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These are the best Kentucky Class 6A games each week in 2019

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Henry Clay defeated Scott County, 51-27, in a high school football game played Friday, September 28, 2018. It was the school's first win over the Cardinals, a perennial contender, since 2010.
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Henry Clay defeated Scott County, 51-27, in a high school football game played Friday, September 28, 2018. It was the school's first win over the Cardinals, a perennial contender, since 2010.

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2019 Kentucky high school football preview

The 2019 high school football season kicks off Friday, Aug. 23. New high school sports beat writer Jared Peck is rolling out several stories over the next two weeks in the Herald-Leader and on Kentucky.com previewing the season around the city, region and state and highlighting the top players and games. Click below to read all of his previous stories.

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Each week, Kentucky high school football has too many great matchups to count.

This year, the Herald-Leader is breaking down great games by class. Here are some of the top matchups we’ve circled involving Class 6A teams at home or neutral sites each week of the 2019 season. They focus on teams in the Herald-Leader’s preseason top 10 and others receiving votes in our @HLpreps annual coaches survey.

Week 1

No. 10 Henry Clay vs. No. 5 Simon Kenton at Lafayette (Friday, Aug. 23): This is a rematch of last season’s second-round playoff matchup. The Pioneers won that one 25-7.

South Warren vs. No. 4 Butler at WKU (Saturday, Aug. 24): Class 5A champs take on a Louisville giant.

Week 2 (Friday, Aug. 30)

No. 10 Henry Clay vs. No. 3 St. Xavier at Lexington Catholic: Henry Clay looks to be putting itself through some paces with another tough test early in the Bluegrass Bowl.

Week 3 (Friday, Sept. 6)

No. 2 Male at No. 3 St. Xavier: These two split their two meetings in 2018. The Bulldogs won the one that really counted and advanced to win the title.

No. 6 Ballard at No. 7 North Hardin: UK target Octavious Oxendine of North Hardin vs. Louisville commit Josh Minkins of Ballard.

Madison Southern at No. 9 Madison Central: The Eagles haven’t won this rivalry since New England Patriot Damien Harris was in their backfield.

Week 4 (Friday, Sept. 13)

Highlands at No. 5 Simon Kenton: The strength of both of these teams looks to be the defense.

Pulaski County at No. 10 Henry Clay: Blue Devils take on yet another big-time team, this one from Class 5A.

Christian Academy-Louisville at No. 6 Ballard: These two haven’t faced each other in at least 20 years, because that’s how far back the KHSAA’s online records go.

Week 5 (Friday, Sept. 20)

No. 1 Trinity at No. 2 Male: These two have won the last five Class 6A state titles with the Rocks holding a 3-2 edge.

Bryan Station at Tates Creek: This could be a pivotal non-district game for each of these city teams.

Week 6 (Friday, Sept. 27)

No. 3 St. Xavier vs. No. 1 Trinity at Cardinal Stadium: If you don’t know what this is, I can’t help you.

Week 7

No. 4 Butler at Central Hardin (Thursday, Oct. 3): The Bruins take on the Bears before barrelling into three straight district games.

Week 8 (Friday, Oct. 11)

Louisville private vs. Louisville public.

  • No. 1 Trinity at No. 6 Ballard.

  • No. 3 St. Xavier at No. 8 Manual.

Week 9 (Friday, Oct. 18)

No. 4 Butler at No. 3 St. Xavier: This is a District 3 clash with playoff seeding on the line. Butler’s regular-season 14-6 loss last year was as close as the game has been in years.

Week 9 (Friday, Oct. 25)

District showdowns: Home field for playoffs likely on the line.

  • No. 8 Manual at No. 4 Butler.

  • No. 5 Simon Kenton at Ryle.

Week 10 (Friday, Nov. 1)

Playoff tune-up week.

  • No. 2 Male at No. 8 Manual.

  • No. 6 Ballard at No. 10 Henry Clay.

Coaches: Please get us your results

Attention high school football coaches: The Herald-Leader needs your help in assuring a comprehensive high school football report for our readers this season.

Please designate someone to call email the newspaper with details about your game as soon as possible after the game ends each week.

We’ll need the score by quarters, all scoring plays with the first and last names of the players involved, and any other pertinent information.

You can call either 1-888-222-7026 or (859) 231-3225.

Because of the volume of calls we’ll be accepting, we request your patience. We’ll get to every call as quickly as possible.

Or you can email us at hlsports@herald-leader.com. If you email your results, please include a phone number where we can reach you if we have questions.

Jared Peck, the Herald-Leader’s Digital Sports Writer, covers high school athletics and has been with the company as a writer and editor for more than 19 years.
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