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The kickoff to the 2011 high school football season is right around the corner and TSF has everything you need to get ready.
This year with realignment in Kentucky we have expanded to our coverage to include eight new teams from the Commonwealth, including many inside Class 2A, District 5.
It promises to be an interesting season ahead between the new rivals. Here is a complete overview of the newly aligned district.
GALLATIN COUNTY WILDCATS
Class 2A, District 6
Head Coach: Tim Browning
2010 Record: 2-9, 1-3 Class 1A, District 4
Nick Brown, Jr., RB/LB: Ran for 474 yards and six touchdowns on the ground as a sophomore. On defense Brown had 98 solo tackles.
Josh Roland, Sr., OL/LB: Second on the team tackles and had an interception for the Wildcats defense as a junior.
Nolan Stephenson, Sr., C/LB: Racked up 51 total tackles as a junior.
Austin Chapman, So., QB: The freshman threw for 1,380 yards, 14 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in his varsity debut. Chapman’s biggest day was versus Bracken County when he tossed for 347 yards and two scores.
Nate McCoy, So., WR/DB: Led the Wildcats with 30 receptions for 417 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy tied for the team lead in interceptions with two and was third on the team with three scores.
Curtis Flynn, So., WR/FS: Led the team with four touchdowns receiving as a freshman. Flynn was was very productive with 22 catches for 362 yards and an interception on defense.
Brady Lawrence, So., WR/DB: Had 20 receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns as freshman.
--Ended 2010 on five game losing streak that saw the team get shutout twice and score just six points on another occasion.
--The young Wildcats were manhandled up front as they allowed their foes to run for 247 and post 39 points per game in ’10.
--This will be the sixth season for Wildcat football they have compiled a 23-40 record overall. Their best year was in 2007 when they went 7-4.
CARROLL COUNTY PANTHERS
Class 2A, District 5
Head Coach: Mike Weedman
2010 Record: 7-4, 1-2 Class 2A, District 5
Carson Butcher, Sr., RB/LB: Had a breakout junior season with 1,380 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing during the regular season. Butcher should end his career with over 3,000 yards on the ground.
Trent Downs, Sr., QB: Enters his third season as the starting quarterback. Downs threw for 751 yards and seven touchdowns while leading the Panthers to seven victories during the regular season in ‘10.
Tyshawn Embs, Jr., RB/DB: The best days are still ahead for the youngster who averaged 7.5 yards per carry as a sophomore. Embs compiled 302 yards rushing and had a touchdown rushing and receiving during the regular season.
Dillon Craig, Jr., WR/DB: Led the team with 19 receptions for 286 yards and three touchdowns in nine regular season games as a sophomore. On defense, Craig recovered two fumbles and was in on 28 total tackles from his position in the secondary.
Evan Mefford, Sr., LB: Had 27 total tackles and fumble recovery for a touchdown as a junior. Mefford should see the ball come his way more often as a receiver in ’11.
Casey Breeden, Jr., LB: Had 44 total tackles and fumble recovery as a sophomore.
Brandon Franklin, Jr., Had 27 total tackles in eight games as a sophomore.
--Coming off first back-to back winning seasons since 2003 & 2004. Had three straight winning campaigns from ’02 to ’04 going 24-11 in that span.
Class 2A, District 5
Head Coach: Jeff Barth
2010 Record: 8-4, 4-1 Class 1A, District 3
Nolan Brown, Sr., RB/DB: Ran for 946 yards and had 11 rushing touchdowns in 2010.
Zach McAdams, Sr., RB/DB: Ran for 727 yards and had six rushing touchdowns during in 2010. McAdams had two interceptions as a defensive back.
Nolan Daugherty, Sr., QB: Threw for 335 yards, five passing touchdowns and had four rushing touchdowns as a junior
Quincy Page, Sr., DL/OL: 45 total tackles as a junior.
Cole Mosier, Jr., DL/OL: 60 total tackles as a sophomore.
Wolfgang Davis, Jr., LB: 38 total tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception as a sophomore.
Cory Bennett, Jr., LB/K: 30 total tackles as a sophomore. Bennett also converted 30/34 extra points as the teams kicker.
--in just third season Bearcats go 8-4 after compiling a 6-14 record in their first two years of existence.
--Averaged 292 yards rushing and 31.3 points per game in 2010.
--The defense allowed 21.9 points per game in 2010.
TRIMBLE COUNTY RAIDERS
Class 2A, District 6
Head Coach: Chris Collins
2009 Record: 1-9, 1-3 Class 1A, District 4
Stuart Barnes, Sr., RB/LB: Ran for 3404 yards and three touchdowns on offense. Barnes had 52 total tackles on defense in 2010.
Jordan Blanton, Sr., QB: Played in just three games as a junior registering 101 yards passing, 88 yards rushing and one touchdown passing and rushing.
Kyle Sparks, Jr., DB/RB: Had 39 total tackles as a sophomore. On offense, Sparks caught two balls for 30 yards and a score.
Josh Baker, Sr., LB: Registered 29 total tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception as a junior.
Aaron Blanton, Jr., DB/ WR – Compiled 26 total tackles as a sophomore. On offense, Blanton had tow receptions for 31 yards.
--Only two winning seasons in 15 years of football.
--Scored six or fewer points four times in 2010.
--The defense allowed 36.3 points per contest in 2010 including four games of 42 or more.
OWEN COUNTY REBELS
Class 2A, District 5
Head Coach: Adam Fowler
2010 Record: 3-8, 0-3 Class 2A, District 5
Sawyer Williams, Sr., TE/DE: Had 37 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. Williams amassed 62 tackles and recovered three fumbles on defense.
Adam Hazlett, Jr., QB: Threw for 1,161 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore.
Cody McDaniel, Sr., RB/FS: Had 47 tackles at safety. McDaniel racked up 170 yards and two touchdowns as a junior.
Chris Day, jr., WR/DB: Led the Rebels with three interceptions and had a fumble recovery on defense. Day caught 25 balls for a team high 477 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore.
--Rebels lost last seven games after starting 2010 season 3-1.
--Offense only scored more than 13 points once during last season’s losing streak.
--Defense allowed a brutal 61.7 points per contests over the last three tilts of 2010.
--Owen County’s last winning season since 1992 when they went 6-5. Rebels went 5-5 in 2002
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