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HIKE, Nov. 26: High school playoff preview

Boyle County's Lamar Dawson shed the tackle of Lex Cath's Billy Brown (22) as Boyle County played Lexington Catholic on Oct. 8, 2010, in Lexington.
Boyle County's Lamar Dawson shed the tackle of Lex Cath's Billy Brown (22) as Boyle County played Lexington Catholic on Oct. 8, 2010, in Lexington.

Lexington Christian at Hazard

Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1

Records: Lexington Christian 10-3 (beat Fairview 23-12 last week); Hazard 13-0 (beat Pikeville 59-34)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Rivalry revisited: This will be the sixth time these teams have played since 2007, and it's been a seesaw series. In 2007, Hazard beat the Eagles in the regular season, but LCA beat the Bulldogs in the playoffs on its way to a state runner-up finish. In 2008, LCA won in the regular season, but Hazard won the playoff battle on its way to a state runner-up finish. Last year, LCA beat the Bulldogs 35-28 in the semifinals on its way to the state title.

Hazardous offense: LCA's defense must contain an explosive Bulldogs' attack triggered by Jon Combs. "If they don't big-play us to death, I like our chances," LCA Coach Ray Graham said. Combs has thrown for 3,328 yards and 47 TDs and run for 473 yards and eight TDs. Zack Blanton is Hazard's leading rusher with 849 yards and 13 TDs. Jordan Olinger has 41 catches, 980 yards and 11 TDs, and Austin Johnson has 30 catches, 820 yards and 14 TDs.

Eagles' wings: First-year QB Scout McCamy has grown into the role of offensive leader for LCA. He has passed for 1,973 yards and 24 TDs and leads the team in rushing with 870 yards and seven TDs. Clay Mossbarger and Sam Maybriar have combined for 763 yards and nine TDs rushing. Chad Snyder is the prime receiver, with 42 catches, 836 yards and 12 TDs.

Big man missing: LCA might be without senior lineman Zach West, who faces a one-game suspension after being ejected from last week's game against Fairview for fighting. Coach Ray Graham said West did not deserve the ejection, and the school is going through an appeal with the KHSAA. By mid-week, Graham had not heard from the KHSAA, so the team was preparing to play without West. "Zach has been amazing the way he's handled all this," Graham said. "He's been on the scout team all week acting like the leader he is."

Finals step: The LCA-Hazard winner faces the Beechwood-Mayfield winner for the Class A title on Dec. 3 at WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium.

Tonight's kickoffs

State semifinals

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

Class A

Mayfield at Beechwood, 6:30: Mayfield tamed Tigers 38-0 in last year's playoffs. These teams have 18 state titles between them.

Lexington Christian at Hazard: Fourth year in a row for this semifinal matchup. LCA won 35-28 last year on its way to state title. See game preview, Page B4

Class 2A

Owensboro Catholic at Danville, 7: Ten-time state champ Danville trying to reach finals for first time since 2006.

Newport Central Catholic at Corbin: NewCath has won 20 of its last 23 playoff games, including victories over Redhounds in '07 and '08. Corbin seeking first trip to state finals since '02.

Class 3A

Paducah Tilghman at Central: Defending champ Tilghman takes on Central, which won state in 2007 and '08.

Somerset at Belfry: Unbeaten Jumpers have big hurdle in Belfry to reach finals for second year in a row. Pirates were state runners-up in '07.

Class 4A

Allen County-Scottsville at Western: Winner will make first-ever appearance in state championship game.

Boyle County at Bell County: Battle of unbeatens and last two state champs is marquee game of the night. See game preview, Page B4

Class 5A

Christian County at John Hardin: John Hardin has won 51 of 55 games since 2007. Christian County KO'd the Bulldogs in '08 semifinals.

Highlands at Harlan County: Three-time defending champ Bluebirds want chance at a 20th state title.

Class 6A

Male at Scott County: Scott County trying to reach finals for first time since 2004. Male beat the Cards in '08 quarterfinals.

Trinity at Ryle: Trinity is 5-0 against Ryle in playoffs, including 41-7 win in 2006 state finals.

State finals

Championship games at WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green (CST):

Dec. 3

■ Class A, 11 a.m.

■ Class 2A, 3 p.m.

■ Class 4A, 7 p.m.

Dec. 4

■ Class 3A, 11 a.m.

■ Class 5A, 3 p.m.

■ Class 6A, 7 p.m.

Mike Fields

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