All game times7:30 p.m. unless noted
No. 10 Boyle County at No. 42 Lafayette
Records: Boyle County 5-0 (beat Danville 28-7 last week); Lafayette 3-3 (lost to Henry Clay 27-20)
Rees replacements: Last year Boyle County's workhorse was Rees MacShara, who rushed for 3,068 yards and 49 TDs. This season the Rebels are relying on several guys, including Chris Cook (618 yards, 7 TDs), Devon Cox (469 yards, 5 TDs) and QB Devon Hale (658 yards, 9 TDs passing and running).
Mr. Linebacker: Boyle County's Lamar Dawson is among the favorites for Mr. Football. He's got scholarship offers from a bunch of Division I schools, including Florida, LSU, Michigan, Southern Cal and UK. He has 48 solo tackles and three interceptions this season.
Offensive sparks: Lafayette's offense is led by Bubba Johnson (579 rushing yards, 11 TDs), Matthew Britt (782 passing yards, 6 TDs) and Tanner Napier (27 catches, 466 yards, 3 TDs).
New rivalry: This is the seventh time in eight years these teams have met. Boyle County won four of the previous six games, including a 48-6 rout last season.
No. 16 Henry Clay at No. 67 Bryan Station
Records: Henry Clay 3-2 (beat Lafayette 27-20); Bryan Station 0-5 (lost to Pleasure Ridge Park 27-13)
Booster shot: Vinny Miller, who may have the quickest feet on Henry Clay's team, missed the first four games of the year for disciplinary reasons. He returned to the lineup last week and provided a spark, rushing 5 times for 55 yards, and catching 6 passes for 49 yards and a TD.
Worrisome numbers: Bryan Station's Defenders haven't been very effective defenders. Bryan Station's opponents have converted 22 of 53 third downs (42%), and 8 of 17 fourth downs (47%). Bryan Station is surrendering 350 yards and 32 points a game.
Long ago victory: Bryan Station's last win over Henry Clay was in 2000 when John Nochta was the Defenders' coach. They've had four coaches since then — Norm Powell, Traye Moore, Oliver Lucas and Kenny Turner.
No. 174 Nicholas County at No. 53 Lexington Christian
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: Nicholas County 3-2 (lost to Raceland 28-12); LCA (lost to Lexington Catholic 62-0)
Pope rules: Junior Caleb Pope is Nicholas County's main man. He's rushed for 700 yards, has 8 TDs and is one of the Bluejackets' leading tacklers.
Time to regroup: LCA took a 62-0 whipping at Lexington Catholic last week. The Eagles were missing five key defensive starters, four of whom were suspended for disciplinary reasons. One was out with a concussion. Coach Ray Graham said the suspended players practiced on Wednesday and will see action on Friday. As for bouncing back from last week's debacle at LexCath, "We will let the past go," Graham said. "We know what we can do, and what we need to do now."
No. 96 Paul Laurence Dunbar at No. 12 John Hardin
Records: Dunbar 1-4 (did not play last week); John Hardin 5-0 (beat Doss 39-3)
Old foes: John Hardin Coach Mark Brown has a history against Dunbar. Brown was coach at Nelson County when it beat Dunbar 35-34 in overtime in the 1996 Class 4A state finals.
Offensive leaders: QB Blake Martin has generated 807 yards and 9 TDs passing and running to lead Dunbar's attack. Paul Jones has rushed for 605 yards and 2 TDs.
Little big man: John Hardin's 5-foot-7 junior Landon Savoy is a playmaker. In his career he's already rushed for more than 2,100 yards, has 28 catches for 483 yards and scored 32 TDs.
No. 28 Scott County at No. 34 Tates Creek
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Scott County 2-3 (beat Clark County 25-15); Tates Creek 4-1 (lost to West Jessamine 34-14).
Up and running: After a sluggish (0-3) start, Scott County has gotten it together with wins over Oldham County and Clark County. The trio of Marcus Hill, Josh Walls and Kevo Edwards has rushed for 975 yards and 12 TDs, and first-year QB Ben Lawler is improving as a passer, throwing for 447 yards and 4 TDs.
Ball (in)security: Tates Creek, which had 18 turnovers all of last season, had 9 against West Jessamine last week. "It was kind of Murphy's Law, everything that could go wrong did," Coach Mike Harmon said. "It was embarrassing, and I take full responsibility. You've got to give West Jessamine credit. They made great plays, especially on a couple interceptions. But we were really bad, too. After we watched the film Saturday morning, I broke (the DVD) in half and we'll never look at it again."
Cardinal rule: Scott County has owned this rivalry in recent years, having beaten Tates Creek seven times in a row since 2004.
Top state game
St. Xavier vs. Trinity at Papa John's Stadium, 8 p.m: This will be the 70th renewal of the clash of titans. St. X, which beat Trinity in last year's Class 6A finals, leads the rivalry 36-31-2. The series has drawn more than 1.4 million fans (an average of 21,485). Trinity and St. X have combined to win 19 of 25 big-school state titles since 1985, including the last nine in a row.
Home again, at last
Lafayette plays on its home field for the first time in 685 days when it hosts Boyle County Friday night. The Generals played 17 consecutive road games while old Ishmael Stadium (which opened in 1959) was being razed, and a new Ishmael Stadium, complete with artificial turf, was being raised.
Ishmael Stadium(s) were named for James D. Ishmael, Lafayette's first football coach who later served as principal. His son, Judge James Ishmael, will take part in the pre-game coin flip Friday, along with Fayette County superintendent Stu Silberman. Lafayette is selling "black-out" T-shirts (with 10-1-10 on the back) to its fans. The new stadium is accessible via ticket booths on Reed Lane and Spring Hill Drive.
Points at a premium
Washington County beat Marion County 3-0 last week. Seth Mattingly's 22-yard field goal in the third quarter accounted for the only points. It might have been the first 3-0 game in Kentucky high school football since Carroll County beat Owen County by that score three years ago, a span of about 3,000 games.