Henry Clay at Johnson Central
Who: Henry Clary (1-1) at Johnson Central (0-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eagle Field, Paintsville.
Coaches: Henry Clay, Samuel Simpson. Johnson Central, Jim Matney.
Notes: Henry Clay is coming off of a 41-0 shutout loss to Covington Catholic, while Johnson Central is coming off of a 28-21 season-opening loss to Capital.
Henry Clay opened the season with a 50-22 win over Tates Creek. In that game, quarterback DJ VanHorn threw for 249 yards and four TDs on seven for 10 passing.
In the win over Tates Creek, wide receiver Langston Jackson had two catches for 151 yards and two TDs; Ramond Jackson three catches for 87 yards and two TDs.
Johnson Central let one slip through its fingers against Capital.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Capital.
Johnson Central held a 21-14 lead at the end of three quarters.
Capital fought back and scored two late TDs to pull out the win over the Golden Eagles.
Johnson Central quarterback Ryley Preece scored the game’s first TD with a seven-yard run.
Preece scored on a keeper for the Golden Eagles’ second TD as well.
The final score came as Cody Rice scored on a 21-yard run.
Who 2 Watch: Johnson Central’s Joe Jackson.
Jackson was held out of the end zone in the season opener.
Jackson is coming back for his senior season after missing last season after being injured against Capital in the season opener.
The Golden Eagles will try and ease Jackson back into the swing of things this season, but if Jackson can get back to his old running style, look for the Golden Eagle offense to be dynamic. That will also allow the passing game to open up for Preece.
Paintsville at Frederick Douglass
Who: Paintsville (2-0) at Frederick Douglass (2-0)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bronco Stadium, Lexington
Coaches: Paintsville, Joe Chirico. Frederick Douglass, Brian Landis.
Notes: Paintsville cruised to a 48-6 win over Harlan last week, while Frederick Douglass knocked off Tates Creek 48-14.
Paintsville has scored 98 points in two games, while the Broncos have put up 96.
The competition level will be different for Paintsville this week as Frederick Douglass is one of the top teams in Class 6A.
The Tigers are off to a quick start, but a road trip against a Class 6A team will be a challenge.
The Broncos’ quarterback is a familiar face. Former Knott Central standout Cameron Jones is the starting quarterback for Frederick Douglass.
Jones is off to a terrific start this season. In two games, he has thrown for 528 yards and nine TDs on 29 for 35 passing with no interceptions. He is completing a whopping 83 percent of his passes.
The Broncos have rushed for 254 yards. Demarco Fishback leads Frederick Douglass in rushing with 116 yards and three TDs on 18 carries.
The Bronco defense has only allowed 24 points through two games.
Paintsville’s defense has only allowed six points through two games, but it’s been against Estill County and Harlan; a Class 3A and Class A team. Frederick Douglass has held Wayne County (Class 4A) and Tates Creek (6A) in check.
Who 2 Watch: Paintsville’s secondary.
The Tiger secondary will have to be on their toes if they want to slow down the high powered Bronco offense.
Frederick Douglass has seven different players with catches. Dekel Crowdus and Haiden Hunt are Jones’ favorite targets. Both Crowdus and Haiden have 10 receptions this season. Crowdus has 204 yards and four TDs. Hunt has 150 yards and a TD.
Paintsville’s defense will have to step up if the Tigers want to pull a big upset, especially the secondary.