All game times 7:30 p.m. unless noted.
Lafayetteat Bryan Station
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Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Lafayette 4-2 (beat Henry Clay 14-0 last week); Bryan Station 4-1 (beat Tates Creek 35-29)
Blank-et defense: Lafayette did something last week that no team had done in nine years. It handed Henry Clay its first shutout in 116 games, dating to a 35-0 loss to Boyle County in 2002. Jason Ferguson, Chris Oldham, Justin Carr and Andy Hampton led the Generals' defense, which held Henry Clay to 137 yards and forced 4 turnovers.
Finishing it off: Bryan Station Coach Craig Yeast says his team never gives up on itself. He's not kidding. The Defenders have been outscored 72-62 in the first half, but they've come on strong and out-pointed their opponents 104-43 in the second half. Last week they trailed Tates Creek 22-6 at the break, but rallied to win 35-29. Senior L.J. Warfield has led the charge the last two weeks, rushing 35 times for 325 yards (9 yards a carry) and four TDs.
Lexington Catholic at Boyle County
Radio: WMJR-AM 630; WMJR-FM 94.9
Records: Lexington Catholic 5-1 (beat Mercer County 48-7); Boyle County 4-2 (beat Taylor County 57-0)
Air battle: Boyle County has yielded only 466 passing yards in 6 games, but its air defense will get tested by LexCath. In the past season and a half, the pass-catch combo of QB Kyle Bolin and WR Adam Bush has put up big numbers. Bolin, who committed to Louisville last week, has thrown for 3,696 yards and 34 TDs. Bush has accounted for a good chunk of that with 84 catches for 1,403 yards and 18 TDs. In last year's playoff loss to Boyle County, Bolin passed for 349 yards and 2 TDs, with Bush catching 11 passes for 192 yards and 2 TDs.
Dartin' Devon: Boyle County prefers to run the ball, with Devon Cox leading the way for the second year in a row. In the Rebels' sweep of LexCath last season, Cox totaled 381 rushing yards and 4 TDs. Boyle County's hammer on defense is linebacker Zach Hester, who leads the team in tackles. He's also a force on offense as a runner and receiver. His role on both sides of the ball is similar to that played last season by Mr. Football Lamar Dawson.
Paul Laurence Dunbar at Tates Creek
Records: Dunbar 0-5 (lost to Madison Central 47-23); Tates Creek 2-4 (lost to Bryan Station 35-29)
Who'll stop the run?: Dunbar's defense hasn't had much luck slowing opponents' ground attacks this season. The Bulldogs are surrendering an average of 383 yards rushing per game. Run-oriented Tates Creek, led by Dennis Oxendine's 122 yards per game, will be another tough test for Dunbar.
Slow progress: Tates Creek Coach Mike Harmon was hoping for quicker development with his young team, but it has been hampered by 51 penalties and 11 turnovers in six games. The Commodores appeared on their way to a turnaround victory when they led Bryan Station 22-6 at the half last week, but they stalled in the second half. "You can't beat good football teams if you shoot yourself in the foot," Tates Creek Coach Mike Harmon said. "Six games into the season and we're still making sophomore mistakes. We've gotta clean that up."
Top state games
St. Xavier vs. Trinity at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.: Nationally ranked Trinity is a big favorite over its archrival. St. X leads the series 36-33-2. More than 1.5 million fans have attended the previous 71 games.
Russell County at Rockcastle County: District showdown between 4A unbeatens.
AROUND THE STATE
Two dozen teams are still undefeated in Kentucky high school football. For most of them, having a spotless record midway through the season is nothing new.
It is uncharted territory for Owen County and Powell County, two schools with little, if any, football tradition.
Owen County (5-0) has had only one winning record in more than 20 years. (It went 6-5 in 1991.)
Powell County (5-0) has been playing football since 1991, but didn't have a winning season (6-5) until three years ago. It matched that record last season.
On the flip side are perennial state powers Highlands (5-0) and Mayfield (6-0).
This is the fourth time in five years Highlands is unbeaten at this stage of the season.
This is the sixth time since 2000 that Mayfield has taken a perfect record into October, including its undefeated state championship seasons in 2010 and 2002.
LIST OF UNBEATENS
Class 6A: Manual, Scott County, Trinity.
Class 5A: Bowling Green, Christian County, Franklin County, Harlan County, John Hardin, Warren Central.
Class 4A: Highlands, Rockcastle County, Russell County.
Class 3A: Belfry, Breathitt County. Edmonson County. Powell County.
Class 2A: Bardstown, Glasgow, Newport Central Catholic, Owen County, Owensboro Catholic.
Class A: Eminence, Fairview, Mayfield.