All game times 7:30 p.m. unless noted
No. 12 Henry Clay at No. 112 Paul Dunbar
Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Henry Clay 7-2 (defeated Tates Creek 85-52 last week); Dunbar 1-8 (lost to Bryan Station 40-24)
Beginning struggles: Dunbar first-year coach Bob Lawson has spent the season trying to get players to adopt and adjust to a new system. It hasn't been a smooth process, but the ground rules are in place. QB Blake Martin has been the most consistent offensive player, throwing for 909 yards and 7 TDs, and running for 584 yards and 9 TDs. Tucker Lyles leads the defense with 50 tackles.
'V' is for Vinny: Since taking over as Henry Clay quarterback four games ago, Vinny Miller has been an offensive machine. He's rushed 56 times for 603 yards and 13 TDs, and completed 25 of 34 passes for 479 yards and 6 TDs in four victories.
Devils' domination: Henry Clay has beaten Dunbar nine times in a row since 2003.
No. 29 Lexington Catholic at No. 1 Trinity
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380
Records: LexCath 5-4 (beat West Jessamine 42-26); Trinity 8-1 (beat Ballard 56-21)
Big Green Machine: Trinity has ascended to No. 1 in Cantrall's ratings and look like an unstoppable force as it takes aim at a 20th state title. The scary news is the Shamrocks are relatively young. Sophomore QB Travis Wright has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,548 yards and 18 TDs. Sophomore receiver James Quick has been a playmaker since last year. He has 81 catches for 1,131 yards and 14 TDs in the last two seasons.
Balanced ledger: LexCath has scored 273 points and given up 273. Offensively, the Knights have passed for 1,629 yards and run for 1,605. Sophomore QB Kyle Bolin has thrown for 1,560 yards and 13 TDs; Adam Bush has 38 catches, 573 yards and 7 TDs, and Amoh Kumengisa has rushed for 465 yards and 7 TDs.
Killer schedule: Nobody can say LexCath dodges anybody. Taking on No. 1 Trinity is the latest challenge for the Knights, who've lost to No. 3 St. Xavier, No. 7 Boyle County, No. 17 Covington Catholic and No. 28 Lone Oak.
No. 66 Lexington Christian at No. 55 Corbin
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: LCA 7-2 (beat Fairview 41-21); Corbin 7-2 (beat Middlesboro 40-13)
Ground gamers: Corbin, as usual, loves to run the ball. This season the Redhounds rely on Brady Foley (665 yards, 4 TDs) and Matthew Taylor (477 yards, 8 TDs). Corbin's pass defense is solid, having given up only 652 yards through the air.
Steady improvement: LCA's first-year QB Scout McCamy, following in the footsteps of graduated star Lucas Witt, has progressed to the point where he's doing a fair imitation of Witt. McCamy has thrown for 1,323 yards and 17 TDs, and also leads the team in rushing with 616 yards and 5 TDs. Chad Snyder has 32 catches, 622 yards and 8 TDs. Neil Whitman and Clay Mossbarger lead the defense in tackles.
Eagles vs. Hounds: This is the sixth year in a row LCA and Corbin have played. LCA won the first meeting in 2005. Corbin won the next three. The Eagles took the regular-season finale last year as a tuneup on their way to the Class A state title. History tells us it will be a high-scoring tussle Friday night.
No. 56 North Hardin at No. 77 Bryan Station
Records: North Hardin 5-4 (beat Nelson County 38-13); Bryan Station 1-8 (beat Dunbar 40-24)
Trojans' surge: Last year North Hardin lost its last eight games and missed the playoffs. This year the Trojans are finishing strong. They're on a three-game winning streak, with QB Vincent Davis leading the way. He's thrown for 1,368 yards and 14 TDs. Trevino Coney and Michael Brunson have combined for 76 catches, 820 yards and 11 TDs. Nayim Johnson has rushed for 595 yards and 5 TDs.
Bell tolls: After rushing for a total of 135 yards and one TD in Bryan Station's first six games, Elijah Bell ran for 121 yards and 2 TDs in last week's win. Loran Smith, a former receiver still adjusting to the QB position, threw for 127 yards and 3 TDs to 3 different receivers.
Victory at last: Bryan Station's win over Dunbar last week was the first victory for Coach Kenny Turner after 17 losses in a row. At Madison Central, Turner's 2008 team lost to Male in the playoffs, and his '09 team went 0-9. Turner took over at Bryan Station this season, and the Defenders lost their first seven games.
No. 138 Woodford County at No. 52 Tates Creek
Records: Woodford County 1-8 (lost to Ashland 24-0); Tates Creek 5-4 (lost to Henry Clay 85-52)
Jackets in a jam: Woodford County is trying to salvage something from a season-long struggle. The Yellowjackets' only win came against Fleming County. In last week's loss to Ashland, they managed only 63 total yards. Looking ahead to the playoffs, Woodford County must visit three-time defending state champ Highlands next week.
Turnover trouble: It's no secret that Tates Creek's biggest problem this season has been holding on to the football. It has 34 turnovers (17 fumbles, 17 interceptions). The Commodores have forced opponents into 17 turnovers (6 fumbles, 11 interceptions).
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Christian County at Boyle County: 4A champ Rebels risk 24-game winning streak against 5A Christian County in interesting regular-season finale.
It's a wonder Henry Clay didn't blow out its scoreboard lights in an 85-52 blowout of Tates Creek last Friday. But the Blue Devils' 12-touchdown explosion did set a school scoring record.
The 137 points rung up by Henry Clay and Tates Creek weren't a state record, though. Male scored 149 against Tharp in 1913, and Hopkinsville rolled up 136 against Adams, Tenn., in 1912.
Henry Clay, whose 85 points were more than its basketball team had in any game last season, is now the most productive point producer in Class 6A with a 43.1 average. Overall, the Devils are ninth in the state behind Somerset (51.3), Allen County-Scottsville (50.2), Bell County (49.9), Hazard (49.4), Mayfield (47.2), Lawrence County (45.4), Glasgow (43.9) and Owensboro Catholic (43.3).
The 52 points Henry Clay gave up to Tates Creek were the most it has surrendered since a 55-26 loss to Cincinnati LaSalle in 2007. Tates Creek hadn't scored that many points since a 54-48 double-overtime victory against Clark County in 2007.
Somerset wrapped up its regular-season schedule last week with a 10-0 record. Second-ranked Highlands lost its first game Thursday night when it fell to No. 4 Ryle 28-26.
Allen County-Scottsville, Bell County, Boyle County, Hazard, John Hardin, Mayfield and Murray will try to put finishing touches on 10-0 records Friday night.