High School Football

Friday's city games

Bryan Station at Johnson Central

Records: Bryan Station 2-0 (beat Western 47-6 last week); Johnson Central 2-0 (beat Thomas More, Canada 47-6)

Thriving offense: Bryan Station has scored 92 points in two games this season. It totaled 69 in its first five games last year. Patrick Cornett is averaging 222 all-purpose yards and has five TDs.

Ground gainers When Johnson Central beat the Defenders 58-21 last year, Shawn Grim ran for 225 yards and six TDs. He's gone, but the Golden Eagles' rushing attack is still strong. Chase Richardson has 393 yards and Nathan Gillon 315 in two games.

Key to victory: It's been years since Bryan Station beat a good team on the road. The Defenders must keep mistakes to a minimum to pull an upset.

Clark County at Tates Creek

Records: Clark County 2-0 (beat Harrison County 44-0); Tates Creek 1-1 (beat Lincoln County 34-13)

Goose eggs: Clark County blanked Montgomery County and Harrison County to start the season. Coach Paul Columbia said it's the first time since 1975 the Cards have posted back-to-back shutouts.

Z-men: Rozell James and Jontez Jones average 200 all-purpose yards a game between them for the Creek.

Key to victory: The Commodores' offense must cut down on turnovers, and the defense must contain Clark's Ryan Williams, who has carried 40 times for 474 yards.

Lexington Catholic at St. Xavier

Records: Lexington Catholic 1-1 (beat Scott County 16-10); St. X 2-0 (beat Oldham County 44-6)

Tigers' roar: St. X has beaten the Knights 41-9, 47-0, 37-34 and 44-7 the last four years.

Bounce back: After an opening loss to Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, LexCath's defense, led by Matt Bean, Kevin Ebbit and Devon Williams, made big strides against Scott County.

Key to victory: It's almost a given that St. X, averaging 53 points, is going to light up the scoreboard. LexCath's offense needs to eat up some clock to keep its defense off the field.

Lexington Christian at Paris

Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1

Records: LCA 2-0 (beat Louisville Christian 50-26); Paris 0-2 (lost to Bellevue 35-13)

Bad memories: Paris would like to forget its recent history against LCA, which has beaten the Greyhounds the last five years by an average score of 53-13.

Catching on: LCA receiver Branden Burdette, who came on strong as a sophomore late last season, is off to a great start with 13 receptions for 199 yards and four touchdowns in two games.

Key to victory: Paris has to hope that LCA QB Lucas Witt and RB Domonique Hayden have off nights, keeping the Eagles from lighting up the scoreboard.

Paul Dunbar at Scott County

Radio: WLAP-AM 630; WVLK-FM 101.5

Records: Dunbar 0-2 (lost to Middlesboro 27-0); Scott County 1-1 (lost to Lexington Catholic 16-10)

Anemic offense: Dunbar has punted 16 times and been in the red zone twice in two games. Not good news considering Scott County blanked the Bulldogs 29-0 last year.

Running on empty: Anthony Sandoval and Josh Walls, two of Scott County's top RBs, have been hit by injuries. The Cards' offense would get a boost if they can carry the ball against Dunbar.

Key to victory: Both teams are breaking in new QBs — Dunbar's Trent Martin and Scott County's Cory Cronin. The one who can make plays, and not mistakes, will be big in this one.

Shawnee at Lafayette

Records: Shawnee 0-1 (lost to North Oldham 41-14); Lafayette 1-1 (beat Franklin County 7-0)

Solid on defense: Lafayette's "D" has allowed only 271 yards in two games. Erick Quesada, Eric Shaw and Aaron Petty lead in tackles.

New experience: First-year Lafayette coach Rob Sayre has alternated first-year QBs Brett Durbin and Matt Britt in the first two games. Between them they've thrown for 247 yards and one TD while learning the ropes.

Key to victory: Playing a team they beat 40-22 last year, the Generals need to stay focused and not look ahead to Boyle County, Henry Clay, Bryan Station and Tates Creek the next four weeks.

Mike Fields

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