Christian Academy of Knoxville at Lexington Christian
Records: Knoxville Christian 1-0 (beat Anderson Co., Tenn., 47-28 last week); LCA 0-1 (lost to Lou. Christian 27-25)
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
High on victory: LCA's pass defense better be ready for Charlie High. CAK's quarterback completed 36 of 44 passes for 426 yards and 5 TDs in a season-opening win over Anderson County, Tenn.
Silver lining: LCA Coach Ray Graham saw some positives in last week's loss. The Eagles made a valiant second-half comeback even though running back Sam Maybriar was out with a sprained ankle. "We showed a lot of moxie," Graham said. "We got beat by a good team, but we had more than 400 yards using a freshman and sophomore at quarterback. We had a good effort, showed a lot of heart, and we're going to get better."
iHigh Football Frenzy at Lafayette
Bell County at Lafayette
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Records: Bell County 0-1 (lost to Lexington Catholic 33-27); Lafayette 1-0 (beat Mason County 50-0)
Bell ringer: Bell County's Cory Davenport has rushed for almost 3,800 yards and rung up 64 TDs since he was a sophomore. In last week's loss to LexCath, Davenport rushed for 254 yards and two TDs.
Dominating 'D': Lafayette scored 50 points last week, which overshadowed its terrific defense. The Generals, led by linebacker Justin Carr, held Mason County to 115 yards and handed the Royals their first shutout in five years and 48 games.
Bowling Green vs. Henry Clay
Kickoff: 9 p.m.
Records: Bowling Green 1-0 (beat Allen Co.-Scottsville 48-0); Henry Clay 0-1 (lost to John Hardin 56-6)
Ouch!: Henry Clay Coach Sam Simpson didn't mince words when asked about last week's loss. "It exposed how far off the wagon we've fallen," he said. "I don't know if we could've played any worse. That's not taking anything away from John Hardin. I think they'll play for (the 5A) championship. So will the team (Bowling Green) we play Friday night."
Henry Clay will be without defensive standout Darius Fields, who suffered a concussion against John Hardin, and offensive star Vinny Miller, who will miss his second straight game because of what Simpson called "personal issues."
Simpson said that while the Devils want to beat Bowling Green, "right now our battle cry has to be 'Henry Clay football has got to get better.' We're not going to let injuries or behavior problems become an issue to our success or failure."
Purples power: Bowling Green's returning starters include QB Scooter Hollis (2,000 yards passing, running last year), RB Hunter Neveras (1,100 yards rushing, receiving), 6-6, 320-pound lineman Joe Manley, who has committed to Louisville, and DB Michael Bailey, a second-team all-stater. The Purples beat Henry Clay 27-12 in the 2008 season opener, but this is their first game in Lexington since they lost to Lafayette in 1981.
iHigh Football Frenzy at Lafayette
Harlan County vs. Paul Laurence Dunbar, 3 p.m.: Derrick Thomas debuts as Dunbar's sixth coach in 10 years.
Eastern vs. Bryan Station, 6 p.m.: Defenders, who beat Anderson County in opener, go for another upset.
Ryle vs. Tates Creek, 9 p.m.: Raiders Coach Bryson Warner calls RB Travis Elliott the state's best player.
Republic Bank Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic
Knox Central vs. West Jessamine: Knox Central Coach Scott Russell was Mr. Football at Evarts in 1991.
John Hardin vs. Lexington Catholic: The Knights, who gave up almost 400 rushing yards last week, face a team that ran for almost 500 against Henry Clay.
Caldwell County and Calloway County combined for 1,420 yards and 142 points in a season-opening shootout last week that Caldwell County won 80-62.
The winning Tigers, led by freshman quarterback Elijah Sindelar and freshman running back Jaylen Boyd, piled up 850 yards.
"It was a game where even midway through the fourth quarter, we still didn't feel comfortable with a lead," Caldwell Coach David Barnes said.
The 6-foot-4 Sindelar completed 19 of 25 passes for a school-record 552 yards and six touchdowns. "A very gifted athlete," Barnes said of Sindelar, who started for Caldwell County's basketball and baseball teams as an eighth-grader. Boyd, a 5-8 speedster, ran for 288 yards and had eight TDs (six rushing, two receiving).
The Tigers' points explosion was a surprise. "I thought defense was going to be our strength," Barnes said.
But Calloway County QB Tyler Greer put a big dent in the Tigers' "D," completing 30 of 52 passes for 379 yards and four TDs, and running for 82 yards and four TDs.
As Lakers Coach Josh McKeel told the Murray Ledger & Times, "Stepping onto the field tonight, I never thought we'd score 62 and lose."