Area teams head to the road for round two
Boyle County (7-4) at Central (6-5)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Central High School Stadium
Last week: Boyle County def. Moore, 59-12; Central def. Garrard County, 48-26
State rankings: Boyle County, Class 3A No. 8; Central, Class 3A No. 6
WHEN BOYLE COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: QB Sam Tiller threw for 167 yards and three scores while completing 9-of-13 passes in the win over Moore. … RBs Gunner Ashburn and Tanner Crawford each had two rushing TDs. … Ashburn is 123 yards away from 1,000 for the season, and Crawford is 171 from the mark.
Defense: The Yellow Jackets had five interceptions in last year’s playoff win vs. Boyle. … Central has recovered 11 fumbles, including two for TDs … Luke Bowman has 81 tackles and two interceptions.
WHEN CENTRAL HAS THE BALL
Offense: RB Corey Johnson had three rushing TDs and 66 yards on 10 carries last week. … Johnson leads the team with 660 yards and 12 TDs. … QB James Simpson threw for 190 yards and a score last week.
Defense: DB Reese Smith is tied for the area lead with seven interceptions. … LB Kaden Gervacio has 110 tackles. … The Rebels held Moore to 30 rushing yards.
4th and goal: Central won last year’s meeting 27-14 in the second round of the playoffs. … Boyle ended the regular season with two straight road wins.
Quick take: The Rebels are rolling with three straight wins. A fourth would give them some revenge from last year’s loss.
Casey County (9-1) at Estill County (9-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Hoove Niece Field
Last week: Casey County def. Powell County, 48-12; Estill County def. Jackson County, 48-6
State rankings: Casey County, Class 3A No. 7; Estill County, Class 3A No. 12
WHEN CASEY COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: QB Breece Hayes averaged over 30 yards per completion last week, throwing for 272 yards and four TDs. … RB Collin Miller rushed for 93 yards and a pair of scores against Powell, adding 149 receiving yards and two scores. … Miller tied his own school record for TDs in a game with five, including a 72-yard interception return.
Defense: The Engineers held Jackson County to negative 4 rushing yards last week. … Dawson Bingham has three interceptions and three fumble recoveries this season. … Bingham also leads the Engineers with 117 tackles.
WHEN ESTILL COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: The Engineers have thrown for only 109 yards this year. … Dawson Bingham leads the team with 1,479 yards and 19 TDs, and Logan Beckler adds 1,117 yards and 11 scores. … The Engineers average 338.4 rushing yards per game. … Estill didn’t attempt a pass in last week’s win.
Defense: The Rebels held Powell to 175 total yards. … Collin Miller has five interception, returning two for scores. … Casey has forced 22 turnovers this year.
4th and goal: Last week’s win gave Casey its ninth this year, breaking the school record for wins in a year. … Miller broke the season receiving yards record last week, set in 1983. … One more win will give Estill its most wins in a season since winning 11 in 2008.
Quick take: The Rebels will need to stop the Engineers on the ground to keep their dream season going.
Danville (9-2) at Leslie County (10-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Leslie County Stadium
Last week: Danville def. Allen Central, 51-6; Leslie County def. Middlesboro, 44-26
State rankings: Danville, Class 2A No. 5; Leslie County, Class 2A No. 7
WHEN DANVILLE HAS THE BALL
Offense: QB Zach Dampier threw for 224 yards and two scores in only one half of action last week. … Dmauriae VanCleave caught five passes for 123 yards and a score. … Dampier is 373 yards away from 3,000 for the season.
Defense: Leslie gave up 213 total yards last week. … The Eagles give up 263.7 yards per game.
WHEN LESLIE COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: Lucas Vance has 974 rushing yards and eight TDs while Darron Whitaker has 12 rushing TDs. … Leslie averages 270.1 rushing yards per game. … Whitaker has 698 passing yards and seven TDs. … The Eagles rushed for 427 yards in last week’s win. … Vance had 174 rushing yards and a TD last week, and Luke Lewis added 114 yards and a score.
Defense: Danville allowed 60 total yards last week. … Ellison Stanfield had his first interception of the season against Allen Central. … LB Donlevy Harris has 95 tackles. … The Ads give up 94.2 rushing yards per game.
4th and goal: Leslie County great Tim Couch threw for 12,104 yards and 132 TDs in his career with the Eagles. … The Ads are 4-0 on the road this year. They’ve won 12 of 17 road games under coach Clay Clevenger.
Quick take: A great game in eastern Kentucky pitting two of the best 2A schools in the state — that should make the drive worth it.
Mercer County (7-4) at Rockcastle County (10-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Rockcastle County Stadium
Last week: Mercer County def. Knox Central, 21-3; Rockcastle County def. West Jessamine, 54-7
State rankings: Rockcastle County, Class 4A No. 4
WHEN MERCER COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: The Titans rushed for 74 yards and no scores in the win over Knox Central. … QB Gunner Gillis passed for 207 yards and three TDs in the 21-3 win. … D Smith, Grayson Blevins and Dustin Baker have combined to rush for 22 TDs and 1,616 yards. They average 6.1 yards per rush.
Defense: Rockcastle held West Jess to negative 14 rushing yards last week. … The Rockets have allowed 77 rushing yards and 15 points combined over their last four games.
WHEN ROCKCASTLE COUNTY HAS THE BALL
Offense: The Rockets average 250 rushing yards per game, nearly three-quarters of their offensive production. … QB Chayse McClure leads them with 841 rushing yards and 11 TDs, adding another 537 yards and nine scores through the air. … McClure had 103 yards and two scores on the ground in last week’s win, throwing for another three TDs.
Defense: Mercer has picked off 25 passes this year, led by Trevon Faulkner’s seven interceptions. … The Titans allow 145.5 rushing yards per game.
4th and goal: The Titans have advanced past the region semifinals once (2013) since winning the 2006 state title. … Rockcastle hadn’t won more than nine games in a season since 2006.
Quick take: The climb gets much steeper for the Titans this week.
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