Another regular season has come and gone in Kentucky high school football. With the playoffs set to begin, area programs will be put to the test against district foes in the first round of the newly formatted postseason.
Here is what’s on tap for Friday night:
Class 3A Adair County at Class 3A Glasgow
The second-ranked Scotties (9-1) will welcome Adair County (2-8) in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. The Indians barely squeaked into the postseason after defeating Hart County 35-13 on Sep. 27.
In the regular season, Glasgow defeated the Indians in Columbia on homecoming night by a score of 50-22. Quarterback Tanner Abernathy found receiver Hunter Scott for four touchdowns and 126 receiving yards in the matchup so expect Adair County to compensate for Scott’s presence on the field this time.
If the Scotties want to defeat the Indians once again, then they must contain quarterback Aaron Peck. In the contest on Sep. 27, Peck accounted for all three of Adair County’s touchdowns and almost 150 total yards.
As a team, the Indians ran for 158 yards against Glasgow while they only passed the ball 11 times through the air. If the Scotties further slow down Adair County’s run game, then Friday night’s contest should be over with by halftime.
Also, Glasgow will need to watch out for trick plays on special teams. The Indians got their own onside kick in their previous matchup with the Scotties and scored a touchdown afterwards with good field position.
If Adair County wants a chance at the win, then they will have to force multiple interceptions on Abernathy’s behalf while also executing a couple of trick plays.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Glasgow High School.
Class 6A Barren County at Class 6A North Hardin
The Trojans (6-4) locked up their first winning season for the program since the year 2000 last Friday night against Edmonson County (final score 44-21).
It’s been an incredibly successful year for Barren County, but it might come to a crashing halt on Friday night as they play the No. 3 team in Class 6A.
North Hardin is simply one of the best teams in the state this season. Not only are they the only undefeated team left in Class 6A, but they actually have a higher RPI than Trinity and DuPont Manual have.
More importantly, North Hardin defeated Barren County 55-12 just three weeks ago behind a magnificent performance from quarterback Maine Wimberly. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.
On the flip side, Barren County quarterback Jameson Buie threw three interceptions out of just 15 passes and only 102 passing yards.
If Coach Jackson Arnett and company want this game to still be competitive by the start of the fourth quarter, then they have to defend better against the pass and not turn the ball over.
Star Tyler Bush was also suspended last game so he should be well-rested. There is a scenario where Barren County could give North Hardin a heck of a scare or even a victory. However, they will have to play mistake-free football.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST in Elizabethtown.
Class 2A Clinton County at Class 2A Monroe County
After finishing second in the district, the Falcons (5-5) will play Clinton County (6-3) in a dangerous 2-3 matchup on Friday night.
Both teams managed to defeat both Metcalfe County and Green County handily within district play. The difference between the two programs was their matchup on Sep. 20 in which Monroe County won 28-14.
If the Falcons want to avoid the upset, then they will have to stop the passing game of the Bulldogs. In their first contest, 180 of Clinton County’s 218 offensive yards came through the air.
Quarterback Chase Stines threw the ball an astounding 34 times on Sep. 20, so expect the Bulldogs to do much of the same on Friday night.
Monroe County had a complete game on offense in that first meeting as they ran for 192 yards and passed for 187. Quarterback Curtis Petett did throw an interception in that game, which is important due to the fact that he currently leads all of Class 2A in interceptions thrown with 16.
If Pettet doesn’t turn the ball over once again, then the Falcons should cruise to the second round. But that’s easier said than done with the Bulldogs already being familiar with the Monroe County offense.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. in Tompkinsville.