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There has never been a more-wide open year in Northern Kentucky Class 6A, especially when you consider that the state only went to six classes a few years ago.
The lack of a dominant team has provided some great drama all season and should make for another intense weekend of action this weekend as the second round gets underway.
County rivals Boone County and Ryle meet for the second time this season while top-seeded Campbell County plays host to Lafayette.
We take a quick look at both games:
BOONE COUNTY (7-4) AT RYLE (7-4) - The Raiders had their way with Boone County when the two teams met back on September 30, winning 27-14. Quarterback Nathan Davis enjoyed a monster night that time around as he finished 175 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries as well as 64 yards passing.
The Ryle defense was big in the last meeting as well as they held the Rebels off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter. The unit has struggled lately though, allowing 34.75 points per game over their last four contests.
Boone County advanced to this week after a thrilling last-minute TD pass last week from quarterback Kameron Schwartz to Bryson Thompson to knock off Madison Central 28-21. The resilient Rebels will need a better effort here. Schwartz struggled in his last trip to Ryle as he completed just 4-of-18 passes for 61 yards.
Since losing to Ryle last time out the Rebels have won three of four games. If they are going to win this time around Boone County will need to come up with some big plays on defense and force Ryle in to mistakes and do a better job of establishing a run game of their own.
LAFAYETTE (8-3) AT CAMPBELL COUNTY (4-7) - The Camels magical run continued last week as they picked up a 22-20 win over Tates Creek. For the second straight week they’ll welcome a Lexington area to Alexandria.
Campbell County will go as far as quarterback Tyler Durham will take them. The junior has tallied 1,471 yards and 14 touchdowns on 263 carries. He hasn’t been as good through their air as he’s completed just 47 percent of his passes for 600 yards and one touchdown while throwing seven interceptions.
It will be the Camels’ defense that will be asked to step up big time in this contest. Stopping running back William Johnson, who has rushed for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns, will be a must if Campbell County is going to live to see another day.
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