Panthers blasted Bearcats 55-6 in first round last year
Kickoff: 8 p.m. EST., Friday
Next week: Winner faces Fulton County-Holy Cross winner.
KCD enters with a three-game winning streak after knocking off Trimble County 39-18 last week. Senior Evan Mauck rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries and leads the team with 592 yards and nine touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving) this season. Senior linebacker Alan Papallia anchors the defense with 106 tackles (69 solo).
Russellville has lost two straight to a pair of teams ranked No. 1 in their respective classes – 16-8 to Class A power Mayfield and 45-22 to Class 3-A leader South Warren. The Panthers feature four players who have rushed for more than 450 yards this season, led by senior Desmon Quarles (667 yards, 11 touchdowns) and junior Joshua Bigbee (610 yards, seven TDs).
The pick: Russellville 30-13.