Bryan Station at Scott County
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Records: Bryan Station 5-2 (defeated Dunbar 51-16 last week); Scott County 7-0 (defeated Henry Clay 48-7)
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Fun run: Bryan Station had its best rushing game of the season with 334 yards against Dunbar. LeDarius Jackson led the way with 120 yards. Ora Johnson and L.J. Warfield each had 86 yards. The Defenders' ground game will be tested against Scott County's defense, which has given up only 421 rushing in seven games.
Stacked deck: Scott County has outscored its opponents 248-14 in the first half this season. The Cards' balanced attack is led by the running of Dierrius Dumphord (490 yards, 11 TDs) and Josh Walls (425 yards, 9 TDs); the passing of Ben Lawler (739 yards, 7 TDs), and the receiving of Scott Daniel (26 catches, 590 yards, 5 TDs).
Henry Clayat Paul Laurence Dunbar
Records: Henry Clay 2-6 (lost to Scott County 48-7); Dunbar 0-7 (lost to Bryan Station 51-16).
Agony of defeat Unless Henry Clay makes a dramatic turnaround that carries it deep into the playoffs, the Blue Devils are headed for their first losing season since they went 1-9 in 1997. Dunbar, meanwhile, is in a losing rut. The Bulldogs have lost 15 in a row, 24 of their last 25, and 16 consecutive city games.
Need for 'D': Henry Clay is giving up 400 yards a game; Dunbar is giving up 413. Don't blame Devils linebacker Charles McCarty or Bulldogs linebacker Seth Haga, who lead their team in tackles.
Lafayette at Madison Central
Records: Lafayette 6-2 (defeated Clark County 22-19); Madison Central 3-4 (beat Tates Creek 39-14)
Not-so-familiar foes: Lafayette and Madison Central haven't played each other since Madison Central beat the Generals in the 2005 Recreation Bowl. Lafayette has lost the last nine meetings with the Indians going back more than 20 years. Lafayette hasn't beaten Madison Central since 1989.
Bubba vs. Dominque: Two of the best running backs in Class 6A will try to carry their team to victory. Lafayette has Bubba Johnson (116 rushing yards per game). Madison Central has Dominique Hawkins (143 rushing yards per game).
Somerset at Lexington Christian
Records: Somerset 4-3 (beat Danville 23-6); LCA (beat Middlesboro 30-12)
Back on track: After having its 23-game regular-season win streak stopped, Somerset had lost three in a row before last week's district showdown with Danville. The Briar Jumpers returned to form and beat Danville with a physical brand of football. QB Alex Lange rushed for 181 yards and a TD. Lange has almost 1,200 yards and 10 TDs running and passing this season.
Eagles upward: LCA had its best game of the season while winning at Middlesboro. The Eagles were productive offensively for a change — Sam Maybriar and Christian Fielden combined for 144 yards and 2 TDs rushing, and Lincoln Henzman threw a 41-yard TD pass to Adam Smith. LCA also did the job defensively, limiting Middlesboro QB Chase Roark to 135 yards passing.
Tates Creek at Clark County
Records: Tates Creek (lost to Madison Central 39-14); Clark County (lost to Lafayette 22-19)
Sputtering offense: Tates Creek is having trouble putting points on the board. It's averaging just over 2 TDs a game. The Commodores haven't been able to pass the ball. They've thrown for more interceptions (5) than TDs (4). They've run the ball fairly well. Dennis Oxendine is 69 yards shy of rushing for 1,000 this season.
Ace of Cards: Pokey Harris has accounted for almost 60 percent of Clark County's offense. He's rushed for 1,364 yards (and 15 TDs) of the Cards' 2,314 total yards. Like Tates Creek, Clark County has thrown for more interceptions (4) than TDs (3).
Top state games
Franklin County at Anderson County: The scoreboard operator figures to be busy in this 5A district matchup. The teams are averaging 91 points between them.
Warren Central at Bowling Green: Clash of unbeaten 5A crosstown district rivals and top 10 powers.
Around the State
Madison Central Coach Bert Browne is putting together a highlights video of Dominique Hawkins' best plays this season. Browne plans to mail copies to coaches in all the major conferences, including the SEC and Big 12. "There'll be some folks who'll jump all over Dominique when they see what he can do," Browne said.
Never mind that this is Hawkins' first year of varsity football. The 6-foot, 185-pound junior literally hit the ground running. He rushed for 251 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown, in the Indians' season-opening loss to Letcher County Central. For the year, he's run for 1,004 yards and 12 TDs, and has 12 catches for 209 yards and four TDs.
Hawkins is better known as a standout basketball player who has started since he was a freshman and led Madison Central to the 11th Region finals as a sophomore.
When Browne took over the Indians' football program last year, he talked about getting Hawkins in helmet and pads. He got him to suit up this season and Browne couldn't be more impressed. "He's as good as I've ever seen. If he decides to play college football and gets in the weight room, it'll be a scary, scary thing. He's a go-anywhere-in-the-SEC talent. He can play any skill position. He's that talented with God-given ability.
