Third-round playoff preview/pick | KCD at Beechwood

Third-round playoff preview/pick | KCD at Beechwood

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Third-round playoff preview/pick | KCD at Beechwood

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KENTUCKY COUNTRY DAY (10-2) AT BEECHWOOD (11-1)

* Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

* Next week: Winner will host Russellville-Bethlehem winner in Class A state semifinal.

* Kentucky Country Day: The Bearcats are in a regional final for the first time since 2012 after rolling past Frankfort 56-6 last week. Senior running back Ed Johnson carried 21 times for 101 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. Jared Frank (6 feet 4, 180 pounds) is having a monster senior season for KCD with 1,723 total yards (910 rushing, 813 receiving) and 24 touchdowns (13 rushing, 11 receiving).

* Beechwood: The Tigers are the top-ranked team in Class A according to the Litkenhous Ratings and enter with an eight-game winning streak after blanking Holy Cross 44-0 last week. Senior running back Aiden Justice rushed for 99 yards on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving). Junior quarterback Brayden Burch has passed for 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns with just four interceptions and is completing 63.5 percent of his passes.

* Quotable: “Every year by this time (Beechwood) expects to be there,” KCD coach Matthew Jones said. “Their quarterback has really stood out to me. It’s his first year starting, but, man, he’s accurate. Their short passing game is probably one of the best I’ve seen in years.”

* Pick: Beechwood 28-14.

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