Your guide to the second round of the high school football playoffs
No. 11 (tie) Bryan Station (7-4) at No. 4 Scott County (10-1), 7:30 (Class 6A): The first bout this year was lessened by early injuries to two standout seniors — the Cardinals' Keith Guy and the Defenders' Devon Key. Both got on the field last week and hopefully will go the distance in a top-15 rematch at Toyota Stadium.
Garrard County (7-4) at No. 14 Lexington Catholic (8-3), 7:30 (Class 3A): In their regular-season meeting on Oct. 23, the Knights jumped out to a 21-0 lead before the Golden Lions got to within five points in the fourth quarter. LexCath barely outgained Garrard, 277-273, in that one; it's going to be hard for the same team to keep the Knights under 300 yards twice in a season.
Henry Clay (7-4) at No. 11 (tie) Lafayette (9-2), 7:30 (Class 6A): The Generals look to improve their record to 37-33-2 in the city's oldest rivalry. The two last met in the postseason in 2009, a runaway 47-10 win by the Blue Devils. Henry Clay has won four straight, averaged 47 points in its last three and held a Madison Central team to nearly 100 yards under its average output in a 50-9 rout last week.
Lexington Christian (7-4) at Shelby Valley (9-2), 7:30 (Class 2A): For the second straight postseason, LCA heads to Pike County to take on the Wildcats. Last year's meeting went to Shelby Valley, but the Eagles were without star senior Nick Whitman, who was injured in the previous game. Dillon Wheatley got his first start last year there; he's got a full season worth of showcase-worthy performances.
TOP STATE GAMES
No. 7 Manual (9-2) at No. 1 Male (11-0), 7:30 (Class 6A): 60 — the number of points Male has yielded this season. The Crimsons were responsible for seven of those in a 43-7 drubbing.
No. 8 Ryle (9-2) at No. 3 Simon Kenton (11-0), 7:30 (Class 6A): The Pioneers have wiped the turf with every fellow Northern Kentucky foe, but only No. 13 Cooper (which hosts Conner this week) played them closer than Ryle did. Still, the Raiders were handed a 21-point loss in Independence just three weeks ago.
No. 5 St. Xavier (7-4) at No. 2 Trinity (10-1), 7:30 (Class 6A): Besides Male, which throttled the Shamrocks, no team played Trinity closer than rival St. X in the regular season. The Tigers were the only team to allow fewer than 40 points to mighty Male and were the closest to defeating the Bulldogs in a 27-24 loss.
No. 18 Boyle County (10-1) at No. 23 Central (9-2) (Class 3A): Only in the Kentucky football playoffs would two teams capable of winning the whole thing meet in the second round. Boyle has bashed almost everyone it's played except for LexCath; Ty Scroggins' Yellowjackets haven't dropped a game since August.
No. 22 Covington Catholic (4-7) at Madison Southern (5-5), 7:30 (Class 5A): The hosts come in as the underdogs to an up-and-down CovCath team that started the season 0-4 and had just one win entering October.
Ashland Blazer (9-2) at Scott (9-2), 7:30 (Class 4A): Flying under the radar is hard to do when you're 9-2, but the Scott Eagles did just that in part due to the strength of Northern Kentucky in Class 6A this season. They needed a late rally to get their first playoff win since 2002 last week; Ashland took out its frustration from losing two straight to end the regular season on Bourbon County in the first round.
No. 25 Paducah Tilghman (8-3) at Elizabethtown (11-0), 7:30 (Class 3A): The last unbeaten team in 3A meets a foe that, on paper and in history, is mightier than any it's faced this season. The Blue Tornado haven't lost since September.
Spencer County (10-1) at John Hardin (8-3), 7;30 (Class 4A): Chad Lewis' John Hardin Bulldogs have won six straight and ran away from Franklin County in their playoff opener. Spencer allowed just 12 points total in its previous two games after giving up 84 in the two before that.
Hazard (9-2) at Harlan (9-2), 7:30 (Class A): The Green Dragons are hosts in the second round for the first time since 1999. Senior Nick Jarvis has rushed for more than 1,000 yards.