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FRIDAY'S KICKOFFS

CITY GAMES

No. 9 Bryan Station (6-2) at No. 10 Henry Clay (6-2), 7:30 p.m.: Fresh off its upset of Scott County, Bryan Station can win the regular-season district title and earn a No. 1 seed in the playoffs by beating the Blue Devils. Tequan Claitt, who had four touchdown catches against Scott County, had the game-winning TD catch last year when the Defenders beat Henry Clay 55-48 in overtime. Bryan Station's Andre Davis has thrown for 1,890 yards and 26 TDs. Henry Clay's Joquise Buford has rushed for 1,318 yards and 22 TDs. The better defense figures to be the difference in this battle.

Lexington Christian Academy (5-3) at Danville (6-2), 7:30 p.m.: The district title and a No. 1 seed in the Class 2A playoffs is on the line. LCA beat Middlesboro 36-18 and Somerset 22-21, while Danville beat those teams 27-14 and 21-19. Sounds like a toss-up.

Marion County (5-3) at Lexington Catholic (5-3), 7:30 p.m.: A victory will give Lexington Catholic the district title and a top seed in the 4A playoffs. QB Reese Ryan and RB Jaylen Jones get a lot of notice for the Knights. Andy Thompson, despite averaging 136 all-purpose yards per game, gets overlooked.

Paul Laurence Dunbar (3-5) at No. 6 Scott County (7-1), 7:30 p.m.: Dunbar, which has lost five in a row, catches Scott County at a bad time. The Cardinals' 22-game winning streak ended at Bryan Station last week. Scott County, the top running team in the state, had three players rush for more than 100 yards last week. Dunbar has to find a way to slow that stampede.

Tates Creek (3-6) at No. 16 Lafayette (6-3) in Roy Walton Bowl, 7:30 p.m.: Lafayette can win the district by beating the Commodores, who are on a four-game losing skid. To have a chance at an upset, Tates Creek must contain Generals quarterback Walker Wood.

STATE GAMES

No. 8 Manual (6-2) at No. 1 Male (8-0), 7:30 p.m.: Male will try to avoid what happened last year. After the Bulldogs beat St. Xavier and Trinity back-to-back to improve their record to 8-0, they lost to Manual 32-29. This is the 132nd game of this rivalry, which began in 1893. Male leads the series 80-45-6, but Manual has won six of the last seven meetings.

MIKE FIELDS

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