City playoff games
All game times 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted
No. 205 Berea at No. 69 Lexington Christian
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Records: Berea 2-8 (beat South Floyd 48-38); LCA 7-3 (lost to Corbin 29-22)
Overmatched: Berea hasn't had much luck against LCA in recent years. It has absorbed five lopsided losses since 2003, including a 70-31 rout in last year's playoffs. The Pirates beat South Floyd last week to end an eight-game losing streak. RB James Brooks and QB Trenton Phillips lead Berea's offense.
Getting healthy: LCA went with a one-back set against Corbin last week because of some banged-up bodies, including UK o-line recruit Zach West, who is nursing a bone spur. QB Scout McCamy was pressed into throwing more and was intercepted five times. Despite six turnovers and 15 penalties, LCA still took Corbin down to the wire. The Eagles won't be at full strength against Berea, either, but it won't matter.
Playoff picture: If LCA wins, it will host the Campbellsville-Raceland winner next week.
No. 84 Bryan Station at No. 66 Central Hardin
Records: Bryan Station 1-9 (lost to North Hardin 31-12); Central Hardin 8-2 (lost to John Hardin 49-13)
Bruisin' Bruins: Central Hardin likes to run the ball, with four guys sharing the load. Kevin Humphrey, Tyran Hopson, Douglas Pillow and Tristan Logan each has between 350 and 500 yards. Humphrey has thrown for 937 yards and 7 TDs. Logan is his main target with 650 yards and 6 TDs.
Upset special? Is it a stretch to think Bryan Station can knock off Central Hardin? Not according to Cantrall's ratings. Central Hardin is No. 26 in 6A with a power rating of 62.8. Bryan Station is No. 28 with a power rating of 56.6. The Defenders are still shuffling their lineup, having used five quarterbacks in the last two months. Loran Smith and Elijah Bell have been the biggest playmakers, generating more than 600 all-purpose yards apiece.
Playoff picture: The Bryan Station-Central Hardin winner faces the Scott County-Nelson County winner next.
No. 40 Conner at No. 13 Henry Clay
Records: Conner 5-5 (did not play last week); Henry Clay 8-2 (beat Dunbar 41-5).
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Cougar catalyst: Conner QB Cy Smith has thrown for 2,196 yards and 16 TDs, and run for 651 yards and 11 TDs. Taylor Miller, Jacob Mullderink and Camron Fogle have at least 39 catches and 500 yards apiece.
Double trouble: Henry Clay has the luxury of two game-breaking QBs at its disposal. Vinny Miller, the go-to guy lately, has 1,311 yards and 21 TDs running and passing. Jerry Williams has 1,345 yards and 14 TDs running and passing. The Devils' defense has been good at snagging interceptions (17), including 7 by Ryan Duzyk, and pouncing on fumbles (12). Henry Clay has 10 fewer turnovers than its opponents.
Common foe: Henry Clay lost to Boone County 28-19 in its season opener. Conner beat the Rebels 27-21 last month.
Playoff picture: If Henry Clay wins, it will play host to the Simon Kenton-Tates Creek winner next week.
No. 138 Harrison County at No. 32 Lexington Catholic
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Records: Harrison County 5-5 (lost to Holmes 56-8); Lexington Catholic 5-5 (lost to Trinity 56-7).
T-breds' pacesetter: Nick Slucher is Harrison County's main offensive weapon. He has rushed for 674 yards and 12 TDs, and has 32 catches for 462 yards and 3 TDs. QB Joe Korona has thrown for 1,056 yards and 8 TDs.
Lessons learned: LexCath had 6 turnovers and only 105 yards in last week's loss to Trinity. The Knights took similar beatings at the hands of No. 3 St. Xavier and No. 5 Boyle County. The good news is those games will make LexCath's young team better this post-season and next year.
Playoff picture: If LexCath beats Harrison County, it will play the Holmes-West Jessamine winner next week.
