High school football kicks off in Kentucky with more than 100 games across the state Aug. 19. After finishing 14-1 and winning the Class 4A state championship game last season, Boyle County (Danville)
headlines our look at this year's contenders in the preseason MaxPreps Top 25.
Under head coach Justin Haddix, the Rebels are led by 247Sports Composite three-star wide receiver transfer Dakota Patterson
and three-star Kentucky defensive end commit Tommy Ziesmer
(10 sacks, 5 forced fumbles) as they venture for a third consecutive Kentucky state championship.
The top two preseason teams will face off in the Oct. 28 regular season finale.
The Tigers are led by stout senior defenders Jaxon Panariello
, Teddy Meiers
and Micah Carter
, who is a 6-5, 250-pound defensive end looking to win back-to-back state crowns before taking his talents to Purdue.
Read on for a complete look at Kentucky's preseason top 25 for 2022.Preseason MaxPreps Top 25
3. St. Xavier (Louisville)
14-1, Class 6A state champions
6. Lexington Christian (Lexington)
7. South Warren (Bowling Green)
, 14-1, Class 5A state champions
10. Bryan Station (Lexington)
11. Johnson Central (Paintsville)
12. DuPont Manual (Louisville)
13. Madison Central (Richmond)
14. Christian Academy-Louisville (Louisville)
15. Logan County (Russellville)
, 14-2, Class 1A state champions
17. Bowling Green
18. Central (Louisville)
19. Franklin County (Frankfort)
20. Covington Catholic (Park Hills)
21. Southwestern (Somerset)
22. Highlands (Fort Thomas)
23. Lexington Catholic (Lexington)
24. Beechwood (Fort Mitchell)
, 15-0, Class 2A state champions