Friday football digest, week 13

It seems like it’s already basketball season, because I’m smack in the middle of a slew of basketball previews that will be appearing in the Advocate in the coming days. But it’s still football season for three local teams who hit the road for second-round playoff games tonight.

We’ve reached the point at which it could be the final Friday for any or all of those three teams, or any or all of them could survive for at least another week. But all three — Boyle County, Danville and Garrard County — face difficult road tests.

Boyle travels to Russell County for a Class 4A game that will be tougher than most people think. A number of people have said this is the best team Russell has ever had, and while that might not be the highest of praise, it means the Lakers will be much better than the team Rebels fans remember from when Boyle and Russell occupied the same district for a time in the mid-2000s.

Nick Britt, who has given the Russell offense almost 2,100 yards and almost 200 points, might be the best individual talent Boyle has faced all season. The undefeated Lakers also boast an effective passing game and a defense that has been adept at creating turnovers. Boyle is playing as well right now as it has all year, and the Rebels will have to continue that to escape Russell Springs with a win.

Off to the east, Danville is headed to Prestonsburg for a 2A playoff game for the second straight year. The Admirals won a first-round game there last year, and now they’ll try to survive a second-round showdown with the pass-happy Blackcats.

That could be a problem for a Danville team whose pass defense has been vulnerable for the past several years. On the other hand, the Admirals will have a chance to keep up against a Prestonsburg defense that can be had, meaning this game could turn into a track meet.

Then there’s a rematch in Paris, where Garrard will take another swing at District 3A-5 rival Bourbon County. The Golden Lions kept Bourbon’s explosive offense under wraps for much of their first meeting Oct. 5, only to be burned by a handful of big plays.

The Garrard defense has been doing yeoman’s work for much of the season, and it’ll have to keep Bourbon’s big plays to a minimum tonight to give the Lions a chance to advance.

The picks:

  • Bourbon County over Garrard County.
  • Danville over Prestonsburg.
  • Russell County over Boyle County.

Last week: 5-1; season 43-15 (.741).

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