Boyle heads to LexCath for key district game
Boyle County (4-3, 1-0) at Lexington Catholic (2-5, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday, at Joseph K. Ford Stadium
Last week: Boyle Co. def. Garrard Co., 47-14; Lexington Catholic def. Western Hills, 41-7
State rankings: Boyle Co., Class 3A No. 5
Last meeting: Lexington Catholic, 31-24 (Oct. 16, 2015)
WHEN BOYLE COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: Over the last four games, the Rebels are averaging 253.5 rushing yards per game. Gunner Ashburn has 323 yards and five scores, and Tanner Crawford has 393 yards and seven TDs. … QB Sam Tiller had thrown for 12 TDs against six interceptions.
Defense: The Knights allow 242 rushing yards per game, but they gave up 162 total yards in last week’s win. … They had three takeaways in the win over Western Hills. … Senior LB Sid Sharp (6-foot-1, 219 pounds) has 67 tackles and three fumble recoveries.
WHEN LEXINGTON CATHOLIC HAS THE BALL
Offense: The Knights have averaged nearly twice as many passing yards and rushing. … QB Kirk Fagot has 1,233 yards and 12 TDs, but he’s been intercepted nine times. … Ben Buchignani leads the team with 468 receiving yards and four TDs. … Fagot had 200 passing yards and three TDs in last year’s win.
Defense: DB Evan Tarter is tied for the area lead with five interceptions. … Kaden Gervacio averages 10 tackles per game, including 12 tackles last week against Garrard.
4th And Goal: LexCath hasn’t finished a season with a losing record since 2002. … Over the last five years, the Knights have won 74.6 percent of their 71 games and finished no worse than a region finalist. … Boyle has lost three straight to LexCath by an average of seven points per game.
Quick take: Don’t worry about records — if Boyle wins its fifth straight game this season, it’ll be against another talented LexCath team.
Danville (6-1, 1-0) at Middlesboro (1-6, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, at Bradner Stadium
Last week: Danville def. Somerset, 25-7; Middlesboro lost to Lexington Christian, 49-6
State rankings: Danville, Class 2A No. 4
Last meeting: Danville, 56-0 (Oct. 16, 2015)
WHEN DANVILLE HAS THE BALL
Offense: RB Donlevy Harris was impressive the last time out, rushing for 291 yards and 2 TDs. The junior averaged 13.2 yards per carry. … For the season, Harris averages 9.86 yards per rush. … The Ads are averaging 38.4 points in their last five meetings with Middlesboro.
Defense: Opponents are rushing for nearly 254 yards per game. … Rhyan Rogers and Anthony Jackson each have two interceptions. … Middlesboro is giving up nearly twice as many points as its scored.
WHEN MIDDLESBORO HAS THE BALL
Offense: The Yellow Jackets are putting up 16 points per game. … QB Ethan Ellison averages 122 passing yards per game, with WR Corey Hairston reeling in 69 yards per game. … They have been outscored by 30 or more points three times this season.
Defense: In their three games since the bye week, the Ads have allowed 406 total yards and 13 points. … DB Dmauriae VanCleave is tied for the area lead with five interceptions. … LBs Donlevy Harris and James Patton lead the Ads with 59 and 56 tackles, respectively.
4th And Goal: The Ads are 9-1 in regular season district games under coach Clay Clevenger, outscoring opponents by 11 points. … The Ads have won 71 percent of their regular season games under Clevenger. … The Yellow Jackets are 7-21-1 since Zach Massengill took over as coach.
Quick take: The hardest part of Friday for the Ads should be the two-plus hour bus ride to the far southeastern corner of the state.
Casey County (6-0, 1-0) at Jackson County (2-5, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, at Jackson County High School Stadium
Last week: Casey Co. def. Bell Co., 53-14; Jackson Co. lost to Corbin, 64-8
State rankings: Casey Co., Class 3A No. 6
Last meeting: Casey Co., 54-8 (Oct. 16, 2015)
WHEN CASEY COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: The Rebels are rewriting the record books. QB Breece Hayes has 1,611 yards and 16 TDs against only one interception, and RB Collin Miller has 846 yards of offense and 15 TDs. … Twelve different players have caught a pass for the Rebels. … The Rebels are 11th in the state with 43.5 points per game.
Defense: The Generals have created only four turnovers. … Sophomore LB Jeff Isaacs averages nearly 11 tackles per game. … They’ve allowed 47 points per game in their five losses.
WHEN JACKSON COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: RB Myles Hurst has 1,213 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 8.7 yards per carry. … The Generals average 238.6 rushing yards per game. … In their two wins, Hurst has rushed for 389 yards and four TDs. … They totaled 523 yards in a 52-0 win over Berea.
Defense: The Rebels have come up with nine interceptions, with Collin Miller (four) and Britt Pendleton (two) leading the team. … Bell County totaled 229 yards last week.
4th And Goal: The Generals have won six total games since 2014. … This is Casey’s last road game of the regular season. They host Corbin and Adair County in the final two weeks of the season.
