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October 11, 2013

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ASHLAND — Game of the Week

Russell at Mason County. Tonight’s game in Maysville could wind up as the Class 3A, District 6 title game.

The Red Devils are on a roll, winning three straight and allowing just 80 points in the first six games of the season.

Mason County is undefeated on the season at 6-0, and is coming off two straight district wins — the Royals outscored East Carter and Lewis County 100-26.

Russell’s schedule may have helped the Red Devils out. After playing Fleming County’s air-raid offense, the Red Devils might be prepared for Mason County.

Royals quarterback Jake O’Mara has thrown for 801 yards and six touchdowns. Match that with a stable of running backs that went for 1,553 yards and Russell will have its toughest defensive test of the year.

 

Audibles

-How good is Paintsville? Starting the season at 5-1, the Tigers are off to their best start since 2005 when they went 6-1.

Paintsville is outscoring teams 232-118 and its only loss came against Pikeville, where the Tigers lost 28-21 to a perennial playoff contender.

But tonight Paintsville gets its toughest test of the season when it travels up the road to Westwood to take on Fairview in a district matchup.

In what could be a strange twist of irony, the last time Paintsville beat Fairview was in 2005. Since then the Eagles have dominated the series, going 5-0.

If the Tigers want to prove they’re for real, they have to show they can compete with the Class A state runner-up from last year.

-For the second straight week, Ashland plays a winless opponent. The Tomcats travel to Inez tonight to take on Sheldon Clark, which has struggled to an 0-6 start.

Last week, Ashland defeated Boyd County, which is now 0-7 after losing to the Tomcats 28-6.

The Tomcats, who are ranked No. 10 in Class 4A, are looking for a fifth straight win. With Greenup County coming to Putnam Stadium next week, don’t be shocked to see Ashland heading into its rivalry game with Johnson Central with a six-game winning streak.

-Who stays home and who goes to Highlands? The fourth-place team in Class 4A, District 6 gets the honorable task of going to Fort Thomas to play Highlands, who are the six-time defending state champion.

The way the season is playing out, the trip north will come down to Rowan County, Boyd County or Greenup County. All three teams are 0-6 against Highlands.

Rowan County and Boyd County play tonight, and if Rowan gets the win the Vikings more than likely avoid Highlands. Lose, and give Boyd its first win, then things get a lot trickier.

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