All game times 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
Clark County at Paul Dunbar
Records: No. 63 Clark County 1-1 (beat Montgomery County 49-35 last week); No. 103 Dunbar (beat Woodford County 24-17)
Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5
Bulldogs bite: Dunbar couldn't have asked for a better way to end an eight-game losing streak. It rallied from a 17-7 deficit in the second half to beat Woodford County. QB Trent Martin's 17-yard TD run and 33-yard TD pass to Kendall Davis keyed the comeback. The Dogs' defense, led by Davis, did its job, too.
Ace of Cards: QB Andrew Dini was the main man as Clark County beat Montgomery County. Dini thew for 165 yards and 2 TDs, and ran for 49 yards and 2 TDs.
Key to victory: If Dunbar's defense can match last week's effort when it gave up just 155 yards, the Dogs could win consecutive games for the first time in four years.
Lafayette at Franklin County
Records: No. 30 Lafayette 2-1 (beat Mercer County 28-7); No. 121 Franklin County 0-2 (did not play last week).
Pin-point passer: Lafayette QB Brett Durbin has completed 26 of 39 passes (67 percent) for 340 yards and 4 TDs, and hasn't been intercepted.
New-look Flyers: Franklin County, which has lost to Lafayette the last two years, has a new look. They're not only young and inexperienced, first-year coach Aaron Stepp is installing a new offense. It has yet to get off the ground, managing just 2 TDs in its first two games.
Key to victory: Lafayette's defense was outstanding last week. Led by Eric Shaw Jr., Bubba Johnson, Cody Perkins and Brian Wade, it held Mercer County to only 86 yards on the ground and 23 through the air. That kind of 'D' will win a lot of games.
Lexington Catholic at Lone Oak
Records: No. 28 Lexington Catholic 2-1 (lost to St. Xavier 49-6); No. 34 Lone Oak 3-0 (beat Marshall County 55-0)
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380
Deceiving 'D': Lexington Catholic's Benton Hupman and Zach Mitchell showed the right stuff on defense last week, even if their performances were overlooked in the lopsided loss to St. X.
Big numbers: Lone Oak QB Cameron Looper has been sensational in blowouts of Ballard Memorial, Reidland and Marshall County. He's hit on 34 of 57 passes for 540 yards, 7 TDs and no picks.Key to victory: This should be much more competitive than the 2007 state finals when the Knights leveled Lone Oak 49-7. LexCath needs to put last week's loss to St. X out of its mind.
Lexington Christian at Louisville Christian
Records: No. 49 LCA 2-0 (beat Lynn Camp 57-14); No. 130 Louisville Christian 2-0 (beat North Oldham 28-25)
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Tune-up time: LCA isn't looking ahead, but it knows it needs to sharpen its game for showdowns with Breathitt County and Lexington Catholic the next two weeks.
Dominatin' Domonique: LCA star Domonique Hayden pushed his career totals to 93 TDs and more than 6,000 yards rushing and receiving.
Key to victory: LCA returns the skill people who have put up 93 points on Louisville Christian the last two years. More of the same Friday night?
Scott County at Henry Clay
Records: No. 15 Scott County 2-0 (beat Boone County 30-14); No. 8 Henry Clay 2-0 (beat Southwestern 42-7)
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Ground gamers: Scott County has 702 yards of offense in its first two games, including 613 rushing. Josh Walls, Brooks Barber and Marcus Hill are averaging more than 8 yards a carry.
Double threat: Henry Clay QB Jerry Williams is showing an accurate arm and fast feet. He's thrown for 339 yards and 5 TDs, and leads the team in rushing with 231 yards (18 per carry) and 2 TDs.
Key to victory: Henry Clay needs to bottle up Scott County's ground attack and force the Cards to throw. They've tried only 15 passes in their first two games.
Western at Bryan Station
Records: No. 100 Western 0-2 (lost to Male 49-34); No. 18 Bryan Station 3-0 (beat Tates Creek 35-14)
Winless but dangerous: Despite its record, Western has plenty of play-makers, including Cortez Ricketts, Orlando Wilson and Dominic Turner. But the Warriors defense better improve after giving up 470 yards to Male.
'D' as in Defenders: Bryan Station's offense, led by Tevin McCaden's 721 rushing yards and 14 TDs, gets the headlines. But its defense, led by Kris Bolton, Octavian Crutcher and Jordan Taylor, has made big plays, too, including forcing 6 turnovers. Key to victory: If Bryan Station's offensive line keeps dominating, the Defenders will be tough to stop.
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AROUND THE STATE
Winning, at last
After five consecutive losing seasons, Lawrence County is getting reacquainted with winning.
The Bulldogs, who brought a 17-game losing streak into 2009, have beaten Paintsville and Sheldon Clark in the first steps back toward respectability.
"We've only won two games, but it's gotten the kids excited," said second-year coach Luke Salmons. "They've been beaten down for so long, they need to see what it's like to win again."
Salmons, a state high school wrestling and baseball champ in West Virginia, and a college football player at Marshall, has used his background as a teaching tool.
"The kids had to learn how to work hard and how to compete before they could figure out how to win," he said.
Fullback Shane Pack, and offensive linemen Ben Preston, Chris Kazee and Tyler Combs, and an all-for-one defense have led the Bulldogs in the right direction.
"I think we've turned the corner," Salmons said. "Now we have to keep it going."
Who's who at QB
It's disconcerting to see a Brohm playing quarterback for St. Xavier and not Trinity.
Luke Brohm, a junior backup, took several snaps in St. X's win at Lexington Catholic last week. He's first cousin to former Trinity QBs and Mr. Football winners Jeff and Brian Brohm.
"Luke is going to be outstanding," St. X Coach Mike Glaser said. "He's gotta learn to relax and have fun out there. He tries too hard sometimes."