Owning a five-game winning streak going into the first round of the postseason, Owensboro Catholic will look to defeat Butler County for the second time this season on Friday.
The Aces are coming off a 36-9 win against Elizabethtown to close out the regular season.
Senior quarterback Lincoln Clancy was crucial last week, throwing for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 9-16 passing.
Senior Everett Munsey (four receptions, 122 yards, two touchdowns) and sophomore Mitchell Sims (three receptions, 81 yards, one touchdown) were his primary targets, combining for 203 yards and three touchdowns.
Sophomore Hunter Monroe (22 carries, 125 yards, one touchdown) and freshman Vince Carrico (12 carries, 75 yards)also had strong games in the backfield, combining for 198 rushing yards.
Meanwhile, Butler County is riding a two-game winning streak, defeating Clinton County and Ohio County to close out the regular season.
In the previous matchup between the Aces and the Bears, Owensboro Catholic won a flag-filled game 48-12.
In district play during the regular season, Butler County was the only team the Aces couldn’t blank defensively.
“Butler County was the only team to score on us in our district,” Head Coach Jason Morris said. “They are a solid team whom we know are going to give us their best shot.”
In order to best prepare for a Bears team seeking revenge, Morris said they’ve spent ample time scouting them.
“Preparation for us is always the same,” Morris said. “We have watched film of the games they have played since we played them the first time. We will be prepared.”
Morris and company know that they have to limit senior quarterback Jagger Henderson from leading the charge offensively, while limiting mistakes on their end.
“We must take what they give us on offense and not let their pressure-based defense get to us,” Morris said. “Defensively we must keep their quarterback from running around and making plays on us.”
Getting hot at the right time, Morris expects his team to go out and give it their all on Friday.
“We are expecting to play our best football of the year and keep the positive momentum that we have going,” Morris said.
Owensboro Catholic and Butler County will go to battle when the Aces host at 7 p.m. on Friday.