North Bullitt at Franklin County
Benny Watkins Field
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: North Bullitt (0-0), Franklin County (0-0)
FCHS Notes: A lot of people are talking about what Franklin County lost off last year’s team, but the Flyers are looking at what they have coming back. Gone are quarterback Logan Woodside (Toledo) and wide receiver Ryan Timmons (Kentucky), but the cupboard is hardly bare for FCHS. Senior running back/receiver/linebacker Lorenzo McCaskell finished last season with 293 yards rushing, 678 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. On defense he had 48 solo tackles, 36 assists, 13½ tackles for loss and six sacks. Senior running back Chris Roberts rushed for 539 yards and nine touchdowns while catching 26 passes for 324 yards and five scores, and sophomore running back/defensive back Landon Hurst rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns, and had 23 solo tackles and 16 assists.
A LOOK AT NORTH BULLITT
Head coach: Brett Newton
Key players: Josh Exton, Dalton Casey, Jack Barnett
Last year’s record: 5-6
Notes: The Eagles have a weapon on offense in senior running back Josh Exton, who rushed for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. North Bullitt will have to find a way to make the most of Exton’s production as the Eagles struggled on defense last year, giving up an average of 30 points per game. Heading up the defense will be senior linebacker/running back Jack Barnett, and junior quarterback/safety Dalton Casey will lead the offense. The Eagles return five offensive players and seven defensive players from last year.
Owen County at Western Hills
WHHS Football Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: Froggy 104.9 FM, pre-game at 7:15
Records: Owen County (0-0), Western Hills (0-0)
WHHS notes: The Wolverines will be looking to parlay the experience they earned last year into victories this season. Western Hills went 1-9 last season with the majority of its players underclassmen. Junior Nick Young returns at quarterback. Last year he passed for 569 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Nick Lockett is back at full strength this season. He was injured in Western Hills’ season opener last year but returned to play a total of six games. He rushed for 265 yards despite being limited to defensive play once he came back. Jared Banta, a four-year member of the team, will anchor the Wolverines’ line play. Junior Jordan Wise will see action at tailback, sophomore Daniel Childress will back up Lockett, and junior Cody Williams returns at wide receiver.
A LOOK AT OWEN COUNTY
Head coach: Adam T. Fowler
Key players: Logan Lowe, Jesse McCracken, Micheal Wash
Last year’s record: 6-5
Notes: It’s been quite a ride for Owen County the past two years, but the Rebels find themselves in serious rebuilding mode this season. OCHS graduated nearly all its starters, including quarterback Adam Hazlett, who passed for 2,078 yards and 29 touchdowns last year. Junior Micheal Wash has the most experience at running back with nine carries for 103 yards and three touchdowns last year. Senior linebacker Logan Lowe is back after leading the Rebels in tackles last year with 97, and senior defensive tackle Jesse McCracken had 29 tackles. Owen County went 17-6 the past two seasons, including 11-1 two years ago. Covington Holy Cross has ended the Rebels’ season the past two years in the playoffs.
Frankfort vs. Bullitt East
at Lincoln County, 16th Annual Death Valley Bowl
Kickoff: 8:15 p.m.
Records: Frankfort, (0-0), Bullitt East (0-0)
FHS notes: Graduating quarterback Chris Hawkins and wide receiver Aaron Jackson, FHS head coach Craig Foley will rely heavily on sophomore quarterback Anthony Robinson and junior receiver Jalen Washington. Robinson, who is 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, will be supported by an experienced offensive line and returning running backs J.J Jones, Chris Brooks and Jalen Acree. This will be the first game back for the Panthers since their 35-13 loss to Beechwood last year in the playoff quarterfinals. Frankfort ended the season with an 11-2 record, with its only regular-season loss against Franklin County.
A LOOK AT BULLITT EAST
Head coach: Darrell Vincent
Key players: Evan Kerr, Dylan Ferguson, Brandon Samuels
Last year’s record: 4-7
Notes: Bullitt East had a losing record last year, but not by much. Five of the Chargers’ seven losses were by seven points or fewer, and the team is hoping experience will help turn those close losses into victories. Bullitt East returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense. Samuels, a senior running back, rushed for 754 yards and nine touchdowns last year, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. The offensive line returns four of five starters and is led by senior tackle Dylan Ferguson. Senior linebacker Evan Kerr had 81 tackles, two for losses, and two sacks last season. Junior Pierce Kelly is stepping into the quarterback spot and will be the third starting quarterback for BEHS in three years.