All game times 7:30 p.m. unless noted:
No. 55 Bryan Station at No. 34 Western
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Records: Bryan Station 0-3 (lost to Tates Creek 35-21 last week); Western 1-1 (lost to Male 17-16 in OT).
Positive signs: Bryan Station's running attack showed signs of life last week, with sophomore LeDarius Jackson providing the spark. Backup QB Michael Morton showed moxie with his 113 passing yards, and Loran Smith has emerged as a reliable receiver with 10 catches, 183 yards in three games.
Near upset: Western almost had the biggest win in school history last week, but Male kicked a field goal with 1:08 left in regulation, then won 17-16 in overtime by blocking an extra-point kick. Leon Melvin led Western with 76 yards rushing and receiving, and a TD.
Ex-Card: Western Coach Lavell Boyd, an All-State receiver at Doss in the mid-1990s, had a solid college career at Louisville — 135 catches for 1,775 yards.
No. 88 Louisville Christian at No. 38 Lexington Christian
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: Louisville Christian 2-1 (beat North Oldham 37-6); LCA 1-1 (beat Lynn Camp 43-20).
New Centurions: CAL hasn't beaten LCA since 2002, but it has the edge in experience this time with 14 starters returning. QB Jacob Richter ran for 2 TDs and passed for another last week.
Scouting Scout: LCA QB Scout McCamy should be the focus of CAL's defense. McCamy has accounted for 422 of the team's 600 total yards through two games.
No. 106 Franklin County vs. No. 52 Lafayette
at Paul Laurence Dunbar
Radio: WLAP-AM 630
Records: Franklin County 1-1 (did not play last week); Lafayette 1-2 (beat Mercer County 27-13)
Flying Flyer: Sophomore Ryan Timmons is Franklin County's biggest threat. In two games he's had an 85-yard TD run, 71- and 62-yard TD receptions, and a 55-yard interception return for a TD. Three of those scores came in a loss to Boyle County two weeks ago.
High reach: Lafayette's Tanner Napier, better known as a three-point shooter in basketball, is blossoming into a big-play receiver in football. The 6-foot-4 senior has 15 catches for 261 yards. QB Matthew Britt, back sooner than expected from a knee injury, had a 67-yard TD to Napier last week.
Progress report: Still work to be done at Lafayette's new stadium, but the artificial turf has finally been installed. It looks promising that the Generals will open their new place against Boyle County on Oct. 1.
No. 27 Henry Clay at No. 43 Scott County
Records: Henry Clay 1-1 (beat Pulaski County 35-28 in OT); Scott County 0-2 (lost to Boone County 17-6).
Double threat: After a so-so opener, Henry Clay QB Jerry Williams was back to his old self last week, rushing for 134 yards and a TD, and passing for 146 yards and two TDs. He was hurt late in the game, but backup Christian Todd did the job in OT.
Blue bruisers: Henry Clay junior LB Charles McCarty had 10 solo tackles last week. Devils DB Ryan Duzyk, who had 5 interceptions last season, had two picks last week.
Down time: Scott County has been outscored 52-7 in the second and fourth quarters. The Cards, who rely on their ground game, look to Marcus Hill, Kevo Edwards and Josh Walls to jump-start their offense. So far that trio has rushed for 278 yards.
No. 38 Lone Oak at No. 32 Lexington Catholic
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m.
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380; WVLK-FM 101.5
Records: Lone Oak 3-0 (beat Marshall County 29-6); Lexington Catholic 1-2 (lost to St. Xavier 37-0)
Flashy guys: Lone Oak freshman QB Cole Ousley has thrown for 611 yards, 5 TDs (and 4 picks). Purple Flash junior WR Felix Colon has 13 catches, 226 yards, 1 TD.
Tee time: Lone Oak's Jack Coorts has 22 career field goals (top 10 in state all-time), including a 26-yarder that beat LexCath in overtime last season.
Looking for 'D': LexCath has been outgained by its opponents by almost 500 yards (1,451 to 972). Last week St. Xavier held the Knights to 90 yards, just 1.9 per play. LexCath's youth and inexperience is showing on both sides of the ball.
No. 103 Paul Dunbar at No. 26 Clark County
Records: Dunbar 1-2 (beat Woodford County 38-22); Clark County 2-0 (beat Montgomery County 41-19).
Rush to judgment: Is it too early to say Dunbar has a much better running attack than last season? The Bulldogs had only 1,016 yards on the ground the entire 2009 season. Paul Jones has played in only two games this year, but already has 415 yards, including 240 last week when Dunbar snapped a 9-game skid.
On the offensive: Clark County, which scored 40 points three times over the last two seasons, has already done it twice this year in wins over Bryan Station and Montgomery County. That's to be expected behind veteran QB Andrew Dini and playmakers Darius Skinner, Pokey Harris and Corey Rogers. Last week Skinner had 6 catches for 176 yards, including a 61-yard TD.
City challenge: Clark County went 4-2 against Lexington teams last year. It beat Lafayette, Henry Clay and Tates Creek in the regular season, and Dunbar in the playoffs. It lost to Bryan Station and Dunbar. The Cards play all five Lexington public schools again this season.
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AROUND THE STATE
Two Fridays ago Clark County's football players, dressed in game jerseys, attended the funeral of teammate Mykal Barnes, who died from injuries sustained in a car accident. Last Friday the Cardinals honored Barnes by playing splendidly in a win at Montgomery County.
Leading the way was quarterback Andrew Dini, who threw for 275 yards and four touchdowns, ran for 76 yards and a TD, and kicked a field goal. Afterward, Dini said Mykal's death made the already close-knit team even closer. Clark County Coach Paul Columbia agreed, and added that the tragedy had touched other programs.
Montgomery County, Corbin and Bourbon County held fund-raisers to help Mykal's mother Susan pay for her son's medical costs and funeral. "There's been such an outpouring of support from people, not only in our own community but other places, too," Columbia said.
Clark County is remembering Mykal by putting his initials and jersey number (8) on their helmets. Bourbon County is also putting No. 8 on its helmets. Colonels Coach Johnny Poynter said one of his players, D'Andre Jackson, knew Mykal and came up with the idea. "To me, football is the sport that bonds you," Poynter said. "You're out there in 100-degree heat, sweating and sore, and you have a brotherhood with other kids who play the game. Our kids had that connection with Mykal Barnes."
Bourbon County raised $1,100 for Mykal's mom, who attended the Colonels' game two weeks ago to thank them. "It was an emotional deal," Poynter said. "She spoke to us after the game and talked about life in general, and told the kids never to leave the house without giving mom a hug and a kiss and telling her you love her."