No. 46 North Hardin at No. 55 Lafayette
Records: North Hardin 6-4 (beat Bryan Station 31-12); Lafayette 5-5 (did not play).
Trojan leaders: QB Vincent Jackson triggers North Hardin's offense. He's thrown for 1,500 yards and 15 TDs and rushed for 432 yards and 4 TDs. Nayim Johnson sparks the running attack. He has 722 yards and 6 TDs.
Rested and ready: Lafayette's open date last week should mean it has fresh legs. Brothers Bubba and Marlon Johnson have more than 900 all-purpose yards apiece. QB Matthew Britt has passed for 1,371 yards and 14 TDs. Tanner Napier has 45 catches for 806 yards and 8 TDs.
Common foes: North Hardin beat Bryan Station 31-12 and Dunbar 35-14. Lafayette beat those teams 35-25 and 24-23.
Playoff picture: If Lafayette wins, it will take on the Meade County-Paul Dunbar winner next week.
No. 112 Paul Laurence Dunbar at No. 31 Meade County
Records: Dunbar 1-9 (lost to Henry Clay 41-5); Meade County 6-4 (beat Butler 14-7)
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Riding a wave: Meade County had a four-game losing skid earlier this season, including losses to powerhouses Ballard and John Hardin. But the Green Wave are rolling now, with five victories in a row. QB Thomas Wilson and RB Max Cundiff sparked the turnaround, which included a win over then-undefeated Central Hardin for the district title.
Down times: Dunbar has lost 27 of its last 32 games over the last four years, and is on a 7-game skid heading into the playoffs. If the Bulldogs are to have a chance at upsetting Meade County, their defense will have to keep them in the game.
No. 59 Tates Creek at No. 6 Simon Kenton
Records: Tates Creek 6-4 (beat Woodford County 28-13); Simon Kenton 8-2 (beat Cov. Scott 43-6)
Dual threat: Simon Kenton QB Chad Lawrence can beat you with his feet and his arm. He's rushed for 923 yards and 9 TDs, and passed for 2,086 yards and 23 TDs. Ryan Winkler has 53 catches for 782 yards and 7 TDs.
Pioneers progress: Since getting beat 34-0 by Middlestown, Ohio, in its season opener, Simon Kenton's only loss was to No. 4 Ryle 38-35.
Crippled Creek: Injuries have taken a toll on the Commodores, especially on defense. That's a big concern going into battle against Simon Kenton's Lawrence. Tates Creek will need to control the ball with its running game behind Jontez Jones, who eclipsed 1,000 yards last week. Needless to say, the Commodores must keep their turnovers to a minimum.
Playoff picture: If Tates Creek can knock off the Pioneers, it will face the Henry Clay-Conner winner next.
Top state game
Eastern at Manual: Top 20 battle to see who gets to play No. 1 Trinity next week.
It's not how you start but how you finish. Just ask Greenwood and Boone County, probably the two best teams not to make the playoffs. Greenwood, which gave St. Xavier a tough fight in the Class 6A semifinals last year, won its first four games this season — the best start in school history. But the Gators lost five of their last six and will sit out the post-season. Boone County beat Henry Clay and Scott County to start the season and was rated 16th in the state by Dave Cantrall. But the Rebels lost seven of their last eight and didn't qualify for the playoffs.
Four winless teams will take long losing streaks into the post-season: Knott County Central (20 losses in a row), Jenkins (18), Spencer County (16) and McLean County (11).
Of the 192 teams in the playoffs, 57 have losing records and 32 are 5-5.
High school football is bigger in Texas than anywhere else. And longer too. Last week in the Lone Star state, Jacksonsville beat Nacogdoches 84-81 in a national-record 12-overtime game that lasted 51/2 hours. The previous record was nine overtimes. Jacksonville and Nacogdoches were tied 28-28 at the end of regulation before battling through a dozen OTs. The teams combined for 1,327 total yards.