Daugherty returns as an Ace in the hole for 2024 and is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the week @1776Bank @840WHAS @ECHS_Wildcats

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’25 FB/DE, Ace Daugherty, can also LS

We have been focusing this offseason on players with versatility. Today we bring you a guy who was among his ball club’s leading rushers, leading tacklers, leading in TFL’s, and was the leader in QB-sacks. This guy did all of this while being among the better LS’s in the game anywhere across the commonwealth of Kentucky.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

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We have been focusing on versatility this offseason. This kid here may be as versatile as they come. He is a fine player on offense and defense; but his main production at the college level may come from his ability to long snap (LS).

Ace Daugherty

First of all, most Brownsville kids are accustomed to outfits like ours covering a RB who is now out of eligibility. Michael Mills was just an outstanding player for the Wildcat program.

Mills, in ’23, gained 1,532-yards on 224-carries (6.84-ypc).Mills was the team’s second leading receiver, its leading scorer, and among the leaders on defense.

That is a mouthful and a bunch to have to replace. That doesn’t mean the Wildcats are out of Aces.

The term “Ace” is slang for “the best.” It is the highest card in a poker deck and other card games. It denotes one as an expert combat flier who has five or more confirmed “kills.” The term was a French one during World War I and, from there, it was extended to include an expert at anything.

Daugherty is a real Ace, which is his given name or the one he uses. Daugherty was the fourth leading rusher from his FB slot in ’23, his junior year. Daugherty was among the club leaders in tackles, TFL’s (4), and QB-sacks where his 2.5 sacks was the club lead.

Daugherty forced one (1) of the team’s three (3) fumbles. Daugherty picked one (1) of the ball club’s seven (7) INTs.

Daugherty is quite the physical specimen. Daugherty is 6’0,” and weighs in around 200-pounds. If you will check college rosters around Kentucky, you will see he is in line with what those teams having manning the all-important long-snapper post.

Daugherty is right in line, physically, with what college teams align at long snapper (LS)

Friday Night Fletch

Daugherty has some unique physical gifts which suit him well for where he plays. Daugherty bench presses in the neighborhood of 250-pounds, square around 385, and has a vertical of 28-inches. That vertical is in line with what one would expect to see out of an athlete running a 4.9-second, 40-yard dash.

Edmondson County had a tough year in ’23. The team finished 2-9 but were just a single point away, against a 5A opponent, from finishing off a third win.

Head Coach, Zach Vincent, didn’t come to Brownsville to win two to three games a season. He will have his players working tirelessly this offseason to regain the type production people expect from an Edmondson County football team.

In the meantime, it never hurts to have an “Ace” up one’s sleeve; or even one in the hole. That is our opinion anyway.

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Edmondson County’s Ace Daugherty. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. Don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

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