All game times 7:30 p.m.
No. 82 Bryan Station at No. 52 Lafayette
Records: Bryan Station 0-7 (lost to Scott County 46-26 last week); Lafayette 4-4 (beat Dunbar 24-23)
Hope on the run : A silver lining for Bryan Station last week was that it outrushed ground-oriented Scott County 311 yards to 249. Everett Talbert, L.J. Warfield, Loran Smith and Josh Arnett accounted for most of the production. Bryan Station prefers to run the ball considering its QBs have thrown 16 interceptions and only 2 TDs.
Air game: Lafayette's running game has sputtered recently, but the Generals' passing attack has generated yards, points and optimism. Matthew Britt has thrown for 1,059 yards and 9 TDs. Tanner Napier has 37 catches for 613 yards, 5 TDs, earning him some notice from UK.
Generals' goal: If Lafayette beats the Defenders, it will guarantee itself a home game in the first round of the playoffs.
No. 43 Clark County at No. 42 Tates Creek
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Clark County 3-4 (lost to Henry Clay 54-35); Tates Creek 5-2 (beat Madison Central 33-25).
Offensive aces: Clark County had 547 yards in last week's loss. QB Andrew Dini threw for 308 yards and 2 TDs (no picks); TE Corey Rogers had 11 catches for 97 yards, and Pokey Harris rushed for 112 yards and a TD. But it all went for naught as Henry Clay rang up 54 points on the Cards' defense.
Commodore 'D': Tates Creek has gotten a boost from Jonathon Meadors' 30 solo tackles; Aaron Mullins' 12 tackles for losses and 2 forced fumbles, and Dennis Oxendine's 6 interceptions, two of which he's returned for TDs.
Rivalry score: Clark County has beaten the Commodores the last two years, but Tates Creek has won 11 of the last 14 meetings.
No. 65 Lexington Christian at No. 128 Raceland
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: LCA 5-2 (beat Paris 55-7); Raceland 5-3 (lost to Fairview 49-22)
Potent combo: Raceland's offense is led by the duo of Tyler Farley and Scotty Craft. Farley has passed for 1,863 yards, 25 TDs. Craft has 59 catches, 955 yards, 13 TDs.
Hitting the mark: LCA QB Scout McCamy had his best passing game of the year against Paris. He completed 8 of 9 throws for 215 yards and 5 TDs, pushing his season totals to 1,192 yards and 15 TDs. Chad Snyder continued to be his favorite target. He had 2 catches for 57 yards and 2 TDs, giving him 27 receptions, 532 yards and 6 TDs this season.
District domination: LCA has won 11 in a row against district competition, including 62-12 and 40-0 routs of Raceland last season.
No. 95 Madison Central at No. 15 Henry Clay
Records: Madison Central 1-6 (lost to Tates Creek 33-25); Henry Clay 5-2 (beat Clark County 54-35)
Double trouble: Any team would love to have a guy who's a dual threat at QB. Henry Clay has two guys to fill that role. Jerry Williams has shown off his playmaking skills as a passer and runner the last two years. When an ankle injury sidelined him, Vinny Miller stepped in and sliced up Clark County by throwing for 212 yards and 2 TDs, and rushing for 131 yards and 3 TDs. Blake Green caught 6 balls for 162 yards and 2 scores.
Slow starts: Madison Central has not scored in the first quarter all season, and its offense hasn't done much after that, either, averaging just over 200 yards a game. The Indians' defense hasn't helped much. It's giving up 419 yards a game.
No. 104 Paul Laurence Dunbar at No. 20 Scott County
Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Dunbar 1-6 (lost to Lafayette 24-23); Scott County 4-3 (beat Bryan Station 46-26).
Moral victory? In the pre-season, Dunbar's new coach Bob Lawson talked about closing the scoreboard gap between his Bulldogs and the competition. Last week's one-point loss to Lafayette was tough on Dunbar, but it was a big improvement on last year's 31-7 loss to the Generals. Dunbar's defense, led by linebackers Andrew Quick and Tucker Lyles, held Lafayette to 59 yards rushing.
Passing possibility: Scott County first-year QB Ben Lawler is an efficient passer. Last week he connected on 7 of 8 throws for 143 yards and a TD. Add that threat to a tried-and-true running game and it's no wonder the Cards won four in a row after an 0-3 start. James Happy and Josh Walls are reliable catch-and-run guys. Between them they have 35 receptions for 660 yards and 4 TDs.
Past performance: Scott County has beaten Dunbar four years in a row, and six of the last eight times they've played. The Cards' last three victories have been by a combined score of 116-14.
TOP STATE GAME
Pulaski County at Southwestern: Pulaski County has beaten its archrival three years in a row.
Forrest stands tall
In his first season playing high school football last year, Josh Forrest helped Paducah Tilghman win the 3A state title. This season Forrest has developed into a bona fide star and is a big (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) reason the Blue Tornado could repeat as state champs. "He's got a better understanding of the game and he's more comfortable making plays," Tilghman Coach Randy Wyatt said. "He's a real playmaker who has a nose for the end zone wherever he is on the field."
Forrest, who committed to UK in May, excels as a wide receiver, free safety and kick returner. Last year he had 23 catches for 407 yards and seven touchdowns, On defense he had seven interceptions, including three in the state title-game victory over Somerset. This season Forrest has 30 catches for 539 yards and 10 TDs. He also has five interceptions. Last week he returned a kickoff 68 yards for a TD to give the Tornado a 21-18 district win over Union County.
Wyatt, who played wide receiver at UK, is tutoring Forrest on necessary skills. "Route-running and getting off the line of scrimmage," said Wyatt, who thinks Forrest has the size, speed (4.6) and talent to be an impact college freshman. Forrest still has to qualify academically, but Wyatt said he thinks that will happen when Forrest takes the ACT in December.
Forrest used to think his future was in basketball. He averaged 15 points and eight rebounds in helping Tilghman reach the Sweet Sixteen last season. But he listened to Wyatt's words of wisdom: There a lot of 6-4 guards in basketball, but not a lot of 6-4 receivers in football.