Who: Perry Central (7-2) at Prestonsburg (2-7)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.
Coaches: Ovie Canady, Perry Central; Brandon Brewer, Prestonsburg.
Notes: After claiming back-to-back district wins, Prestonsburg is set to host non-district opponent Perry Central for a regular-season finale on Friday night.
Prestonsburg has posted wins over Class 2A District 8 rivals East Ridge and Betsy Layne. The Blackcats have dropped games to North Laurel, Lawrence County, Breathitt County, Floyd Central, Hazard, Leslie County and Shelby Valley.
Senior running back Ethan Varney led Prestonsburg to each of its two wins. In eight games, Varney has rushed 82 times for 682 yards and two TDs.
Second in rushing for the Blackcats, senior Ezekiel Briggs has rushed 53 times for 303 yards and two TDs.
Sophomore quarterback Brayden Slone continues to produce for the Blackcats. Slone has rushed 30 times for 233 yards and four TDs. Making an impact through the air, Slone has completed 16 passes for 236 yards and two TDs while throwing one interception.
Varney, Samuel Kelly, Owen Greene and John Rose have each hauled in multiple receptions for the Blackcats.
Briggs (94 tackles) and Varney (66 tackles) rank as Prestonsburg's top two defensive players.
First-year head coach Brandon Brewer guides the Blackcats.
Perry Central is 7-2. The Commodores have notched wins over McCreary Central, Breathitt County, Knott Central, Clay County, Pike Central, Whitley County and North Laurel. Perry Central has dropped games to Letcher County Central and Harlan. Through nine games, Perry Central has outscored opponents 316-238.
The Commodores are thriving on the ground. Perry Central has rushed 342 times for 2,522 yards and 22 TDs. Leading the way for Perry Central is senior running back Jayden Neace. In nine games, Neace has rushed 214 times for 1,989 yards and 30 TDs.
As a team, Perry Central has passed for nearly 1,000 yards. Splitting time at quarterback, Cameron Brown and Chanse McKenzie have combined to complete 52 of 110 passes for 945 yards and 12 TDs but thrown 13 interceptions.
Seven different Perry Central receivers have hauled in at least one TD pass reception apiece.
Linebacker Jake Brown leads the Perry Central defensive unit with 150 tackles and two interceptions. Brown has recorded 60 solo tackles in nine games.
First-year head coach Ovie Canady guides the Commodores.
Kickoff for the Perry County-Central-Prestonsburg football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Prestonsburg, senior running back Ethan Varney.
Prestonsburg's hopes of pulling off an upset win at home hinge on Varney's rushing the football. Varney has rushed for 100-plus yards in each of Prestonsburg's last two games.
For Perry Central, senior running back Jayden Neace.
Neace is nearing 2,000 yards as he visits Prestonsburg. He averages 221 yards and 3.3 TDs per game for the Commodores.