Four football teams from the coverage area will be playing Friday for regional championships in each of their respective classes.

McCracken County is making the two-hour, 54-minute trek to Radcliff, where the Mustangs (9-3) will face undefeated North Hardin (12-0) in a Class 6A regional title bout.

A win would send McCracken to its first-ever state semifinal game.

“We are very excited to be in the 6A state quarterfinals for the second time in school history,” Mustangs third-year coach Marc Clark said. “We knew we would draw a team with a lot of talent in the third round and North Hardin is certainly that. They are undefeated and have played a tough schedule, so we certainly have our work cut out for us.”

The resume for the Trojans is impressive, with wins over Central Hardin (7-0 and 31-7) and Lexington Tates Creek (40-0). Central Hardin has been ranked all season in Class 6A by statewide media, while Tates Creek has consistently received votes in that same Associated Press prep football poll.

The biggest test for the McCracken defense will come in the form of North Hardin quarterback Manie Wimberly, who has completed 144 of 225 passes this season for 2,373 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Trojans running back Lavell Wright is a formidable player, too, with 233 carries for 1,589 yards and 22 touchdowns.

“The offense is very efficient with big play capabilities,” Clark said. “Emmanuel Wimberley is a good athlete with a good arm that throws the deep ball very well to receivers that have good height. Wide receivers Josh Moore (6-foot-3) and Marcus Harris (6-1) have good hands, speed and height that are deep ball threats on every play. The inside slot receivers, Cameron Smith and Ramji Adams, are smaller in height but have thick builds. They are both quick receivers who are good in jet sweeps and run after the catch. Lavell Wright is the tallest running back (6-1, 204 pounds) we have faced, has good speed and is a straight-ahead runner that also catches a lot of passes.”

Defensively, the Trojans have limited the run, allowing 536 yards on the ground in 12 games – an average of 44.7 yards a game.

Already without starting running back Hunter Bradley, with a season-ending leg injury, the Mustangs’ offense will feature more pressure on the pass – however, the combination of quarterback Elijah Wheat and receiver Franklin Hayes has, to this point, been well up to the task.

Hayes is currently ranked No. 2 in Class 6A and No. 4 statewide in receiving, with 1,540 yards, and leads both in touchdowns with 26. He needs two touchdowns to tie Kentucky’s single-season scoring record, joining Lone Oak grad Jamarielle Brown (2007) and former Somerset wideoout John Cole (2006) with 28.

This week’s games

Class 6A: McCracken County at North Hardin (Game of the Week)

When: 6, Friday

Where: North Hardin High School, Radcliff

Prediction: North Hardin by 24

Class 2A: Mayfield vs. Edmonson County

When: 7, Friday

Where: War Memorial Stadium, Mayfield

Notable: The Cardinals (11-1) are winners of the last eight, thanks in large part to quarterback Jayden Stinson and his receiving corps led by Kade Neely, who committed as a Preferred Walk-On to the University of Louisville this week. For the season, Stinson has thrown for 3,134 yards, 43 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while Neely has 1,042 receiving yards – to go with 16 touchdowns.

Outlook: “We’re a team that always takes what they’re going to give us. It’s a regional championship game. We’ve got to go out there and execute. It’s going to be wet out there and we know that. We’ve got to take care of the ball. If we do that, we’ll do OK. That one loss (45-35 to McCracken on Sept. 13) helped us get better. Sometimes, a loss during the season can help your team and help your coaches. The great thing is we played a great schedule. Going through that, we’ve done that and gotten better as the year’s gone along. We’ve just got to continue doing what we’re doing and win three more.” – Mayfield coach Joe Morris

Prediction: Mayfield by 40

Class 1A: Crittenden County at Kentucky Country Day

When: 6:30, Friday

Where: Kentucky Country Day High School, Louisville

Notable: The Rockets (10-2) are rolling, having won eight in a row. They’ll be tested this week with a matchup against undefeated Kentucky Country Day (12-0), which despite its perfect record was ranked No. 2 behind Pikeville (11-0) all season in the statewide AP prep football poll.

Quotable: “(It’s a) nice feeling to find ourselves in the regional championship again this year. We have been working for a different outcome than last year (26-21 loss at Campbellsville). The guys have put in the work and I feel like they are ready to play. KCD isn’t a team we are really familiar with, but they are definitely a disciplined, well-coached team. We will have to play mistake-free football for a chance to take this one.” – Crittenden coach Sean Thompson

Prediction: Country Day by 28

Class 3A: Paducah Tilghman vs. Taylor County

When: 7, Friday

Where: McRight Field, Paducah

Notable: The Blue Tornado (9-3) have won their first two playoff games, over Webster County and Union County, by a combined score of 84-19. Tilghman will, however, be tested this week by a Cardinals (10-2) squad that lost its first matchup to Glasgow (10-2) by less than a touchdown – 31-28 on Oct. 18 – and won its second, 20-14 last week. Glasgow finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and is considered likely to advance to the Class 3A title game at Kroger Field next month.

Quotable: “Every team still practicing football and playing tomorrow night is a quality team and well-coached, including Taylor County. They are a mirror image of us showing two- and three-back sets and running the ball downhill. The game plan for both of us tomorrow is simple: win the line of scrimmage, run the ball and stop the run on defense. In games like this, special teams is always a factor. We are locked in and ready to play.” – Tilghman coach Jonathan Smith

Prediction: Taylor by 17

Other games to watch

Class 3A: DeSales vs. Bardstown

When: 6, Friday

Where: DeSales High School, Louisville

Prediction: DeSales by 14

Class 4A: Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. Franklin-Simpson

When: 7, Friday

Where: Madisonville-North Hopkins High School, Madisonville

Prediction: Madisonville by 17

Class 5A: South Oldham vs. Bowling Green

When: 6, Friday

Where: South Oldham High School, Crestwood

Prediction: Bowling Green by 10

Class 6A: Louisville Male vs. Louisville St. Xavier

When: 6, Friday

Where: Male High School, Louisville

Prediction: Male by 21

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