Football playoff pairings
With most teams having finished district play Friday, the playoff picture is becoming clear for the six Advocate-area teams.
Boyle County, Casey County and Danville will be at home for the first round, with Garrard County, Lincoln County and Mercer County hitting the road. This will be Casey’s first appearance in the playoffs since 2006 — and its first home postseason game ever — and Lincoln’s first since 2007.
Here are the first-round matchups for the four regions involving the local teams in bracket order, with their seeds in parentheses and interesting notes with each region:
Class 2A, Region 2
- Fort Knox (4) at Glasgow (1)
- Monroe County (3) at Washington County (2)
- Metcalfe County (4) at Danville (1)
- Bardstown (3) at Green County (2)
Note: Danville is on a collision course for a third straight second-round game with Green, which has eliminated the Admirals in each of the last two years(28-21 at Danville in 2008, 61-22 at Green in 2009) . This game would be at Danville.
Class 3A, Region 3
- Magoffin County (4) at Somerset (1)
- Garrard County (3) at Estill County (2)
- Wayne County (4) at Breathitt County (1)
- Powell County (3) at Casey County (2)
Notes: It’s mathematically possible for Wayne to overtake Garrard for the No. 3 seed in the three-way tiebreaker that also includes Casey, but the chances are minuscule to say the least. Casey cannot be knocked out of the No. 2 seed. … The Garrard-Estill and Powell-Casey games will be rematches of regular-season games won by Garrard (27-21) and Casey (23-14).
Class 4A, Region 3
- West Jessamine (4) at Holmes/Franklin County/Harrison County (1)
- Holmes/Franklin County/Harrison County (3) at Lexington Catholic (2)
- Bourbon County (4) at Boyle County (1)
- East Jessamine (3) at Holmes/Franklin County/Harrison County (2)
Notes: District 6 is in limbo because there is one more game to play next week: Holmes at Harrison. If Holmes wins, the top three teams will be Holmes, Franklin and Harrison in that order. If Harrison springs the upset there will be a three-way tie, but Holmes still figures to have the inside track in the tiebreaker. … The only game that is set in stone is at Boyle, which will host Bourbon for the second straight year. (Boyle won 61-0 last year.)
Class 5A, Region 4
- Perry County Central (4) at Pulaski County (1)
- Lincoln County (3) at Clay County (2)
- Mercer County (4) at Harlan County (1)
- Whitley County (3) at Southwestern (2)
Note: Mercer had a long ride to Letcher County Central last year, and this year’s trip to Harlan is shorter by 20 miles or so but will still take almost three hours.