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Kentucky kicks off on Friday

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Kentucky high schools kick off their football seasons Friday night.

One game of interest in the Tri-State has Boyd County going to the Luke Varney Athletic Complex in Louisa, Ky., for a Friday, 7:30 p.m., matchup with Lawrence County.

Boyd County begins a new era with head coach John Gilliam at the helm. Gilliam is a former college assistant coach at Morehead State and Union College.

Gilliam was hired in January to replace Ray Brooks, who resigned after going 5-6 and making the Class 4A playoffs in his only season with the Lions.

The Lions had just one winning season since 2002.

Lawrence County begins its second season in Class AAA after posting a 5-7 record and advancing to the second round of the playoffs in 2012.

Also on tap Friday is Ashland traveling to play Newport Central Catholic, the defending Class 2A state champion, in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Newport Stadium.

Leon Hart retired as Ashland's head coach following a 9-3 playoff season and his replacement, Tony Love, was his defensive coordinator. Love has been on the Ashland sideline for two decades.

Sophomore halfback Quentin Baker is coming off a sensational rookie season for the Tomcats.

The NewCath Thoroughbreds finished 11-4 in 2012.