Edward Marlowe (WKDZ-FM), Mark Mathis (Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer), Micheal Compton (Bowling Green Daily News), Kaden Gaylord-Day (WBKO-TV), Josh Claywell (The Kentucky Standard, LaRue County Herald News), Dominique Yates (WLKY-TV), Brooks Holton (The Courier Journal), Jason Frakes (The Courier Journal), Kent Spencer (WHAS-TV), Derek Brightwell (Shelbyville Sentinel-News), Brendan Connelly (Cincinnati Enquirer), Evan Dennison (, Ivan K. Rice (Bourbon County Citizen), Jared Peck (Lexington Herald-Leader), Brian Milam (WKYT-TV), Mike Marsee (Danville freelancer), Les Dixon (, John Henson (, Steve LeMaster (Floyd County Chronicle), Randy White (Pikeville Appalachian News-Express), Matthew Sparks (Ashland Daily Independent).

1 Comment

  1. Gerald Kent Fields on September 20, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Go Hounds!

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