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TONIGHT'S KICKOFFS

City games

All game times 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

Henry Clay at Cincinnati LaSalle: Blue Devils seek first win of season against a team that beat them 55-26 last year.

Lafayette at Boyle County: Resurgent Rebels look to end two-year losing streak to Generals.

Lloyd at Lexington Christian: LCA quarterback Lucas Witt has generated 887 yards and 13 TDs passing and running in three games.

Madison Central at Tates Creek: Indians haven't allowed a point in beating Mercer County, Madison Southern and Oldham County.

Pikeville at Lexington Catholic: The Knights, pummeled by St. Xavier 49-7 last week, always seem to bounce back after a loss.

Woodford County at Bryan Station: Yellowjackets have won four in a row over Bryan Station.

Top state games

Danville at Clark County: Admirals squeaked by Clark County 13-12 last year.

Bell County at Rockcastle County: Showdown of unbeaten mountain powers.

AROUND THE STATE

Still rock-solid

Perennial power Rockcastle County lost Tom Larkey as its coach when he left to start the program at Harlan County Central. But the Rockets haven't missed a beat under new coach Scott Parkey, a former assistant to Larkey. Rockcastle County will take a 3-0 record into Friday's home showdown with Class 4A district rival Bell County, which is also unbeaten.

One constant in the transition from Larkey to Parkey: the Rockets' rock-solid defense. It has recovered seven fumbles, intercepted five passes, and blocked two punts in victories over Pulaski County, Wayne County and Madison Southern.

Rockcastle County's offense has been very efficient, too, averaging 70 plays a game, which has helped keep the defense fresh.

Parkey knows Bell County is a step up in competition. Last year the Bobcats whipped Rockcastle County 24-0 in the regular season, and 35-0 in the playoffs. "If we can play good defense, and if we can put some points on the board against Bell County, we'll know we've got a good team," Parkey said.

Wind-damaged plans

Windstorms spawned by Hurricane Ike left much of Louisville without electricity this week, and that has forced the cancellation of 13 high school football games in the state's largest city Friday night. It is unlikely that most of the games, including the headline matchup between Male vs. St. Xavier, will be rescheduled. Three-time defending state champion Trinity will be in action, even though its home stadium is still without power. The Shamrocks have moved their showdown with Cincinnati St. Xavier to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. St. X is No. 20 in USA Today's national rankings.

Mike Fields

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