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Lexington Christian's Kyle Paske (33) ran past Williamsburg Stone Hughett (44) as host LCA Eagles led 37-0 at half time against the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Lexington, Ky.  Photo by Mark Mahan
Lexington Christian's Kyle Paske (33) ran past Williamsburg Stone Hughett (44) as host LCA Eagles led 37-0 at half time against the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan Herald-Leader

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Your weekly guide to high school football

FRIDAY's kickoffs

CITY GAMES

Cooper (2-0) at Bryan Station (1-1), 7:30 p.m: Few teams had as bad a defensive dropoff as Bryan Station, which went from shutting out Knox Central to giving up 52 points to Simon Kenton. It faces another Northern Kentucky fixture in Cooper, which trounced Highlands and Newport Central Catholic.

Clark County (0-1) at Henry Clay (0-1), 7:30 p.m.: Henry Clay will be without star running back Joquise Buford for the second straight week. Clark County dropped its season opener by a point to Anderson County, spurring a graffiti attack on the Bearcats' team bus.

Lafayette (2-0) at Trinity (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: It's the first meeting between Trinity and a Lexington school since 2010. It's the bulky Generals' line versus the always formidable Shamrocks defense. It's No. 7 at No. 1. You'll want to stay tuned.

Paul Laurence Dunbar (0-2) at Tates Creek (0-2) 7:30 p.m.: Neither team has earned a win in this still-young season, so one of them will break new ground. Tates Creek hung tough with Belfry for a half last week in Pikeville. Dunbar is allowing 45 points per game while scoring just less than 14.

Johnson Central (1-0) at Lexington Catholic (1-1), 7:30 p.m.: The Knights welcome the mountain mainstay after falling by a touchdown last week to Class 6A Ryle. It is the Golden Eagles' first game against a Lexington opponent since 2008, when they beat Bryan Station 35-31 in Paintsville.

Green County (2-0) at Lexington Christian (2-0), 8 p.m.: LCA appears lethal on the ground and through the air, with two sophomore quarterbacks who have thrown for more than 250 yards and a 300-yard back in Dillon Wheatley. Austin Matney has rushed for 166 yards a game for Green County.

TOP STATE GAMES

Boyle County (2-0) at Danville (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: Danville's scores have been more impressive, but the Rebels' wins have come against stouter competition. Eric Brown and Mack Cox each have caught three TDs for Boyle; Danville sophomore D'mauriae VanCleave has six TDs himself, coming via rushes, receptions and a punt return. They'll all look to make their mark on this big rivalry.

Bourbon County (1-0) at Madison Central (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: A win over the Colonels, ranked in 4A, just might vault Madison Central into the 6A top 10. Mark Scenters' squad is unbeaten but hasn't faced a quarterback like Bourbon's Clay Bolin.

Pikeville (2-0) at Paintsville (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: A Friday has yet to come when No. 2 Pikeville hasn't made this list. The Panthers face their toughest opponent yet: the No. 3 Tigers, paced by UK commitment Kash Daniel and dynamic junior Kent Phelps.

Highlands (1-1) at Scott County (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: Each team's brutal schedule crosses here this week. Highlands got back to its winning ways last Friday. Keith Guy has been a force for Scott County, having scored six touchdowns as well as seeing time on defense.

Beechwood (1-0) at Somerset (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: "0-10 Never Again" was the Briar Jumpers' motto headed into the season; mission accomplished. They host their toughest opponent yet in Beechwood.

Bowling Green (2-0) at St. Xavier (1-0), 8 p.m.: Bowling Green memorably extended an epic win streak to 47 games in a 6-0 overtime thriller against the Tigers last year. Robbie Lofton, who caught the game-winning TD, now plays at Tates Creek, and Campbell Gott, who threw it, graduated.

Franklin County (2-0) at Woodford County (1-1), 7:30 p.m.: It'll be great to see how the Flyers' prolific offense, paced by Denzel Vance's 104 rushing yards a game, fares when it meets a Woodford line stocked with Division I talent.

Knox Central (1-1) vs. Southwestern (1-1), 6 p.m. Saturday: This Appalachian Bowl opener at Clay County pits Southwestern, coming off a 31-29 loss to Bourbon County, against the Panthers, who rebounded from a shutout against Bryan Station with a victory over Central. Corbin and Clay County meet in the second game.

