KSR Preps Game of the Week
Boyle County (7-4) vs. Central (6-5)
History has repeated itself as Boyle County prepares to travel to Louisville for the second year in a row to play Central in the second round of the KHSAA 3A Playoffs. Central intercepted Josiah Robbins 5 times in rout to a 27-14 victory in last year’s contest.
Boyle County started this season with three straight losses to North Hardin, Lafayette, and Danville but the Rebels have picked things up in recent weeks as they beat 6A Dunbar 14-7 in the last week of the regular season.
Senior Tristian Ashburn and sophomore Tanner Crawford have combined for 1,696 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. The Rebels are fairly balanced on offense as junior Sam Tiller has taken over under center and thrown for 1,455 yards and 14 touchdowns. Tiller favorite target has been freshman Reese Smith, the duo has connected 30 times for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Head Coach Chuck Smith is hoping for a better performance this time around as the Rebels beat themselves with 5 turnovers in last year’s game.
Central lost its first four games of the regular season but played well during the district season and beat Garrard County 48-26 last week. Senior running back Corey Johnson rushed for 66 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Central’s Head Coach Ty Scroggins has proven his ability to get his teams ready to play when the playoffs come around. There is not a huge difference in size or speed between these teams so turnovers will be the difference, Boyle County has turned the ball over at an alarming rate in their losses including 10 interceptions against Lex Cath and Danville.
The winner of this one will play the winner of Bardstown and Lexington Catholic.
Eli’s Pick – Its hard to pick against Central with home field advantage in the playoffs and I expect Boyle County to struggle protecting the ball so I’ll take Central 28-21 in a close one.
Other Notable Games
Raceland (9-2) vs. Nicholas County (9-1)
Nicholas County has had two weeks to prepare for their round 2 match up as they earned a bye to start the playoffs. Raceland is expected to dominate this game as Nicholas has not played anyone near as good as the Rams. It’s tough to tell just how good Nicholas County is due to their weak schedule.
Somerset (7-4 ) vs. Lexington Christian (11-0)
The Briar Jumpars were able to keep it close during the regular season match up but LCA picked up a signature win against Danville and has not looked back since. Dillon Wheatley leads the Eagles with 1,264 yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 games.
Doss (6-5) vs. Covington Catholic (8-3)
Doss beat Cov Cath’s arch rival Highlands fairly easily in round 1 and does not plan to make things easy for the Colonels on Friday night. Casey Mcginnis hopes to add on to an impressive sophomore season that has seen him rush for 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Cooper (7-4) vs. Ryle (11-0)
Jake Chisholm rushed for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns on 20 carries in Ryle’s 49-42 win over Cooper in Week 7. It will take a big performance from the Cooper defense to slow down a Ryle offense that is averaging 40 points a game. Look for Dante Hendrix to make some big plays in this one as well.