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HIKE: A roundup of key Friday games in Lexington, state

FRIDAY'S KICKOFFS

City games

Kickoffs at 7:30 p.m. unless noted

HENRY CLAY vs. SOUTHWESTERN

Don Marshall Bowl at Pulaski Co.

Records: Henry Clay 1-0 (beat Central 34-21 last week); Southwestern 2-0 (beat Harlan County 35-8).

Kickoff: 6 p.m.

SW right direction: Southwestern had a terrific 1-2 punch in its win over Harlan County. Jon Floyd rushed for 141 yards and two TDs, and added a 90-yard kickoff return. Taylor Mote ran for 123 yards and a TD, and also caught a TD pass.

Fleet feet: Coach Sam Simpson bragged about Henry Clay's speed in the pre-season. It was no brag, just fact, in the Blue Devils' win over Central. QB Jerry Williams, RBs Bo Brooks and Shannon Coofer, and WRs Branden Johnson, Blake Green and Carwell Gardner flashed quickness on offense. The defense, led by Aaron Akidil, swarmed Central and kept the Jackets' key people in check most of the time.

Key to victory: Henry Clay can't relax after beating 3A Central. Southwestern may be one of the surprises in 5A, and Coach Dale Anderson is a proven motivator.

LAFAYETTE at MERCER CO.

Records: Lafayette 1-1 (lost to Boone County 31-23); Mercer County 0-2 (lost to Tates Creek 41-36).

Positive signs: Mercer County had an inspired comeback against Tates Creek, digging out of a 29-7 hole to take a 36-29 lead. Still learning under new coach Bill Mason, the Titans have weapons in QB Tre Dunn, WR Jamel Taylor and RBs Russell Mays, Dexter Banks and Isaiah Burrus, who could give Lafayette some trouble.

Long-distance threat: In two games Lafayette's Marlon Johnson has shown the speed and swivel hips to turn any kickoff into a TD. He already has 220 yards in returns, including a score. He's a terrific weapon in a game of field position.

Key to victory: Lafayette got a lesson in physical football from Boone County, which can only help down the road, starting with a trip to Mercer County.

LYNN CAMP at LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN

Records: Lynn Camp 0-2 (lost to Whitley County 55-13); LCA 1-0 (beat Christ Presbyterian, Tenn., 28-27).

Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1

Skidding Cats: Lynn Camp dropped its last five games in 2008, including a 62-8 loss to LCA in the playoffs. The Cats have started this season losing to Clay County 48-0 and Whitley County 55-13.

Passing a plateau: LCA senior QB Lucas Witt threw for 164 yards and two TDs in the opener, pushing his career totals to 7,158 yards and 80 TDs.

Key to victory: LCA should win this game handily, especially after its near-loss experience last week. It let a 28-6 halftime lead evaporate and had to dodge a two-point conversion try with 39 seconds left to survive.

PAUL DUNBAR at WOODFORD CO.

Records: Dunbar 0-2 (lost to Butler 34-14); Woodford County 2-0 (beat Western Hills 28-22).

Joltin' Jackets: Woodford County showed plenty of punch against Western Hills. QB Ryan Garrahan threw for 201 yards and 2 TDs; RB George Howard rushed for 107 yards and a TD, and WR Stan Serdyuk had 4 catches for 128 yards and 2 TDs.

Two-way contributor: After sitting out Dunbar's opener with an injury, Kendall Davis was a key player on both sides of the ball last week. He had five catches for 62 yards, and led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 6 assists.

Key to victory: Dunbar's defense better buckle up and tackle. Bullitt East and Butler ran roughshod over the Bulldogs, and you can bet Woodford County will try.

ST. XAVIER at LEXINGTON CATHOLIC

Records: St. X 1-0 (beat Ballard 35-6); Lexington Catholic 2-0 (beat Covington Catholic 23-17).

Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5

Tigers tale: St. X has been mighty good in recent years, but has been overshadowed by rival Trinity. Mike Glaser's Tigers have won 35 of their last 38 games. The losses have all been to Trinity.

