Who: Paintsville (4-2) at Walton-Verona (5-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Walton-Verona Sports Complex, Walton.
Coaches: Paintsville, Joe Chirico. Walton-Verona, Jeff Barth.
Notes: Paintsville picked up a hard fought 21-6 win over Lawrence County, while Walton-Verona knocked off Owen County 34-0.
The Tigers knocked off a tough Class 3A team at home last week because the defense stepped up and forced four turnovers.
Paintsville’s offense scored on its first possession of the game. Josh McClurg scored the first TD of the game for the Tigers.
The rest of the way, the offense was aided by the defense.
Jake Hyden found McClurg for a 51-yard TD for the second score of the game for the Tigers.
Hyden and Chris Allen connected to put the game away in the closing seconds.
Walton-Verona opened Class 2A District 5 play with a 34-0 win over Owen County.
The Bearcats opened the season with a 14-0 win over West Jessamine. Walton-Verona followed with a 21-12 win over Kentucky Country Day. The Bearcats followed with back-to-back 48-0 wins over Holmes and Covington Holy Cross.
Walton-Verona’s lone loss came to Lexington Christian 38-21.
Through the first five games, running back Micah Alford leads the offense with 355 yards and three TDs on 61 carries. Peyton Smith follows with 272 rushing yards and five TDs on 32 carries.
Bearcat quarterback Garrett Jones is 21 for 42 passing for 273 yards and five TDs with one interception.
Who 2 Watch: Paintsville’s defense.
The Tigers will be on the road against a tough team.
Paintsville’s defense fueled them past Lawrence County and will be tested again.
Bearcat quarterback Jones has only thrown one interception, but the Paintsville secondary is solid.
Chris Allen came up with a clinching interception that led to a TD catch that sealed the win over the Bulldogs last week.
If Paintsville’s defense can come up with another big performance, the Tigers will have a chance to come away with a tough road win.