Your weekly guide to high school football
This weekend's kickoffs
Paul Laurence Dunbar at Lafayette, 6 p.m.: The first matchup between city foes this season is the first game of a double-header at Ishmael Stadium.
Williamsburg at Lexington Christian, 7:30 p.m.: The Yellowjackets' last game was a 28-27 overtime loss to Mayfield in the Class A finals. Their last loss before that one? To Mayfield, in the 2013 finals. Can the Eagles keep up at home?
Lexington Catholic at Boone County, 7:30 p.m.: The Knights travel north to face the Class 6A Rebels. Marty Steele, the third Boone head coach since 2012, takes over a squad that has won just two games in three seasons.
Scott County vs. Tates Creek at Lafayette, 8:45 p.m.:The night's latest kickoff in the city pits Coach Jim McKee's Cardinals, who tout possible Mr. Football candidate Keith Guy, against the Commodores' new-look offense under second-year coach Antoine Sims.
TOP STATE GAMES
Highlands at Cooper, 7:The Jags' program has been around only since 2008, but they've made some noise, including a 5A championship game appearance in 2012. They're back in 6A and get their first shot at the Bluebirds, a perennial power regardless of class.
Pikeville at Prestonsburg, 7:30 p.m.: The Panthers' closest win last season was a 30-29 nailbiter against Prestonsburg in its home opener. You can bet Coach John Derossett's Blackcats will be ready for the sequel in Floyd County.
Middlesboro at Bell County, 7:30 p.m.: Can the Bobcats get back on track against their cross-county rivals?
Louisville Holy Cross at Owensboro Catholic, 8 p.m.: The Class A (Holy Cross) and 2A (Catholic) powers meet in Daviess County for a nice early season matchup.
Bryan Station vs. Knox Central, 5:30 p.m.; Wayne County at Madison Central, 8: The annual Roy Kidd Bowl at Madison Central is the first of three straight neutral-site games for Knox Central to open the season. The Indians meet the Cardinals, who struggled last season after an appearance in the 2013 3A finals, in prime time.
TOP STATE GAMES
South Warren vs. John Hardin at Western Kentucky University, 5 p.m.: The Spartans spent their first four years of existence making a name in Class 3A. The Bulldogs have been a Class 5A force for nearly a decade. The 4A favorites meet in the opening game of this year's Rafferty's Bowl.