High School Football

Friday's city games: Sept. 3

Bryan Station at Tates Creek

Radio: WLAP-AM 630

Records: Bryan Station 0-2 (lost to Butler 21-13 last week); Tates Creek 2-0 (beat Shelby County 42-0)

Offensive woes: Bryan Station must get its ground game in gear. In two games it has generated only 68 rushing yards on 33 carries. The Defenders have had 73 total plays while their opponents have had 126 and dominated time of possession.

Good and bad: Tates Creek Coach Mike Harmon is pleased with the way his team's offense has gobbled up 830 yards, led by Jontez Jones' 234 yards on just 19 carries, and scored 74 points in two games. But he's not happy with eight turnovers. That's what he's referring to when he says the Commodores need to "clean things up."

Rivalry count: Bryan Station has beaten the Commodores the last two years (35-18 and 38-6). Tates Creek won six of the previous seven meetings.

Henry Clay at Pulaski County

Don Marshall Bowl

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m.

Records: Henry Clay 0-1 (lost to Boone County 28-19); Pulaski County 1-0 (beat Harlan 40-7)

Maroons' main man: Last week Pulaski County QB Zach Eastham threw for 209 yards and 4 TDs, and ran for 93 yards. Just picking up where he left off last season when he passed for 2,197 yards and 24 TDs, and ran for 915 yards and 10 TDs.

Ball insecurity: Henry Clay's bugaboo last year was holding on to the football. Turnovers often defused its explosive offense. The same problem popped up last week. The Devils had a fumble and an interception that gave Boone County a short field and the Rebels capitalized with TDs both times.

Lexington Catholic at St. Xavier

Radio: WMJR-AM 1380

Records: Lexington Catholic 1-1 (lost to Covington Catholic 54-21); St. Xavier 1-0 (beat Ballard 35-34)

Cats' connection: St. X's Daylen Hall, who has committed to UK, returned an interception 52 yards for a TD, and blocked a punt and returned it 17 yards for a score in last week's win over Ballard, the 13th victory in a row for the defending 6A champs.

Playmakers: Adam Wachs has led LexCath on defense the first two games with 15 total tackles. Adam Bush has been the offensive star, averaging 35 yards on 7 receptions. He has 2 TD catches.

Gone lopsided: Since LexCath beat St. X 19-14 in their first meeting in 2003, the Tigers have dominated the series, winning six in a row, most of them routs — 49-6, 59-7, 41-9, 47-0, 37-34 and 44-7.

Lexington Christian at Lynn Camp

Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1

Records: LCA 0-1 (lost to Christ Presbyterian 20-12 last week); Lynn Camp 0-2 (lost to Whitley County 62-13).

Slow start: Lynn Camp, which has had four consecutive losing seasons, has given up 104 points in its first two games this year. They lost to LCA 57-14 last season.

Eagles grounded: LCA's offense didn't get much lift last week — 44 yards rushing and 118 passing, with more than half its total coming on a 78-yard TD pass play from Scout McCamy to Chad Snyder.

Mercer County vs. Lafayette

at Henry Clay

Records: Mercer County 2-0 (Beat Dunbar 28-21); Lafayette 0-2 (lost to Central 25-19).

Double whammy: No team has had two tougher losses than Lafayette. It let a 21-12 fourth-quarter lead slip away against Tates Creek, but had a chance to salvage a last-second victory before losing 32-27. Last week the Generals had the ball on the goal line with time ticking away, but came up just short and lost to Central 25-19.

Titan test: Lafayette's defense, which had 12 tackles for losses against Central last week, better keep tabs on Mercer County's James Johnson. The Titans' sophomore has rushed for 425 yards and 4 TDs in two games.

Still homeless: Lafayette was supposed to open its new stadium this week, but construction is behind schedule. That means the Generals' next four "home" games will be held elsewhere. They play Mercer County at Henry Clay; Franklin County at Dunbar (Sept. 10); Clark County at Tates Creek (Sept. 17), and Henry Clay at Dunbar (Sept. 24). Lafayette hopes to play in its new artificial turf facility Oct. 1 against Boyle County.

Woodford County at Paul Dunbar

Records: Woodford County 0-2 (lost to Western Hills 12-7); Dunbar 0-2 (lost to Mercer County 28-21)

Run threat: Dunbar showed flashes of a pretty good passing attack in its first two games. Last week it showed it might have a ground attack, too. Paul Jones, who didn't carry the ball the first week, ran for 175 yards against Mercer County. As a freshman last year, Jones showed glimpses of his potential with 543 all-purpose yards.

A welcomed 'W': It's going to be a happy Friday night for one of these teams. Woodford County has lost six games in a row, and Dunbar has lost nine in a row. The Bulldogs beat the Yellowjackets 24-17 last year.

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