HIKE: Nov. 20

mfields@herald-leader.comNovember 20, 2009 

City games

All game times 7:30 p.m.

No. 12 Henry Clay at No. 22 Scott Co.

Records: Henry Clay 10-2 (beat Bryan Station 7-6 in OT); Scott County 9-3 (beat Clark County 18-15).

Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5; WLAP-AM 630

First time around: When they met on Sept. 11, Henry Clay scorched the Cards for two long TDs in the second half of a 21-7 victory. Blake Green sped 85 yards for a score, and Branden Johnson took a short pass from Vinny Miller and turned it into a 95-yard TD.

Even numbers: Henry Clay and Scott County have each scored 344 points in 12 games for a 28.7 average.

Remembering '04: Scott County beat Henry Clay 45-42 in the playoffs five years ago, and the Cards went on to reach the state finals before losing to St. Xavier.

Walls a weapon: Sophomore Josh Walls leads Scott County with 1,556 all-purpose yards and 16 TDs. In last week's win over Clark County, he rushed for 153 yards and 2 TDs, caught a 19-yard pass, and had a game-clinching interception.

Key to victory: Henry Clay's defense needs to match the effort it gave in the regular-season meeting when it limited Scott County's rushing attack to 125 yards.

Next up: The Henry Clay-Scott County winner will play the Male-Trinity winner in the semifinals in Louisville next week.


No. 15 Lex. Catholic at Boyle County

Records: Lexington Catholic 8-4 (beat Holmes 25-7); Boyle County 12-0 (beat West ­Jessamine 48-7)

Radio: WMJR-AM 1380

First time around: When they played on Oct. 10, Boyle County jumped to an 18-point lead, then held on to win 21-13. Rebels’ star Rees MacShara had 347 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs. He rushed for 237 yards.

Records in reach: LexCath senior Greg Raglin needs 16 yards to eclipse Derrick White’s single-season school record of 1,646 rushing yards. Raglin is two TDs shy of White’s single-season record of 28 rushing TDs.

Boyle-ing ‘em over: Rebels star Rees ­MacShara has a school-record 43 TDs this season, and has rushed for 2,358 yards.

Close history: LexCath and Boyle County have played 10 times since 1999, and nine of the games have been decided by one score or less. The exception was LexCath’s 41-12 win in the 2007 playoffs. Boyle County has won seven of the last 10 meetings.

Key to victory: The Knights must somehow keep MacShara in check. He lights the fire under Boyle County.

Next up: The Lexington Catholic-Boyle County winner will playhost tothe Bell County-Lawrence County winner in the semifinals next week.


Raceland at Lexington Christian

Records: Raceland 8-4 (beat Campbellsville 23-20 last week); LCA 11-1 (beat Fairview 41-16)

Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1

First time around: LCA beat the Rams 40-0 when they played a month ago. Domonique Hayden set a state record with his 117th career TD in that game. Since then he's pushed that total to 132 TDs.

Airing it out: Raceland is one of the few teams left in the playoffs that has more passing yards than rushing yards. QB Tyler Farley has thrown for 2,039 yards and 15 TDs. His two favorite targets — Loren Huffman and Bobby McKee — have combined for 80 catches, 1,038 yards and 9 TDs.

Stats, stats: Domonique Hayden continues to add to his state career records for rushing TDs (114), total TDs (132) and total points (801). Teammate Lucas Witt has 104 TD passes, and is 318 yards shy of 9,000 for his career.

Next up: The Raceland-LCA winner will host the Harlan-Hazard winner in the semifinals next week.No. 15 Lex. Catholic at Boyle County

Records: Lexington Catholic 8-4 (beat Holmes 25-7); Boyle County 12-0 (beat West Jessamine 48-7)

Radio: WMJR-AM 1380

First time around: When they played on Oct. 10, Boyle County jumped to an 18-point lead, then held on to win 21-13. Rebels' star Rees MacShara had 347 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs. He rushed for 237 yards.

Records in reach: LexCath senior Greg Raglin needs 16 yards to eclipse Derrick White's single-season school record of 1,646 rushing yards. Raglin is two TDs shy of White's single-season record of 28 rushing TDs.

Boyle-ing 'em over: Rees MacShara has a school-record 43 TDs this season, and has rushed for 2,358 yards.

Close history: LexCath and Boyle County have played 10 times since 1999, and nine of the games have been decided by one score or less. The exception was LexCath's 41-12 win in the 2007 playoffs. Boyle County has won seven of the last 10 meetings.

Key to victory: The Knights must somehow keep MacShara in check. He lights the fire under Boyle County.

Next up: The Lexington Catholic-Boyle County winner will host the Bell County-Lawrence County winner in the semifinals next week.


Top state games

Breathitt County at Somerset: Unbeaten Somerset will be Bobcats' toughest test since September.

Corbin at Prestonsburg: Corbin beat the Blackcats in third round of 2008 playoffs.

Male at Trinity: Shamrocks lead this series 16-12-2 after trailing 0-10-1 in 1967.

Simon Kenton at St. Xavier: Can Miles Simpson put a dent in St. X defense?


Around the state

Backup QB steps up to stardom: When Pulaski County star quarterback Chris Muse suffered a season-ending knee injury in late August, it could have crippled the Maroons. But Zach Eastham didn't let that happen. The 5-foot-11 junior stepped in at QB and has led Pulaski County to nine wins in 10 games, and into the third round of the playoffs for only the second time in school history.

"We knew Zach was going to be a good quarterback, but none of us expected him to be this phenomenal," Coach John Hines said.

Eastham has completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,942 yards (200 shy of a school record) and 23 touchdowns. He's also run for 785 yards and 10 scores. He threw a TD pass to Mikey Shepherd with 42 seconds left last Friday as the Maroons upset Whitley County.

Eastham, who was a running back while Muse handled the QB reins, gave a peek at his potential last year when Muse was shaken up against Somerset. "Zach came in and, on his very first snap at quarterback, threw a touchdown pass. That kind of let us know what was to come," Hines said.

Streaks alive: Four-time defending state titlist Trinity has won 22 consecutive playoff games. Two-time defending champs Beechwood, Fort Campbell and Highlands own 12-game post-season streaks. Defending champ Bell County has won 24 games in a row against Kentucky competition.

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