Anderson County (2-3) at Paul Laurence Dunbar (1-4), 7:30 p.m: An audible sigh of relief was emitted from Louisville as the Bulldogs picked up their first win under new coach Chris Mullins. It did so with the smash-mouth defense he championed in the preseason. Anderson’s average yardage (329 per game) is above what Dunbar has allowed this season (319 per game).
Cooper (3-2) at Lexington Catholic (1-4), 7:30 p.m.: This is the Jaguars’ first trip away from the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. Their first game against a Lexington team (Bryan Station) ended with a victory. LexCath has lost four straight, in just about every way imaginable, and has an opportunity to right the ship against a Class 6A foe heading into its bye week.
Fairview (3-2) at Lexington Christian (5-0), 7:30 p.m: LCA has scored 50-plus points three times this season and its lowest total was 32 in its season opener at Williamsburg. It’s averaging more than 400 yards per game, a few more than Fairview typically gives up (370). The visiting Eagles are 0-2 against ranked opponents this season.
Henry Clay (1-2-1) at Lafayette (4-1), 7:30 p.m.: It’s been a peculiar season for the Blue Devils. They looked formidable in a loss against Ryle and a rout at Clark County before being shut out at Tates Creek prior to last week’s tie versus Knox Central in stormy weather. Both teams have to be eager to play a full football game.
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Tates Creek (3-2) at Bryan Station (3-2), 7:30 p.m.: Frank Parks is 5-0 against Tates Creek as Station’s head coach. The Defenders have the athletes to be as explosive as in years past, but do they have the experience? It’s tempting to think this one could turn into a shootout, but Creek’s defense has risen to the occasion a couple times this year.