All game times 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 Lafayette at No. 11 Meade County
Records: Lafayette 6-5 (beat North Hardin 24-6 last week); Meade County 7-4 (beat Dunbar 41-16)
Bubba time: Lafayette lost big-play threat Marlon Johnson to a knee injury last week, but younger brother Bubba took over and led the Generals past North Hardin. Bubba has become the Generals' battering-ram back. He's rushed for 920 yards and 14 TDs. QB Matthew Britt's passing has complemented the running game. He's thrown for 1,480 yards and 15 TDs. Tanner Napier has 48 catches for 854 yards and 9 TDs. Justin Carr and Trey Benson lead the Lafayette defense in tackles.
Grind it out: Meade County has built a six-game winning streak on a strong running game as it showed in last week's win over Dunbar. The Green Wave rushed for almost 300 yards, led by QB Thomas Wilson (114 yards) and RBs Rex Liverman (84) and Max Cundiff (71). Wilson didn't have to throw much, but completed all four of his passes for 52 yards and a TD (to Brady Smith).
25-year wait: Lafayette last won a second-round playoff game in 1985 when it beat Boone County on its way to a state runner-up finish.
Playoff picture: If Lafayette wins, it plays the Scott County-Central Hardin winner next week.
No. 9 Raceland at No. 5 Lexington Christian
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: Raceland 7-4 (beat Campbellsville 40-28); LCA 8-3 (beat Berea 50-20)
First time around: When LCA beat Raceland 38-26 on Oct. 15, it jumped to a 17-0 lead in the opening minutes thanks to Raceland turnovers. "Our kids never quit, but it's hard to overcome five turnovers," Rams Coach T.J. Maynard said. No Class A team has played LCA tougher over the last few years than Raceland. "We've had some major battles, some real close games with those guys, and we've had some positive things happen," Maynard said. The Rams beat LCA during the 2008 regular season, then lost to the Eagles 27-20 in the playoffs. In 2007, LCA needed a last-second field goal to win a 34-32 playoff game against Raceland.
Ram tough: Raceland QB Tyler Farley has thrown for more than 2,500 yards and 29 TDs, but the Rams' ground game has sparked their success recently. Despite missing leading rusher Michael Litteral (846 yards, 8 TDs), who was out with a knee injury, Raceland got 100-yard rushing performances from Marcus Reed and Ralph Burchett against Campbellsville. "Hopefully we can build on that," Maynard said.
Scout-ing report: LCA QB Scout McCamy will be the focus of Raceland's defense. "He just makes plays," Maynard said. "He can really hurt you when a play breaks down and his instincts take over." McCamy has thrown for 1,590 yards and 20 TDs, and rushed for 761 yards and 6 TDs. Chad Snyder leads the receivers with 37 catches, 752 yards and 10 TDs.
Playoff picture: If LCA wins, it plays the Fairview-Williamsburg winner next.
No. 4 Simon Kenton at No. 9 Henry Clay
Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Simon Kenton 9-2 (beat Tates Creek 23-13); Henry Clay 9-2 (beat Conner 32-20).
First time around: When Simon Kenton beat Henry Clay 21-18 in mid-September, Pioneers QB Chad Lawrence threw for 184 yards and 2 TDs, and ran for 154 yards as his team rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to take a 21-7 lead. Henry Clay had a chance to force overtime or pull out a victory when it drove inside the Pioneers' 30-yard line in the closing minutes, but a fumble killed the threat.
Different Devils? Henry Clay has changed QBs since it played Simon Kenton. Jerry Williams moved to receiver and Vinny Miller took over as triggerman. Pioneers Coach Jeff Marksberry said Henry Clay still "has all that speed, athletic ability and big-play capability." Miller has thrown for 636 yards and 8 TDs and run for 846 yards and 16 TDs. Bo Brooks leads the team with 896 rushing yards.
Chad's the man: Pioneers QB Chad Lawrence has thrown for 2,238 yards and 24 TDs, and rushed for 1,004 yards and 9 TDs.
Playoff picture: If Henry Clay wins, it plays the Ryle-Campbell County winner next week.
No. 12 West Jessamine at No. 7 Lexington Catholic
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380
Records: West Jessamine 8-3 (beat Holmes 29-26); Lexington Catholic 6-5 (beat Harrison County 27-19).
First time around: LexCath sophomore QB Kyle Bolin threw for 307 yards and 4 TDs and ran for 73 yards and a score when the Knights beat West Jessamine 42-26 a few weeks ago. Bolin has improved steadily as the season has progressed. He has thrown for 1,629 yards and 13 TDs, and has cut down on his interceptions. He's also run for 475 yards and 8 TDs. Adam Bush has been his top target, catching 38 balls for 573 yards and 7 TDs. Amoh Kumengisa leads the ground attack with 572 yards and 8 TDs. LexCath is trying to advance to the third round of the playoffs for the sixth year in a row.
Confident Colts: West Jessamine's win over Holmes last week was the Colts' second playoff win in school history (their first was last year against Harrison County). "We were confident going into the game, and we showed why," Coach Graham Heasley said. Holmes Coach Stephen Lickert warned his team that West Jessamine was "the best No. 4 seed in the state of Kentucky. They came out and proved it." The key against Catholic? "Having enough confidence that we can win the ball game," Heasley said. "It doesn't look pretty on paper. We've got one win by forfeit against them. It's been an 11-year whammy." West Jessamine QB Matt Carbol will need to have a good game to help the Colts keep up with LexCath on the scoreboard.
Playoff picture: The LexCath-West Jessamine winner plays the Boyle County-East Jessamine winner.
Top state playoff games
Belfry at Mason County (3A): Mason County has won 10 straight since season-opening loss to Danville.
Bowling Green at Christian County (5A): Bowling Green has beaten the Colonels seven consecutive times.
Fort Campbell at Murray (2A): Undefeated Murray tries to end Falcons' three-year reign as state champs.
Green County at Danville (1A): Green County sank Admirals 61-22 in last year's playoffs.
No team in the state appreciated a playoff victory last week more than Fort Knox, which rallied from a 21-7 deficit to beat host Glasgow 30-28.
Late last season Fort Knox was saddled with a 40-game losing streak. Coach Brandon Combs said the Eagles began to turn things around with their commitment in the off-season. "We're 4-7, but we could be 9-1 or 8-2," he said, noting close losses to Bethlehem, Hancock County, Fort Campbell, North Oldham and Bardstown. "The kids have really put their heart in it. They decided they wanted to change what had been a rundown program."
Beating Glasgow gave Fort Knox its first playoff victory in eight years. It plays at Monroe County on Friday.
Fort Knox won state titles in 1983, '88 and '90 under Joe Jaggers.
"Everybody used to know about Fort Knox," Combs said. "We're trying to get back to that spot."
A passing grade
Seneca quarterback Damarcus Smith went down firing in his last high school game, throwing for 448 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-33 loss to St. Xavier. Smith, who has committed to Louisville, sat out his junior season with a knee injury, but the strong-armed passer threw for 3,112 yards and 30 TDs this year, and looked like a guy who could be a key player for U of L Coach Charlie Strong sooner rather than later.