Who: Paintsville (2-1) at Pikeville (2-0)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hillard Howard Field, Pikeville.
Coaches: Paintsville, Joe Chirico. Pikeville, Chris McNamee.
Notes: Paintsville is coming off of a 57-7 loss against Class 6A Frederick Douglass in the Mingua Beef Jerky Bowl. Pikeville was on bye last week.
Paintsville had no trouble in its first two games of the season. The Tigers rolled past Estill County and Harlan, but last week, the competition level raised significantly. Frederick Douglass is one of the top football programs in the state.
Bronco quarterback and former Knott Central standout Cameron Jones continued his unbelievable start going 14 for 18 passing with 283 yards and three TDs.
The Tigers struggled to stop the big school and all its weapons.
Paintsville will have another big test this week with rival Pikeville. The Tigers rolled past Pikeville 28-0 last year in the regular season.
The two usually meet in the state semifinals in the playoffs.
Pikeville made it last season, but the Tigers fell to Raceland 31-14 in the region championship.
Paintsville has a lot of talent back. Sophomore quarterback Jake Hyden has had a good start to the season and Josh McClurg has been a welcome weapon at running back.
The Tigers returned a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and should be a contender for the Class A championship.
But so should Pikeville.
The Panthers grew up last season and have turned heads with their impressive start this season.
Pikeville rolled past Covington Holy Cross in Week 0. The Panthers followed that with an even more impressive 50-7 win over perennial Class 2A power Lexington Christian.
The Panthers have speed.
Speed also brings playmakers.
Pikeville, like Paintsville, is expected to be a contender in Class A this season.
This will be a good measuring stick for both teams to see where they stack up against top level Class A competition.
The Tigers are hoping the game against Frederick Douglass will prepare them for the speed they’ll see against Pikeville. The Panthers are hoping their bye week will have them rested and ready for the challenge that Paintsville poses.
Who 2 Watch: A battle of the quarterbacks.
For Paintsville, Jake Hyden. For Pikeville, Connor Roberts.
Hyden was outstanding in his first two games for the Tigers this season.
In his first two games, Hyden was 10 for 10 passing for 228 yards and five TDs.
When the Tigers pass, Hyden is effective. Look for Hyden to throw more than five times against Pikevill. If he has a big game, the Tigers could get a big rebound win.
Roberts is a duel threat quarterback.
Roberts can run or pass. Roberts is eight for 13 passing for 195 yards and four TDs in two games. Roberts is also the Panthers’ leading rusher this season. Roberts has racked up 175 yards and five TDs on 16 carries.
If Roberts can keep the Tiger defense off balanced, the Panthers could get a big win. Look for Roberts to lead the charge for the Paintsville.