Franklin Co. vs. North Bullitt
at C.T. Collins Field, Shepherdsville
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
FCHS Notes: Despite the losses of leading rushers Chris Roberts and Lorenzo McCaskell the Flyers return a lot of talent from last year’s 11-2 season. Players such as Landon Hurst, Denzel Vance, Jhanny Rodriguez and Sam Anderson are threats at running back as well as the return of last year’s starting quarterback junior Barrett Sanderson. The Flyers also return several starters from a defense which held seven opponents to fewer than 20 points. Franklin County defeated North Bullitt at home last year 54-14 and will look to repeat the success at the Eagles’ home field.
A LOOK AT NORTH BULLITT
Head coach: Brett Newton
Key players: Dalton Casey, Logan James, Nate Johnson,
Last year’s record: 3-8
Notes: North Bullitt returns an experienced squad that looks to improve on last year’s 3-8 record. Seven starters return on both offense and defense, including senior Dalton Casey and junior Logan James. Casey is both an offensive and defensive threat, playing at wide receiver and free safety. James was the quarterback for the Eagles last season, combining for around 2,000 yards in passing and rushing. North Bullitt will look to be improved on defense after giving up more than 30 points in eight of its games last year, including 54 to Franklin County in the first week of the regular season.
Western Hills vs. Owen Co.
at Patterson Field, Owenton
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
WHHS Notes: Western Hills defeated Owen County, 33-6 in the first game of last season. And that victory turned out to be the only victory for WHHS in a 1-9 season. WHHS returns several key players, including quarterback Nick Young, running back Nick Lockett and special teams specialist Cody Williams, all seniors. Lockett had 984 rushing yards last season. Defensive standouts returning include linebacker Tyree Childress, defensive end Angelo Cordones, and defensive back Blake Noel, all seniors.
A LOOK AT OWEN COUNTY
Head Coach: Adam Fowler
Key Players: Brady Young, Tanner Smith, Garrett Cobb
Last year’s record: 2-9
Notes: Scoring was a difficult task for Owen County last season. The Rebels averaged 12 points per game and were held to single digits or scoreless in six games. The Rebels will look to senior running back Brady Young and senior quarterback Tanner Smith on offense to try to score points and be more competitive.
Frankfort vs. Lincoln Co.
PBK Death Valley Bowl at Death Valley, Stanford
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
FHS Notes: After losing to Bullitt East, 21-7, in the bowl last season Frankfort returns to Lincoln County this season to play the host. The Panthers finished with an 11-3 record and made a trip to the Class A semifinals. The expectations are high as FHS looks to make another deep postseason run. The Panthers return six players who have started for three years, including senior running back and defensive back Jalen Washington. Washington led the team in rushing yards (739), receiving yards (401) and was the primary kick and punt returner. He scored 19 touchdowns last season, with six coming on defense.
A LOOK AT LINCOLN COUNTY
Head Coach: Travis Leffew
Key Players: Dalton Godby, Andrew Wilks, Connor Patterson
Last year’s record: 5-6
Notes: The Patriots look to have a winning season for the first time since 2007. In order for that to happen, they will need to be improved on defense. They gave up around 35 points per game. On offense, the Patriots return several skill position players including, senior quarterback Dalton Godby. The offensive line can be a major determining factor in the Patriots’ success as they return only one starter. That starter, two-time All State selection senior Andrew Wilks, is a good one to build around.