Scott County (3-1) vs Lafayette (3-1)
We will be in the Lexington area for the second time this season with a trip to Lafayette High School. Scott County will make the trip to Lexington as one of the top five teams in 6A. Led by a talented running back group; Scott County has scored 45 or more points in three of their four games. The trip to Lafayette will spotlight coverage on Kentucky-commit Landon Young and five star tackle JeDrick Wills. Both Young and Wills anchor one of the top offensive lines in the state that will be protecting quarterback Walker Wood. In the opening game; Wood ran for 143 yards and threw for 251 with four total touchdowns in a win over Dunbar. Wood’s top target is Quinton Brown at the wide receiver spot. Brown shined in the first three games of the season, including a 176-yard performance against Mercer County.
Scott County has run over everyone they played in the state of Kentucky. Problem is, they left the state last week. Despite running for over 300 yards, Scott County lost 35-17 at Cincinnati Elder. The Cardinals will look to rebound against a team that allowed 70 points to Trinity in Lafayette. The players to watch for Scott County are Noah Hughes and Keith Guy. The rushing attack that has run for over 300 yards or more in three of their four games (They ran for 287 in the other) will be led by Hughes and Guy. Scott County’s rushing attack has been headlined across the state, but Josh Davis’ role at QB shouldn’t be understated. Davis had four touchdowns and four incompletions before struggling last week in Ohio.
The key for Lafayette to knock off Scott County will be to put a HUGE number of points. Scott County has allowed 28+ points in their last three games. They will score a lot and be difficult to contain on the ground, but Lafayette can knock them off if their offense is just as explosive.
Trey’s Pick- I’ve stuck with Keith Guy and Scott County all season and I’m going with them yet again on the road against Lafayette.
Nick’s Pick- Even though I’d love to see the UK commits get the win, Scott County is the real deal.
Other Games to Watch
Pikeville (3-1) vs Belfy (3-0)
Two of the favorites in their respective classes will square off this week at Belfry. Pikeville bounced back from their first loss with a 41-6 win over Sheldon Clark last week. The Panthers were playing without Daric Pugh in the game and still rolled through with a blowout win. There has not been an update on Pugh’s status against Belfy. Pikeville will need him to get through a Belfry defense that has allowed a combined ten points the last two weeks. Belfry is not a passing team. They will rely on Xondre Willis and Derek Wellman to carry the weight on the ground.
Trey’s Pick- If they are forced to play without Pugh, Pikeville will fall to Belfry.
Nick’s Pick- Belfry will flex its 3A muscles, overpowering Pikeville for the victory.
Cooper (3-1) vs Simon Kenton (4-0)
Surprisingly, this is the first week that Simon Kenton has made our previews. They are off to a 4-0 start and have outscored their opponents 201-66 (Most points in 6A). The Pioneers have run all over their opponents behind Dillon Powell and Cameron Racke. Simon Kenton ran for a total of 502 yards in a win over Bryan Station two weeks ago. The Pioneers will match up with Cooper this week at home.
Trey’s Pick- Simon Kenton will pick up a big win and extend it’s winning record to 5-0.
Nick’s Pick- Simon Kenton will run away with it, asserting themselves as the dominant NKY team.
St. Xavier (2-1) vs Highlands (1-3)
You read that correctly. Highlands is 1-3 and has been blown out in each loss. The beginning of the season has been rough in large part to game against Cooper, Scott County, and Ryle. This is a huge game for Highlands to help turn the season around. St. X is coming off their first loss of the season and first ever defeat to Central. Both teams need a win to right the ship early in the season.
Trey’s Pick- Desmond Ridder ran for 200 yards last week from the QB spot, look for him to run over Highlands and lead St. X to a win.
Nick’s Pick- Highlands will show some heart and hang in there, but St. X has too much going for them this year.
Hopkinsville (4-0) vs Christian County (3-1)
This year’s rivalry will be much like the past few season’s in that it will be competitive. CCHS had been running through Hoptown until the Tigers beat them 23-22 last year. Hopkinsville is off to its best start since 2004. Jalen Johnson leads the team from the quarterback position where his lead target has been C.J Henangan as of late. Christian County will lean on Kolbe Langhi to pass and run the ball.
Trey’s Pick- Hoptown will continue to relive that State Semifinal Season in 2004 and jump out to a 5-0 record when they beat Christian County.
Nick’s Pick– I hate agreeing with Trey so much, but it’s Hoptown all day.