Prep Football: Friday's Matchups


No. 2 Frankfort vs. No. 6 Beechwood

at Edgar McNabb Field

Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA

Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Frankfort (11-1), Beechwood (8-4)

Last week: Frankfort defeated Bellevue 26-0; Beechwood defeated Paris 63-16.

FHS Notes: Beechwood has come out the victor over Frankfort five of the six years the two have met in the playoffs. Last year, Beechwood came out on top 51-19. The end result could be much different this time around. Head coach Craig Foley said FHS is playing with a type of emotion and confidence that they didn’t have last year at this time of the season. Last week, the Panthers held Bellevue scoreless. Senior Chris Hawkins completed 11-for-18 passes for 247 yards and three touchdown passes, two to senior Aaron Jackson and another to junior Dre Scott. Jackson led the receivers with five receptions for 157 yards. Senior Teantre McGee also took a handoff from Hawkins for a 71-yard score. He finished the game with 100 yards on seven carries. Sophomore Bailey Spade added two extra-point kicks. Bellevue was held to only 32 passing yards with two interceptions. Jackson led the defense in tackles with 10, followed by D.J. Washington with eight.


Mascot: Tigers

Head coach: Noel C. Rash

Key players: Chris Lightner, Max Nussbaum, Kyle Fieger

Last year’s record: 12-2

Notes: Last week, Beechwood defeated Paris 63-16. The Tigers’ 63-point victory was the second time in four games in which they’ve scored over 60 points. Freshman quarterback Kyle Fieger completed six-for-eight passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Chris Lightner scored two touchdowns for 98 yards and senior Max Nussbaum rushed for 94 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. Paris was shut out the entire first half and managed two late scores at the end of the game. Beechwood has experienced little to no problems rebounding from the suspension of more than 15 players for underage drinking. Two weeks ago, the Tigers defeated Bracken County 45-8 and now are in the regional championship. Last season, Beechwood defeated Frankfort 51-19 before losing in the next round to Mayfield 19-14.

No. 5 Cooper at No. 3 Franklin Co.

at Benny Watkins Field

Class 5A Russell Athletic/KHSAA

Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

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

Records: Franklin County 12-0; Cooper 11-1.

Last week: Franklin County defeated Conner 62-59, Copper defeated South Oldham 49-28.

FCHS notes: Franklin County put a bad memory to rest by defeating Conner last week. Last year, Conner served the Panthers a shocking 84-48 playoff loss. This time around FCHS came out on top 62-59, making it the first time in 33 years the Flyers have made it past the second round of the playoffs. Senior Logan Woodside completed 12-for-22 passes for 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also added two on the ground. Senior Ryan Timmons tallied four rushing touchdowns. Lorenzo McCaskell scored three times, one rushing, one reception and one on a fumble return. Junior Zach Durham added six extra-point kicks and senior Greg Maupin had a two-point conversion. McCaskell led the team in tackles with 13, Woodside had nine and Maupin, Zhane Metcalf and Ryan Northcutt each had seven. Freshman Landon Hurst also had a fumble recovery.


Mascot: Jaguars

Head coach: Randy Borchers

Key players: A.J. Collins, Tyler Morris, Avery Bricking

Last year’s record: 6-5

Notes: Conner is the only team to hand Cooper a loss this season and Franklin County just knocked them out of the playoffs. The 38-21 defeat came on Sept. 21 at Conner. Nevertheless, Cooper is coming off a comfortable win against South Oldham 49-28 last week. Senior quarterback Tyler Morris threw seven-for-11 passes for 149 yards for the Jaguars. Senior A. J. Collins led the offense with 263 rushing yards on 39 carries for four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Morris and junior Avery Bricking each added a touchdown on the ground. Junior Cory Fussinger led the receivers with one reception for 46 yards. On defense, Ricky Martin intercepted a pass for a 24-yard touchdown return. Morris recovered a fumble. Bricking and Dustin Mitchell each had six tackles, Martin, Collins and Richie Pauls each had five tackles.

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