Friday football digest, week 11

Not all of the Advocate-area football teams are playing on the final Friday of the regular season, but all of those that are playing tonight face tough and interesting tests on the way to the playoffs.

District races are over and playoff seeds and matchups have been determined for the six local teams, but that doesn’t render tonight’s finales meaningless by any means, as the four that are playing will try to either extend the momentum they have built in recent weeks or get some going in time for the start of the postseason next week.

And that won’t be easy. Three teams are playing opponents from higher classifications, and the one that isn’t is playing a ranked team.

We’ll start with the latter game, which finds Danville at Frankfort in what has been a good small-school battle for several years, going back to the period when they shared the same district. Frankfort, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, brings a high-powered passing game and a defense that has played well against just about every opponent except Franklin County, a team no one can seem to stop. Danville brings a banged-up team, which means the Admirals would like to turn in another good performance but would also like to avoid any names to the injury list.

Boyle County handled Whitley County last year at home, but the Colonels appear to be better equipped for the rematch tonight in Williamsburg. They have had a successful season, finishing second in their 5A district to powerful Harlan County, and they will be a handful for the Rebels.

Garrard County will have its hands full with Madison Southern, another 5A school that finished second in its district, and particularly with sophomore sensation Damien Harris, a running back who is already making recruiting visits to places like Michigan. The Golden Lions haven’t been lighting up the scoreboard this season like they did last year, but their defense has been good. It’ll have to be really good to contain Harris and the Eagles and avoid a track meet.

Finally, Mercer County heads to Lexington to face Paul Dunbar, a 6A school that beat the Titans by a single point last season. This year’s meeting looks like just as much of a toss-up, as both the Titans and Bulldogs try to bounce back from losses last week.
Casey County and Lincoln County are sitting this week out, having played all 10 of their regular-season games.

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The picks:

  • Boyle County over Whitley County.
  • Frankfort over Danville.
  • Madison Southern over Garrard County.
  • Mercer County over Paul Dunbar.

Last week: 4-1; season: 35-13 (.729).

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