Bryan Station at Tates Creek
Records: Bryan Station 3-1 (did not play last week); Tates Creek 2-3 (lost to Scott County 55-8)
Big gainers: Bryan Station's speed at running back opens up its passing attack. QB Ora Johnson has taken advantage, completing 38 passes for 638 yards (18 yards per catch). Tyus Alcorn, Kenyon Hippe, Jaysuma Webb, L.J. Warfield and Austin Hendron have been the main receivers.
Home at last: Six weeks into the season, Tates Creek finally plays in its own stadium. The Commodores hope to erase the memory of last week's 47-point loss at Scott County. It was Tates Creek's most lopsided defeat since a 50-0 loss to Trinity in the 2001 playoffs.
Frankfort at Lexington Christian
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1; WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Frankfort 2-3 (lost to Western Hills 17-16); LCA 1-4 (lost to Hazard 43-7)
Downer: Injury-plagued Frankfort lost to Western Hills on a late field goal last week, the second time in three years the Panthers have lost by a point to their cross-town rivals.
Paydirt at last: Lincoln Henzman's 18-yard TD run for LCA with 24 seconds left in last week's loss to Hazard was the Eagles' first offensive TD since their opening game against Christian Academy of Louisville.
Lafayette at Henry Clay
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Lafayette 3-2 (beat Dunbar 27-19); Henry Clay 1-4 (beat Clark County 34-14)
Dashin' D.J.: Davion Jackson has become Henry Clay's go-to guy on offense. The sophomore speedster has run 46 times for 498 yards (11 yards per carry) and 7 TDs. He carved up Clark County for 219 yards and 2 TDs. He seems equally effective taking direct snaps and handoffs.
Cashing in: Lafayette has usually taken advantage of its scoring chances this season. The Generals have scored 15 of 17 times they've been in the red zone, and 12 of those have been TDs.
Madison Central at Paul Dunbar
Records: Madison Central 1-3 (lost to Lexington Catholic 43-18); Dunbar 0-4 (lost to Lafayette 27-19)
Dom-inator: Madison Central junior Dominique Hawkins, in his first year of high school football, has 753 yards (615 rushing, 138 receiving), which is more than half of the Indians' total of 1,359.
Ramblin' Rose: Senior running back John Rose was the workhorse for Dunbar last week, carrying 30 times for 122 yards and a TD. In four games this season, he's rushed 71 times for 354 yards and 3 TDs. That tops his production as a sophomore when he ran 108 times for 317 yards and 1 TD. Rose did not play his junior year.
Mercer County at Lexington Catholic
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380; WMJR-FM 94.9
Records: Mercer County 1-3 (lost to Anderson County 28-6); Lexington Catholic 4-1 (beat Madison Central 43-18)
Familiar face: First-year Mercer County coach Paul Rains is 0-4 against LexCath. He lost twice to the Knights when he was at LCA, and twice when he was at Madison Central. He got his first win at Mercer County two weeks ago when the Titans beat West Jessamine.
Bash by Nash: Alex Nash has been a major impact player for LexCath. The junior defensive back, who was second on the team in tackles last year, leads the Knights with 42 tackles this season, 12 of them for losses, including six sacks. Nash has three forced fumbles, an interception and three hurries. Top state game
Highlands at Covington Catholic, Saturday, 1 p.m.: Can CovCath, No. 2 in Class 4A, test the No. 1 Bluebirds?
around the state
Perry Central off to a fast start
Since Perry County Central opened in 1995, it hasn't had much success at football. It has had four winning seasons in 16 years and has never won a playoff game.
But the Commodores are undergoing an extreme makeover under second-year coach Justin Haddix. They are 5-0, including an attention-getting victory at Johnson Central, and rated among the top teams in Class 5A.
"This is one of the best teams I've ever been around as far as the athletes we have, and it's the hardest-working group I've been around," said Haddix, who quarterbacked Breathitt County to an undefeated state title in 2002 and served as a Bobcats assistant for three years under Mike Holcomb before taking over at Perry Central in 2010.
Haddix says the Commodores' team speed is its greatest strength. Receivers Darryl Beatty (4.5), Bryan Rankin (4.5), Jay White (4.6) and Austin Pray (4.7) are in fast company, along with running back Kegan Robinson (4.6). Even the Commodores' defensive linemen can run.
"This is the most speed I've ever seen in the mountains," Haddix said.
Quarterback Kyle Huff is accomplished at getting the ball to the right people, and 275-pound Jared Deaton anchors the line.
Haddix singles out linebacker Matt Robinson as the "heart and soul of what we do." The 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior has smarts and savvy and a ton of tackles. Haddix is surprised Robinson isn't drawing interest from in-state colleges. "I know he can play at Western or Eastern. He'll be a steal for somebody."
Perry Central, which starts district play Friday against Rockcastle County, has loftier goals than a first playoff victory in 10 tries.
"We want to win a state championship," Haddix said. "We're 5-0, so we're a third of the way done."
