Hike: Your weekly guide to high school football with playoff schedule

mfields@herald-leader.comNovember 14, 2013 

Henry Clay's Elijah Bell looked for running room against Paul Dunbar in October. Bell rushed for more than 165 yards as the Blue Devils won 39-23.

MATT GOINS — Herald-Leader Buy Photo

Friday's playoffs

All times 7:30 p.m. unless noted

City games

No. 24 Bryan Station (5-5) at No. 1 Scott County (11-0): When the Cardinals, the highest-scoring team in the state (58.3 ppg) beat Bryan Station 70-30 last month, they had almost 500 yards on the ground. Theo Price, Kevin Claussen and Keith Guy each rushed for at least 125 yards as Scott County won for the 18th time in a row against Lexington competition. Bryan Station's Ora "Bo" Johnson threw for 347 yards and four TDs, and ran for another score. The Defenders' leading receivers are C.J. Walker and Tequan Claitt, who've combined for 117 catches and more than 2,000 yards and 20 TDs. The winner of this game plays either Dunbar or Henry Clay in the region finals next week.

Paul Laurence Dunbar (6-5) at No. 20 Henry Clay (8-2): Dunbar beat Tates Creek last week for its first playoff victory since 2007. The Bulldogs did it by rushing for more than 300 yards out of the triple-option. Jay Coleman and A.J. Williams combined for 200 of those yards. Henry Clay loves to run the ball, too, as it showed in beating Dunbar 39-23 a month ago. The Blue Devils' D.J. Jackson and Elijah Bell each rushed for more than 165 yards in that game. Bell has 1,628 yards this year. Jackson is only 52 yards shy of 1,000. The winner of this rematch earns a date with either Scott County or Bryan Station next week.

No. 9 Lexington Catholic (8-3) at Russell County (10-1): Russell County, whose only loss was to unbeaten Pulaski County, can grind it out. Evan Fletcher has rushed for 1,429 yards and 25 TDs, and QB Blake Ellis has run for 976 yards and 18 TDs. Ellis has thrown for 567 yards and three TDs. He's also a defensive standout with six interceptions. Lexington Catholic's balanced attack is led by QB Reese Ryan, who's passed for 2,673 yards and 30 TDs. David Bouvier has 59 catches, 864 yards, seven TDs. Sam Letton has 36 catches, 770 yards, 12 TDs. Marcelis Logan has almost 1,000 yards rushing and receiving, and 16 TDs. Noah Mitchell has run for 541 yards, six TDs. The winner will play either Boyle County or Mercer County next week.

Top state games

No. 11 Covington Catholic (9-2) at No. 9 Johnson Central (11-0): Can CovCath slow down Johnson Central, the second-highest scoring team in the state (53.1 ppg)? The winner figures to play six-time defending champ Highlands next week.

No. 4 Manual (9-2) at No. 4 Trinity (5-5): Three-time defending champ Trinity beat Manual 38-30 last month as QB Reggie Bonnafon had almost 400 yards passing and running, and five TDs. Manual hasn't beaten the Shamrocks in 10 years.

No. 7 St. Xavier (7-4) at No. 6 Male (10-1): Male beat St. X 44-40 last month, its first victory over the Tigers in seven years. Male swept St. X in the regular season and playoffs that year.


This week's high school football schedule

THURSDAY'S GAME

Class A

x-Pikeville 49 Allen Central 14

x-Plays Paintsville-Raceland winner

FRIDAY'S GAMES

(All times p.m.; games listed in bracket order)

Class A

Louisville Holy Cross (6-5) at Mayfield (10-1), 6:30

Russellville (9-2) at Bethlehem (10-1), 8

Bellevue (7-4) at Frankfort (9-2), 7:30

Paris (9-2) at Beechwood (7-4), 7:30

Pineville (7-4) at Williamsburg (8-2), 7:30

Campbellsville (4-7) at Hazard (10-1), 7:30

Paintsville (8-3) at Raceland (9-2), 7:30

Class 2A

Union Co. (9-2) at Caldwell Co. (11-0), 7

Murray (7-4) at Owensboro Catholic (9-2), 7

DeSales (10-1) at Glasgow (10-1), 7

Bardstown (9-2) at Louisville Christian (9-1), 7:30

Carroll Co. (6-5) at Gallatin Co. (9-2), 7:30

Walton-Verona (9-2) at Newport Cent. Catholic (7-4), 7

Somerset (6-4) at Middlesboro (9-2), 7:30

Danville (6-5) at Prestonsburg (6-5), 7:30

Class 3A

Monroe Co. (8-3) at Paducah Tilghman (6-5), 7

Fort Campbell (5-6) at South Warren (10-1), 7

Bell Co. (7-4) at Central (8-3), 7:30

Corbin (9-2) at Wayne Co. (11-0), 7:30

Russell (7-4) at Bourbon Co. (11-0), 7:30

Garrard Co. (7-4) at Mason Co. (11-0), 7:30

Pike Co. Central (6-5) at Breathitt Co. (7-4), 7:30

Lawrence Co. (8-3) at Belfry (10-1), 7:30

Class 4A

Warren East (7-4) at Owensboro (8-3), 7:30

Madisonville (6-5) at Franklin-Simpson (7-4), 7:30

Nelson Co. (8-3) at Collins (9-2), 7:30

North Oldham (8-3) at Western (6-5), 7:30

Mercer Co. (7-4) at Boyle Co. (11-0), 7:30

Lexington Catholic (8-3) at Russell Co. (10-1), 7

Ashland Blazer (8-3) at Highlands (10-1), 7:30

Covington Catholic (9-2) at Johnson Central (11-0), 7:30

Class 5A

Warren Central (6-5) at Graves Co. (9-2), 7

Christian Co. (5-6) at Bowling Green (10-0), 7

Shelby Co. (6-4) at John Hardin (9-2), 7:30

Grayson Co. (5-6) at Bullitt East (10-1), 7:30

Franklin Co. (10-1) at South Oldham (8-3), 7:30

Conner (8-3) at Anderson Co. (9-2), 7:30

Perry Co. Central (6-5) at Pulaski Co. (11-0), 7:30

Madison Southern (9-1) at Harlan Co. (8-3), 7:30

Class 6A

Central Hardin (10-1) at McCracken Co. (9-2), 7

Henderson Co. (9-2) at Meade Co. (9-2), 8

Campbell Co. (8-3) at Butler (9-2), 7:30

Dixie Heights (8-3) at Simon Kenton (11-0), 7

Manual (9-2) at Trinity (5-5), 7:30

St. Xavier (7-4) at Male (10-1), 7:30

Bryan Station (5-5) at Scott Co. (11-0), 7:30

Paul Dunbar (6-5) at Henry Clay (8-2), 7:30

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