Tigers vs. Tigers: Paintsville vs. Beechwood

Paintsville coach Joe Chirico talks to his team Friday night at Lawrence County. The Tigers will travel to Georgetown to take on Beechwood this Friday night.

Who: Paintsville (1-0) vs. Beechwood (0-0)

Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Georgetown College, Georgetown.

Coaches: Paintsville, Joe Chirico. Beechwood, Noel Rash.

Notes: Paintsville kicked off the season with a 48-17 win over Class 3A Lawrence County.

The Tigers fell behind early,  but then the offense got going.

Quarterback Jake Hyden had a huge game for the Tigers. Hyden was 12 for 20 passing for 161 yards and a TD with one interception. Hyden added 68 yards rushing and two TDs on nine carries.

John Walker Phelps had a big game as well. John Walker Phelps led the Tigers in rushing and receiving. He rushed for 121 yards and two TDs on seven carries; he also hauled in four passes for 45 yards.

Harris Phelps followed with four catches for 38 yards. Nick Keeton had a 30-yard TD reception.

Zach Thompson added 33 yards rushing and a TD on seven carries.

Thompson also led the Tiger defense with seven total tackles and a sack. Jaylyn Allen and Luke Hyden added six total tackles each.

John Walker Phelps and Jake Hyden also made their presence known on defense. John Walker Phelps had an interception and he returned it 35 yards for a TD. Jake Hyden followed with an interception as well.

Beechwood is the defending Class A state champion, but the Tigers moved up to Class 2A this season.

Beechwood beat Pikeville 21-20 in the state championship game last season.

The Tigers return last season’s starting quarterback Cameron Hergott. Hergott had a big season last year. He was 103 for 167 passing for 1,671 yards and 24 TDs with seven interceptions.

Beechwood did lose leading rushing Logan Castleman, though. Castleman rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 28 TDs last season.

Who 2 Watch: The quarterbacks.

Painstville’s Jake Hyden opened the season with a great game. He is more of a dual-threat quarterback than Hergott, but Hergott can run too.

Hyden has a lot of weapons to throw to.

If Hyden can open the field with his passing ability, he might have some opportunities to run the ball.

Hergott will look to pass first and only run if he has too.

Paintsville’s defense will have to pressure Hergott if the Tigers want to knock off a good Beechwood team.

The quarterback who has the best game could lead their team to the big early season win.

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