Clay County at Johnson Central

Johnson Central’s Devin Johnson runs with the ball against Simon Kenton last Friday night. The Golden Eagles will host district rival Clay County at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

Who: Clay County (3-2) at Johnson Central (5-0)

Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Eagle Field, Paintsville.

Coaches: Clay County, Michael Sizemore. Johnson Central, Jim Matney.

Notes: Clay County is coming off of a 21-7 loss to district rival Harlan County, while Johnson Central is coming off of a 49-11 win over Simon Kenton.

Clay County likes to run the ball. Running back Chandler Hubbard has already rushed for 1,147 yards and eight TDs on the season.

Hubbard is the offense.

Quarterback Ethan Hacker is 19 for 47 passing for 262 yards and four TDs.

Hubbard has two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball as well. Adam Collins also has two picks and Ben Meadows has an interception as well.

Johnson Central is rolling.

The Golden Eagles keep improving each week and getting a lot of different players involved on offense and defense. That’s helping improve their depth as the season goes.

Quarterback Ryley Preece is 14 for 23 passing for 383 yards and six TDs with two interceptions. He has also rushed for 279 yards and six TDs on 37 carries.

Devin Johnson leads Johnson Central’s rushing attack with 441 yards and four TDs. Bryce Tackett has 253 yards and five TDs on 40 carries. Dillon Preston has added 224 yards and a score on 34 carries. Cody Rice has added 197 yards and three TDs on 33 carries.

Seth Dalton leads the Golden Eagle receivers with five catches for 210 yards and three TDs.

Hunter McCloud leads the Golden Eagle defense with 43 total tackles and one and 1/2 sacks. Johnson follows with 41 total tackles and three and 1/2 sacks. Mason LeMaster has 39 total tackles and 1/2 sack. Preston has 28 total tackles and three and 1/2 sacks.

Preece has three interceptions to lead to the Golden Eagle secondary; two of those were pick sixes.

Cody Rice has a pick six on the season as well and Grant Rice has an interception too.

Who 2 Watch: For Johnson Central, Dillon Preston.

Preston is getting more and more reps for the Golden Eagles and will help spread the ball around and take some pressure off of Johnson and Preece running the ball.

That still leaves defenses accounting for the tough-nosed running style of Tackett, though.

Preston just adds depth and talent to a loaded Johnson Central backfield.

If Preston has a big game, the Golden Eagles should get their first district win of the season.

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