On the Kentucky side, we head into Week 2 of Friday Night Lights football action. On the Ohio side, they get their seasons kicked off come Friday evening.
We’ve got you covered with brief previews from each coverage area team.
Here’s a look:
EAST CARTER AT LEWIS COUNTY, 7:30 P.M.
The Lions and Raiders have both struggled to find wins the last few years, but they’ll look to improve on those recent records early this season when they meet in Week 2. Lewis County has won just four games in the last three full seasons and are coming off a 46-7 loss to Greenup County, while East Carter, who won four games last year after claiming just three wins from 2014-16, is coming off a big 47-12 win over Magoffin County to open the season. Garrett Applegate rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries last week for Lewis County and Zach Lehn completed 13 passes for 114 yards. East Carter claimed last year’s matchup, 28-8.
In order for the Lions to show the improvement they’re capable of, it will have to start on the defensive end. Last week they struggled to stop the Musketeers, allowing 393 yards of offense, including 258 on the ground.
BRACKEN COUNTY AT LUDLOW, 7 P.M.
The Polar Bears defense was clicking on all cylinders in their Week 1 win over Switzerland County, Indiana, but will hope the offense follows suit this week. The “Bear Down” defense posted a shutout in the 12-0 victory, forcing four turnovers, three of them via Mason Tucker interceptions.
Now the matter at hand comes against Ludlow, the Panthers one of only two teams to knock the Polar Bears off in the regular season last year. But big-time playmaker Justin Blackburn is gone, who torched Bracken for all four scores in a 27-24 victory in Brooksville in ‘17.
In order for Bracken County to continue its defensive dominance, they’ll need to focus on a Panthers’ rushing attack that amassed 260 yards last week in a 28-14 win over Carroll County. Sean Stratton led the way with 119 yards and two touchdowns.
The Polar Bears will look to get their own rushing attack rolling, going for just 118 yards on 34 carries in the opener against the Pacers.
MANCHESTER AT FAYETTEVILLE-PERRY, 7 P.M.
The Greyhounds open up their 2018 campaign in Fayetteville to take on the Rockets. They’ve lost the last two openers to the Rockets, 61-0 in ‘16 and 20-12 in ‘17.
They’ll hope to turn the tides come Friday night when the two meet again. Holding the Greyhounds back though will be them being without the services of quarterback Shaun Gould, suspended for the season opener. They’ll have to find a way to get their option offense moving in other ways, but will be hard to do so without their top playmaker.
Manchester is coming off a 4-6 season and hopes to have a winning season for the first time since 2013.