What a week for Tyler Childers and his fans!

First, the 28-year-old is nominated for a Grammy for his hit song, “All Your’n.” By the way, that song title is as country as it gets (that’s a compliment). And, that song is also featured on ESPN’s one-minute SEC Network promo.

Can it get any better? For Childers, sure it can. The way he’s going, he is making eastern Kentucky proud.

Johnson Central and Paintsville have a chance to make eastern Kentucky proud on a state level today as they continue to pave a potential path to the Class 4A and Class A finals, respectively.

The Golden Eagles are hoping for a Black (and Gold) Friday at home as Madisonville-North Hopkins ventures into Johnson County from 310 miles away. That game kicks off at 6.

The Tigers, meanwhile, have a long haul to Kentucky Country Day today, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ironton has a Saturday state semifinal affair in Chillicothe, where the Fighting Tigers will meet West Jefferson.

Since he’s firmly planted onto the national scene now, Childers, a 2009 Paintsville High School graduate, is the perfect person to help me pick a few guitar strings, I mean, winners this week.


State semis picks

• Johnson Central 30, Madisonville-North Hopkins 14. Johnson Central doesn’t just suit up and play football. Central puts its “Nose On The Grindstone” every week and does everything as if it’s on a serious mission. The Golden Eagles are glad to be home for another Friday. They use the lively crowd, spot-on tackling and a furious running style to push past the Maroons and into the championship game.

Kentucky Country Day 26, Paintsville 20. The Tigers will have to “Shake The Frost” accumulated on a long bus ride, and they can’t afford a slow start. Kentucky Country Day earned the No. 1 RPI spot for a reason, but on paper, KCD-Paintsville figures to be an almost dead-even matchup. That plays out tonight, but KCD pulls out a victory with a handful of clutch plays.

Ironton 24, West Jefferson 16. The last 20 years must have felt like “Purgatory” for the Fighting Tiger faithful as they (not so?) patiently awaited another chance to cheer for their team in the state semifinals. Well, Ironton’s back, but its reward is facing a sound West Jefferson team that leans on defense and, like Ironton, has encountered only one slip-up all season. The Roughriders make it, well, rough for the Fighting Tigers, but coach Trevon Pendleton’s bunch prevails with some solid defense of its own.


Listen Up!

Tonight’s radio coverage:

• Madisonville-North Hopkins at Johnson Central: WSIP 98.9 FM

• Paintsville at Kentucky Country Day: WKLW 94.7 FM

Saturday’s radio coverage:

• Ironton vs. West Jefferson: WIRO 1230 AM


Reach AARON SNYDER at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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