Prep Football: Friday's Matchups

State Journal Staff Report Published:

Woodford Co. vs. No. 5 Franklin Co.

at Benny Watkins Field

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: Froggy 104.9 FM (pre-game starts at 7:10)

Records: Franklin County (7-0), Woodford County (3-3)

Last week: Franklin County defeated East Jessamine 35-22, Anderson County defeated Woodford County 21-7.

FCHS notes: Clinging to a six-point lead in a muddy mess last week against East Jessamine in Nicholasville, the Flyers turned to their ground game with junior Chris Roberts. Roberts finished the night with 123 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Senior Ryan Timmons has scored 26 touchdowns this season — 17 rushing, seven receiving and two on kickoff returns. Against East Jessamine, Timmons had a 75-yard kickoff return for the first score for FCHS and ran seven times for 26 yards and one six-yard rushing touchdown. Senior Logan Woodside completed 11 of 16 pass attempts for one touchdown. Sophomore linebacker Jared Marshall, who leads the Flyers defense with tackles, had 16 against East Jessamine last week.

A Look at Woodford County

Mascot: Yellow Jackets

Class: 5A

Head Coach: Steve Stonebraker

Key players: Jarren Holts, George Bowen, Conrad Smart

Last year’s record: 6-4

Notes: Woodford County is on a losing skid the last three games with opponents outscoring the Yellow Jackets 81 points to 33. After failing to make the playoffs last year, WCHS’ next four games are important to the team, which is 0-2 in district play so far. The Yellow Jackets have a strong running game, with four different players scoring rushing touchdowns against Henry County on Aug. 31. The week before against Nelson County, George Bowen scored three rushing touchdowns on 16 attempts, gaining 161 yards. On defense, Conrad Smart, the team’s leading tackler, had 10 against Henry County.

No. 2 Frankfort vs. Paris

at Blanton Collier Stadium, Paris

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Frankfort (5-1), Paris (3-3)

Last week: Frankfort did not play due to a scheduled open week, Berea defeated Paris 42-6.

FHS notes: Frankfort is coming off a bye week and looks to get back to its winning ways. In the Panthers’ last matchup on Sept. 21, they defeated Lexington Christian 43-14. Friday’s game begins a string of three straight district games for FHS, the only time the Panthers play Class 1A teams in the regular season. Senior quarterback Chris Hawkins has passed for 1,357 yards this season with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Senior wide receiver Aaron Jackson has caught nine of those touchdown passes. On the year he has 29 catches for 738 yards. Sophomore Jalen Washington has caught 20 passes for 415 yards and four touchdowns. Senior linebacker D.J. Washington has 52 tackles to lead Frankfort’s defense, and sophomore linebacker Isaiah Jackson has 47 tackles. Senior running back Teantre McGee is the team’s leading rusher with 369 yards and seven touchdowns.

A look at Paris

Mascot: Greyhounds

Class: 1A

Head coach: Brian Washington

Key players: James Clark, Nathaniel Stevens, Kobe Garrad

Last year’s record: 1-10 (lost to Beechwood 60-7 in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs)

Notes: There’s a youth movement afoot at Paris. Freshman running back James Clark is the team’s leading rusher with 424 yards and two touchdowns, and two freshman linebackers – Kobe Garrad and Jawan Dumphord – lead the defense. Garrad has 60 tackles on the season, and Dumphord has 54. Senior quarterback/defensive back Nathaniel Stevens has been a multi-dimensional threat, throwing for 438 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 223 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also returned an interception for a score. Clark is one of Stevens’ primary targets with nine catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Aaron Williams has caught eight passes for 140 yards and one touchdown. Senior running back Marcus Champs has carried the ball 61 times for 360 yards and two touchdowns.

Western Hills vs. Estill Co.

at Hoover Niece Field, Irvine

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Western Hills (0-7), Estill County (0-7)

Last week: Bath County defeated Western Hills 35-14, Bourbon County defeated Estill County 64-14.

WHHS notes: Western Hills played a solid first half against Bath County, but mistakes took over from there. This week the Wolverines will look to put two good halves together as they go after their first win of the season. WHHS got a boost last week as sophomore Nick Lockett returned to playing offense for the first time since an injury suffered in the season opener at Woodford County. Lockett returned to action for the Frankfort High game Sept. 14 but had been playing on just the defensive side until last week. The Wolverines’ Casey McLean, the team’s leading rusher, scored one of the team’s touchdowns last week on a 10-yard run, and Zach Hart, one of the team’s leading defensive players, scored the other touchdown on a two-yard run.

A look at Estill County

Mascot: Engineers

Class: 3A

Head coach: Mike Jones

Key players: Kris Dennis, Greg Stamper, Jon Collins

Last year’s record: 2-8

Notes: The Engineers came close to picking up their first win two weeks ago, losing to district foe Powell County 48-44. Estill is 0-3 in district play with the other losses coming to Bath County (49-28) and Bourbon County (64-14). Junior Kris Dennis went 9-for-13 passing with 143 yards and one touchdown against Rockcastle County. Junior running back Greg Stamper rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns against Powell County while in the same game sophomore running back Jon Collins rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns.

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