KHSAA Prep Playoff Preview

Paintsville’s Byron Davis (53) and Justin Ramey (15) try and bring down Lexington Christian’s Jayden Barnhardt in action last Friday night. The Tigers will open the Class A playoffs at home against Fairview at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

Who: Fairview (3-7) at Paintsville (7-3)

Kickoff: Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Field, Paintsville.

Coaches: Fairview, Daniel Armstrong. Paintsville, Joe Chirico.

Notes: Fairview ended regular season with a 38-28 win over Lewis County, while Paintsville fell to Class 2A’s No. 1 team Lexington Christian Academy 35-7.

This will be the second matchup between the two schools this season.

Paintsville rolled to a 56-0 shutout win in the regular season.

Fairview had 202 total yards of offense against the Tigers in the first game.

Fairview quarterback Jack Roy was 13 for 28 passing for 166 yards with four interceptions.

Gracin Smith led the running attack with 27 yards on six carries. Smith also led the receiving attack with four catches for 70 yards.

Jeremy Harper also had four catches for 59 yards.

Smith led the Eagle defense with 10 total tackles as well.

Paintsville quarterback Jake Hyden had a field day against Fairview in the first matchup. Hayden was nine for 11 passing for 239 yards and four TDs.

Backup quarterback Frederick James was five for 12 passing for 108 yards and a TD.

Wide receiver Karsten Poe had three catches for 147 yards and two TDs. Grayson Peters had his best game this season with two catches for 97 yards and a TD. Devin Hall also hauled in a 36-yard TD. Nick Kenton added a TD catch as well.

Jaylyn Allen led the defense with seven total tackles.

Hall had two interceptions including a pick six. Jonah Porter also had two interceptions.

Even though Painstville cruised past Fairview in the first matchup, don’t look for the Tigers to be overlooking the Eagles.

The Tigers know that they have to come out focused and ready to play playoff style football because the next round won’t be easy.

Look for Hyden and company to come out and take care of business early and get guys their reps and then let them rest as much as possible for the potential second round matchup with Raceland.

Who 2 Watch: For Paintsville the secondary.

Fairview likes to throw the ball.

The Tigers came up with four interceptions in the first game. On the season, Paintsville has 16 interceptions as a team.

Hyden leads the way with five interceptions.

Porter follows with four interceptions; two of those came against Fairview in the first game.

Hall also ha four interceptions on the season, two of which came against Fairview and one of those was a pick six.

John Walker Phelps also has three interceptions this season and he has returned one for a TD as well.

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