High School Football

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City games (all game times 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

BRYAN STATION AT HENRY CLAY

Records: Bryan Station 3-3 (beat Montgomery County 35-7 last week); Henry Clay 2-4 (beat Paul Dunbar 41-6)

Rankings: Bryan Station is No. 12 in 5A; Henry Clay is No. 8 in 6A.

Radio: WLAP-AM 630

On the up-tick: Henry Clay QB Cole Mielcarek, who threw two TDs and suffered eight interceptions in the first four games (all losses), has passed for five TDs and been picked off twice in the last two weeks (both wins).

Big gainers: Bryan Station's Muhammad Saifullah, Chaz Mitchell, Patrick Cornett and Kalib Ball have at least five receptions apiece, and all are averaging at least 11 yards a catch.

Lopsided series: Henry Clay has beaten the Defenders seven consecutive years by an average score of 45-10.

Key to victory: Mighty-mite running backs — Bryan Station's 5-7 Patrick Cornett and Henry Clay's 5-6 Tyler Hooker — might decide this game. Both are quick of foot and difficult to get a clear hit on.






LEXINGTON CATHOLIC AT HIGHLANDS

Records: Lexington Catholic 4-3 (beat East Jessamine 55-6); Highlands 6-1 (beat Scott 67-13)

Rankings: Lexington Catholic is No. 1 in 4A; Highlands is No. 1 in 5A.

Past encounters: Highlands beat the Knights 32-9 last year, and both teams went on to win state titles in their respective classes. Lexington Catholic's last visit to Highlands was in 2005, when it beat the Bluebirds 17-0 in the region finals on its way to the state championship.

Mr. Playmaker: Highlands junior Austin Collinsworth, son of former NFL star Cris Collinsworth, had 218 all-purpose yards and four TDs last week. He returned two punts and an interception for TDs, and caught a TD pass, all in the first half.

Balanced attack: Lexington Catholic will need a varied offense to succeed against Highlands. The Knights had that last week, when four receivers (Daniel Vogelsang, Jonathan Bush, Will Letton, Greg Raglin) caught TD passes, and Raglin rushed for almost 100 yards and a score.

Key to victory: Highlands has been delivering an early knockout punch in flattening over-matched district opponents. Lexington Catholic must keep its feet in the first half to have a shot at an upset.






LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN AT BREATHITT COUNTY

Records: LCA 4-2 (beat Nicholas County 63-0); Breathitt County 4-2 (beat Fleming County 48-6)

Rankings: LCA is No. 2 in 1A; Breathitt County is No. 3 in 3A.

Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1

Churning Channing: Breathitt County's Channing Fugate, a 6-2, 220-pound junior RB, has rushed for 1,083 yards and nine TDs. He's averaging more than 10 yards a carry. Fugate ran for 145 yards and three TDs against LCA last year.

Dominant Domonique: Through his third year as a starter, LCA junior Domonique Hayden has generated 4,538 yards and 69 TDs rushing and receiving.

Winning ways: Breathitt County Coach Mike Holcomb has a career record of 225-80, including state titles in 1995, 1996 and 2002.

Key to victory: LCA's defense has to dig in its heels and slow down the Bobcats, particularly Channing Fugate.






PAUL DUNBAR AT MADISON CENTRAL

Records: Dunbar 1-5 (lost to Henry Clay 41-6); Madison Central 5-1 (lost to Scott County 24-21)

Rankings: Dunbar is No. 33 in 6A; Madison Central is No. 5 in 6A.

1-2-3 punch: Madison Central's Isaiah Kavanaugh, Keshawn Simpson and Shane King combined have rushed for 1,400 yards and 23 TDs, and together they're averaging nine yards a carry.

Looking for traction: Dunbar is averaging 69 rushing yards a game and less than two yards per attempt. Steven Willis has been the Bulldogs' most effective runner, with 331 yards.

Remember '07: Last year, Madison Central started the season 5-0 before a loss to Scott County started a tailspin that left the Indians with a 7-5 record. That skid included a 35-28 loss to Dunbar the week after the Scott County game.

Key to victory: Madison Central has scored TDs on 18 of 22 red-zone possessions. Dunbar's opponents have tallied TDs on 21 of 23 tries in the red-zone. The math favors the Indians.






TATES CREEK AT SCOTT COUNTY

Records: Tates Creek 2-4 (lost to Lafayette 12-7); Scott County 4-2 (beat Madison Central 24-21)

Rankings: Tates Creek is No. 28 in 6A; Scott County is No. 4 in 6A.

Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5

Cards' deal: Scott County has beaten the Commodores four consecutive years by pretty comfortable margins: 34-14, 35-19, 35-14 and 28-0.

Impact player: No surprise senior linebacker Joe Conlon leads Tates Creek in tackles this season. He also led the Commodores in tackles last year and was among their leaders as a sophomore.

Playmakers: Jose Smith and Josh Walls are both averaging 120 all-purpose yards a game for Scott County. Walls, who had three TDs last week, is the first freshman (other than a kicker) to start for Cards Coach Jim McKee.

Key to victory: Tates Creek, still looking for consistency on offense (it had only 149 yards against Lafayette last week), needs to find it to hang with Scott County.






AROUND THE STATE

Trusty toe: Jason Dolly of Russell set a state record when he converted his 74th and 75th consecutive extra points in a victory over Lewis County last week. He broke the record set by Lexington Catholic's Tripp Eckerline, who had 73 PATs in a row in 2001-02. Dolly missed on No. 76 in the third quarter against Lewis County, but Russell Coach Ivan McGlone said he thought Dolly was relieved the streak was over.

Dolly hadn't missed an extra point since early last season. A.J. Cordle was his holder throughout the streak. Adam Foster was the snapper last year, and Justin Mitchell has handled that duty this season.

Bowling Green's Max Oldham could break Dolly's record. Oldham had kicked 66 PATs in a row before being injured a few weeks ago. He is expected to return before the end of the season.

Looking for perfection: Fourteen teams are still undefeated, but that number is sure to dwindle in the next few weeks because four of the unbeatens have showdowns with each other. Sheldon Clark has to face Bell County and Belfry. Belfry also has Johnson Central left on its schedule.

The undefeated:

1A—Beechwood, Raceland

2A—Corbin, Fort Campbell, Green County

3A—Belfry, North Oldham Sheldon Clark

4A—Bell County, Boyle County

5A—Owensboro, John Hardin, Johnson Central

6A—St. Xavier

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