The full weekend high school football schedule

All times p.m. and local to site

FRIDAY

Ballard vs. DeSales, 7:30

Morgan Co. at Allen Central, 7:30

Monroe Co. at Allen Co.-Scottsville, 7

Mercer Co. at Anderson Co., 7:30

George Washington (W.Va.) at Ashland Blazer, 7:30

Marion Co. at Bardstown, 7:30

Glasgow at Barren Co., 7

Bishop Brossart at Bellevue, 7

Bethlehem at Berea, 7:30

Sheldon Clark at Betsy Layne, 7:30

Gallatin Co. at Bracken Co., 7:30

Meade Co. at Breckinridge Co., 7

Cooper at Bryan Station, 7:30

Western at Butler, 7

Russellville at Butler Co., 7

North Hardin at Caldwell Co., 7

Newport Central Catholic at Campbell Co., 7

Russell Co. at Casey Co., 7:30

Louisville Christian at Central, 7:30

Bullitt East at Central Hardin, 7:30

Eastern at Collins, 7:30

Simon Kenton at Conner, 7

Boyle Co. at Danville, 7:30

Warren East at Daviess Co., 7

Pendleton Co. at Dayton, 7

Pleasure Ridge Park at Doss, 7:30

Raceland at East Carter, 7:30

North Oldham at Elizabethtown, 7:30

Greenup Co. at Fleming Co., 7:30

Trimble Co. at Fort Knox, 7:30

Estill Co. at Frankfort, 7:30

Fulton City at Fulton Co., 7

Lloyd Memorial at Grant Co., 7

Edmonson Co. at Grayson Co., 7

Belfry at Harlan Co., 7:30

Montgomery Co. at Harrison Co., 7:30

Letcher Co. Central at Hazard,

Christian Co. at Henderson Co., 7

Clark Co. at Henry Clay, 7:30

Walton-Verona at Holmes, 7

Russell at Ironton (Ohio), 7:30

Lynn Camp at Jackson Co., 7:30

North Bullitt at Jeffersontown, 7:30

Warren Central at John Hardin, 7

Adair Co. at LaRue Co., 8

Fairview at Lawrence Co., 7:30

Johnson Central at Lexington Catholic, 7:30

Green Co. at Lexington Christian, 8

Garrard Co. at Lincoln Co., 7:30

Apollo at Logan Co., 7

Bourbon Co. at Madison Central, 7:30

McCracken Co. at Madisonville, 7

Fairdale at Male, 7

Ballard Memorial at Marshall Co., 7

Clinton Co. at McCreary Central, 8

Crittenden Co. at McLean Co., 7

Franklin-Simpson at Metcalfe Co., 7

Pineville at Middlesboro, 7:30

Dixie Heights at Milford (Ohio), 7

Fern Creek at Moore, 7

Hopkins Co. Central at Muhlenberg Co., 7

Graves Co. at Murray, 7

Scott at Newport, 7

Eminence at Nicholas Co., 7:30

Hancock Co. at Ohio Co., 7

Shelby Co. at Oldham Co., 7:30

Henry Co. at Owen Co., 7:30

Owensboro Catholic at Owensboro, 7

Mayfield at Paducah Tilghman, 7:30

Pikeville at Paintsville, 7:30

Ludlow at Paris, 7:30

Bell Co. at Pike Co. Central, 7:30

Louisville Holy Cross at Providence (Ind.), 7

Mason Co. at Rowan Co., 7:30

Boone Co. at Ryle, 7:30

Highlands at Scott Co., 7:30

Manual at Seneca, 7:30

Atherton at Shawnee, 7:30

Magoffin Co. at Shelby Valley, 7:30

Beechwood at Somerset, 7:30

Rockcastle Co. at South Laurel, 7:30

Greenwood at South Warren, 7

Bullitt Central at Southern, 7:30

East Jessamine at Spencer Co., 7:30

Bowling Green at St. Xavier, 8

Carroll Co. at Switzerland Co. (Ind.), 7:30

Covington Catholic at Sycamore (Ohio), 7:30

Paul Laurence Dunbar at Tates Creek, 7:30

Campbellsville at Taylor Co., 7:30

Nelson Co. at Thomas Nelson, 7:30

Harlan at Thomas Walker (Va.), 7:30

Hart Co. at Todd Co. Central, 7

Lafayette at Trinity, 7:30

Iroquois at Valley, 7:30

Phelps at Van (W.Va.), 7

Kentucky Country Day at Washington Co., 7:30

Perry Co. Central at Wayne Co., 7:30

Union Co. at Webster Co., 7

North Laurel at West Jessamine, 7:30

Leslie Co. at Williamsburg, 7:30

Franklin Co. at Woodford Co., 7:30

David Sadler Bowl at Trigg Co.

Hopkinsville vs. Fort Campbell, 5:30

Caverna vs.Trigg Co., 8

SATURDAY

Appalachian Bowl at Clay Co.

Knox Central vs. Southwestern, 6

Corbin vs. Clay Co., 8

Honey Bowl at Breathitt Co.

Cincinnati Hills Christian (Ohio) at Breathitt Co., 7:30

josh moore, jmoore@herald-leader.com

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