District play starts for some Kentucky teams this weekend. All seven district matchups on Friday night pit winning teams versus losing ones. It is a bizarre situation, to say the least. Things are either going to go status quo or it is going to be a crazy night of upsets.
In Indiana, undefeated Batesville takes Route 50 over to Lawrenceburg for the battle for EIAC 3A supremacy. The Tigers have scored 50 or more points in seven of their last 11 games. The visiting Bulldogs haven’t allowed more than 13 points in their last seven contests. Something has to give on Friday night.
Here is a look at this week’s Best Bets in both states:
Highlands (5-0) at Covington Catholic (3-1) – Saturday, 1 PM - The walking wounded at CovCath versus the depth of the Highlands at the skills positions will force the Colonels to use players before they are ready. That advantage for the Bluebirds could mean a huge day throwing the football. Look for the Bluebirds to dominate again in this suddenly lopsided rivalry.
Beechwood (2-2) @ Holmes (3-1) – 7:30 PM - Holmes' athleticism will test the depth of a young and somewhat raw Beechwood squad. The visiting Tigers can ill afford to give up big plays on special teams. That is just one area where the Bulldogs’ Jonathan Scruggs can do some serious damage.
Cooper (2-3) @ Scott (5-0) - 7 PM - The Eagles inched closer to their first winning season in over two decades and are just one win shy of ending the streak. They are playing with so much confidence they seemingly are the favorite to win this affair. Never count head coach Randy Borchers and his Cooper troops out,though. Every time his Jaguars have their backs against the wall they seem to respond.
Conner (3-1) @ South Oldham (2-3) – 7 PM - Last year these two teams combined for 120 points in a 63-57 shootout won by South Oldham. The Dragons don’t have that kind of firepower to match Conner this season. Instead, they will try to use fresh legs and a running game to move the clock in their favor. The Cougars are feel capable of winning whatever style of play is thrown at them after beating Campbell County 13-12 last week.
Batesville (5-0) @ Lawrenceburg (4-1) – 7 PM - The EIAC’s most potent offense is going up against the league’s stingiest defense. Lawrenceburg is averaging 35.2 points per game while the Bulldogs are allowing just 7.4 points per contest. Stopping big plays downfield will be a top priority for both squads. Lawrenceburg quarterback Sam Fette is a big threat with his arm. His Batesville counterpart, Connor Schuck, can keep the defense honest with his ability to break off long runs.
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