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Campbellsville and Taylor County will be facing first-time football opponents tomorrow night when the Eagles host Fairview and the Cardinals entertain Powell County in first-round play-off action.
TCHS (7-3) has won its last three games and meets the Pirates from Stanton, who are 6-4, in a Class 3-A match-up on Clay Marcum Field at Thomas Porter Stadium.
Powell County is coached by Mike Whitaker, who played at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky and also coached Tim Couch at Leslie County.
The Pirates average 31.4 points per game and give up 25.7 while passing for 172.9 yards per game and rushing for 155.6.
Powell County's four losses came to Estill County (9-1), Bath County (7-3), Harlan County (7-3) and Breathitt County (8-2) with only Harlan County at home.
The Pirates' leading rusher is sophomore Jesse Rose (No. 3), who has 925 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Powell County quarterback is senior Billy Rice (2), who has passed for 1,711 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Seniors Jared Barron (80) and David Crowe (1) are the top receivers with 45 and 29 receptions, respectively, and eight and six touchdowns.
Rose, who has 19 catches and is the top scorer with 82 points, also leads Powell County in tackles with 117, and of those 71 were solos.
Despite missing almost three full games, Taylor County senior Chris Thomas passed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau last week at Caverna.
Leonard Macon has rushed for nearly 600 yards and caught passes for almost 800 more while tallying 148 points. He also has five interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.
The Cardinals' leading tackler, senior Justin Hoosier, who was injured vs. Hart County in the first half of game nine, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL.
CHS (4-6) has won its last two games, both at home, and face the Fairview Eagles (7-3) from Ashland in a Class A encounter on Dave Fryrear Field.
Fairview has lost to district rivals Raceland (10-0) and Lexington Christian (7-3) plus Boyd County (6-4) in last week's regular season finale.
The Eagles, coached by Nathan McPeek, put up 34.7 points per game and allow 19.5.
Fairview rushes for 260 yards each night and passes for 68.9.
Senior Matt Jones (No. 11) is the top rusher with 1,201 yards and 18 touchdowns while also passing for 689 and eight scores.
Jones has scored 154 points, which includes 20 point-after kicks.
Junior T.J. Shelton (22) has 784 rushing yards and 12 TDs.
The top Eagle tackler, senior linebacker Josh Johnson (57), has 108 hits.
Campbellsville is led by the 927 rushing yards and nine touchdowns of junior Thomas Downs while senior Michael McCubbin has 645 yards on the ground and eight scores plus 15 receptions for 310 yards and four TDs.
McCubbin leads the Eagles in scoring with 92 points while junior Aaron Schwoebel has passed for 809 yards and eight touchdowns and senior Zach Altman has been in on 121 tackles.
Both local games are scheduled to kick off at 7:30.
If Taylor County wins, the Cardinals will host the victor of the Somerset at Estill County contest.
The regional championship game would be at Breathitt County a week later should the Bobcats prevail over Garrard County this week and conquer the Harlan County at Wayne County survivor.
Should Campbellsville beat Fairview, they would more than likely travel to Raceland next week unless the undefeated Rams are upset by Clinton County.
The Eagles could host the regional championship tilt on Nov. 28 should Williamsburg lose on the other side of the bracket.
Current local statistics and results and future schedules of area teams appear on page 2B.
Admission $5 for play-offs, no student, season passes accepted
Admission for the post-season games will be $5 with only administrative and coaches passes (plus one) and press credentials (two per outlet) accepted. Student or season passes cannot be used for play-off games.
Tickets can be bought in advance through Friday at Taylor County High School.
TCHS football alumni invited
to pre-game ceremony
All Taylor County High School football alumni are invited to join head coach Rodney Turpin and his district-champion Cardinals on the field Friday night as they are presented with the school's first district championship gridiron trophy.
Alumni should gather at the south end zone immediately following the national anthem. The trophy presentation will be at approximately 7:25.