Who: Letcher Central (4-6) at Johnson Central (10-0)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eagle Field, Paintsville.
Coaches: Letcher Central, Junior Matthews. Johnson Central, Jim Matney.
Notes: Letcher Central is coming off of a 41-14 win over Floyd Central in the regular season finale, while Johnson Central rolled to a 53-16 win over Belfry.
In the first meeting, Letcher Central fell to Johnson Central 48-0 just two weeks ago.
Letcher Central gained 103 total yards against the Golden Eagles in the first game.
The win over Floyd Central snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cougars.
Letcher Central’s only district win came against Perry Central. The Cougars picked up a 21-20 win to earn the No. 4 seed.
Johnson Central caught a lot of people’s attention with a 53-16 win over Belfry last Friday night.
The Golden Eagles are good.
Johnson Central has its eyes set on the Class 4A championship.
The win over Belfry helped the Golden Eagles finish regular season play 10-0 and gave them a little extra momentum heading into the playoffs.
Johnson Central dominated early on against the Pirates.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 24-0 lead.
Johnson Central had 501 total yards of offense against Belfry. Yes, 501 total yards of offense against Belfry.
Senior Devin Johnson led the way for the Golden Eagles. Johnson rushed for 165 yards and a TD on 17 carries. He also caught a 49-yard TD pass.
Cody Rice got the Golden Eagles going with a long TD run on the second play from scrimmage. He finished the night with 135 rushing yards and a TD on 11 carries.
Bryce Tackett added 90 yards and a TD on eight carries.
Quarterback Ryley Preece had a great game against the Pirates as well. Preece was two for three passing for 50 yards and a TD. He added 43 yards on the ground and two TDs on six carries.
Reece Goss also added a rushing TD for the Golden Eagles.
Hunter McCloud led the Golden Eagle defense against the Pirates with 15 total tackles. Mason LeMaster followed with nine total tackles.
Zach Russell forced and recovered a fumble, while Grant Rice recovered a fumble.
The Golden Eagles also had two interceptions on the night.
Jacob Cain and Preece each came up with interceptions for the Golden Eagles.
Who 2 Watch: For Johnson Central, Hunter McCloud.
McCloud is having a big season.
McCloud leads the Golden Eagle defense with 98 total tackles, 14 of those tackles have been for losses and two and 1/2 sacks on the season.
McCloud has forced and recovered two fumbles as well.
He has two interceptions and has returned both of them for TDs as well.
McCloud is a linebacker who can do it all.
He has speed and power and he isn’t afraid to hit anybody.
Paired with Johnson, they make one of the most feared linebacker duos in the state.
Johnson gets a big workload on offense, but has that luxury because of McCloud’s production on defense.