Football Preview: Glasgow to face Franklin-Simpson in heavyweight showdown

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Friday brings one of the most anticipated games of the season so far, as week six of the high school football season has arrived. 

Glasgow at Franklin-Simpson

It's the game most people circled on the schedule at the start of the season. Class 2A Glasgow(5-0) plays at Class 4A Franklin-Simpson(4-1) in a game full of intrigue and college prospects. 

There are questions to be answered. 

Can Glasgow beat a great team? Can Glasgow beat a great team on the road? Can Glasgow be dominant on the ground against a solid defense?

The defending Class 4A state champions' only loss this season came to Class 5A South Warren, which is one of the best teams in the state regardless of classification. 

Franklin-Simpson is ranked second in the Associated Press Class 4A poll, and the Wildcats feature one of the best rushing attacks in Kentucky led by Mr. Football candidate Tre Bass. 

Bass has rushed for 664 yards on 59 attempts this season including nine touchdowns. When he's not toting the rock, Carlos McKinney does plenty of damage on his own. McKinney has 646 yards rushing and 10 scores for Franklin-Simpson. 

The Wildcats rarely throw the ball, as they have just 182 yards passing this season all coming from starting quarterback Luke Richardson. 

Glasgow is also a rushing juggernaut. 

The Scotties, ranked No. 4 in the AP Class 2A poll, are led by Nick Mitchell and his 851 rushing yards. Quarterback Tanner Abernathy has rushed for 343 yards this season and broke the 100-yard mark last week in the victory over Warren East. 

But those rushing numbers are made possible in part because of the sizable and talented offensive line of the Scotties which is anchored by Alabama commit Tanner Bowles. 

Friday will be the first road game of the season for Glasgow and by far their toughest test of the year to date. The game begins at 7 p.m. Friday. 

Barren County at Ballard Memorial 

Class 5A Barren County will play a Saturday game this week, as the Trojans hit the road to face Class 2A Ballard Memorial. 

Football Preview: Glasgow to face Franklin-Simpson in heavyweight showdown

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Barren County(1-4) lost at home last week to Greenwood 28-7 a week after defeating Monroe County. 

It will be the first home game of the season for Ballard Memorial, which is located in Barlow. The Bombers lost to Union County 59-14 last week. 

Kickoff will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday. 

Monroe County at Warren East

Class 2A Monroe County has been beset by injuries at the quarterback position, and the road doesn't get any easier this week as the Falcons will travel to Bowling Green to face Class 4A Warren East. 

Monroe County(1-4) lost 55-22 last week at Class 1A Campbellsville. The Falcons were forced to use running back/wide receiver Jholdi Brooks at quarterback due to injuries to multiple signal-callers for the Falcons. 

Warren East(2-3) gave Glasgow its toughest game of the season last week on the road, falling to the Scotties 56-40. 

The Raiders are led by one of the best running backs in southcentral Kentucky in Thomas Maxey. The senior rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns last week against a solid Glasgow defense. 

The game will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. 

Metcalfe County at Clinton County 

Class 2A Metcalfe County looks to get back on the winning side of the scoreboard Friday when the Hornets travel to play unclassified Clinton County. 

The Hornets(1-4) couldn't muster much offense last week during a 13-6 loss to Edmonson County on the road. Dylan Johnson did rush for 101 yards for Metcalfe County during the game. 

Clinton County(4-0) defeated Caverna 54-6 last week. The Bulldogs are led by Noah Pruitt, who has 586 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns so far this season. 

The game will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. 

Washington County at Caverna

Class 1A Caverna hosts Class 2A Washington County on Friday. 

The Colonels(0-5) lost to Clinton County last week, while Washington County(3-2) lost at Marion County. 

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.