Third-round playoff preview/pick | Covington Catholic at Fern Creek

Third-round playoff preview/pick | Covington Catholic at Fern Creek

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Third-round playoff preview/pick | Covington Catholic at Fern Creek

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COVINGTON CATHOLIC (9-3) AT FERN CREEK (10-2)

* Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

* Next week: Winner will host Owensboro-Bowling Green winner in Class 5-A state semifinal.

* Covington Catholic: Sophomore running back Casey McGinness and junior quarterback A.J. Mayer both rushed for two touchdowns to lead the No. 13 Colonels to a 48-21 victory over Doss last week. Covington Catholic lost five straight regional finals against Highlands from 2011-15, but the Bluebirds were eliminated by Doss in the first round of this year’s playoffs.

* Fern Creek: The Tigers ran their winning streak to seven with a 39-6 rout of Dixie Heights last week. Kyree Hawkins rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and also returned a fumble 75 yards for a score. Hawkins has rushed for 1,155 yards this season and scored 24 total TDs (18 rushing, five receiving, one return).

MORE COVERAGE | Q&A with Kyree Hawkins

* Quotable: “They’re probably the biggest team we’ve faced since Manual,” Fern Creek coach Josh Abell said of the Colonels. “Their two offensive tackles are behemoths, and they have two outside linebackers that play like men. And they’re well-coached on both sides of the ball.”

* Pick: Covington Catholic 34-23.

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