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No. 8 Boyle County at No. 26 Lexington Catholic
Radio: WJMR-AM 1380
Records: Boyle County 6-0 (beat Lafayette 40-0 last week); Lexington Catholic 3-3 (did not play)
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Rebel yell: Boyle County fans have a lot to shout about. They're defending 4A state champs are getting better, with Lamar Dawson becoming more of a force the healthier he gets. He looked like a man among boys on both sides of the ball against Lafayette.
Building blocks: After blasting LCA 62-0 two weeks ago, LexCath Coach Bill Letton talked about how his young team might have turned a corner. The Knights' open date last week couldn't have come at a better time, giving them extra preparation time for Boyle County. This will be LexCath's toughest test since it lost to St. X 37-0 the first week of September.
Post-season preview? District rivals Boyle County and Lexington Catholic have met twice each of the last three years — in the regular season, then the playoffs — so Friday's game might be a preview to November. The Rebels swept LexCath in 2008 and '09, and the Knights swept Boyle County in 2007.
No. 79 Bryan Station at No. 21 Scott County
Records: Bryan Station 0-6 (lost to Henry Clay 49-8); Scott County 3-3 (beat Tates Creek 25-7)
Young 'uns: Bryan Station's dreary season (giving up almost 300 yards rushing a game, 24 turnovers) has a silver lining. The Defenders are relatively young. Three of their leading tacklers, Everette Talbert, Elijah Burdette and Austin Hendron, are underclassmen, and leading rusher LeDarius Jackson is a sophomore. Better days gotta be ahead.
Turnaround: Scott County is back in form, running the ball effectively with Marcus Hill, Josh Walls and Kevo Edwards, mixing in a surprise pass from Ben Lawler now and then, and playing hard-nosed defense. That's been the formula in a three-game winning streak. When the Cards were 0-3, Coach Jim McKee predicted his young team would find its stride. He was right.
All Cards: Scott County has owned this series in recent years. Since 2000, the Cards have beaten Bryan Station eight times in a row, averaging 44 points in the victories.
No. 16 Henry Clay at No. 43 Clark County
Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Henry Clay 4-2 (beat Bryan Station 49-8); Clark County 3-3 (lost to Corbin 21-7)
Nose dive: Clark County's Cardinals were flying high with a 3-0 record, but they've had their wings clipped by Lafayette, Scott County and Corbin the last three weeks. To keep up with Henry Clay, the Cards will probably need to get their offense in gear with QB Andrew Dini (1,036 yards passing) and RB Pokey Harris (520 yards rushing).
Devils' spark: QB Jerry Williams leads Henry Clay and has generated 1,247 yards and 12 TDs with his passing and running. But the key to the Devils' success is holding onto the ball. In six games they've committed 14 turnovers but have forced 18.
No. 48 Lafayette at No. 107 Paul Laurence Dunbar
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Lafayette 3-3 (lost to Boyle County 40-0); Dunbar 1-5 (lost to John Hardin 63-14)
Forget about it: Boyle County is by far the best team on Lafayette's schedule, so the Generals would be best served by erasing all memory of last week's game in which they managed only 67 total yards. Lafayette can now focus on district competition the next three weeks (Dunbar, Bryan Station, Scott County) and getting a high seed for the playoffs.
Struggling Dogs: Dunbar is still trying to find its identity under first-year coach Bob Lawson. "We're keeping the faith," Lawson said. "When you're building a program you know you have to go through times like this. When you have holes in your armor, they're going to show when you play great teams like John Hardin." Dunbar's defense is giving up 38 points and 421 yards per game.
No. 58 Lexington Christian at No. 222 Paris
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: LCA 4-2 (beat Nicholas County 34-13); Paris 0-7 (lost to Raceland 55-12)
Bounce back: LCA showed the right stuff last Friday. After getting smashed 62-0 by Lexington Catholic a week earlier, the Eagles were in an early 13-0 hole against Nicholas County. But LCA didn't blink. It reeled off 5 TDs in a row to win handily. QB Scout McCamy overcame an early pick-six to throw for 230 yards and 4 TDs, two each to Christian Fielden and Chad Snyder.
Blue Greyhounds: Paris' running game has been non-existent this season. Through its first six games, it totaled 125 yards on the ground. Paris has been outscored 369-51 this year, not a good sign. LCA has beaten the Greyhounds nine times in a row by an average score of 55-10.
No. 42 Tates Creek at No. 96 Madison Central
Records: Tates Creek 4-2 (lost to Scott County 25-7); Madison Central 1-5 (lost to PRP 54-28)
Bad vibes: Tates Creek had lots of mojo while winning its first four games, but the karma has since gone south. The Commodores had nine turnovers in a loss to West Jessamine two weeks ago. They managed only 91 rushing yards in a loss to Scott County last week. Needless to say, the Creek needs to hold onto the ball and run it proficiently to get back on track.
Stalled offense: Madison Central has had difficulty generating much offense. The Indians have thrown only one TD pass and been intercepted six times. Their running attack hasn't shown much consistency. Jamez Chenault is the leading rusher with 370 yards and 5 TDs. Madison Central is looking for a signature win under first-year coach Bert Browne, and it would love to get it against Tates Creek, one of its fiercest Lexington rivals over the years.
Top state game
West Jessamine at East Jessamine: Bragging rights on the line in Nicholasville. East has won seven of last 10 games in the rivalry.
Eagles finally get 'W'
Ohio County quarterback Derrick Griffin scored on a 12-yard run with 17 seconds left to give the Eagles a 39-36 victory over Hopkinsville last week, ending the state's longest losing streak at 25 games. "I'm very proud of the perseverance of our players," Ohio County Coach Todd Houston said. "It's a testament to their fortitude and passion for the game."
Cody Murphy rushed for 206 yards and four TDs, and Joel Skipworth ran for 125 yards and a TD to give the Eagles their first victory since Aug. 29, 2008.
Hopkinsville's loss means the Tigers, 0-2 in a five-team district, could miss playoffs for the first time in 20 years.
Lexington Christian Academy Coach Ray Graham became the newest member of the 200-victory club when the Eagles beat Nicholas County last week. Graham had 196 career wins when he left Harrison County three years ago to become an assistant at LCA. He succeeded Paul Rains as the Eagles' boss this year.
Graham said his players and assistants at Rowan County, Harrison County and LCA share in the milestone. "And I thank God for the health, and family support to have been able to do what I love for this long."
Active coaches with at least 200 victories: Dudley Hilton, Bell County (338); Philip Haywood, Belfry (331); Mike Glaser, St. Xavier (314), Sam Harp, Danville (302); Ivan McGlone, Russell (293); Tom Larkey, Harlan County (254); Mike Holcomb, Breathitt County (243); Mark Brown, John Hardin (239); Larry French, Boyle County (239); Steve Frommeyer, Eminence (217); Kevin Wallace, Bowling Green (202); Ray Graham, LCA (200).