High School Sports

Nov 9, 2012 12:09 PM

Second Round High School Football Playoff Preview

Week one of the high school football postseason was notable for its lack of surprises. The teams expected to win won. The big underdogs lost big. The top teams ran out up big numbers and padded their stats.

But in week two, things will likely get a lot more competitive across Kentucky with some intriguing matchups on the schedule.

The Lexington Catholic defense will get tested when Knox Central (10-2) comes to visit. Last week, the Panthers put up almost 500 rushing yards. Jeffery Canady ranks among the top backs in the state. He finished last week's game against Mercer County with 263 yards and four touchdowns. And if the Knights can stop Canady, they still have to deal with another potential 100-plus yard rusher in Jonathan Gist. Catholic will counter with an air attack led by Ryan Resse, who stepped in mid-season when Kyle Bolin went down with an injury.

Henry Clay will get another shot at 6A No. 3 Scott County. The Cardinals easily handled the Blue Devils 69-34 early in October.

Lexington Christian (6-5) will also get a shot at redemption. The Eagles will make the trip south to face No. 2 Somerset (9-2). The Briar Jumpers scratched out a 12-9 victory in a defensive battle back on Oct. 12. Lexington Christian will need to generate some kind of running game. The Eagles managed just 38 rushing yards against the stout Somerset D in that first meeting. Nick Whitman offers a ray of hope. He ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns last week against Leslie County. LCA spent most of the season ranked in the 2A top ten, but never managed to earn that season defining win.

Another 2A game could feature some offensive fireworks. Prestonsburg (8-3) will host No. 5 Danville (8-3). Prestonsburg features a passing attack led by one one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the state. Jarredd Jarrell ranks third in the state (of teams reporting stats) in total passing yards with 2,612. He's thrown 27 TD passes. The Admirals can light up the scoreboard as well, averaging about 34 points per game.

Garrard County will travel to Bourbon County in another game featuring a rematch. The Colonels got the best of Garrard County on Oct. 5 with a 28-8 victory. The Golden Lions will need to figure out a way to stop Kentayvous Hopkins if they want to advance. Last month, the Bourbon County senior ran for 156 yards and a touchdown.

We know undefeated Franklin County can put points on the board. The third ranked Flyers average nearly 59 points per game. But can the Franklin County D stop No. 6 Conner? Last season, the schools faced off in the playoffs and Conner blew past the Flyers 84-48. This season, the 9-2 Cougars score nearly 40 points per game themselves.

Russell County rode running back Nick Britt to an undefeated regular season. The senior has 1,621 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns so far. The Lakers finished the regular season ranked second in class 4A, behind perennial power Highlands. Friday, Russell County will look to prove it belongs with the big-boys. The Lakers face traditional football powerhouse Boyle County (7-4), ranked No. 6. The Rebels stumbled early, but since losing to Lexington Catholic 24-21 on Sept. 28, Boyle County has won four straight by a combined score of 232-46. This is a classic matchup between traditional power and eager upstart.

Covington Catholic (8-3) sat near the top of the 4A rankings for most of the season, but a late season loss to Conner dropped the Colonels to fifth. When Johnson Central (9-2) comes to town, you know you will have to stop the run. A nice matchup between two traditional powers.

Madison Central has a tough row to hoe. The Indians have to travel to Louisville to take on No. 1 Trinity.

Madison Southern will take on the Harlan County Black Bears. The Eagles advanced last week without sophomore sensation running back Damien Harris. He remains questionable this week.

Make sure you tune in to SportsZone during the LEX 18 News at 11 for scores and highlights.

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