"He's a great kid and a good student, too."
This week's high school football
All times p.m. and local to site
Wayne Co. 35 McCreary Central 0
Edmonson Co. at Adair Co., 7
South Floyd at Allen Central, 7:30
Franklin Co. at Anderson Co., 7:30
Greenwood at Apollo, 7
Greenup Co. at Ashland Blazer, 7:30
Crittenden Co. at Ballard Memorial, 7
Washington Co. at Bardstown, 7:30
Estill Co. at Bath Co., 7:30
Dayton at Beechwood, 7:30
Lawrence Co. at Belfry, 7:30
Corbin at Bell Co., 7:30
Kentucky Country Day at Bethlehem, 7:30
Hannan (W.Va.) at Betsy Layne, 7:30
Warren Central at Bowling Green, 7
Magoffin Co. at Boyd Co., 7:30
Marion Co. at Boyle Co., 7:30
Morgan Co. at Breathitt Co., 7:30
Franklin-Simpson at Breckinridge Co., 7
Shelby Co. at Bullitt Central, 7:30
Pleasure Ridge Park at Butler, 7:30
Murray at Caldwell Co., 7:30
Louisville Holy Cross at Caverna, 7
Henry Co. at Central, 7:30
Tates Creek at Clark Co., 7:30
Grant Co. at Conner, 7:30
Bishop Brossart at Covington Holy Cross, 7
Middlesboro at Danville, 7:30
Muhlenberg Co. at Daviess Co., 7
Fleming Co. at East Carter, 7:30
Grundy (Va.) at East Ridge, 7:30
LaRue Co. at Elizabethtown, 7:30
Ballard at Fern Creek, 7:30
Webster Co. at Fort Campbell, 7:30
Shawnee at Fort Knox, 7:30
Bracken Co. at Frankfort, 7:30
Russellville at Fulton City, 7:30
Mayfield at Fulton Co., 7
Western Hills at Garrard Co., 7:30
Christian Co. at Graves Co., 7:30
Jeffersontown at Grayson Co., 7:30
Glasgow at Green Co., 7
Covington Catholic at Harrison Co., 7:30
South Warren at Hart Co., 7
Jenkins at Hazard, 7:30
Marshall Co. at Henderson Co., 7
Holmes at Highlands, 7
Lone Oak at Hopkins Co. Central, 7
Ohio Co. at Hopkinsville, 7
Knott Co. Central at Jackson Co., 7:30
Rowan Co. at Johnson Central, 7:30
Rockcastle Co. at Knox Central, 7:30
Perry Co. Central at Letcher Co. Central, 7:30
Somerset at Lexington Christian, 7:30
Southwestern at Lincoln Co., 7:30
Barren Co. at Logan Co., 7
DeSales at Louisville Christian, 7:30
Bellevue at Ludlow, 7
Campbellsville at Lynn Camp, 7:30
Lafayette at Madison Central, 7:30
Calloway Co. at Madisonville, 7
Trinity at Male, 7:30
St. Xavier at Manual, 7:30
Central Hardin at Meade Co., 7:30
Casey Co. at Metcalfe Co., 7
Woodford Co. at Montgomery Co., 7:30
Doss at Moore, 7:30
Newport Central Catholic at Newport, 7
Paintsville at Nicholas Co., 7:30
Bullitt East at North Bullitt, 7:30
John Hardin at North Hardin, 7:30
Madison Southern at North Laurel, 7:30
Atherton at North Oldham, 7:30
Paducah Tilghman at NE Clarksville (Tenn.), 7:30
Eastern at Oldham Co., 7:30
Carroll Co. at Owen Co., 7:30
Union Co. at Owensboro Catholic, 7
Eminence at Paris, 7:30
Henry Clay at Paul Laurence Dunbar, 7:30
Pikeville at Phelps, 7:30
Harlan at Pineville, 7:30
Bourbon Co. at Powell Co., 7:30
Fairview at Raceland, 7:30
Lewis Co. at Russell, 7:30
Clay Co. at Russell Co., 6:30
Campbell Co. at Ryle, 7:30
South Oldham at Scott, 7:30
Bryan Station at Scott Co., 7:30
Southern at Seneca, 7:30
Collins vs. Waggener (at Shelby Co.), 7:30
Leslie Co. at Shelby Valley, 7:30
Pike Co. Central at Sheldon Clark, 7:30
Dixie Heights at Simon Kenton, 7
Pulaski Co. at South Laurel, 7:30
Mercer Co. at Taylor Co., 7:30
Hancock Co. at Todd Co. Central, 7
Heath at Trigg Co., 7:30
Walton-Verona at Trimble Co., 7:30
Allen Co.-Scottsville at Warren East, 7
Mason Co. at West Carter, 7:30
East Jessamine at West Jessamine, 7:30
Fairdale at Western, 7:30
Harlan Co. at Whitley Co., 7:30
Berea at Williamsburg, 7:30