HARRISON COUNTY (4-3, 1-1) AT MASON COUNTY (2-4, 0-2), 7:30 P.M.
The Royals enter Friday’s matchup with Harrison County looking for their first win in Class 4A, District 7 play this season.
Mason County bounced back from a 50-0 loss at Scott by nearly coming away with a victory last week at Bourbon County. The Royals came back from a 42-21 deficit against the Colonels entering the fourth quarter to take the lead with under a minute to play, but gave up a 29-yard touchdown reception to CaMarr Myers with 13 seconds left.
The offense picked up the slack after being shut out the previous week. Seth Chambers carried the ball 30 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns and Carson Brammer completed six-of-16 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing 11 times for 121 yards and a score.
Mason County’s defense will be tasked with stopping a run-heavy offense that has 1,823 yards on the ground this season, led by Devin Lewis and Chase Blanton. The two have combined for 1,245 yards and 15 touchdowns on 198 carries. The Thorobreds picked up a 19-18 win over Scott last week, after falling to Holmes, 6-0, the week before, putting four teams in the district at one win each.
LEWIS COUNTY (2-4, 1-1) AT BATH COUNTY (4-2, 1-1), 7:30 P.M.
The Lions will try to make it two straight Class 3A, District 5 wins when they travel to Owingsville on Friday to take on Bath County. The Wildcats are coming off a 40-28 loss to West Carter, despite a 200-yard night from running back Landan Swartz. The Wildcats’ offense runs through Swartz and a key for Lewis County will be stopping him. He has 1,175 yards and 14 touchdowns on 157 attempts this season – an average of nearly 196 rushing yards per game.
Lewis County’s win last week came against Pendleton County, 42-20. They were powered by the duo of Garrett Applegate and Immanuel Manning on the ground. They combined for 293 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries.
Bath County beat Pendleton County, 47-14, in their district opener, while the Lions lost their opener to Fleming County, 47-22.
BRACKEN COUNTY (4-2, 0-1) AT BISHOP BROSSART (3-3, 0-1), 7:30 P.M.
One team will come away with their first Class 1A, District 5 win.
The other will still be searching.
The Polar Bears fell to Paris last week, 9-0, in a game where they struggled to pick up yards and failed to score. They had scored 66 points in the two games before, after scoring only 24 points in their first three games of the season.
Bracken County’s second game was a 48-0 loss to Ludlow, who beat Bishop Brossart, 21-20, last week. The Mustangs use a balanced attack, with Tyler MacDonald completing 51-of-114 passes for 694 yards and three touchdowns and the duo of Adam Orth and Nathan Bezold running for 529 yards and eight touchdowns on 125 carries.
The Polar Bears took last year’s meeting in Brooksville, 45-26.
MANCHESTER (2-4) AT GREEN (5-1), 7 P.M.
The Greyhounds aim to get the offense going when they head to Franklin Furnace on Friday. Manchester has scored just 12 points in their last three games, including a 70-0 shutout loss to Hillcrest last week, and has scored just 28 points all season – an average under five points per game.
Ted Newsome’s Bobcats won their first five games and outscored opponents, 212-51, in those games, before falling to Portsmouth Notre Dame last week, 16-8.
Both have played Hannan, WV, and Sciotoville East this season. Green beat Hannan, 86-14, and East, 16-8, while Manchester beat Hannan in double overtime, 16-8, and lost to East, 39-6.