Friday football digest, week 10

(NOTE: Apologies for the late arrival of the Friday football post. It was ready to go late this morning, but the host server was not cooperating. If I knew where the server was, I’d sabotage it with a can of Sprite on your behalf.)

Four of the five games tonight involving Advocate-area teams have playoff implications for those teams, but in two of them the local teams are simply playing for positions. That won’t be the case in Lancaster, where Casey County and Garrard County will be fighting for survival.

Wayne County’s win over Taylor County on Thursday leaves Casey and Garrard with the simplest of scenariors: win and you’re in. Garrard would probably get the No. 2 seed in District 3A-5 in a three-way tiebreaker with Wayne and Taylor if the Golden Lions win, but if they lose they’d be on the wrong side of a two-way tie for fourth place. Casey would apparently claim the No. 4 seed if it wins or be stuck in No. 5 if it loses.

And while your instincts might tell you that Garrard has the better end of that deal, don’t count those chickens just yet. The Lions have owned the Rebels in the last two years, winning 55-7 and 42-6, but there is reason for Casey to believe it has a chance this year. The basis for that is Garrard’s loss to Taylor County last week, the latest in a line of hard-to-explain games for the Lions this season, and the fact that Casey took Taylor to overtime before losing by one point.

Yeah, Garrard still looks like the team to beat in this matchup, but it’s certainly not a lock, especially with another Friday of foul weather as an added variable. I still have to pick Garrard, but I expect a relatively low-scoring game, which means Casey will still be involved in the fourth quarter.

(Sidebar: Casey schools have been closed for two days due to illnesses, but that won’t affect tonight’s game, which will go on as scheduled.)

Lincoln County is the other local team in a must-win situation. The Patriots have to win at South Laurel to get into a tiebreaker scenario, and even that might not be enough to get them into the postseason. If Lincoln loses, Mercer will be the No. 2 seed in 5A-7 no matter what it does at Pulaski County, and the best the Titans can do is third.

Danville will play Washington County in a straight-up game that will give the winner second place and the loser third place in 2A-4, which means the difference in being at home or on the road for the first round of the playoffs. The only local team already locked in place is Boyle County, which clinched first place in 4A-6 last week.

I’ll post the probable playoff matchups for local teams and the others in their districts late tonight or early Saturday.

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Former Danville star Kelvin Turner lost his state record for career touchdowns last week to Domonique Hayden of Lexington Christian, who scored his 117th career touchdown to eclipse the record of 116 set by Turner in 2004. Hayden is also expected to climb to the top of the list in career rushing touchdowns and career points, and Turner currently ranks second on both of those lists.

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This week’s preview stories, mostly our own:

  • Washington County at Danville: my story from amnews.com.
  • Boyle County at East Jessamine: Larry Vaught’s story from amnews.com.
  • Casey County at Garrard County: Hal Morris’ story from amnews.com.
  • Mercer County at Pulaski County: Morris’ roundup from amnews.com.
  • Lincoln County at South Laurel: Morris’ roundup from amnews.com; Denis House’s story from The Sentinel Echo of London; Tim Branstetter’s story from The Times Tribune of Corbin.

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Finally, this week’s picks:

  • Danville over Washington County.
  • Boyle County over East Jessamine.
  • Garrard County over Casey County.
  • Pulaski County over Mercer County.
  • South Laurel over Lincoln County.

Last week: 4-1; season 34-9 (.791).

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