Since my name was mentioned, just going to comment on my comment regarding Hopkinsville's performance at Clarksville on Saturday. Caveat: I am always enthusiastic to see a KY band in a BOA contest - so regardless of how they performed, I was already in their corner and wouldn't and won't say anything negative about their program. NOTE: I have absolutely no affiliation with Hopkinsville other than I used to drive passed on my way to Ft. Campbell during my time as a Screaming Eagle (which feels like 100 yrs ago.)
My comment on them winning 4A at state was three-fold: First, thrilled to see them in BOA. Second, they surprised the heck out of me - literally my mouth fell open. And lastly, it's a magnificently designed KMEA show (perhaps reflective of their BOA score.) Those kids were dedicated, present, and I could feel their commitment. There is quite a lot of potential - so much so - I expressed my enthusiastic opinion (at the time) of how I felt about their performance - i.e. It was 4A Championship-worthy.
Now - of course, none of that is to reflect or assume another 4A band isn't just as much worthy - of course they are! I recall a few years ago, 2012 I believe, seeing Anderson Co. early in the season at a Ballard High School competition (it was the year they changed uniforms mid-show... superhero, I think). After which commenting that they had just made finals. Well... a few people thought I was bonkers then too.
I'm an equal opportunist fan. When I see a show that gives me thrills - I'm happy to share.