There are more than a dozen matchups between teams ranked in the top 10 of their respective classes this Friday. Here are three you’ll definitely want to keep tabs on (all times local to site):
1.) Cincinnati Moeller at Scott County, 7:30 p.m.
The Cardinals (3-0) are off to a great start, most recently handing fellow perennial contender Highlands one of the worst losses in its program’s history. Moeller led at Trinity, 17-0, before the Shamrocks battled back for a 38-30 win. How Scott County performs against the Crusaders (1-1) will provide some guidance for assessing how close it is to Trinity — the reigning champs — in this year’s Class 6A championship hunt.
2.) Owensboro at Bowling Green, 7 p.m.
Bowling Green will carry a sub-.500 record into a contest for the first time since 2006, when it started the season with a loss against St. Xavier before going undefeated until a state-finals trip. The Purples (1-2) have lost to Pleasure Ridge Park and St. Xavier — two Class 6A clubs — in consecutive weeks but are still ranked second in Class 5A by the media. Owensboro (2-1) is ranked sixth in the same poll and hasn’t beaten Bowling Green since 2008; Class 5A gets a lot more spicy if that streak ends Friday.
3.) Elizabethtown at Christian Academy of Louisville, 7:30 p.m.
CAL brought home its first state title in the Class 2A finals last year and hasn’t slowed down. The Centurions (3-0) are allowing 7.7 points per game and seem primed to make a strong repeat bid. E-town is 2-0, including an eye-opening 55-23 victory at Franklin-Simpson — a Class 4A finalist last year. The Panthers have leapt to the No. 4 spot in the Class 3A media rankings and are atop their class in the Cantrall Ratings.
▪ Tates Creek’s home game against Madison Central originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6, has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 5, to help accommodate fall break for students. The kickoff time will remain 7:30 p.m.
▪ Ohio County, a Class 6A school in western Kentucky, has bounced back nicely from a 2-9 campaign last season. The Eagles are 3-0 for just the third time in the last 10 seasons, and in each game this season they’ve eclipsed their highest point total in a single game in 2016 (36). Senior quarterback Heath Simmons has been sound: He’s completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 816 yards and 12 TDs without an interception.
▪ Magoffin County got in the win column with a 36-24 decision at East Ridge last Friday. Ryan Mullins threw four TDs — two each to Nolan Arnett and Brady Whitaker — for the Hornets.
▪ Bardstown also picked up its first win last week, defeating Marion County, 42-13. Freshman defensive back Gray Clark stood out, coming up with an interception and leading the Tigers with nine tackles.
▪ Lewis County’s home game against Nicholas County this week will be “Keith Prater Night,” Zack Klemme of the Ashland Daily Independent reported last week. Keith Prater was a former baseball coach at Rowan County and Lewis County, whom he led to a school-record win total in 2013. Prater died on July 19 after being diagnosed with Leukemia on June 6, two days before Rowan County played in the state tournament.
▪ Paintsville’s 17-13 loss to Hurricane (W.Va.) on Friday was the Tigers’ first regular-season loss since a 32-0 defeat at Raceland on Oct. 24, 2014.
▪ Eminence, one of the smallest football-playing schools in the state, is off to its best start in five years. The Warriors are 3-0, a mark last met in 2012. Elijah Montero had 154 yards and three TDs on 13 carries in the most recent victory, 64-14 over Fort Knox.