We look ahead to this weekend's playoff match-ups in Kentucky Class 2A of local interest…
games played on Friday, Nov. 5
Owen County (3-7) at NewCath (8-2)
The Thoroughbreds controversial ending to the regular season, should have the team hungry for the playoffs. Senior Chris Kelly enters the postseason having rushed for 983 yards and 17 touchdowns. He played in the state title game as a sophomore and look for a big start to the playoffs as he hopes to return as a senior. The ‘Breds offense, which is averaging 37.2 points per game, will be too much to handle for an Owen County that yields 34.1 points per contest.
Newport (5-5) at Christian Academy-Louisville (6-4)
Head coach Nick Rice certainly has Newport going in the right direction. The team not only possesses great talent, but has also displayed improved discipline. They'll need it against a potent Christian Academy-Louisville offense that has outscored its opponents 367 to 168 on the season. Dual-threat quarterback Demetri Brown (18 PaTD, 10 RuTD) will need to have a big game if the Wildcats are going to stay alive on the road.
Lloyd (2-8) at DeSales (6-4)
It has been a long, grueling season for the Juggernauts and it will not get any easier as they travel to face a DeSales team that is NewCath's top challenger in the region. Running back Jerry Lucas will be a handful for a Lloyd defense that has surrendered nearly 40 points per game. DeSales wins the contest going away.
Carroll County (7-3) at Holy Cross (5-5)
Holy Cross was rewarded a home game after a strong 2010 regular season. The Indians will need every advantage they can get against a capable Carroll County squad. Quarterback Jerry Arlinghuas enters the week second in Northern Kentucky with 20 passing touchdowns while running back Chad Fuller has picked up double-digit scores on the ground. The duo should be enough for the Indians to advance.
Written by: Dan Clasgens, TriStateFootball.com