This weekend's high school football
All times p.m. and local to site
First Priority Bowl at North Laurel
South Laurel 39 North Laurel 34
Williamsburg at Allen Central, 7:30
Montgomery Co. at Anderson Co., 7:30
Graves Co. at Apollo, 7:30
Sheldon Clark at Belfry, 7:30
Owen Co. at Bellevue, 7:30
Adair Co. at Bethlehem, 7:30
Prestonsburg at Betsy Layne, 7:30
Barren Co. at Bowling Green, 7
Dayton at Bracken Co., 7:30
Hazard at Breathitt Co., 7:30
Kentucky Country Day at Breckinridge Co., 7
Fairdale at Butler, 7:30
Ballard Memorial at Caldwell Co., 7
Lone Oak at Calloway Co., 7
McCreary Central at Casey Co., 8
St. Xavier at Central, 7:30
Bullitt East at Central Hardin, 7:30
Hopkinsville at Christian Co., 7
Reidland at Crittenden Co., 7:30
Green Co. at Danville, 7:30
Boone Co. at Dixie Heights, 7
Mason Co. at East Carter, 7:30
Woodford Co. at East Jessamine, 7:30
Pike Co. Central at East Ridge, 7:30
Male at Eastern, 7:30
Beechwood at Elizabethtown, 8
Berea at Eminence, 7:30
Greenup Co. at Fairview, 7:30
Southern at Fern Creek, 7:30
Lewis Co. at Fleming Co., 7:30
Trigg Co. at Fort Campbell, 7:30
DeSales at Fort Knox, 7:30
Russellville at Franklin-Simpson, 7
Lake Co. (Tenn.) at Fulton City, 7:30
Bath Co. at Garrard Co., 7:30
North Hardin at Grayson Co., 7:30
Union Co. at Hancock Co., 7
Knox Central at Harlan Co., 7:30
Monroe Co. at Hart Co., 7
Paducah Tilghman at Heath, 7:30
Lafayette at Henry Clay, 7:30
Bullitt Central at Henry Co., 7:30
Pendleton Co. at Holmes, 7:30
John Hardin at Iroquois, 7:30
Louisville Holy Cross at Jeffersontown, 7:30
Boyd Co. at Johnson Central, 7:30
Magoffin Co. at Knott Co. Central, 7:30
Warren East at LaRue Co., 8
Raceland at Lawrence Co., 7:30
Harlan at Leslie Co., 7:30
Mercer Co. at Lexington Catholic, 7:30
Frankfort at Lexington Christian, 7:30
Pulaski Co. at Lincoln Co., 7:30
Covington Holy Cross at Lloyd Memorial, 7
Edmonson Co. at Logan Co., 7
Washington Co. at Louisville Christian, 7:30
Newport at Ludlow, 7
Whitley Co. at Lynn Camp, 8
Southwestern at Madison Southern, 7:30
Mayfield at Marshall Co., 7
Todd Co. Central at McLean Co., 7
Henderson Co. at Meade Co., 7
Clinton Co. at Metcalfe Co., 7
Western at Moore, 7:30
Middlesboro at Morgan Co., 7:30
Hopkins Co. Central at Muhlenberg Co., 7
Bishop Brossart at Newport Central Catholic, 7
Nelson Co. at North Bullitt, 7:30
Madisonville at Owensboro, 7
Butler Co. at Owensboro Catholic, 7
Pineville at Paintsville, 8
Campbellsville at Paris, 7:30
Madison Central at Paul Dunbar, 7:30
Rockcastle Co. at Perry Co. Central, 7:30
Estill Co. at Powell Co., 7:30
Ashland Blazer at Rowan Co., 7:30
Letcher Co. Central at Russell Co., 8
Cooper at Scott, 7:30
Clark Co. at Scott Co., 7:30
Manual at Seneca, 7:30
Bardstown at Shawnee, 7:30
Oldham Co. at Shelby Co., 7:30
Ryle at Simon Kenton, 7
Glasgow at Somerset, 7
Conner at South Oldham, 7:30
Caverna at South Warren, 7
Collins at Spencer Co., 7:30
Bryan Station at Tates Creek, 7:30
Boyle Co. at Taylor Co., 7:30
Gallatin Co. at Trimble Co., 7:30
Indianapolis Cathedral at Trinity, 7:30
Jenkins at Tug Valley (W.Va.), 7:30
Doss at Valley, 7:30
Atherton at Waggener, 7:30
Carroll Co. at Walton-Verona, 7:30
Greenwood at Warren Central, 7
Bell Co. at Wayne Co., 7:30
Daviess Co. at Webster Co., 7:30
Russell at West Carter, 7:30
Franklin Co. at West Jessamine, 7:30
Bourbon Co. at Western Hills, 7:30
Allen Co.-Scottsville at Westmoreland (Tenn.), 7
Highlands at Covington Catholic, 1
South Floyd at Shelby Valley, 7:30
Pikeville at Swain Co. (N.C.), 2