Getting a rush: LexCath's Greg Raglin, who was slowed by a bad ankle early last season, has no problem with his wheels this year. In two games he's rushed for 337 yards and 5 TDs, giving the Knights an efficient ground game to go with their passing attack.

Key to victory: The Knights started the season with several injured linemen, which is not a good thing when you're going toe-to-toe with St. X's musclemen.

TATES CREEK at BRYAN STATION

Records: Tates Creek 1-1 (beat Mercer County 41-36); Bryan Station 2-0 (beat Shelby County 38-26).

Pushing forward: Bryan Station's Tevin McCaden, who has run for 600 yards and 9 TDs in two games, credits his blockers for his success. The guys up front are LT Darrien Miller, LG Tae Green, C Royce Hawkins, RG Brandon Turnley and RT Kalib Ball, with Andrew Marsh subbing.

Happy returns: Tates Creek's Damon Boggs was an all-city DB last season, but also showed a knack as a kick returner by averaging 25 yards on kickoffs and 19 yards on punts. But Boggs has taken that skill to another level this year. In two games he's already run back two kickoffs and a punt for TDs.

Key to victory: Tates Creek's defensive line has to keep from getting rolled over by the Defenders front five, or McCaden will have another big night.

Top state games

Scott County at Boone County: Bruises galore when these run-loving teams meet.

Mayfield at Paducah Tilghman: Long-time rivals clash for 96th time. Mayfield leads series 48-37-10.

E-town's QB family

Sophomore quarterback Kyle Todd threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns to lead Elizabethtown past Spencer County 42-39 last week. The surname should sound familiar. Chris Todd, Kyle's brother, was a star QB at E-town a few years ago and finished his career as one of the state's all-time passing leaders with 10,766 yards and 120 TDs. "Kyle is being thrown to the wolves this year, but has done well so far," said Brad Todd, E-town's coach and father of the QBs. Brad Todd is braced for a busy season. He'll coach Kyle and the Panthers on Fridays, then hit the road to watch Chris play QB for Auburn on Saturdays.

Rivalry renewed

When Corbin plays host to Danville in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic on Saturday, it'll be the first time the old rivals have met since 2000. "It's still a special game," Redhounds Coach Steve Jewell said. "Our history goes back a long way, to the 1950s and '60s. We've talked to our kids about how we should have a great crowd, with a lot of different generations who have special memories about Corbin and Danville." Jewell played for the Hounds against Danville in the early 1980s. The last time they met, the Admirals beat Corbin to start the 2000 season. Danville bumped the Hounds from the playoffs in 1992, '95 and '97. Corbin's last victory over the Admirals was in the 1990 playoffs.Top state games

Scott County at Boone County: Bruises galore when these run-loving teams meet.

Mayfield at Paducah Tilghman: Long-time rivals clash for 96th time. Mayfield leads series 48-37-10.

E-town's QB family

Sophomore quarterback Kyle Todd threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns to lead Elizabethtown past Spencer County 42-39 last week. The surname should sound familiar. Chris Todd, Kyle's brother, was a star QB at E-town a few years ago and finished his career as one of the state's all-time passing leaders with 10,766 yards and 120 TDs. "Kyle is being thrown to the wolves this year, but has done well so far," said Brad Todd, E-town's coach and father of the QBs. Brad Todd is braced for a busy season. He'll coach Kyle and the Panthers on Fridays, then hit the road to watch Chris play QB for Auburn on Saturdays.

Rivalry renewed

When Corbin plays host to Danville in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic on Saturday, it'll be the first time the old rivals have met since 2000. "It's still a special game," Redhounds Coach Steve Jewell said. "Our history goes back a long way, to the 1950s and '60s. We've talked to our kids about how we should have a great crowd, with a lot of different generations who have special memories about Corbin and Danville." Jewell played for the Hounds against Danville in the early 1980s. The last time they met, the Admirals beat Corbin to start the 2000 season. Danville bumped the Hounds from the playoffs in 1992, '95 and '97. Corbin's last victory over the Admirals was in the 1990 playoffs.

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