Nicholas County  at Paintsville

Paintsville’s Brandon Richmond wraps up Bracken County quarterback Trey Brausch for a sack last Friday night in the opening round of the Class A playoffs. Paintsville will take on Nicholas County Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Class A playoffs

Who: Nicholas County (8-3) at Paintsville (9-2) 

Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Memorial Field, Paintsville.

Coaches: Nicholas County, Robert Hopkins. Paintsville, Joe Chirico.

Notes: Nicholas County is coming off of a 62-0 win over Fairview, while Paintsville knocked off Bracken County 39-6 in the opening round of the Class A playoffs.

Nicholas County is a No. 2 seed in the playoffs. 

The Bluejackets only loss in District 5 play came against Paris. 

On the season, Nicholas County quarterback Isaac Fryman leads the offense. Fryman is 50 for 95 passing for 722 yards and seven TDs with five interceptions. Fryman also leads the team in rushing with 1,417 yards and 24 TDs on 190 carries.

Cain Saucedo follows with 692 yards and nine TDs on 114 carries. 

Billy Willoughby leads the Bluejacket receivers with 11 catches for 323 yards and three TDs. Tyler Horn has 18 catches fo 235 yards and three TDs. 

Justin Estes leads the team with 98 tackles and two sacks. Dustin Estes follows with 88 tackles and eight sacks. Fryman follows with 67 tackles and an interception. 

Paintsville will host another playoff game. 

Paintsville opened the playoffs with a big win over Bracken County. 

Quarterback Jake Hyden leads the Tigers. Hyden is 60 for 108 passing for 874 yards and 12 TDs with four interceptions. Hyden also leads Paintsville’s rushing attack. He has rushed for 482 yards and six TDs on 88 carries.

Chris Allen has 332 yards and three TDs on 79 carries. Joshua McClurg has 288 rushing yards and four TDs on 34 carries.

McClurg leads the Tiger receivers. McClurg has 14 catches for 238 yards and two TDs. John Walker Phelps follows with 15 catches for 195 yards and three TDs. James Allen has 13 catches for 190 yards and two TDs. Chris Allen has 11 catches for 165 yards and two TDs. 

Christian Keeton leads the Tiger defense with 100 tackles. Phelps follows with 55 tackles and Chris Allen has 54 tackles. James Allen and Jaylyn Allen each have 38 tackles. 

Brandon Richmond leads Paintsville with two sacks. Jaylyn Allen and Zach Thompson each have one sack. 

Phelps has three interceptions and returned one for a TD. Devin Hall has two interceptions. James Allen, McClurg and Brandon Spencer each have one interception.

Who 2 Watch: Paintsville’s defense. 

The Bluejackets are averaging 36 points per game. 

Fryman is a do it all quarterback for Nicholas County.

The defensive backs will have to stay at home because he can throw the ball.

The Tiger line can’t over pursue because Fryman has the ability to run. 

Fryman likes to run more than throw, so stopping him will be key.

Look for Paintsville to have a solid game plan in place. 

Look for the linebackers and safeties to be involved by getting after Fryman.

If Paintsville can contain Fryman, the Tigers will have a good shot at advancing to the Class A Region 3 championship game.

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