Paintsville  at Union

Paintsville punter Seth Tudor punts the ball as Hazard linebacker Reece Fletcher tries to tackle him from behind.

Who: Paintsville (3-2) at Union (5-0)

Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Appalachia, Va.

Coaches: Paintsville, Joe Chirico. Union, Dana Kilgore.

Notes: Paintsville is coming off of a big 23-14 loss to Hazard, while Union is coming goff of a 28-14 win over Gate City.

Union has played another Kentucky team this year. The Bears knocked off Class 4A Letcher Central 42-20 in their third game of the season.

Last week, Paintsville quarterback Jake Hyden didn’t play against Hazard.

Frederick James stepped up and played well in his first start.

Jaylyn Allen also went out with an injury against Hazard in the second quarter and didn’t return.

John Walker Phelps and Harris Phelps had big games for the Tigers.

Three turnovers hurt the Tigers chances.

Paintsville will have to step up and not turn the ball over this week on the road.

Paintsville is ranked No. 7 overall in the first KHSAA  RPI ratings.

The Tigers have plenty of talent and will be in fine shape once they get healthy.

The question this week is, are they going to be healthy?

Paintsville has three district games in a row after this week. Paintsville will meet Fairview next week, then take on Betsy Layne and Raceland before wrapping up regular season play with Lexington Christian.

Who 2 Watch: For Paintsville, Frederick James.

James played well in his first start against a good Hazard team.

If Hyden is out of the lineup once again, a lot will fall on James’ shoulders.

He led the offense well, but  a pick six late in the second quarter hurt the Tigers against Hazard.

Coach Chirico will let him throw and run the offense, but he has to limit mistakes.

He had a great first showing, so if he can settle down this week, he may be able to help lead Paintsville to a big road win.

He has John Walker Phelps and Harris Phelps to alleviate a lot of pressure off of him with their ability to run the ball.

Look for James to have a solid game if the Tigers want to pick up a big road win over a tough Union team.

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