I recently came across an article by Maxpreps listing the Top 50 All-Time winningest high school football programs. If you had asked me the states that dominated the list I probably would have guessed Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and maybe Ohio. Never would I have thought that the state that produced six of those fifty teams would be none other than my home state of Kentucky.
In fact, Highlands (Fort Thomas) ranks in at #2 on the list with a record of 842-213-26.
#4 Male (Louisville): 821-319-49
#6 Mayfield: 805-249-32
#27 Paducah Tilghman: 742-302-25
#36 Danville: 728-288-34
#40 St. Xavier (Louisville): 716-275-20
Other states ranking in? Arkansas had three, California had one, Connecticut had one, Georgia had four, Iowa had one, Kansas had one, Louisiana had one, Massachusetts and Michigan had two, Missouri had one, North Carolina had one and South Carolina had two, Ohio had three, Oklahoma had four, Pennsylvania had a whopping five (who knew?), South Dakota had one, Tennessee had three and Texas had four, and Virginia and West Virginia each had one.
This list was written in August of 2013 so it’s a little dated. Obviously, one season is not enough time for any of these teams to substantially move up or down the list, however, but the records are different than what is stated in the article.
Many of these schools have Kentucky football ties. Patrick Towles and Austin Sheehan played for Highlands, J.D. Harmon and Josh Forrest both played at Tilghman, and Patrick Sermersheim played for St. X. Can’t forget that Jared Lorenzen also went to Highlands. Josh Krok just graduated from the list’s #8 team, McKinley. UK has also recruited several of these schools recently. A number of players have these teams on their schedules as well, so though they may not have went there, they may have had some kind of impact on that record in some form or fashion. Did I miss any UK connections? If so, let me know on twitter.
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