All four local teams are in action today as teams around the state prepare for Week 6 of the football season.
Apollo and Owensboro are the only games in town as the Eagles host Marshall County and the Red Devils host Graves County at Rash Stadium.
Daviess County hits the road to take on Henderson County as Owensboro Catholic heads to Hancock County.
Marshall County at Apollo
The Apollo Eagles are looking for their second win of the season as they welcome Marshall County into town.
The Eagles’ lone victory came in Week 2 against Meade County as they down the Green Wave 17-14.
Marshall County is 2-3 on the year and come into the matchup with back-to-back victories over Ballard Memorial (54-0) and Trigg County (35-25). The Marshalls are on the road the rest of the season.
Quinn Smith had led the Marshals at quarterback this season and managed MC to victories the last couple of weeks. On the season, he’s 14-of-29 for 294 yards with three touchdowns and a pair of intercetpions.
The Marshals’ bread and butter this season has been running the ball and they’re lead by Garrett Parker and Landon Utley. Parker (213 yards, 3 touchdowns) and Utley (123 yards, 2 touchdowns) are both over the century mark as Kameron Bowerman and Quinn Smith also have two rushing scores for MC this season. Logan Reese has caught all three Smith touchdown passes to go with 249 receiving yards.
Bowerman also leads the Marshals in tackles with 39 this season and has an interception as Reese has a pick-six on his resume this season.
For the Eagles, Damian Lovinsky has been leading Apollo in the passing game this season as he’s 38-of-70 for 451 yards to go with three touchdowns and an interception but Lovinsky also helps coach John Edge with his legs.
Harold Patterson is leading the team with 390 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Lovinsky has 300 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Evan Miller (7 catches, 134 yards), Ben Armour (9 catches, 121 yards) and John Lynn (7 catches, 83 yards, 2 touchdowns) have been Lovinsky’s favorite targets.
Cameron Baker (36 tackles) and Thomas Ferguson (34 tackles) have led the Eagles in tackles.
Apollo forced turnovers this season as they have eight interceptions, including three from Mykel Whitney, who had two last week.
The Eagles and Marshals kick off at 7 p.m.
Daviess County at Henderson County
The Daviess County Panthers used a bye last week to prepare for the final four weeks of the season as they’ll play three of their final four games away from home.
Today’s contest sends the Panthers west to Henderson County to take on the 2-1 Colonels.
DC is 2-2 this season with wins over Ohio County and Marshall County but the Panthers fell to McCracken County 56-22 in their last game on Oct. 2.
For the Colonels, they’re 2-1 on the year with wins over Central Hardin and Apollo last week.
Ben Dalton is 25-of-48 for 280 with three touchdowns and five interceptions, including two last week to the Eagles.
The Cols have three rushers with more than 180 yards as Dalton leads the way with 263 yards and two scores. Jaheim Williams (213 yards, 4 touchdowns) and Jordan Wright (181 yards, touchdown) have also had big years on the ground. Henderson County doesn’t have a receiver over 100 yards this season.
DC coach Matt Brannon said he had all the faith in the world in junior quarterback Joe Humphreys after the loss to the Mustangs as Humphreys enters today’s game with 727 yards and 10 touchdowns to just one interception. He also had 238 rushing yards and four scores on the ground.
Bryson Parm is averaging 108 rushing yards per game for the Panthers as he’s added four touchdowns.
Decker Renfrow (15 catches, 251 yards, 4 touchdowns), Max Dees (11 catches, 151 yards, 2 touchdowns), Luke Floyd (8 catches, 135 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Carter Hamilton (5 catches, 108 yards, 2 touchdowns) have all had big seasons in the receiving game.
Gunnar Evans (60 tackles) and Parker Crews (58 tackles) lead the Panther defense as they take the field tonight against the Colonels in Henderson.
Graves County at Owensboro
The Owensboro Red Devils put up their lowest point total of the year last week against Owensboro Catholic but it was still a win for the Red Devils as they’re 5-0 for the first time since 2008 when they went 11-2 and lost int he third round of the KHSAA Class 5A State Playoffs to Christian County.
This week the Red Devils welcome big district foe Graves County to Rash Stadium as the Eagles are 4-1 this season with their lone loss coming against perennial power Mayfield.
The first RPI rankings came out Saturday as the Red Devils are currently leading Class 5A in RPI with a .70598, Scott County is just behind them at .70578.
Eagle quarterback John Brown has thrown for 985 yards with eight touchdowns and six picks but Graves has been lead all season by running back Clint McKee.
McKee has 903 yards this season and already 16 rushing touchdowns in just five games. Mason Grant is the Eagles’ leading receiver with 448 yards and five scores while Race Richards (191 yards, touchdown), Kyler Madding (142 yards, touchdown) and McKee (123 yards, touchdown) have hailed in 47 of Brown’s 52 completetions.
Graves has forced 10 turnovers this season (7 fumbles, 3 interceptions) and are led on defense by Jack Cope.
For the Red Devils, junior quarterback Gavin Wimsatt is still leading the OHS offense with his 980 passing yards and 11 touchdowns this season while also contributing 192 rushing yards with four touchdowns on the ground. Ethan Avery has also been getting it done with his legs as he has 442 yards and seven touchdowns.
Senior Austin Gough has been helping the Red Devils on both sides of the football as he had four rushing touchdowns and also leads the team in tackles with 52.
Ben Flaherty used a huge game against the Aces to now lead the Red Devils in receiving with 251 yards and two touchdowns. Treyvon Tinsley (210 yards, 5 touchdowns), Khalil Rogers (208 yards, touchdown) and Steven Stevenson (206 yards, 1 touchdown) have also eclipsed more than 200 yards receiving.
The annual battle between the Red Devils and Eagles gets underway at 7 p.m.
Owensboro Catholic at Hancock County
For the fourth week in a row, the Owensboro Catholic Aces are playing an undefeated team as they head to Hancock County for a battle with the 4-0 Hornets.
The Aces are currently fourth in 2A in RPI but Hancock is a spot above them as the two will duke it out tonight.
Catholic fell to undefeated Owensboro 28-14 last week but were riding high coming into the game as they cruised by their previous three opponents after a close victory over Mt. Vernon (Ind.) in the opener.
The Hornets haven’t allowed more than 14 points in a game this season and the Aces haven’t scored less than 14 points in a game to this point.
Hancock County used a balanced rushing attack to gain its yards as Cole Dixon is 17-of-30 for 297 yards and three touchdowns in the passing game.
On the ground, Logan Willis (370 yards, 3 touchdowns), Darian Clay (301 yards, 6 touchdowns), Xander Early (202 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Dixon (157 yards, touchdown) have all ran the ball well this season for the Hornets.
Luke Garrison leads the defense with 53 tackles while Sebastian Fredell has two of the Hornets’ five picks this season.
Despite the loss last week, the Aces offense has been rolling with Lincoln Clancy does his best to lead the Catholic offense. Clancy has 765 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season to go with 261 rushing yards and a score on the ground.
Hunter Monroe has led the Aces’ ground attack with 304 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Boarman has also helped with his 126 yards and five rushing touchdowns.
Junior Braden Mundy has done his best to help the Aces in anyway his can this season. Mundy has 178 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground to go with 325 receiving yards and seven scores through the air.
Hunter Small (161 yards) and Michael Sullivan (140 yards, touchdown) have led Catholic in receiving as Sullivan also has a pick this season.
Boarman leads the team with 55 tackles (8 TFL, 2 sacks).
Catholic and Hancock County get underway at 7 p.m. in Lewisport.