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It may be a week earlier (first round of the play-offs this season as opposed to the second round last November), but the Campbellsville High School Eagles must fight off a visiting rated (ninth in Class A) Raceland team on Friday night (7:30 on Dave Fryrear Field) to advance in high school football post-season play.
Raceland downed the Eagles 23-20 last season on Nov. 14 by scoring a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The CHS loss overshadowed an eight-reception, three-interception game by then-senior Bryton Taylor.
This season, coach T.J. Maynard’s Rams are led by the senior trifecta of Tyler Farley, Michael Litteral and Scotty Craft.
Farley has passed for 2,313 yards and 29 touchdowns while also rushing for six scores and 183 yards.
Litteral averages 9.2 yards per carry (92 rushes for 846 yards and six touchdowns) and has also caught 28 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown.
Craft has caught 75 passes from 1,167 yards and also has four two-point conversions.
Seven Raceland receivers have at least 10 catches.
The Rams and Eagles have no common opponents. Raceland owns wins over Boyd County, Fleming County, East Carter, Nicholas County, Paris and Russell by an average score of 43 to 14 and has lost to Ashland, Greenup County, Fairview and Lexington Christian by an average of 48 to 22.
Campbellsville averages only 14 points per game but gives up only 16.
The Eagles’ highest scoring game (46-6) came two weeks ago at Clinton County. The only other game in which coach Jay Cobb’s club scored more than 20 came in a 22-0 shutout over Taylor County at Campbellsville University.
CHS has been shut out once and has scored eight or less points four other times — those came during the first five contests of the season.
The Eagles own two shutouts and have held the opposition to less than 10 points five times.
Junior quarterback Alex Brunelle has passed for 743 yards and six touchdowns in the last six Campbellsville games while Tashaun Hoskins has rushed for 309 yards and three scores.
Matthew Davis has 12 catches for 174 yards in the last four Eagle games with four TDs vs. Clinton County. Davis also has an interception for six. Joe McKenzie has 18 catches for 147 yards in the last five games and Jaqil Taylor has six catches for 83 yards in the last two games.
Taylor’s return from an injury came at the same time Campbellsville lost senior two-way performer Dennis Novak to an ankle injury.
On defense, Novak averaged 11.1 tackles in his seven games while Michael Beard, who missed most of the Washington County game last week has 83 tackles in his 9+ outings.
Four other Eagles — Davis (6.1), Taylor (6.0), Diho Young (5.8) and Nicky Lamer (5.3) — average over five hits a game. McKenzie (4.5), Robbie Lamer (4.4) and Kyle Novak (4.4) also spearhead a CHS defense which allows only 84 passing yards and 216 total yards per game.
Taylor has the most interceptions with four while Novak and Davis each have three for the Eagle defense, which has 14 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries.