All game times 7:30 p.m.
No. 111 Paul Dunbar at No. 82 Bryan Station
Records: Dunbar 1-7 (Lost to Scott County 53-7); Bryan Station 0-8 (Lost to Lafayette 35-25)
Defenders must defend: Bryan Station is being outrushed by slightly more than 100 yards per game. While the Defenders have 19 takeaways, they have lost the ball 30 times. Ledarius Jackson has a team-leading 30 points, scoring on five touchdown runs. Loran Smith has passed for 218 yards, run for 189 and caught passes for 288.
Dog Days of October: Dunbar posted still-standing season bests of 38 points scored and 22 points allowed when it beat Woodford County on Sept. 3. Since then, the Bulldogs have lost five in a row by an average of four touchdowns-plus. Tucker Lyles has been stout at linebacker. His 42.5 tackles are 10 more than his next closest teammate, Jordan Gatewood, and include 6.5 tackles for losses. Blake Martin has passed for 768 yards and seven touchdowns.
No. 39 Tates Creek at No. 14 Henry Clay
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Tates Creek 5-3 (Lost to Clark County 27-12); Henry Clay 6-2 (Beat Madison Central 70-30)
Creeking along: After a 4-0 start, Tates Creek has lost three of four. Turnovers have killed the Commodores, as they are minus-13. Jontez Jones (877 yards, eight TD) and Brandon Shrout (537, seven) have helped Creek outrush opponents by more than 70 yards a game. Dee Christopher has completed 63 of 127 passes for 867 yards and six TDs, with 11 interceptions. Dennis Oxendine has returned two of his six interceptions for touchdowns. Jonathon Meadors has totaled 46.5 tackles, including five for losses. Aaron Mullins has 36.5 tackles, 12 for losses.
Devils may care: Henry Clay has won its last four games and six of seven. The Blue Devils have outscored their foes in every quarter, most notably 79-24 in the third quarter. Henry Clay's top three rushers are within 35 yards of one another and have combined for 19 touchdowns — Vinny Miller (499 yards, nine TDs), Jerry Williams (470, five) and Bo Brooks (464, five). Williams has completed 60 of 104 passes for 828 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Blake Green has 593 receiving yards and five TDs. Ryan Duzyk leads with four interceptions, one more than Anthony Benton. Anthony Mealy has two picks, returning both for touchdowns (89 yards and 85). Charles McCarty has 55.5 tackles, including 6.5 for losses and has recovered two fumbles. Darius Fields has 25 tackles — 11.5 for losses and seven for sacks totaling 66 yards.
No. 18 Scott County at No. 50 Lafayette
Records: Scott County 5-3 (Beat Dunbar 53-7); Lafayette 5-4 (Beat Bryan Station 35-25)
High-flying Cardinals: After an 0-3 start, Scott County has won its last five games. The Cards are plus-7 in turnovers, outscoring foes 230-113 in the first half and outrushing opponents by 60 yards a game. Three Cards have combined for 32 rushing touchdowns — Josh Walls with 17 (1,319 yards), Brooks Barber with eight (780) and Marcus Hill with seven (641). In addition, Tevis Buffin has run for five TDs, while completing 69 of 142 passes for 1,169 yards and nine scores. James Happy has four TD grabs. Jay Willmott has booted 36 PATs and five field goals. Jordan Kindred had 63.5 tackles, including 8.5 for losses.
General quarters: In the third and fourth quarters, Lafayette has scored 107 points — identical to what it has yielded. Bubba Johnson has 918 all-purpose yards, including 752 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Matt Britt is 78-for-145 passing for 1,314 yards, with six interceptions and 13 touchdowns. Tanner Napier has eight of those TD receptions, Nick Jeter the other five. Justin Carr leads the Generals with 61 tackles, including seven for losses.
No. 107 Fairview at No. 66 Lex. Christian
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: Fairview 8-0 (Beat Nicholas County 26-18 last week); LCA 6-2 (Beat Raceland 38-26)
Where Eagles soar: Fairview is coming off its second-closest game of the season, an eight-point win. Mostly, the Eagles have been dominators, though, outscoring opponents 330-73, with a rushing advantage of 2,218 yards to 489. Fairview has four players with at least seven touchdown runs — Chris Brewer with 10 (746 yards), Gary Felder (597) and Jared Hutchinson (261) with eight each, and Chris Littlejohn with seven (268). Ty Lowe has completed 31 of 54 passes for 443 yards and seven touchdowns, with only one interception. Chris Kimbro has five interceptions.
Eagles of a different feather: LCA's Eagles have won three in a row and six of seven games. Scout McCamy is 79-for-252 passing, good for 1,244 yards and 16 touchdowns, with eight interceptions. McCamy also leads his team in rushing with 476 yards and four touchdowns. Chad Snyder has 29 receptions for 543 yards and seven touchdowns. Christian Fielden has four rushing TDs and three receiving. Clay Mossbarger is No. 1 in tackles with 45.
No. 30 Lex. Catholic at No. 83 W. Jessamine
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380
Records: LexCath 4-4 (Beat East Jessamine 46-40); West Jessamine 6-2 (Lost to Boyle County 45-6)
Crucial quarter: Over the first, third and fourth quarters, Catholic has played opponents nearly even — outscored 100-97. The second quarter, though, shows the Knights in a deep hole, outscored 65-16. Adam Wachs leads Catholic's defense with 29 solo tackles, nine assists, three passes defensed and a forced fumble. Kyle Bolin is 63-for-135 passing, with five interceptions and five touchdowns. He also has punted 26 times for an average of 36.5 yards.
Corraled Colts: After a 6-0 start in which it scored at least 34 points in each game, West Jessamine has lost two straight in which it scored a combined 29 points. Matt Carbol has passed for 15 TDs and more than 1,000 yards. Sean Donaldson has caught seven of those scoring passes. Carbol also has rushed for eight touchdowns, two more than Romando Tatum.
Top state game
Dixie Heights at Covington Catholic: No. 15 Dixie had last week off, while No. 17 CovCath fell to second-rated Highlands 27-20.
What's the rush?
Talk about running wild.Johnson Central rushed for a state-record 775 yards last week en route to a 68-35 win at Woodford County. Within that total was another state record — 584 yards by junior J.J. Jude.
Jude broke the record of 574, set by Monquantae Gibson of Moore against Shawnee in 2001. The Golden Eagles improved on the team record of 710 yards, set by Henderson County against Ohio County in 1997.
Jude, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, had eight carries of 50 yards or more and scored six TDs. He also had a pair of 80-yard touchdown runs negated by penalties.
"J. was stronger than I've ever seen him run," Coach Jim Matney told the Ashland Daily Independent. "Our kids were blocking like crazy. They were like, 'Keep feeding him the ball.' "
Class 5A Central nearly broke the team record two years ago against Woodford County but Matney, unaware that his team was within range, had his quarterback take a knee on the final play.
"We had the state record the last time we were here," Matney told the Daily Independent. "It's the way our offense and defense matches up against their offense and defense."
Johnson Central (6-2, 2-0 district), shooting for a fifth consecutive District 6 title, plays host to Montgomery County (6-2, 2-0) Friday.