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Week 4 Mountain HS Football Preview

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

Week 4 of the High School football season features the biggest matchup of the regular season in the Mountains when #1 Bell County hosts #3 Johnson Central.

Week 4 of the High School football season features the biggest matchup of the regular season in the Mountains when #1 Bell County hosts #3 Johnson Central.

#3 Johnson Central (3-1) @ #1 Bell County (3-0)
It is the matchup that everyone has wanted to see all season long. Dudley Hilton and the Bobcats welcome Jim Matney and the Golden Eagles to Log Mountain. It’s a matchup of power on power with two of the best rushing teams facing off. The Bobcats are putting up nearly 320 yards rushing a game led by junior tailback Cory Davenport (20 Carries, 394 Yards, 7 TDs). Ryan Collett and John Dudley Hilton also provide talented ball carriers. The Golden Eagles are led by J.J. Jude and J.K. Hall. The Bobcats have a suffocating defense and a highly efficient passing game as well. Ben Madon has completed 83% of his passes with 6 TDs to 0 Interceptions. This game is live on WYMT starting at 7:30
Pikeville (2-1) @ #7 Prestonsburg (3-1)
It’s always a fun rivalry between these two schools. Both teams enter this weekend’s contest following a win after a loss the previous week. A lot of momentum awaits the winner. Chase Hall had a big game for the Panthers last week in their win, rushing for over 100 yards. Adam Crisp has stepped into the starting QB roll very well this season for the Blackcats. His 9 passing touchdowns to 1 interception make for a very nice ratio.
Allen Central (2-1) @ Paintsville (1-3)
Here is what you need to know about this game. Paintsville wants to win this one bad! The Rebels topped the Tigers 34-14 last season. That did not sit well with Paintsville. And with it being a District game, this one will go a long way in determining how the seeding plays out. A home playoff game could be on the line.
Rockcastle County (2-1) @ #4 Pulaski County (2-1)
It’s another tough game for both teams. The Rockets come in off a dramatic 32-27 win over Lincoln County when they scored on 4th and goal from the 5 with under a minute to play. Clark Rowe was back to his old form, rushing for 240 yards and 3 TDs along with coming up with 2 interceptions, 1 of which he returned for a touchdown. Pulaski County has some many weapons including Zach Eastham (8 Passing TDs, 3 Rushing TDs), Alex Abner (over 400 yards of total offense, 9 TDs) and Stephen McQueen (11 Rec., 214 yards, TD). The Rockets will look to keep the clock moving by keeping it on the ground and trying to up yards. The Maroons will try and score in bunches. 
Last Week’s Top Performers:
Clarke Rowe (Rockcastle County) – 30 Carries, 240 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs (1 TD)
Trey Slaughter (Somerset) – 18 Tackles, 4 TFL, 3 Sacks, 2 FF, 3 FR
Demarcus Williams (Harlan) – 17 Carries, 143 yards, TD
JV Hooker (Clay County) – 6 Receptions, 126 Yards, 3 TDs, FR, INT (TD)
CJ Miller (Clay County) – 11 Carries, 172 Yards, 2 TDs, 4 Receptions, 62 Yards, 2 TDs, INT
Allan Boggs (Pike Central) – 392 Yards Passing, 7 TDs, 1 Rushing TD

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