The landscape in Kentucky Class 6A football usually has some stark contrasts between teams from Northern Kentucky and the Louisville powerhouses, but this year could be different.
Ryle, fresh off a big upset over Highlands, not only has momentum but home-field advantage working in their favor.
Simon Kenton is also a dangerous team, with a quarterback under center that has already started in one state title game.
While Campbell County and Conner don't look to be capable of deep playoff runs, both teams could play the role of spoiler.
We look ahead to this weekend's playoff match-ups in Kentucky Class 6A of local interest…
games played on Friday, Nov. 5
Madison Central (1-9) at Ryle (9-1)
Ryle will benefit greatly from a top-seed by facing a Madison Central team that has allowed 42.4 points per game to get put up on the board against them. Expect many of the Raiders to see limited action as head coach Bryson Warner looks to keep his starters fresh and give some young players valuable playoff experience.
Campbell County (5-5) at George Rogers Clark (5-5)
These two teams combined for 87 points a week ago in a double-overtime thriller. Now they take the match-up south, where George Rogers Clark will have a slight advantage. Both teams will score points, so it's going to come down to which team can create turnovers and make bigger plays on defense. A couple of stops could win this contest.
Conner (5-5) at Henry Clay (8-2)
Conner squeaked into the playoffs by holding off Cooper a couple of weeks ago. The prize is a first-round meeting against a team that has won six straight while averaging 54.3 points per contest in that span. One of Henry Clay's two losses came to Boone County, a team that the Cougars beat. Quarterback Cy Smith will need a huge effort to keep Conner close.
Tates Creek (6-4) at Simon Kenton (8-2)
Experience come playoff time is a great asset and head coach Jeff Marksberry is blessed with that. Tates Creek has stumbled down the stretch, dropping four of their last six games after a 4-0 start. Look for Lawrence and company to take advantage of a team heading in the wrong direction.