Floyd Central at Lawrence County
Who: Floyd Central (3-5) at Lawrence County (3-5)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Luke Varney Jr. Memorial Field, Louisa.
Coaches: Shawn Hager, Floyd Central; Alan Short, Lawrence County.
Notes: Floyd Central is set to travel to Lawrence County for a key Class 3A District 8 football game.
The Jaguars and Bulldogs boast identical records. Each team is 3-5 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A, District 8.
Floyd Central has notched wins over Knott County Central, Prestonsburg and Magoffin County. The Jaguars have dropped games to Clay County, North Laurel, Hazard, Pike County Central and Belfry.
Through eight games, opponents have outscored Floyd Central 220-171.
Senior running back Dalton Boyd leads Floyd Central on the ground. Boyd has rushed 130 times for 638 yards and eight touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Brant Potter paces Floyd Central through the air. Potter has completed 19 of 35 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown.
Contributing on the ground for the Jaguars, Potter has rushed 54 times for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
Noah Marcum paces Floyd Central in receiving. Marcum has hauled in six receptions for 101 yards and one TD.
Brendan Evans, who is capable of taking carries out of the backfield, ranks second in receiving for the Jaguars.
Defensively, Marcum and Chad Bates lead Floyd Central with 57 tackles apiece.
Lawrence County has posted wins over Prestonsburg, Boyd County and Magoffin County. The Bulldogs have suffered losses to Paintsville, Russell, Pikeville, Pike County Central and Belfry.
Through eight games, opponents have outscored Lawrence County 281-195.
Junior quarterback Baden Gillispie leads the Bulldogs. In eight games, Gilispie has rushed 114 times for 956 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Blue Fletcher ranks second in rushing for the Bulldogs. Fletcher has rushed 65 times for 445 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, Alex Strickland leads Lawrence County with a team-high 53 tackles.
Kickoff for the Floyd Central-Lawrence County football game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Louisa.
Who 2 Watch: For Floyd Central, junior quarterback Brant Potter.
The versatile Potter leads Floyd Central in passing and ranks as the Jaguars’ second-leading rusher.
For Lawrence County, junior quarterback Baden Gillispie.
One of the area’s most underrated high school football players, Gillispie is nearing 1,000 rushing yards.
Prestonsburg at Martin County
Who: Prestonsburg (2-7) at Martin County (5-3)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Rock, Inez.
Coaches: Brandon Brewer, Prestonsburg; Josh Muncy, Martin County.
Notes: Following three straight losses, Prestonsburg will look to conclude the regular-season with a win on the road. The Blackcats are slated to visit Martin County for a Class 2A District 8 football game that will serve as their regular-season finale on Friday night.
Prestonsburg is 2-7 overall and 1-3 in Class 2A District 8. The Blackcats have notched wins over Powell County and East Ridge. Prestonsburg has dropped games to Pike County Central, Lawrence County, Hazard, Floyd Central, Shelby Valley, West Carter and Bath County.
Through nine games, opponents have outscored the Blackcats 309-147.
Quarterback Brayden Slone continues to lead the Blackcats. Through the air, Slone has completed 36 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Slone ranks second in rushing for the Blackcats. The Prestonsburg quarterback has rushed 65 times for 308 yards and seven touchdowns.
Carter Akers leads the Blackcats in rushing. Akers has rushed 71 times for 346 yards and two touchdowns.
Owen Greene leads Prestonsburg in receiving. Greene has hauled in a team-best 14 receptions for 199 yards.
One of the Prestonsburg’s most versatile performers, John Rose helps to lead the Blackcats offensively.
Nathan McGuire paces Prestonsburg on the defensive side. McGuire has posted a team-high 57 tackles.
Martin County is on a losing streak of its own. The Cardinals have suffered back-to-back losses.
Martin County is 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the district. The Cardinals have notched wins over Betsy Layne, Magoffin County, Phelps, Bath County and East Ridge. Martin County has dropped games to Harlan County, Shelby Valley and West Carter.
On the ground for Martin County, running backs Kolby Sparks and Logan Proctor have each rushed for over 500 yards. Quarterback Drake Muncy helps to pace the Cardinals’ offensive attack through the air.
Prestonsburg and Martin County, formerly known as Sheldon Clark, did not meet during the 2018 high school football season.
Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Martin County football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Prestonsburg, junior wide receiver Owen Greene.
After hauling in one reception for 54 yards in a loss to Bath County, Greene leads the Blackcats in receiving.
For Martin County, sophomore running back Kolby Sparks.
A productive running back, Sparks leads the Cardinals in rushing.
Fairview at Betsy Layne
Who: Fairview (2-6) at Betsy Layne
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bobcat Field, Betsy Layne.
Coaches: Scotty McCoy, Betsy Layne; Daniel Armstrong, Fairview.
Notes: Betsy Layne will have an opportunity to return to the win column as Fairview visits for a Class A District 6 football game on Friday night.
Currently, Betsy Layne is on a five-game losing skid.
The Bobcats are 2-6 overall and 0-2 in Class A District 6. Betsy Layne has notched wins over Morgan County and East Ridge. The Bobcats have dropped games to Martin County, Magoffin County, Knott Central, Phelps, Raceland and Paintsville.
Opponents have outscored Betsy Layne 327-168.
Quarterback Chase Mims leads the Bobcats. Mims has completed 70 of 144 passes for 1,060 yards and eight touchdowns. The Betsy Layne quarterback has thrown eight interceptions.
Chase Hamilton, Nicholas Howell, Dalton Hall and Paul Hall combine to lead Betsy Layne in receiving.
As a team, Betsy Layne has rushed 233 times for 1,224 yards and 12 touchdowns. Austin Tackett leads Betsy Layne on the ground. Tackett has rushed 99 times for 587 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, Marcus Hall paces Betsy Layne with a team-high 57 tackles.
The Eagles are 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the district. Fairview has notched wins over Morgan County and Green, an opponent out of nearby Ohio. The Eagles have dropped games to East Carter, Nicholas County, Symmes Valley (Ohio), Paintsville and Raceland.
Opponents have outscored Fairview 311-106.
Quarterback Jack Roy leads the Eagles. Roy paces Fairview through the air and on the ground.
Betsy Layne and Fairview did not meet during the 2018 high school football season.
Kickoff for the Betsy Layne-Fairview football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Betsy Layne, sophomore quarterback Chase Mims.
One of the state’s top young quarterbacks, Mims has passed for over 1,000 yards in eight games.
For Fairview, junior quarterback Jack Roy.
An underrated passer, Roy leads Fairview in passing and rushing.