Classification: 2-A.

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Site: Steele Stadium.

Records: Crittenden County 7-4. Owensboro Catholic 11-0.

Radio: None locally.

Last meeting: Owensboro Catholic won 62-12 on Sept. 22 in Marion.

What's at stake: Owensboro Catholic posted a 50-point road victory over the Rockets earlier in the season, and Crittenden County will have some tough sledding on the Aces' home turf at Steele Stadium. Brady Atwell is one of the most prolific passers in the nation, and the brother duo of senior Tutt Carrico and junior Vince Carrico has been dynamic throughout the season for the unbeaten Aces. The Rockets will rely heavily on the arm of QB Micah Newcom, but their defense will be sorely tested throughout by one of the most explosive offensive attacks in the commonwealth. If focused, the well-rounded Aces should roll into next week's regional championship game with little difficulty.


Classification: 5-A.

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Site: Rash Stadium.

Records: South Warren 9-2. Owensboro 7-4.

Radio: WVJS-FM 92.9.

Last meeting: South Warren won 44-7 in the third round of the 2018 KHSAA playoffs in Bowling Green.

What's at stake: The good news is that Owensboro is playing this game in the friendly confines of historic Rash Stadium, a fact that cannot be overstated. The potentially troubling news is that the Spartans are one of the state's elite Class 5- A teams — ranked No. 2 behind Fort Thomas Highlands in the KHSAA RPI — and are just a couple of plays away from being undefeated. In last week's opening round, South Warren crushed a Madisonville-North Hopkins team (50-12) that beat the Red Devils in the regular season. The Spartans are highly efficient on both sides of the ball and have played a rugged schedule. OHS is an opportunistic squad that has had a flair for the dramatic in the postseason.


Classification: 6-A.

Kickoff: 7 p.m. (CT)

Site: Bruins Stadium, Cecilia.

Records: Central Hardin 6-5. Daviess County 6-5.

Radio: None locally.

Last meeting: Central Hardin won 17-3 in the second round of the 2022 KHSAA playoffs in Cecilia.

What's at stake: All bets are off when considering the chances of Daviess County, which has engineered a remarkable transformation since the beginning of the season. The Panthers have done it with grit, hard work, defense, and timely offense at key moments — all of which must be maintained if they expect to win on the Bruins home turf. This is a rematch of last year's second-round playoff game, and DC brings a ton of confidence and belief into this road challenge. Central Hardin is also a hard-hitting defensive team that features a solid run game on offense. The Bruins and Panthers are close together in the KHSAA RPI, and the team that best protects the football is likely to win this one.