All kickoffs at 7:30 p.m.unless otherwise noted
Clark County at Bryan Station
Records: Clark County 2-0 (beat Montgomery County 38-27); Bryan Station 2-1 (beat West Jessamine 21-14)
Not so Pokey: Clark County senior Pokey Harris has been quick afoot in his first two games this year. He's rushed for 488 yards and 9 TDs, better than half his totals (912 yards, 12 TDs) all of last season.
Take-aways: Bryan Station has only one turnover in three games while its opponents have 11 (six interceptions, five fumbles). Charles Randle's two picks lead the Defenders.
Lexington Christian at Cincinnati Hills Christian
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: LCA 0-3 (lost to Christ Presbyterian, Tenn. 51-0); Cincy Hills Christian 1-1 (lost to Madeira 35-6)
Tall target: CHCA's 6-foot-4 Austin Jones, who had 1,200 yards and 16 TDs receiving last season, has a scholarship offer from Toledo.
Tough task: After playing four Christian schools to start the season, LCA's schedule doesn't get any easier. Next week the Eagles visit former 1A rival Hazard, then host Frankfort before district tests against Middlesboro, Somerset and Danville.
Male at Lexington Catholic
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380
Records: Male 1-2 (lost to Western 18-3); Lexington Catholic 2-1 (beat Lafayette 21-18)
Bulldog pups: Male has only one starter back on offense, three on defense from last year's 6A runner-up team. Running back Ronjae Morris returns after rushing for 1,200 yards and 11 TDs last season.
Getting their kicks: Lexington Catholic's Jake Pumphrey and Bobby Jacoby have combined to make 5 of 7 field goals in three games, including a 22-yard game-winner by by Pumphrey last week.
Owensboro at Lafayette
Records: Owensboro 2-1 (lost to Owensboro Catholic 27-23); Lafayette 1-2 (lost to Lexington Catholic 21-18)
Top General: Bubba Johnson is averaging 136 all-purpose yards for Lafayette. He has rushed for 268 yards, averaging 6 yards per carry.
History note: Lafayette's biggest victory in the last 30 years came against Owensboro. In November, 1985, the Generals beat host Owensboro 13-12 to win the State 4A crown. (They lost to Trinity in the overall 4A title game the next week.) Thomas Coates passed for a TD and ran for another against Owensboro. Scott Pruitt and Brian Sonka had fourth-quarter picks to stop the Red Devils from rallying.
Paul Laurence Dunbar at East Jessamine
Records: Dunbar 0-2 (lost to Fern Creek 32-20); East Jessamine 1-1 (did not play last week)
Ground up: Dunbar's defense has to get better at stopping the run. Bulldogs' opponents have rushed for 838 yards in two games, and are only 4-for-7 passing (for 60 yards).
Mr. Offense: Cameron Thomas strutted his stuff in East Jessamine's win over Spencer County two weeks ago. He ran for 186 yards and 3 TDs, and turned a short catch into an 80-yard score.
Tates Creek at Henry Clay
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Tates Creek 1-2 (lost to Corbin 21-14); Henry Clay 0-3 (lost to Belfry 34-21)
Trio of trouble: Tates Creek has had a pretty efficient running attack, with Dennis Oxendine, Casey Grimes and Marcus Wilkerson combining for 181 yards a game.
Darting Devil: Henry Clay's slumbering offense got a jump start from Davion Jackson last week. "D.J." carried 8 times for 174 yards and 3 TDs, and he also had 44 yards returning kicks.
Top state games
Boyle County at John Hardin: Boyle County has won 35 of its last 36 regular-season games; John Hardin has won 47 of its last 48.
Fort Knox at Fort Campbell in the Army Bowl: Fort Campbell has won the last eight games in the rivalry.
AROUND THE STATE
Football's version of baseball's walk-off home run?
Ballard pulled it off when Dontez Byrd ran back a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown as time expired to give the Bruins a 30-28 victory over host Seneca last Friday night.
"I'd like to take credit for devising something fantastic, but it was 100 percent our kids with a will not to give up," Coach Mike Jackson said of the game-winning return.
Seneca appeared to have won when Lincoln Dover scored with eight seconds left to give the Redhawks a 28-24 lead. Before the ensuing kickoff, Jackson told his deep return guys to run a reverse. De Doss caught the kickoff, then dropped the ball on purpose to draw more defenders to him. He picked it back up, headed toward Byrd and pitched him the ball.
Byrd had a pretty clear path, but Jackson said two Seneca players had an angle on Byrd at the end of his return, and even made contact with him inside the 10-yard line. "But they tried to tackle him instead of pushing him out of bounds, and Dontez ripped right through them and fell into the end zone."
Jackson said the most amazing part of the story is that only minutes before, Byrd was cramping up on the sidelines. "He could barely walk. He looked like a peg leg. But he jumped out there and ran that thing back. It was one of the most incredible feats of heart I've seen."
Looking at the video, Jackson said everybody on the return team did their job, from the perfectly executed reverse to all of the blocks that cleared the way for Byrd.
It was basic football, blocking and running hard, but not a typical Friday night highlight.
"It was surreal," Jackson said.