All game times 7:30 p.m. unless noted:
Clay County at Lexington Catholic
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380; WMJR-FM 94.9
Records: Clay County 1-9 (lost to Breathitt County 41-16 last week); Lexington Catholic 8-1 (lost to Bowling Green 30-12)
Taming the Tigers: Clay County's only win was over South Laurel. The Tigers lost to Bell County 41-0 and Marion County 31-14, teams that LexCath beat 33-27 and 41-18, respectively.
Numbers game: LexCath's Kyle Bolin threw for 2,300 yards and 18 TDs as a sophomore last year. Bolin has 2,298 yards and 23 TDs in 10 games this season. Adam Bush and David Bouvier have 94 catches, 1,362 yards and 15 TDs between them.
Next up: The winner plays the Russell County-Mercer County winner next week.
Dixie Heights at Lafayette
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Dixie Heights 3-7 (lost to Cooper 35-14); Lafayette 7-3 (did not play)
Demoted Colonels: Dixie Heights QB and Auburn recruit Zeke Pike and two other (unnamed) players have been suspended and won't play at Lafayette because of unspecified team violations. Coach Tom Spritzky's only comment, to the Cincinnati Enquirer, was that Goose Cohorn, the team's top receiver, will play some QB, as will Evan Hicks. Pike has generated 29 TDs and more than 2,500 yards passing and rushing this season.
Health watch: Lafayette won the city title even though key players, including QBs Jeremy Smith and Garrett Peavler, and RB/LB Bubba Johnson, missed time because of injuries. Last week's open date couldn't have come at a better time. To gear up for the post-season, the Generals can remember last year when they won two playoff games for the first time since 1985.
Next up: The winner plays the Campbell County-Tates Creek winner next week.
Fern Creek at Bryan Station
Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Fern Creek 4-6 (beat Doss 14-6); Bryan Station 6-4 (lost to Collins 56-13)
Tigers' tale: Fern Creek's four wins came against Doss, Dunbar, Oldham County and Seneca, who've combined for only 7 victories. The Tigers' leading rusher, Jalen McNeal, had 104 yards and a TD last week against Doss.
Offensive Defenders: Bryan Station QB Ora Johnson has thrown for 1,150 yards and 7 TDs. Kenyon Hippe and Jaysuma Webb have more than 300 receiving yards apiece. LeDarius Jackson and L.J. Warfield have each rushed for more than 600 yards. The Defenders' top defender, linebacker Everett Talbert, sat out last week's loss to Collins, but he'll be back in the lineup against Fern Creek.
Next up: The winner plays the Eastern-Dunbar winner next week.
Henry Clay at Ballard
Records: Henry Clay 3-7 (did not play); Ballard 4-6 (beat Campbell County 28-21)
Rebuilt Bruins: After graduating starters at 18 of 22 positions, Ballard has relied on a lot of young guys. The Bruins are on a three-game winning streak, including a victory over Campbell County last week in which QB Tyler Owen threw for 229 yards and 2 TDs.
'Blue' Devils: Henry Clay, which has won a first-round playoff game 14 years in a row, has been sacked by bad luck this season. Coach Sam Simpson said the Devils have lost Evander Harris, Logan McVey and Zack Tyree to season-ending knee injuries, and Darius Fields has been sidelined by a concussion. "But this is 6A football and you've gotta be able to move forward," Simpson said.
Next up: The winner plays the Scott County-Oldham County winner.
Paul Dunbar at Eastern
Records: Dunbar 1-9 (beat Mercer County 34-32); Eastern 8-2 (beat Western 31-6)
High-flying Eagles: Eastern, which beat Bryan Station 30-21 in August, is led by QB Tanner Evans, who's thrown for 2,300 yards and 20 TDs. His favorite targets are Shane Fields and Brian Spalding.
QB numbers: In two seasons at QB, Blake Martin has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and 17 TDs, and rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 19 TDs. He's been the most productive offensive player for the Bulldogs, who've won only twice in the last two years.
Next up: The winner plays the Bryan Station-Fern Creek winner next week.
Shelby Valley at Lexington Christian
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: Shelby Valley 5-5 (lost to Pikeville 56-8); LCA 4-6 (lost to Green County 52-13)
No passing zone: Shelby Valley probably sticks to the ground more than any team in the state. The Wildcats' stats sheet shows that they've run for 3,859 yards, led by Lucas Fields (1,808 yards, 22 TDs) and Matt May (986 yards, 8 TDs). Shelby Valley has thrown only 19 passes all season, for 92 yards.
Ready for the run: Last week LCA's defense, facing one of the better running teams in the state, got trampled by Green County, which rushed for 531 yards. LCA's top tacklers — Chad Hall, Clay Mossbarger, Austin Rains and Adam Hilton — will be hunkered down for Shelby Valley's ground attack.
Next up: The winner plays the Leslie County-Middlesboro winner next week.
Tates Creek at Campbell County
Records: Tates Creek 3-7 (did not play); Campbell County 3-7 (lost to Ballard 28-21)
Perfect timing: Campbell County had an odd regular season. It lost its first five games, won its first three district games, then lost its last two games. The three timely victories earned the Camels the district title and No. 1 seed in the playoffs. QB Tyler Durham has rushed for more than 1,000 yards and passed for more than 500.
Seven-year itch: Tates Creek can erase some of the disappointment of the regular season by winning its first playoff game since 2004. The Commodores will look to their go-to guys — junior Dennis Oxendine, averaging 173 all-purpose yards a game, and seniors William Hardin and Taylor Grimes, who lead the defense in tackles.
Next up: The winner plays the Lafayette-Dixie Heights winner next week.
Top state games
Knox Central at Boyle County: Two-time defending 4A champ Boyle County (7-3) plays host to Knox Central (7-2) in what might be best first-round playoff matchup in the state.
Lots of perfect
Thirteen was a lucky number in high school football this year. That's how many teams finished the regular season undefeated.
The baker's dozen included perennial powers Bowling Green, Highlands, Mayfield and Trinity, and surprising Owen County.
Kentucky hasn't seen this much perfection in at least 25 years. Researching old championship programs (which list regular-season records for all the teams in the state), I found only three other times we've had 10 or more unbeatens — 11 in 2009, 10 in 2007 and 11 in 1997. The fewest unbeatens? Three in 1999 and four in 2005.
The 13 undefeated teams this regular season, with their opponents' combined records:
■ Bowling Green 55-45
■ Breathitt County 36-63
■ Edmonson County 41-59
■ Fairview 35-65
■ Franklin County 44-55
■ Glasgow 33-67
■ Highlands 41-59
■ John Hardin 52-47
■ Owen County 50-50
■ Owensboro Catholic38-62
■ Mayfield 46-53
■ Scott County 28-72
■ Trinity 53-37