Weekend Watch: NKY 6A

The playoffs continue for three teams locally in Kentucky's Class 6A this Friday night.

The Ryle Raiders host their district foes, the Campbell County Camels, in a rematch of a Week 6 thriller. Ryle raced out to a 21-3 lead in that game only to see Campbell County rally before eventually falling 35-30.

Elsewhere, the Simon Kenton Pioneers head to Lexington to face Henry Clay, who had no problems disposing of Conner a week ago. These two teams also played earlier in the season as Simon Kenton picked up a 21-18 win in Week 4.

We get you ready for kickoff with some quick previews:


Campbell County (6-5) at Ryle (10-1)
The top-ranked Raiders are battled tested and poised for a big post-season run. Many of the team's starters got a rest in the opening round last week as they rolled pass Madison Central, 54-13. Quarterback Conner Hempel enters the game with more rushing touchdowns (10) than passing touchdowns (7). However, if Ryle has their way the senior won't be asked to throw much. Look for the Raiders to go to running back Travis Elliott early and often. The junior ran for 235 yards in the teams' previous meeting. Campbell County will need to plug the holes and make some tackles if they are going to have a chance in this one. Quarterback Michael Kremer is capable of making plays, but can ill afford mistakes. His three interceptions last time against Ryle sealed the Camels' fate. Expect plenty of points on the board in this one, but after a close call last time around you better believe the Raiders won't let down easily.

Simon Kenton (9-2) at Henry Clay (9-2)
Simon Kenton is going to have to be road warriors if they are going to make a deep playoff run and this game will be the first hurdle for Jeff Marksberry's squad to overcome. The veteran coach will count on his senior quarterback Chad Lawrence to lead the charge. The dual-threat senior amassed 184 yards and two touchdowns through the air and picked up an additional 154 on the ground the first time these teams squared off. Linebacker Austin Baldwin and his fellow defenders will need to contain the Blue Devils' running attack, led by Bo Brooks, who had 142 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over Conner. Henry Clay puts up 41.9 points per game, but has ceded 79 more points on the season than the Pioneers. Look for Simon Kenton's tough schedule to pay dividends in the hard-fought battle.