No. 3 Franklin Co. vs. Montgomery Co.
at Cunningham Stadium, Mt. Sterling
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Franklin Co. (9-0, 4-0), Montgomery Co. (6-2, 2-2)
Last week: Franklin County defeated Anderson County 56-52; Montgomery County defeated Woodford County 31-21.
FCHS Notes: The Franklin County Flyers had to fight to the last few seconds against Anderson County last week. After falling behind Anderson 52-50 after a field goal with 14 seconds left, FCHS senior Ryan Timmons had the ball in his hands on the ensuing kickoff. Timmons returned it 80 yards for a touchdown as time expired at Benny Watkins Field. Although the victory clinched the district championship for the Flyers, it left unanswered questions about their defensive effort. Anderson County had 618 total yards on offense to 423 yards for FCHS.
A Look at Montgomery County
Notes: The Indians are coming off of a 31-21 win over Woodford County last week. Montgomery County used its passing game with quarterback Matt Tuttle throwing for 318 yards. Tuttle completed 21 of 27 passes for three touchdowns. Lance Lockridge led the receivers with nine receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Lockridge also intercepted a pass on defense for the Indians. Both Blake Preston and Aaron Botts recovered fumbles, while Botts ran the ball 48 yards the other way for a touchdown.
No. 11 Eminence vs. No. 2 Frankfort
at Sower Field
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: Froggy 104.9FM (pre-game starts at 7:10)
Records: Eminence (6-2, 1-1), Frankfort (7-1, 2-0)
Last week: Paris defeated Eminence 42-38; Frankfort defeated Bracken County 66-0.
FHS notes: The Panthers’ 66-0 victory last week against Bracken County put them one step closer to a seventh straight district title. With a win against Eminence, Frankfort will clinch another district championship, assuring the Panthers of home-field advantage in the playoffs. On offense against Bracken County, quarterback Chris Hawkins completed 8-of-10 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Jackson, Teantre McGee and Dre Scott each caught touchdown passes from Hawkins. McGee, Keenan Thurman and Jalen Washington ran in touchdown scores as well. Frankfort’s defense held Bracken County to only 44 rushing yards and 63 passing yards. Aaron Jackson intercepted a pass for a 10-yard touchdown and McGee recovered a fumble for a 27-yard score. Isaiah Jackson led the defense in tackling with eight.
A Look at Eminence
Notes: Eminence stumbled in a close 42-38 loss to Paris last week. It was the Warriors’ first loss since Sept. 14. Quarterback Justin Mitchell threw for 208 yards and four touchdowns. Brandon Mitchell led the team in receiving with seven receptions and 102 yards and three touchdowns. Demarcus Bailey also caught a touchdown pass. The Warriors managed only 36 yards on the ground with a touchdown run from Daishon Moore. On defense, the Warriors held Paris to 65 passing yards. Shelby Armstrong intercepted a pass for a 70-yard touchdown and Moore recovered a fumble for a 45-yard score. But Eminence couldn’t stop the run. Paris had a total of 220 rushing yards.
Western Hills vs. Powell Co.
at Stanton/Powell Community Park, Stanton
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Western Hills (1-8, 1-3), Powell Co. (1-7, 0-4)
Last week: Garrard County defeated Western Hills 48-0; Bourbon County defeated Powell County 70-7.
WHHS Notes: Western Hills is in a must-win situation to keep its season alive. The Wolverines suffered a 48-0 loss against district-opponent Garrard County last week. Now WHHS has to win against Powell County in order to make the playoffs. The Wolverines’ only win of the season came two weeks ago against district opponent Estill County 47-35. But the Golden Lions were able to hold WHHS scoreless last week and forced sophomore running back Nick Lockett out of the game with a hurt knee.
A Look at Powell County
Notes: The Pirates took a steep 70-7 loss last week against Bourbon County for their seventh loss of the season. Powell County’s Chance Snowden prevented the shutout with a rushing touchdown. The Pirates’ ground game totaled 140 yards, while Bourbon County accumulated 390. Powell’s passing game was nearly nonexistent against Bourbon County. Quarterback Matt Brooks completed four-of-16 passes for only three yards. Zach Spencer led the Pirates with six tackles, followed by Kienan Tiller with five. Isaac Hall and Josh King both recovered Bourbon County fumbles.