All kickoffs at 7:30 p.m.unless noted
Bowling Greenat Lexington Catholic
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Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380; WMJR-FM 94.9; WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Bowling Green 9-0 (beat Greenwood 62-12); Lexington Catholic 8-1 (beat Marion County 41-18)
Notable numbers: Bowling Green senior QB Scooter Hollis has thrown for 3,530 yards and 44 TDs and run for 1,063 yards and 14 TDs in his career. The only other Purples' player to eclipse 3,500 passing and 1,000 rushing was Trent Steelman, who threw for 5,663 yards and 52 TDs and ran for 1,694 yards and 30 TDs. Steelman has been Army's starting QB the past three seasons.
Smash Nash: LexCath junior Alex Nash is a difference maker on defense. He leads the Knights with 57 tackles, 17 of them for losses and seven sacks. He's forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and has one interception — a pick that set up Jake Pumphrey's game-winning field goal against Lafayette.
Playoff picture: The Knights will play host to Clay County in the first round of the 4A playoffs next Friday. Bowling Green will be at home against Apollo in 5A.
Lexington Christian at Green County
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: LCA 4-5 (beat Danville 14-13); Green County 6-3 (beat Clinton County 81-15)
Breathing fire: Green County's Dragons spread the glory around while scoring a school-record 81 points last week. Eight different players had TDs, three by the defense and another on a punt return. Donovan Burton carried three times for three TDs, and also returned an interception for a score. Green County led 41-7 after one quarter, and its reserves got the last 40 points.
Winning combo: It took a while for LCA to find offensive punch this fall, but the duo of QB Lincoln Henzman and WR Justin King has helped turn the Eagles' season around. In the last month Henzman has thrown for 580 yards and 6 TDs, and King has 31 catches for 467 yards and 5 TDs. In last week's come-from-behind win over Danville, King had a 43-yard TD catch, and Henzman had a 4-yard TD run in the closing minutes. Christian Fielden booted the decisive extra points.
Playoff picture: In the 2A playoffs next week, LCA will be at home against Shelby Valley, and Green County will host DeSales.
Paul Laurence Dunbarat Mercer County
Records: Dunbar 0-9 (lost to Scott County 55-6); Mercer County 4-5 (lost to Boyle County 28-0)
Defendin' Dogs: Dunbar has had trouble stopping the run this season. It's surrendered almost 3,000 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs' top tacklers are freshman Raheem Wright and seniors Seth Haga and Jonathan Brown. Collectively they have 100 tackles, 14 for losses.
Debut season: Paul Rains inherited a difficult schedule in his first year as Mercer County coach. His Titans lost to Lexington Catholic and Boyle County in their new 4A district, and also lost to Madison Central, which won its 6A district; Collins, which won its 4A district, and Anderson County, a runner-up in its 5A district. QB J.T. Long's passing leads Mercer County's offense.
Playoff picture: Next Friday, Dunbar travels to Louisville to play Eastern in the 6A playoffs. Mercer County will probably visit Russell County (which will probably get a No. 2 seed after a tiebreaker) in 4A.
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AROUND THE STATE
Bullish on Bearcats
Anderson County's Seth Carmichael had a Friday night to remember last week. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 340 yards and six touchdowns (tying his own school record), intercepted three passes (tying a school record) and was 6-for-6 kicking extra points in a 50-16 victory over East Jessamine.
"I don't think I've seen a kid have a better all-around game," said Bearcats Coach Mark Peach, who has come to expect to be "wowed" by senior standouts Carmichael and Ethan Kelly.
Carmichael took over the quarterback reins last season after star Jacob Russell graduated. Carmichael stepped in and set a single-season record for passing yards (2,604) and tied the record for TD passes (29). This year he's topped 2,000 yards again and has 26 TD passes. He also shines on defense and punts, is 9-for-9 on PATs as a fill-in kicker the last two games, and has a 27-yard field goal.
Kelly is a versatile threat, too, as a running back, receiver and kick returner. He has broken the school's 39-year-old career scoring record with 288 points after setting a single-season mark last year with 186. He's run for more than 1,000 yards the past two years, and has had more than 2,000 all-purpose yards in back-to-back seasons.
"Seth and Ethan have a great rapport with each other," Peach said. "This is just a special senior class. They have a really neat chemistry."
Peach said Carmichael and Kelly are drawing interest from NAIA schools and Centre College.
Anderson County (7-2) closes the regular season at Marion County on Friday, then hosts South Oldham in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs next week.