All game times 7:30 p.m. unless noted:
Bryan Station at Eastern
Records: Bryan Station 7-4 (beat Fern Creek 50-0 last week); Eastern 9-2 (beat Dunbar 49-3)
First-time around: When these teams met in late August, Eastern built a 23-0 lead on its way to a 30-21 victory. Eastern's Tanner Evans threw for 291 yards and 2 TDs, and the Eagles' defense held Bryan Station to minus 4 yards rushing.
Air Eagles: Eastern QB Tanner Evans has passed for 2,545 yards, 25 TDs and been picked off 12 times this season. Brian Spaulding and Shane Fields have combined for 67 catches, 1,300 yards and 14 TDs. In his career Evans has thrown for 4,600 yards and 41 TDs.
History lesson: The last time Bryan Station visited Eastern was in the first round of the 2000 playoffs. The Eagles won 12-3 in the final high school game for Bryan Station star Eric Shelton.
Next up: The winner plays the Ballard-Scott County winner next week.
Lafayette at Campbell County
Records: Lafayette 8-3 (beat Dixie Heights 28-14); Campbell County 4-7 (beat Tates Creek 22-20)
Camel bump: Campbell County QB Tyler Durham makes the Camels' offense go. He's rushed for 1,500 yards and 14 TDs this year, including 203 yards and 3 TDs against Tates Creek last week. He's also thrown for 600 yards and a score.
Bubba bump: RB Bubba Johnson is Lafayette's primary weapon. He's run for 1,267 yards and 15 TDs, and is a tough guy to tackle. In rushing for 218 yards and 3 TDs last week, he continously dragged defenders for yards after he was initially hit.
Next up: The winner plays the Boone County-Ryle winner next week.
Lexington Christian at Leslie County
Radio: WJMM-FM 99.1
Records: LCA 5-6 (beat Shelby Valley 55-13); Leslie County 9-2 (beat Middlesboro 35-12)
Balanced attack: Leslie County won its seventh game in row last week. Chris Maggard and Eric Hubbard combined to rush for 183 yards and 4 TDs. QB Ethan Horton threw for 146 yards and a TD. The Eagles' defense limited Middlesboro QB Chase Roark to 71 yards passing.
Finding their stride: LCA's Eagles, as their nickname would suggest, have gone to the air for most of their offense this season. In the first 10 games, LCA totaled 890 yards on the ground. The Eagles finally found running room against Shelby Valley last week as they rushed for 340 yards, led by Lincoln Henzman, Christian Fielden and Nick Whitman.
Next up: The winner plays the Danville-Somerset winner next week.
Mercer County at Lexington Catholic
Radio: WMJR-AM 1380; WMJR-FM 94.9
Records: Mercer County 5-6 (beat Russell County 19-14); Lexington Catholic 9-2 (beat Clay County 76-18)
First-time around: When these teams met in early October, LexCath QB Kyle Bolin passed for four TDs, two to David Bouvier. The Knights' defense limited Mercer County to 150 yards.
Titanic strides: First-year Mercer County Coach Paul Rains has seen his team come a long way since the beginnning of the season when it was soft and plagued by penalties. The Titans' improvement was obvious last week in the upset of Russell County. J.T. Long threw three TD passes and the defense kept Lakers' star Nick Britt in check as Mercer County won a tough game on the road. "We've got our discipline under control, we've got a positive attitude and we're hitting people," Rains said. "We've finally playing physical football."
Scouting the Knights: Mercer County knows LexCath has a potent offense, but Titans Coach Paul Rains said that overshadows how good the Knights are overall. "Their defense is very good, and they're very strong in special teams." The Knights' defense is led by leading tacklers Alex Nash, Jordan Artrip and Josh Mesmer. Can Mercer County forget about its lopsided loss to LexCath earlier this season? "I think so," Rains said. "But we can remember it real quick once we get in the ball game."
Next up: The winner plays the Boyle County-Rockcastle County winner next week.
Top state games
Bardstown at Glasgow: Bardstown (10-1) takes shot at unbeaten Scotties.
Danville at Somerset: Briar Jumpers have beaten Danville three times in a row, including 23-6 last month.
Warren Central at Christian County: Both teams sport 9-1 records. Winner probably gets date with unbeaten Bowling Green next week.
Being undefeated going into the second round of the playoffs is nothing new to Breathitt County. The Bobcats (11-0) are at home against Pike County Central in the Class 3A playoffs Friday night.
This is the seventh time in the last 16 years Mike Holcomb has had Breathitt County perfect at this stage of the post-season. The Bobcats were unbeaten state champs in 1995, 1996 and 2002. They didn't lose until the third round of the playoffs in 1997, the second round in 2004 and the semifinals in 2007.
Holcomb isn't sure just how good this team is because, except for victories over Somerset (20-0) and Hazard (35-34) in September, the Bobcats' schedule hasn't been much of a test.
But Holcomb is sure his team "loves to play and practice and compete."
Quarterback Richard Trent sparks the offense as a passer and runner. Over the past two seasons, he's generated 5,407 yards and 75 touchdowns with his arm and legs. "He's a low-key kid who goes out and does his job," Holcomb said.
Josh Fletcher and Wes Noble have more than 1,000 receiving yards and 13 TDs between them. William Collins has rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 14 TDs.
Breathitt County's defense, led by junior linebackers Brayton Fugate and Zack Gross, is the stingiest in 3A. It has allowed only 111 points all season, and barely 100 yards rushing per game.
Pike County Central is coached by John Chapman, a Breathitt County alumnus and former Bobcats assistant. But Holcomb said their friendship won't affect the game. "We block that out for 48 minutes. I don't play coaches; my team plays other teams.
"At Breathitt County, expectations are always high this time of year, so we know what we've got to focus on."