Tonight could be a nailbiter’s delight.
Scanning the schedule, I can’t see another week with so many potential down-to-the-wire games.
Of the 10 area games on the docket, I have no team winning by more than three touchdowns.
And with the bad weather expected to hold off until after the games, according to weather.com, it should make for a pleasant evening to take part in the action from the stands. Just don’t leave early.
Let’s secure that football and plow ahead.
George Washington 27, Ashland 21: The Tomcats stood toe-to-toe with the state runners-up Patriots last season at Putnam Stadium. They’ll do the same again, but GW wins at home. However, if the ’Cats keep racking up takeaways at their current rate (nine in two games), the outcome may be swayed.
Ironton 26, Russell 24: During Ironton’s 14-game winning streak within the series, the Red Devils have been within eight points three times, including last season. Make it an excruiating four, as Russell comes up just short in a thriller.
Boyd County 20, East Carter 17: Morgan County’s good, folks. Don’t let last week’s 38-22 loss be an ominous sign for Boyd County. East Carter being neck-and-neck with Fairview for three quarters? Plenty of positives there too. The Lions have the slight edge up front, so they’ll have the slight edge in Grayson.
Fairview 40, Fleming County 24: Eagles’ run vs. Panthers’ pass. Fairview is athletic, but inexperienced overall, in the secondary. In the end, the Eagles will wear them down with the relentless rushing of Chris Brewer and Devon Turner.
Raceland 34, Pikeville 21: The Rams use confidence gained in last week’s first half against Ashland (trailed only 21-19) as a boost in their home opener. Pikeville won by one and then by 33 in this matchup last season.
Johnson Central 30, Knox Central 24: Johnson Central punished me for going out on a limb by picking Perry Central last week — the final was 44-36. More quality competition is on tap for the Golden Eagles this week, but the winning Central will again be Johnson Central.
Prestonsburg 33, Lawrence County 14: Prestonsburg begins a string of tough opponents for the Dawgs.
Rowan County 22, Mason County 21: Vikings squeak out their first victory as Mason County continues to look for more offense.
Nicholas County 22, West Carter 14: Comets come out of Carlisle with their heads up after a hard-fought effort.
Lewis County 21, Bath County 16: It’s the battle of the Clarks at the QB position — Clark Kissick (Bath) vs. Levi Clark (Lewis). The Wildcats’ rushing attack was led by Timmy Robinson last week, with Kissick doing much of the blocking against West Carter. While that still may be effective, I look for the Lions to get off the schnide with a, you guessed it, close victory because of their skill at running back and wideout.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.
Tonight could be a nailbiter’s delight.
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