High School Sports

HIKE: Aug. 27, 2010

Lafayette's Marlon Johnson returned a punt and kickoff for TDs last week.
Lafayette's Marlon Johnson returned a punt and kickoff for TDs last week.

City games

Friday

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Defending state champ LCA opens against team that ended Fort Campbell's 20-game win streak last week.

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1

Records: CPA 1-0; LCA 0-0

Streak-buster: CPA, a Nashville school, beat three-time defending Class 2A champ Fort Campbell 23-21 last week as QB Nolan Genovese threw for 216 yards and TD.

New-look Eagles: LCA is a much different team than when it opened last season with a 28-27 win over CPA. LCA graduated most of its offensive stars, including RB Domonique Hayden, the state's all-time TD leader. Scout McCamy will take over at QB. In a backup role last year he completed 15 of 27 passes for 171 yards, 3 TDs and 2 interceptions.

Back in charge: Ray Graham, an assistant at LCA the past two years, takes over as the Eagles' head coach. It'll be nothing new for him. Graham was head coach at Harrison County for 25 years and has 196 career victories.

FOOTBALL FRENZY AT HENRY CLAY

Boone County vs. Henry Clay, 6 p.m.

Kickoff: 6 p.m.

Last year's records: Boone County 4-7; Henry Clay 10-3

Rivalry renewed: These former district rivals have a rich history, including two games with memorable finishes. In 2008, after Henry Clay beat Boone County 14-7 to end the regular season, the Rebels got revenge in the playoffs by edging Henry Clay 9-7 on a TD pass from Mike Walsh to Daniel Lokesak as time expired. In 1996, Henry Clay beat the No. 1 Rebels 50-49 on Chris Cleveland's field goal.

Speed zone: It'll be interesting to see Henry Clay's skill people at work. Guys like Jerry Williams, Blake Green, Bo Brooks, Vinny Miller and Carwell Gardner helped the Blue Devils average 350 yards a game last season.

Boone bruisers: The Rebels are led by Trevan Brown, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound tight end, and Jordan Oppenheimer, a 6-foot, 210-pound running back. Blue Devils start season against familiar Northern Kentucky rival.

Butler vs. Bryan Station, 9 p.m.

Defenders try to bounce back from blowout loss at Clark County.

Kickoff: 9 p.m.

Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5

Records: Butler 0-0; Station 0-1

Hot start, cold finish: Butler won its first six games last season, including a Football Frenzy win over Dunbar. But Coach Scott Carmony's team lost its last five games. The Bears graduated most of their starters, and veteran QB Zach Lucas decided not to play this year.

Silver linings: Bryan Station fell hard (46-18) at Clark County last week, but there were a few positives, including Jeff Hardin's 94-yard kickoff return for a TD; Loran Smith's 54-yard TD catch; and LeDarius Jackson's 73 yards rushing and receiving.


TOP STATE GAME

Ryle at Highlands: First of two games this season between 6A power Ryle and 5A power Highlands.

AROUND THE STATE: ROUGH START FOR 3A

Class 3A doesn't get a lot of respect. It is generally viewed as the weakest of the state's six football divisions.Last week's results didn't help its image.

Seven teams in the pre-season 3A top 10 lost their openers: No. 1 Mason County fell to Danville; No. 2 Central to Seneca; No. 3 (defending state champ) Paducah Tilghman to Hopkinsville; No. 5 Henry County to Louisville Holy Cross; No. 6 Belfry to Prestonsburg; No. 7 Russellville to Franklin-Simpson, and No. 8 Sheldon Clark to Collins.

No. 2 Somerset, No. 9 Breathitt County and No. 10 Russell did win their openers.


Saturday’s kickoff

BLUEGRASS BOWL AT LEXINGTON CATHOLIC

North Hardin vs. Collins, 5:30 p.m.:

Former governor Martha Layne Collins will flip coin before game involving her namesake school.

Covington Catholic vs. Lexington Catholic

Knights are 13-1 in their own bowl, including 23-17 win over CovCath last year.

Republic Bank Bluegrass Bowl

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m.

Radio: WMJR-AM 1380

Records: CovCath 0-1; Lexington Catholic 1-0

Ouch!: CovCath lost to Ryle 61-7 in a shockingly lopsided game last week. Colonels Coach Dave Wirth told the Cincinnati Enquirer: "We just have to make sure the kids don't lose faith in themselves."

Young guns: LexCath's Kyle Bolin and Adam Bush stepped into starring roles last week at Whitley County. Sophomore QB Bolin threw for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he had a 70-yard TD run. Junior WR Bush had four catches for 146 yards, including an 80-yard TD.

Century mark: If LexCath beats CovCath, it will be the 100th home victory in the program's 20-year history.

FOOTBALL FRENZY AT HENRY CLAY

Shelby County vs. Tates Creek

Tates Creek hopes to start season 2-0 for first time since 2006.

Kickoff: 3 p.m.

Records: Shelby County 0-1; Tates Creek 1-0

Rockets defused: The new Collins High took Shelby County's returning stars, which was evident last week when the Rockets lost to Nelson County 54-27. Tyler Phillips threw for 185 yards and 3 TDs, and RB Quinten Cottrell had 157 yards rushing and 99 receiving, but the Rockets' defense surrendered almost 400 yards rushing.

Ground gain: Tates Creek Coach Mike Harmon said this is the best bunch of running backs he's had, and there was evidence of that in last week's' win over Lafayette. Jontez Jones and Brandon Shrout combined for 185 yards rushing, and Jamal McFarland showed flashes of his speed. QB Dee Christopher's got fleet feet, too.

Long ago: In a 1991 matchup between these teams, Tates Creek won 3-0 on David Akers' 25-yard field goal in the closing minutes.

Mercer County vs. Paul Dunbar Dunbar tries to end eight-game losing streak that dates to last September,

Kickoff: 6 p.m.

Records: Mercer County 1-0; Paul Dunbar 0-1

Titan missile: Mercer County beat LaRue County 46-27 last week. RB James Johnson carried 27 times for 264 yards and 2 TDs. QB Alex Guay passed for 102 yards and 3 TDs.

Two-way top Dog: Dunbar senior Jordan Gatewood showed his leadership on both sides of the ball in last week's loss to North Hardin. He had six catches for 130 yards and a TD and had 7.5 tackles.

Central vs. Lafayette

Kickoff: 9 p.m.

Records: Central 0-1; Lafayette 0-1

Running wild: Central lost to Seneca last week, but Yellowjackets star Anthony Wales rushed 19 times for 339 yards and 4 TDs. Coach Ty Scroggins was hospitalized with a severe case of tonsillitis and missed the game. He may attend Saturday's game as a spectator, but he won't coach.

Happy feet: Lafayette senior Marlon Johnson showed some nifty moves in last week's loss to Tates Creek. He returned a punt 72 yards for a TD, a kickoff 90 yards for a TD and had a 57-yard punt return that set up another score. He had 288 all-purpose yards.

O-2 history: Lafayette hasn't lost its first two games in a season since 2000.

Note: All five games of the Football Frenzy will be broadcast live online at i.High.com

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