Quick take: About the only thing which could derail Casey from going 7-0 is if the Rebels look ahead to next week’s clash with Corbin. Other than that, chalk this one up for Casey.
Western Hills (5-2, 0-1) at Garrard County (4-3, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, at Dyehouse Memorial Stadium
Last week: Western Hills lost to Lexington Catholic, 41-7; Garrard Co. lost to Boyle Co., 47-14
State rankings: Western Hills, Class 3A RV; Garrard Co., Class 3A RV
Last meeting: Garrard Co., 22-17 (Oct. 16, 2015)
WHEN WESTERN HILLS HAS THE BALL
Offense: WanDale Robinson makes the Wolverines go. He has 1065 rushing yards and 336 receiving yards, both tops on the team, along with 18 TDs. … His average of 21.2 points per game is best in the state. … Western Hills averages 374.2 yards per game.
Defense: The Golden Lions give up 256.7 rushing yards per game. … Boyle rushed for 303 yards in last week’s game. … Josh Warren had a team-high 12 tackles last week.
WHEN GARRARD COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: RB Jacob Foley is in the top 10 in the state with 1,070 rushing yards. … He also ranks in the top 20 with 11.7 points per game. … Josh Warren and Devan Logan have combined to rush for 683 yards and five TDs. … Foley rushed for 204 yards and a pair of scores in last year’s win.
Defense: The Wolverines force nearly two turnovers per game. … They’re 2-2 in games when they’ve allowed 30 or more points this season.
4th And Goal: In five meetings, the Lions have scored more than twice as many points (160) as the Wolverines have scored (70). … The Lions are trying to avoid their first two-game losing streak of the season. … This is the third straight 1,000-yard rushing season for Foley.
Quick take: Settle in and watch two of the best running backs in central Kentucky as Robinson and Foley show what they’ve got.
Lincoln County (1-6, 0-1) at Southwestern (5-2, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Reservation
Last week: Lincoln Co. lost to Pulaski Co., 60-31; Southwestern def. South Laurel, 62-20
State rankings: Southwestern, Class 5A No. 8
Last meeting: Southwestern, 55-28 (Oct. 16, 2015)
WHEN LINCOLN COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: RB Tra Carey had 263 rushing yards last week, upping his season total to 873 yards and nine scores. … QB Tanner McAninch has 987 yards combined rushing and passing along with 12 TDs. … McAninch also has four receptions for 76 yards and one score. … The Patriots average 276.5 yards per game.
Defense: The Warriors allow 23 points and 298.3 yards per game. … William Lemmon leads the team with 59 tackles. … They held Lincoln to 30 rushing yards in last year’s game.
WHEN SOUTHWESTERN HAS THE BALL
Offense: In last year’s win, the Warriors totaled 485 yards with RB Patric Edwards going for 254 rushing yards and six TDs. … This season, Edwards has 779 yards and eight TDs. … QB Brandon Pruitt has thrown for 1,542 yards and 15 TDs. … WR J.P. Vaught has caught 26 passes for 717 yards and nine scores. … They average 410.7 yards per game.
Defense: DL Emmanuel Beasley has 40 tackles and three fumble recoveries. … The Patriots give up nearly 37 points per game.
4th And Goal: The Warriors have won two straight over Lincoln by a combined score of 95-35. … The Warriors have won 72 percent of their games over the last two-plus seasons. … Over the last two seasons, McAninch has accounted for 46 percent of the Patriots yards.
Quick take: The Patriots head south for another difficult game against a state-ranked opponent.
Mercer County (4-4, 2-1) at Taylor County (5-2, 1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, at Taylor County High School Stadium
Last week: Mercer Co. def. West Jessamine, 35-21; Taylor County lost to East Jessamine, 29-28
State rankings: Taylor Co., Class 4A RV
Last meeting: Mercer Co., 42-12 (Oct. 16, 2015)
WHEN MERCER COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: RB Grayson Blevins helped the Titans overcome the absence of D Smith by rushing for 174 yards and one score in last week’s win. … The Titans are hopeful to have Smith back soon from a high ankle sprain. … … Dustin Baker rushed for 131 yards and two TDs in last year’s win.
Defense: The Cardinals are allowing 18.1 points per game. … Senior DB Ezra Oliver has 28 tackles and three interceptions, returning one for a score. … Freshman DL Logan Parker has 33 tackles and four fumble recoveries.
WHEN TAYLOR COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: Of Taylor’s 2,253 yards, 1,900 have come on the ground. … Justice Harrison has 936 yards and 11 TDs. … The Cardinals managed 159 yards and one TD on the ground last week. … Harrison has 1,907 yards and 25 TDs over the last two seasons.
Defense: Mercer held Taylor to 138 yards in last year’s win. … The Titans held West Jess to 58 rushing yards last week. … They had six interceptions against West Jess. … Grayson Blevins Austin Logdon each had 13 tackles against the Colts.
4th And Goal: The Titans are 5-0 against Taylor, winning by an average of 33 points per meeting. … The Cardinals haven’t won six games in a season since a 6-4 finish in 2012.
Quick take: The TItans need this win to keep pace in the district race.
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