Trying to decide what high school sporting events you should check out around Kentucky this weekend? Here are some recommendations:
▪ Rebel Bowl: Franklin County and Mercer County meet on the football field for the first time in history in the first game, which kicks off 5 p.m. Saturday at Boyle County. The Flyers eked out a 24-20 victory over Western Hills in Eddie James’ debut as head coach, while Mercer County crushed Harrison County, 53-7, last week (senior quarterback Gunnar Gillis was 9-for-13 for 202 yards and three TDs in that one).
Waggener, which features four-star defensive back Jairus Brents, takes on host Boyle County in the second game. Brents, who recently trimmed his list of schools down to 10 finalists, including UK, threw for a TD and rushed for one in a loss at Lexington Christian last week. The Rebels rushed for 242 yards in a 41-6 win over Class 6A John Hardin in week zero; super sophomore Reese Smith caught a TD and returned an interception for a score against the Bulldogs.
▪ Bluegrass Invitational Volleyball Tournament: This two-day foray, hosted annually by Lafayette, takes place at Kentucky Basketball Academy on Friday and Saturday. It features 24 varsity teams from across the state, including six squads ranked in the top 25: No. 7 North Oldham, No. 8 Greenwood, No. 10 Oldham County, No. 12 McCracken County, No. 16 Cooper and No. 23 West Jessamine. In addition to the Generals, Frederick Douglass, Lexington Christian and Scott County are 11th Region teams participating in the event.
▪ Historic home games: Floyd Central and Frederick Douglass both will play the first home football games ever on Friday night. Floyd Central, which formed from the consolidation of Allen Central and South Floyd, hosts Betsy Layne. Frederick Douglass, the first new Lexington high school to open since 1990, hosts Tates Creek.