Five of the best high school football games happening outside of Lexington this week. (All times local to site.)
Knox Central (0-1) vs. Waggener (1-0), 6 p.m. (at Corbin): The first game of the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic is a catfight between some stout Panthers licking their wounds from a one-point loss to Madison Central and Waggener Wildcats who waxed Iroquois in week zero. This is the best chance for folks outside of Louisville to see Waggener’s Jairus Brents, a 2018 star with offers from UK, Tennessee and U of L.
Christian County (1-0) at Bowling Green (1-0), 7 p.m.: The Purples kicked off their title defense with a 48-22 thumping of Class 6A John Hardin, in which Jamale Carothers rushed for 113 yards and three TDs on 14 carries. Christian’s Kolbe Langhi threw for 364 yards and three TDs in the Colonels’ 50-34 win over Caldwell County.
Franklin-Simpson (1-0) at Caldwell County (0-1), 7 p.m.: These Western Kentucky foes had contrasting openers: Franklin-Simpson blanked Portland (Tenn.) 46-0 while Caldwell couldn’t keep up with Christian County. Tigers star Shane Burns was effective, though, going 30-for-44 with 294 yards and five TDs in the loss.
Scott County (1-0) at Pulaski County (1-0), 7:30 p.m.: Jake Johnson broke the state receptions record last week against Harlan County and will look for more against a Scott County team that allowed several big plays against Tates Creek last week. Brice Fryman led an impressive, balanced ground game for the Cardinals in their opener.
Central (1-0) at Corbin (0-1), 9 p.m.: Class 3A contenders collide in the second game of the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic. Ty Scroggins’ Central Yellowjackets nearly defeated Class 6A Manual in their opener — their only home game until Sept. 23 — while the Redhounds made quick work of Whitley County.