For the second-straight week, the No. 6 ranked Hopkinsville Tigers will take on another ranked team as Hoptown heads to No. 7 Madisonville-North Hopkins to take on the Maroons.

The game has turned into a district championship game for the Tigers as a victory will essentially lock up the district and Hoptown would avoid the Maroons or Logan County in the first round of the playoffs if they can take care of business in its final district game against Hopkins County Central.

Madisonville is 6-1 this season with its lone loss coming against Logan County on a Hail Mary two weeks ago.

Jeriah Hightower has been leading the state in rushing for most of the season as the senior has 1,723 yards with 19 scores on the ground. He's averaging 246.1 yards per game this year.

Hayden Reynolds is 61-of-115 for 811 yards with 14 touchdowns and just one interception. Reynolds' favorite target is Deljuan Johnson as he has 19 catches for 480 yards and nine touchdowns. Marquise Parker has 16 catches for 164 yards and four scores for the Maroons.

The Tiger defense has been stout this season as it's allowed just 19 points over the last three weeks, including just six last week against Logan County.

Hoptown freshman Daisjuan Mercer had a day to remember as he pulled down three interceptions and now has seven on this year as he climbs the Tiger record book after just four games.

Denarius "Red" Barnes is leading the Tigers in tackles with 30 as Conner Lackey (29), Hayden Lackey (29) and Jaxon Davis (28) have all been active on the Hoptown defense.

Jay Bland has thrown for 1,466 yards with 19 touchdowns and six interceptions while junior wide receiver Reece Jesse continues to shine with 44 catches for 802 yards and nine touchdowns.

Tyrell Gray-Lewis has four touchdowns and Lane Rushing has five scores as Bland has spread the wealth through the air so far this season.

Jayden Dillard has run for 476 yards and five touchdowns for the Tigers.

The last time the Maroons and the Tigers met, Madisonville cruised to a 20-0 victory in the second round of the KHSAA Class 4A State Playoffs, but that was with Ellis Dunn at quarterback.

The game starts at 7 p.m. at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School.

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