Beechwood (12-1) at Russellville (11-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Rhea Stadium, Russellville
WHAT TO WATCH: Beechwood beat Louisville Holy Cross last week, 21-9, to advance to the Kentucky 1A state semifinals. Russellville beat Bethlehem 41-20. Beechwood quarterback Kyle Fieger threw three more touchdown passes last week to bring his career total to 102, which is the most in Northern Kentucky history. Russellville runs the ball almost exclusively on offense. The Panthers boast two 1,000-yard rushers in junior MJ Jones (1,188 RuYds, 19 RuTDs) and senior Joshua Bigbee (1,335 RuYds, 13 RuTDs). They’re averaging 45.7 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 22.3. Beechwood is averaging 47.5 points per game on offense, while giving up 13.8 on defense.
Danville (12-1) at NewCath (8-5)
7 p.m. Friday at Newport Stadium, Newport
WHAT TO WATCH: NewCath rolled over Lloyd last week, 41-0. Danville has beat its first three postseason opponents by a combined score of 160-28, including last week’s 56-14 win over Lexington Christian. Danville’s only loss this season came against 3A Boyle County. The Admirals are led by junior quarterback Zack Dampier, who’s thrown for 2,289 yards and 30 touchdowns on the season. They also have a 1,000-yard rusher in senior Stephen Ray. NewCath’s defense forced six turnovers in last week’s shutout performance. Erik Anderson, John Harris and Trent Wrobleski all had interceptions. The Thoroughbreds will need that same type of defensive effort this week.
Pulaski County (12-1) at Highlands (8-5)
3 p.m. Friday at David Cecil Memorial Stadium, Ft. Thomas
WHAT TO WATCH: Highlands has won seven straight games, including last week’s 44-22 win over Covington Catholic. Pulaski County has won 11 straight after last week’s 28-24 win over North Laurel. The Maroons’ only loss came against 6A Scott County. Both of these teams won a state title last year; Highlands at 4A and Pulaski County at 5A. Pulaski is led by senior quarterback Riley Hall (2,645 PaYds, 34 PaTDs) and his favorite target junior Jake Johnson (1,344 ReYds, 22 ReTDs). Highlands has been led by running back Nick Kendall most of the postseason, but the Bluebirds got their passing attack on track as well last week as Austin Hergott threw for 168 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Lafayette (11-2) at Simon Kenton (13-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Chlorine Menefee Stadium, Independence
WHAT TO WATCH: Simon Kenton topped Cooper last week, 13-12. Lafayette beat Scott County, 36-30. The Generals are led by dual-threat quarterback Walker Wood, who has thrown for 1,817 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions, while rushing for a team-high 1,254 yards and 17 scores. Simon Kenton’s defense, which has held opponents to 12.8 points per game, will have its hands full. The Pioneers are averaging 269.8 rushing yards per game on offense, led by Dillon Powell (1,697 RuYds, 23 RuTDs) and quarterback Cameron Racke (881 RuYds, 15 RuTDs). Lafayette is giving up 26.2 points per game on defense.