Updated 1 year ago
The third round of the KHSAA state football playoffs will play out Friday night across the state.
LEX 18 plans to send crews to cover five games.
Seventh ranked Boyle County (8-4) will travel to Lexington to take on No. 4 Lexington Catholic (10-2) in what's become a pretty intense rivalry. This is the sixth straight year the two teams have met in the third round. In 2010, the Rebels went through Catholic on their way to a state championship. Last season, the Knights ended Boyle County's postseason run. The two teams met once again on Sept. 28, with the Knights pulling out 24-21 victory. Since then, the Rebels have looked like a different team. Boyle County lost four early season games, but after the loss to the Knights, the Rebels strung together five straight wins, outscoring opponents 246-46. Lexington Catholic lost star quarterback Kyle Bolin for the season in the Boyle County game, but didn't really miss a beat with sophomore Reese Ryan stepping in. Lexington Catholic's only loss since the Boyle County win came against class 5A No. 1 Bowling Green. Last week, Ryan threw for 217 yards and a touchdown in a 35-6 win over No. 6 Knox Central.
Third ranked and undefeated Bourbon County will travel up to take on Mason County (8-4). The Colonels went into the season knowing they had at least one offensive weapon. Kentayvous Hopkins ranks among the best running backs in the state. The senior finished the regular season with 1,361 yards and 19 touchdowns. But Bourbon County doesn't have to just rely on the ground attack. Dalton Pope has developed into a fine quarterback. The junior has over 1,000 passing yards and has tossed 20 TD passes. All of Mason County's losses came in its first five games, a brutal stretch that included Lafayette, Highlands and Montgomery County. But since then, the Royals are 7-0. RaShaun Nelson leads the Mason County attack. Last week, the running back rumbled for 272 yards on 37 carries and scored four touchdowns. The Bourbon County defense was stout against the run last week, allowing Garrard County only 103 yards on the ground.
No. 5 Danville will visit No. 2 Somerset in a clash of 2A powers. The Briar Jumpers own wins in the last five meetings between the two schools. That includes a 24-7 Somerset win during this year's regular season. The Briar Jumper defense shut down Danville in the regular season meeting. The Somerset D held the Admirals to 126 yards, and just 25 rushing yards on 22 attempts. The Briar Jumper D ranks third in class 3A, giving up just 10.9 points per game during the regular season. But Danville can score some points. The Admirals average nearly 30 points per game. Danville quarterback quarterback Devonta Alcorn poses a dual threat with 934 passing yards and 546 rushing yards on the year.
What will seize the moment in Franklin County? The irresistible force? Or the immovable object? The Flyers (12-0) finished the regular season as the class 5A team scoring leader, averaging 59.9 points per game. Copper (11-1) ranked second in team defense, giving up only 11.4 points per game. Something will have two give when the two teams square off Friday night in Frankfort. Cooper will have its hands full with the Flyers west coast attack. Ryan Timmons rushed for over 1,000 yards in the regular season and scored 21 rushing touchdowns. He also catches the ball out of the backfield. He had 16 receiving touchdowns to his credit during the regular season. Quarterback Logan Woodside passed for 2,262 yards and threw 33 TD passes to lead the Flyers to a perfect regular season.
Scott County rolled through the first two playoff rounds. The third ranked Cardinals took down Ryle 42-10 to open up the postseason and then crushed Henry Clay 70-7 in round two. Next up - No. 10 Simon Kenton (9-3). The two teams met three weeks ago. It wasn't even close, with Scott County earning a 56-6 victory. The Cardinals have only one loss on the year, an early season 60-37 defeat at the hands of 4A powerhouse Highlands. Since then, the closest any team has come to Scott County is Bryan Station. The Defenders managed to score 20 points and hold the Cards to just 40. Saying "just" 40 doesn't count as hyperbole. Scott County averages 53.4 points per game. Dieries Dumphord leads the Cardinal offensive attack. Last week, the senior senior carried the ball 27 times, finishing the night with 200 yards and three touchdowns.
In other action around the area, Frankfort High School (11-1) will head to Beechwood (8-4). Frankfort will try to break the Tiger curse. The Panthers have advanced to this point two straight years, and both times, the Tigers ended Frankfort's season. Beechwood plays a tough regular season schedule to prepare for the post season. The Tigers' losses came against Covington Catholic (4A No. 5), Simon Kenton (6A No. 10), Holmes (4A) and Newport Central Catholic (2A No. 4). Frankfort's only loss was to 5A No. 3 Franklin County. The Panthers outscored their first two playoff opponents 104-0.
Breathitt County, ranked first in 3A, will put its undefeated record on the line against No. 5 Belfry (8-2). The Pirates knocked Breathitt County out of the playoffs last year and lost by a single point to Louisville Central in the championship game. Breathitt County rides the arm and legs of prolific quarterback Richard Trent. During the regular season, the senior threw for 1,874 yards and 24 touchdowns, and rushed for 17 more TDs.
Pulaski County (9-3) will visit Harlan County (10-2). Bell County will host No. 2 Central for a matchup between a pair of 10-2 teams. And Williamsburg (11-1) will travel to Hazard (8-3).
Make sure you tune in to High School SportsZone during LEX 18 News at 11 Friday night for scores and highlights.