Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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September 20, 2013

KYLE HOBSTETTER: Area making pitch for kicks

(Continued)

ASHLAND — Game of the week

-Hazard at Fairview: It’s a rematch of the Class A state semifinal. It’s also a battle of top-ranked teams — No. 5 Fairview and No. 6 Hazard — that could be a preview of the postseason.

Hazard has a standout running back in junior Brandon Jones, who is averaging 236 yards per game. The Bulldogs also have a potent passing game with freshman quarterback Tanner Morgan and his 184 yards per game.  

Led by running backs Tanner Dolen and Isaiah King, Fairview has averaged more than 400 yards of rushing offense in the early season. The Eagles also have a 24-regular-season-game winning streak and haven’t lost at home since 2011.

There is a good reason that Fairview coach Nathan McPeek is excited for Friday night. And he’s hoping a lot of folks in the area are excited, too.

“We hopefully have some other people wanting to come watch a great Class A football game,” McPeek said. “I think these are two of the top five or six Class A teams in the state playing here in Westwood. I don’t know why you wouldn’t come here and watch it.”

Audibles

-West Carter at Greenup County could be a really good game to watch. The Comets are on a two-game winning streak behind quarterback Braden Brown.

Brown also leads the area in rushing with 198 yards per game and nine touchdowns on the ground.

But Brown and the Comets are playing against the best defense they’ve seen this season in Greenup County. The Musketeers have allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season (Raceland’s Kane Snyder).

Don’t be surprised to see Brown take to the air more tonight. The sophomore has 164 passing yards on just nine completions.

-Boyd County looks to avoid its eighth straight loss to Russell. The last time the Lions beat the Red Devils, Dane Damron was in his last year at Boyd County.

It seems like Russell has Boyd County’s number, but a strong showing against South Point could help start a turnaround at the midpoint of the season.

Russell is coming off a game where it allowed just 211 yards of offense. With Boyd County struggling to find an offensive identity, look for the Red Devils defense to take advantage.

-East Carter is looking for two in a row. The Raiders got their first win on Sunday afternoon behind quarterback Cole McClain’s 146 total yards and three touchdowns.

The next step for East Carter is to win back-to-back games, something the program hasn’t done since 2007.

It will be tough as they travel to Lawrence County, who is led by senior quarterback A.J. Cyrus. After struggling against Fairview, Cyrus responded with 186 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 48-26 win over Breathitt County last week.

The Raiders will also have to try and find a way to stop Bulldogs running back Derek Ferguson, who ran for 135 yards.

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