HIKE! Nov. 2: Your guide to the high school football playoffs

mfields@herald-leader.comNovember 1, 2012 

Lafayette's Garrett Peavler (4) passed the ball in the first quarter of the Tates Creek at Lafayette football game in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 19, 2012. Lafayette led 21-6 at halftime. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

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FRIDAY'S KICKOFFS

City playoff games

Henry Clay (4-6) at Dixie Heights (3-7): The Blue Devils' Elijah Bell has 2,305 all-purpose yards, including 1,707 rushing. If Henry Clay beats the Colonels, it will play the Scott County-Ryle winner in the second round.

Lexington Christian (5-5) at Leslie County (5-5): LCA beat the Eagles 27-20 in the second round of last year's 2A playoffs. If LCA wins Friday it will likely meet district rival Somerset next week.

Male (5-5) at Lafayette (7-3): The Generals' balanced attack is led by Garrett Peavler's passing, Tranard Chester's receiving and Kylan Nelson's running. Male has dropped four of its last five games, including lospided losses to Trinity and St. Xavier. If Lafayette beats the Bulldogs, it will probably meet St. Xavier next week.

Paul Laurence Dunbar (3-7) at Campbell County (6-4): Dunbar seeks its first playoff win since it knocked off Lafayette 8-0 in 2007. That was also the last time the Bulldogs shut out an opponent.

Rockcastle County (2-8) at Lexington Catholic (8-2): The Knights got a boost in confidence from the way they battled unbeaten Bowling Green in a 35-21 loss last week. LexCath's David Bouvier is only 34 receiving yards shy of 1,000 this year. If the Knights win, they'll play the Knox Central-Mercer County winner next Friday.

Simon Kenton (7-3) at Bryan Station (6-4): Over the past two years, Defenders quarterback Ora Johnson has passed for 4,021 yards and 40 TDs, and run for 883 yards and 12 TDs. Since starting the season 6-0, Simon Kenton has lost three of its last four. If Bryan Station beats the Pioneers, it will play the Campbell County-Dunbar winner next week.

Tates Creek (4-6) at St. Xavier (6-4): For the Commodores to hang with St. X, senior standout Dennis Oxendine must have an impact game on both sides of the ball, and get plenty of help from his teammates. Dave Cantrall has Tates Creek a seven-TD underdog.


Top state games

Cooper (9-1) at Anderson County (8-2): Runner-up in 5A last season, Anderson County couldn't have a tougher first-round test this year. Cooper is a No. 3 seed, but it's rated 20th in state.

Greenwood (8-2) at Christian County (8-2): Western Kentucky has several strong 5A teams, including the Gators and Colonels. The winner gets unbeaten Bowling Green next week.

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