Third-round playoff preview/pick | Central at Lexington Catholic

Third-round playoff preview/pick | Central at Lexington Catholic

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Third-round playoff preview/pick | Central at Lexington Catholic

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CENTRAL (7-5) AT LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (7-5)

* Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

* Next week: Winner will host Caldwell County-Elizabethtown winner in Class 3-A state semifinal.

* Central: The Yellowjackets reached a regional final for the 11th straight year after whipping Boyle County 37-6 last week. Senior running back Corey Johnson rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. Junior linebacker Luke Bowman had 10 tackles and returned a fumble 13 yards for a score. The Yellowjackets lost to the Knights 14-13 last year in a regional final.

* Lexington Catholic: The Knights have won six in a row after blasting Bardstown 53-14 last week. Seniors Austin Pedroche (12 carries, 166 yards, one TD) and Kirk Fagot (14 carries, 160 yards, three TDs) had big games on the ground. Freshman quarterback Beau Allen has passed for 1,138 yards and 14 TDs this season.

* Quotable: “We’ve had this date marked on our calendar all year long,” Central coach Ty Scroggins said. “This is the game we wanted to get back to. … We really let one slip away against them last year, but hopefully we’ll come back with a victory this time.”

* Pick: Lexington Catholic 27-20.

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