Male (7-0) vs St. Xavier (5-2)
There will be another big showdown in Louisville this week as the undefeated Male Bulldogs take on St. X. Male was off last week, but has shutout their previous three opponents. The Bulldogs have allowed only 26 points on the year with a total of four shutouts. In his first year starting, St. X’s Desmond Ridder has already shown he can play in big games. Ridder had three total touchdowns and completed 68% of his passes last week against Manual. Male’s defense will try and make Ridder uncomfortable early and make him throw tough passes in coverage.
Trey’s Pick- Male’s defense is one of the best this state has ever seen. St. X won’t be able to handle them late in this game.
Nick’s Pick- Despite St. X’s excellent year thus far, but nationally-ranked Male is too much for anyone in this state to handle.
Spencer County (8-0) vs Shelby County (6-1)
Don’t expect there to be many passes in this game. Spencer County is led by star running back Logan Holbrook and Shelby County by Malik Manica. Spencer County ran for 479 yards last week against Franklin County in a 47-42 win. Holbrook totaled 249 yards and Brandon Leff ran for 233 for the Bears. Shelby County’s only loss was on a last minute field goal at Franklin County; a team that Spencer went shot-for-shot with last week. Manica and Michael Perry will carry the weight for Shelby County in a game that will feature a fair share of long runs and option plays.
Trey’s Pick- Spencer County has the ability to run away from opponents even when they allow a lot of points. I think Spencer County will put up 50 and allow 35 to win in a huge 4A matchup.
Nick’s Pick- The Bears of Spencer County are the surprise team in 4A this season. Their momentum is too much for anyone to stop right now.
Elizabethtown (7-0) vs Adair County (7-0)
The top two scoring defenses in 3A square off this week in Adair County. The Indians of Adair County have allowed more than ten points just twice this year and Elizabethtown has only allowed that number once. Travis Gay has built an amazing program at Adair County. Seven wins in a season was a rarity before the last couple years, and now they’re off to a 7-0 start. E-Town is led by a strong rushing attack and QB/LB Jack Wilson. The Panthers have also been on the come-up the last couple years and are off to their best start this decade.
Trey’s Pick- Chance Melton and Jordan Lasley will be a lot for E-Town to contain, so I’m taking the Indians to continue their undefeated season and upset the #2 team in 3A.
Nick’s Pick- My uncle was the principal at Adair County for years. How can I pick against the Indians?
Lafayette (6-2) vs Madison Central (4-3)
The focus for this game will be the newest UK-commit, junior Walker Wood. The dual-threat QB runs behind a line that includes Landon Young and Jedrick Wills, but he is a special talent in his own right. Wood is nearing 1,000 yards on the ground and has thrown for 1,233 yards. He is a special talent and a three-star recruit. Wood leads Lafayette to Madison Central this week. The Indians have lost three of their last four, but beat Woodford County 55-0 two weeks ago. In their three losses, Madison Central has allowed an average of 262 yards in the air. Wood needs to take advantage of that tonight.
Trey’s Pick- Wood will pick apart Madison Central with his favorite target Mason Alstatt leading the way. Lafayette by 20.
Nick’s Pick- Lafayette simply puts up too many points. Madison Central will not be able to keep up as the Generals continue their conquest.
Lexington Catholic (4-3) vs Boyle County (7-0)
This should have been a matchup of two of the top quarterbacks in the state with Legend Brumbaugh and Josiah Robbins. Brumbaugh went down with an injury for LexCath a few weeks ago and left Kirk Fagot in the starting quarterback role. Robbins has been one of the top quarterbacks in the state and has led the Rebels to a 7-0 start. The senior QB threw for 282 yards on 13/15 passing last week against Garrard County.
Trey’s Pick- Fagot has been a nice fill in for LexCath, but Jaylen Jones will have to run well for the Knights to pull this one out. Unfortunately, Boyle County has a great front line and will lead the Rebels to an 8-0 record.
Nick’s Pick- These two teams absolutely hate each other. It will be interesting to see if LexCath’s emotions can carry them, but I think Boyle is too much. All of my LexCath friends will hate me for this, but they will not be able to keep up this week.
Bullitt Central (5-3) vs South Oldham (6-1)
Cameron Dukes and Bullit Central travel to rival South Oldham this week in a huge 5A matchup. Dukes is the leading passer in all of KHSAA with 2,288 yards with 19 touchdowns and no interceptions. He will need to continue his big season against the second best defense in 5A. South Oldham has allowed a total of 37 points in their last six games since an opening loss to Anderson County.
Trey’s Pick- Dukes will be too much for South Oldham. The Dragons don’t have the offense to keep up with Bullitt Central.
Nick’s Pick- Homefield advantage will be the difference in this game, with South Oldham continuing their stellar season.
Bryan Station (6-2) vs Scott County (6-1)
Despite playing without Andre Davis, Bryan Station rebounded last from their second loss with Quinten Floyd at QB. It has not been announced whether or not Davis will be ready for tonight, but they will need big play from the quarterback position to keep up with Scott County’s offense. Keith Guy, Kendrick Hamilton, and Noah Hughes all ran for over 100 yards last week versus Henry Clay. The offense for Scott County 45 or more points in all but one game this season. The Cardinals have struggled on defense, allowing 20 or more points six times. If Davis plays, this should be a shootout.
Trey’s Pick- Whether or not Davis plays will play a big role. Bryan Station has a tight defense but they will not be able to hold down the three-headed monster for Scott County.
Nick’s Pick- Scott County’s offense has been amazing this season, and it won’t be any different tonight.
Conner (6-1) vs Ryle (6-1)
Ryle will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season last week as they stay at home to take on Conner. Both teams will rely heavily on the play of their quarterbacks. Kyler Padgett has been an excellent game manager for Conner this year, while Tanner Morgan has been dropping bombs in Ryle’s spread offense. Look for lots of points and lots of deep passes for Morgan.
Trey’s Pick- Ryle will out-gain and out-play Conner this Friday, but it will still be close. Ryle will pull away late and move to 7-1.
Nick’s Pick- This one is a toss-up for me, so I’m going to stick with the Fighting Drew Barkers and a Conner win.