MASON COUNTY (2-3) AT BOURBON COUNTY (2-3), 7:30 P.M.
The Royals and Colonels will both be hungry entering Friday’s Class 4A, District 7 game in Paris.
Bourbon County has lost three straight games, including getting shutout at home against Madison Central last week, 43-0. Mason County is coming off a 50-0 loss at Scott last week, and will also be looking to avenge a 27-26 loss to the Colonels in Maysville last year when a game-winning two-point conversion attempt was failed with 41.1 seconds left.
The Royals’ offense struggled last week against the Eagles, but will look to get going behind running back Seth Chambers and quarterback Carson Brammer on Friday when they face a Colonels’ team that’s allowed 138 points in their last three games.
Bourbon County’s offense is led by the rush of CaMarr Myers, who gone for 597 yards and eight touchdowns on 80 attempts this season. Quarterback Jake Broughton has completed 42-of-80 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns, with three caught by Kaygen Heflin.
RUSSELL (2-3) AT FLEMING COUNTY (2-4), 7:30 P.M.
The Red Devils and Panthers resume their rivalry after both opened Class 3A, District 5 play with wins last week.
Russell struggled to find the win column through their first three games, but all were against quality competition in Greenup County, Ironton, OH, and Ashland Blazer. In their last two games, they’ve outscored Boyd County and West Carter, 98-14. The Red Devils have done most of the damage on the ground, with three players over 100 rushing yards on the season, led by Landon Duvall’s 325 yards and three scores on 37 carries.
Fleming County’s offense was limited to just two touchdowns per game in their three games following a 35-14 win over Mason County, but last week the Panthers used several big plays to put up 47 points against Lewis County. The Panthers were able to hold the Lions to 22 points, after surrendering an average of over 46 points in the three losses before.
The Red Devils will look for revenge after the Panthers used a 79-yard punt return from Jaden Campbell with 28 seconds left to come away with a 35-30 win in Flatwoods last year. Bubby Lewis will serve as an honorary captain for Fleming County. He played for the Panthers from 1977-80, rushing for 6,472 yards and 84 touchdowns.
LEWIS COUNTY (1-4) AT PENDLETON COUNTY (2-3), 7:30 P.M.
A 7:30 p.m. showdown in Falmouth could prove pivotal for the playoff picture in Class 3A, District 5. Lewis County’s last playoff appearance was in 2013, while Pendleton County’s last playoff berth was in 2009.
The Lions were beaten by Fleming County last week, 47-22, but outscored the Panthers 14-6 in the second half. Garrett Applegate ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns. The senior has rushed for 577 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.
Pendleton County has given up 817 rushing yards this season, but also gets most of their offense on the ground with 817 yards, as opposed to 443 through the air. Like the Lions, the Wildcats gave up 47 points in a loss last week when they opened district play against Bath County.
Of Lewis County’s five wins since the start of the 2015 season, three have been against Pendleton County.
HILLCREST (0-4) AT MANCHESTER (2-3), 7 P.M.
The Greyhounds will look to bounce back from a 39-6 loss to Sciotoville East last week when they take on a winless Hillcrest team on Friday.
The Tartans had scored only 10 points in four games before putting up 39 on Manchester, and the Rams had seen similar struggles – they scored just 24 points in their first three games – before scoring 56 in a two-point loss to Fayetteville-Perry in their last game. The Rockets rocked the Greyhounds in the season opener, 46-0.
While looking to sure things up defensively, Manchester will also try to get the offense going after scoring just a combined 20 points in regulation of their last three games.