All game times 7:30 p.m. unless noted.
Henry Clay at Clark County
Records: Henry Clay 0-4 (lost to Tates Creek 21-14); Clark County 2-1 (lost to Bryan Station 40-19)
Match race: Who'll find more running room — Henry Clay's Davion Jackson or Clark County's Pokey Harris? Jackson, averaging almost 10 yards a carry, has emerged as the Blue Devils' biggest threat. Harris has rushed for 700 yards and 10 TDs in four games. Leading the Henry Clay defensive effort against Harris will be linebacker Charles McCarty, who had 12 tackles last week.
Sweet memories: Clark County will mark the 20th anniversary of its unbeaten state championship team with a pre-game cookout and halftime ceremony Friday night. The 1991 Cardinals, led by Eric Clay, Jerome Embry and Tim Hampton, beat Trinity in the semifinals and St. Xavier in the finals to finish 15-0. Clark County was coached by Don Danko and top assistant Marty Joyce. Joyce is now an assistant at Henry Clay. Current Cards coach Paul Columbia was also on the staff 20 years ago.
Lexington Catholic at Madison Central
TV: WZLEX-18.2; Radio: WMJR-AM 1380
Records: Lexington Catholic 3-1 (beat Male 34-26); Madison Central 1-2 (lost to Scott County 35-6)
Sneakers to cleats: Dominique Hawkins, better known as a talented point guard in basketball, is showing he can play football, too. He's rushed for 487 yards in Madison Central's first three games.
Comeback Knights: LexCath, No. 16 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, has been great under the gun. The Knights have rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Bell County 33-27, Lafayette 21-18 and Male 34-26. Coach Bill Letton says QB Kyle Bolin is at his best under pressure to make plays.
Lexington Christian at Hazard
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: LCA 1-3 (beat Cincinnati Hills Christian 6-3); Hazard 1-1 (lost to Somerset 14-0)
Rare goose egg: Hazard lost to 2A power Somerset 14-0 last week. It was the first time in 70 games the Bulldogs were shut out. Harlan blanked Hazard 34-0 early in the 2006 season.
Fantastic finish: LCA was staring at its fourth loss in a row when it trailed host Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 3-0 with 11 seconds left last week. But the Eagles found a way to win. LCA's Adam Hilton blocked a punt and Justin King picked up the ball and raced 56 yards for a TD with two seconds left and a 6-3 victory. "An incredible way to win," Coach Ray Graham said. "We needed it so bad." LCA's offense struggled again, failing to score for the third week in a row. But the Eagles' defense gave up only 99 yards and forced three turnovers.
Paul Laurence Dunbar at Lafayette
Records: Dunbar 0-3 (lost to East Jessamine 34-20); Lafayette 2-2 (beat Owensboro 35-23)
Hold that line: Dunbar has held early leads on East Jessamine and Fern Creek the last two weeks, but it couldn't sustain any momentum. The Bulldogs' defense has surrendered almost 1,300 yards rushing in three losses.
Carr-wrecked: Linebacker Justin Carr, who led Lafayette in tackles last year, is doing it again. The senior linebacker has been in on 33 tackles, four for losses, and has recovered four fumbles for the No. 19 Generals.
Tates Creek at Scott County
Radio: WLAP-AM 630; WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Tates Creek 2-2 (beat Henry Clay 21-14); Scott County 4-0 (beat Madison Central 35-6)
Quick starts: No. 10 Scott County is putting its opponents away early. The unbeaten Cardinals have had halftime leads of 45-0 against Seneca, 49-0 against Webster County and 31-0 against Harrison County. They jumped ahead of Madison Central 21-0 in the first quarter last week. Scott County has outgained its opponents 1,373 yards to 544, and has 26 TDs while giving up only three.
Streak busters? Last week Tates Creek ended a seven-game losing streak to Henry Clay. Friday night the Commodores try to end an eight-game losing streak to Scott County. They haven't beaten the Cardinals since 2003. Tates Creek would like to do against Scott County what it did against Henry Clay — control the ball and the clock.
Top state games
Somerset at Breathitt County: Somerset risks 23-game regular-season winning streak against unbeaten Bobcats.
Trinity at Cincinnati St. Xavier: Trinity, rated No. 4 in nation by Rivals.com, takes on No. 19 Bombers.
Letcher County Central quarterback Logan Johnson put up eye-catching passing numbers last week, numbers that would have done his cousin Tim Couch proud.
Johnson completed his first 17 passes at Montgomery County and finished 32-for-43 for 584 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-34 loss.
Johnson's yardage ranks third in the state record book.
"Logan threw as well as anybody I've ever had," said Letcher Central Coach Mike Whitaker, who was Couch's coach at Leslie County.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound senior, also benefited from sticky-fingered receivers Corey Dollarhide (12 catches, 192 yards, one TD), Keaston Hall (six catches, 145 yards, two TDs) and Josh Boggs (four catches, 118 yards, one TD).
Johnson, who has thrown for more than 1,200 yards and 14 TDs in the Cougars' first four games, is being recruited by Eastern Kentucky.
"We've played against some good quarterbacks, but I don't know if I've seen one who's that big a playmaker," Montgomery County Coach Dan Gooch said. "He was really impressive."
The Indians won thanks in large part to junior QB Matt Tuttle, who completed 11 of 18 passes for 221 yards and four TDs. He also had a 49-yard TD run. (Tuttle has thrown for 662 yards, six TDs and no picks this year.)
Montgomery County's defense intercepted three passes. Lance Lockridge had two of the picks, and also had a 70-yard TD catch.
"We made some plays on offense and defense," Gooch said. "It was a hard game, going against a guy throwing for that many yards. We played with a lot of heart."