* Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
* Next week: Winner will face North Bullitt-Grayson County winner.
* John Hardin has won six straight regional championships and has some momentum entering the playoffs after knocking off Western 43-13 last week. Junior quarterback Shay Stone completed 8 of 15 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. The Bulldogs’ weakness this season has been a defense that is allowing 30.7 points per game.
* Bullitt East beat Fairdale 32-14 last week, outscoring the Bulldogs 22-0 in the fourth quarter. Third-stringer Matthew Snawder started at quarterback for the Chargers, but coach Darrell Vincent said senior starter Pierce Kelly is healthy and will play against John Hardin. Kelly has rushed for 553 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
* Quotable: “(John Hardin) is 4-6, but that’s misleading because they have losses to Highlands and teams like that early on,” Vincent said. “They’re a young team that’s won four of their last six … and on a hot streak. This is definitely one of the tougher first-round matchups in the state.”
* The pick: Bullitt East 23-21.