High school football: N.Ky. playoff Best Bets

Tall order for Beechwood, NewCath, Simon Kenton

The weak have been eliminated and what remains are the best teams the state of Kentucky has to offer with just three weeks until state champions are crowned.

Beechwood, Newport Central Catholic, and Simon Kenton have tall orders, having to win on the road in order to stay alive this weekend in playoff action. There will be no less than two local teams moving on in the Bluegrass State.

Here is the Week 13 edition of our Best Bets.

Beechwood (8-4) @ Frankfort (10-2) - Something’s got to give in this battle. Against the only four Class 1A schools that they have faced, Beechwood has given up a grand total of three points. On the flip side, Frankfort has averaged 53.5 points per game in its four tilts against Class 1A schools. They had a common opponent in   Class 5A Franklin County (11-1): Frankfort lost by 15 and Beechwood fell on the road  by four. It will be a night of high-caliber, small-school football, you can guarantee that.

Newport Central Catholic (8-4) @ Gallatin County (10-2) - Gallatin County has exceeded expectations with a  school-record 10 wins this season. The Wildcats host Newport Central Catholic in the school’s biggest game ever. They will need a performance that is out of this world to beat the Thoroughbreds. Gallatin has beaten five teams that lost at least nine games this year. NewCath, winnber of seven in a row, geared up for this moment with a grueling schedule that included three losses versus Class 6A teams. They will be well prepared and unfazed by anything that Gallatin County throws at them.

Simon Kenton (12-0) @ Butler (10-2) - Simon Kenton has six wins versus teams with at least eight wins this season. The Pioneers' average margin of victory in those affairs is 11.5 points. Butler has won six in a row with last week’s victory over Campbell County the only one against a team with a winning record. The Bears have allowed just 8.2 points per game and no one has scored more than 14 on them during their streak. This contest will come down to Butler’s ability to stop an SK offense that averages 40.5 points per outing. Pioneers quarterback Brenan Kuntz has accounted for 46 touchdowns (30 passing, 15 rushing, one receiving) and 3,245 yards of total offense (2,341 passing, 904 rushing).

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