Week 3 Prep Preview: Class rivalry: Pikeville vs.Paintsville

Paintsville quarterback Jake Hyden runs with the ball against Lawrence County during the season opener. Hyden and the Tigers will host Pikeville for their home opener Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Who: Pikeville (2-0) at Paintsville (2-0)

Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Memorial Field, Paintsville.

Coaches: Pikeville, Chris McNamee. Paintsville, Joe Chirico.

Notes: Both teams are coming off of huge wins in Week 2.

Pikeville knocked off Mingo Central 47-7 in the Pike County Bowl, while Paintsville traveled to Georgetown and knocked off Beechwood 19-14.

Pikeville’s offense was clicking.

Sophomore quarterback Isaac McNamee was incredible against Mingo Central. McNamee was nine for 13 passing for 240 yards and three TDs.

His favorite target was Harvard commit Jackson Hensley. Hensley had four catches for 127 yards and two TDs. Hensley also came up with a big interception for Pikeville.

Cody Raines had a good game running the ball for the Panthers. He rushed for 98 yards and two TDs.

Pikeville’s defense was great as well.

The Panthers forced four turnovers in the first half. Besides Hensley, Peyton Boyd-Blair and Brody Birchfield also had interceptions.

Also the Panthers forced and recovered a fumble. Mingo Central had the ball at the Pikeville one-yard line on fourth and goal, the Panthers forced a fumble as Mingo Central quarterback Daylin Goad tried to dive into the end zone. Pikeville turned the turnover into points.

Paintsville knocked off reigning Class A champion Beechwood 19-14 last Friday night.

Beechwood moved up to Class 2A, so there will be a new Class A champion crowned at the end of this season.

Beechwood beat Pikeville 21-20 to win the Class A state championship last season.

The Tigers are now 2-0 with the win.

Paintsville didn’t have stats listed against Beechwood on the KHSAA website as of press time, but in the first game of the season, Jake Hyden and John Walker Phelps were the two offensive stars.

Hyden likes to throw the ball, but he is more likely to run the ball more than McNamee.

Paintsville’s run game got a big boost from John Walker Phelps.

Who 2 Watch: This should be a fun one with a lot of tremendous talent on the field for both teams, but watch the quarterbacks.

McNamee picked apart Mingo Central last week.

He likes to spread the field and will take deep shots to his many talented receivers.

Pikeville likes to put the pressure on opposing defenses.

They get rid of the ball quick and with the speed they have at the skill positions, big plays happen.

For Paintsville, Hyden will look to spread the field and get as many receivers involved as possible.

With Pikeville’s speed on defense, look for a lot of quick hits to his receivers.

The Tigers will try and spread the Panthers out and then open up some opportunities in the run game, but one-on-one matchups in space will be what the Tigers will look to exploit for success on offense.

The quarterback who has the biggest game should be able to lead his team to the win.

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