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Campbell County (6-4) at No. 16 Lafayette (7-3), 7:30 p.m.: Camels quarterback Carson Plessinger has run for almost 1,000 yards, thrown for 600 and accounted for 22 touchdowns. Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood has run for almost 1,000 yards, thrown for 1,400 and accounted for 32 TDs. The last time these teams met, the Generals beat Campbell County 20-7 in the second round of the 2011 playoffs. Friday's winner advances to play the Simon Kenton-Madison Central winner.
Clay County (1-9) at Lexington Catholic (7-3), 7:30 p.m.: The Knights will be prohibitive favorites against Clay County, which has lost nine in a row since a season-opening win over Perry County Central. Lexington Catholic would next play the Marion County-Rockcastle County winner.
No. 9 Henry Clay (7-2) at Meade County (8-2), 7:30 p.m.: Henry Clay, the top rushing team in the state (377 yards a game), hopes its speed advantage will offset Meade County's physical play. Meade County, 6A runner-up to Scott County last year, has lost only to unbeatens Male and Central Hardin. The Green Wave is led by senior quarterback/defensive back John Wilson. "This is the toughest first-round draw of anybody in our bracket," Henry Clay Coach Sam Simpson said. "Gosh dang, it's a tough game for both of us." The winner gets a shot at defending state champ Scott County next week, assuming the Cards take care of business against Boone County.
Leslie County (8-2) at Lexington Christian (5-5), 7:30 p.m.: Leslie County quarterback Kevin Whitaker has generated 2,500 yards and 39 TDs passing and running. LCA's Nick Whitman has rushed for 1,789 yards and 26 TDs. He also leads the Eagles in tackles.
Muhlenberg County (4-6) at No. 14 Bryan Station (6-4), 7:30 p.m.: The Defenders are big favorites over Muhlenberg County, which has lost six of its last seven games. Bryan Station would probably face a showdown with Central Hardin next week.
Paul Laurence Dunbar (4-6) at No. 11 Central Hardin (10-0), 7:30 p.m.: Central Hardin had an unbeaten regular season for the first time in the program's 25-year history. The Bruins, like Dunbar, prefer a ground attack.
Tates Creek (3-7) at No. 7 Dixie Heights (9-1), 7:30 p.m.: When these teams met in early October, Dixie rolled to a 36-0 halftime lead on its way to a 43-6 victory. Colonels quarterback Drew Moore ran for 115 yards and threw for two TDs. Tates Creek managed only 94 yards.
TOP STATE GAME
No. 8 Manual (7-3) at No. 13 McCracken County (9-1), 7:30 p.m.: McCracken County's reward for winning its 6A district? A first-round game against Manual, which was rated No. 1 in the state earlier in the season.