HS FOOTBALL: Opening round playoff games in Kentucky

Here is a look at this week’s opening round of the KHSAA football playoffs involving area schools:


Thursday, Nov. 7

Paintsville (7-3) vs. Fairview (3-6)

Site: Memorial Field

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Coaches: Joe Chirico (Paintsville); Daniel Armstrong (Fairview)

Players to watch: QB Jake Hyden, RB John Walker Phelps (Paintsville); QB Jack Roy, RB Gracin Smith (Fairview)

Previous meeting: Paintsville 56, Fairview 0.


Belfry (6-3) vs. Floyd Central (3-7)

Site: CAM Stadium/Haywood Field

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: WDHR 93.1 FM

Coaches: Philip Haywood (Belfry); Shawn Hager (Floyd Central)

Players to watch: RB Ben Bentley, RB Isaac Dixon (Belfry); RB Dalton Boyd, RB Gavin Martin (Floyd Central)

Previous meeting: Belfry 41, Floyd Central 6.

Friday, Nov. 8


Phelps (4-6) at Hazard (6-4)

Site: Daniel Field

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Andrew West (Phelps); Mark Dixon (Hazard)

Players to watch: RB Dominick Francis, RB Seth Mayhorn (Phelps); QB Nick Miller, RB Trajon Campbell (Hazard)

Previous meeting: Hazard 43, Phelps 7.

Betsy Layne (3-7) at Raceland (6-4)

Site: Rams Stadium

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Scotty McCoy (Betsy Layne); Michael Salmons (Raceland)

Players to watch: QB Chase Mims, RB Nicholas Howell (Betsy Layne); QB Jacob Heighton, RB Ethan Cox (Raceland)

Previous meeting: Raceland 67, Betsy Layne 0.


Shelby Valley (8-2) vs. Martin County (7-3)

Site: Teco Field

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Anthony Hampton (Shelby Valley); Josh Muncy (Martin County)

Players to watch:  QB Dalton Meade, OL Peyton Blackburn (Shelby Valley); QB Drake Muncy, RB Logan Proctor (Martin County)

Previous meeting: Shelby Valley 41, Martin County 12.


Pike Central (7-3) vs. Lawrence County (4-6)

Site: Hawks Nest

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Eric Ratliff (Pike Central); Alan Short II (Lawrence County)

Players to watch: QB Tyler Hunt, DL Nate Roberts (Pike Central); QB Baden Gillispie, RB Andrew Tackett (Lawrence County)

Previous meeting: Pike Central 48, Lawrence County 35.


Johnson Central (10-0) vs. Letcher Central (4-6)

Site: Eagle Field

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Coaches: Jim Matney (Johnson Central); Junior Matthews (Letcher Central)

Players to watch: RB Cody Rice, RB Devin Johnson (Johnson Central); RB Hunter Campbell, RB Hayden Brashear (Letcher Central)

Previous meeting: Johnson Central 48, Letcher Central 0.

Idle this week: Pikeville (10-0).