Senior two-way player’s performance, thus far, has his team at the top of the 6th-District in Kentucky’s 2A
Amari Riley and Avander Abrams both have demonstrated how much impact good, old-fashioned, square-jawed football players can have on any roster, 2A or otherwise. The Juggernauts are living up to the name as the playoffs approach.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball’s Senior Scout
Who here can define the term, “Juggernaut?” Anyone, anyone…
Perhaps, if your team’s mascot isn’t a Juggernaut, you might be able to casually file this inquiry into the filing cabinet under the heading, “Who Cares?” However, folks around Erlanger, Kentucky don’t quite get off that easily.
A “Juggernaut” is defined generally as a huge, powerful, and overwhelming force or institution. No wonder the folks in Erlanger, Kentucky picked this as a mascot.
We all have a desire to be huge, powerful, and overwhelming. Some of us long for this as an individual characteristic while others are happy to conform it to our favorite forces or institutions.
Is Lloyd-Memorial a “Juggernaut” among Kentucky, 2A high schools? We can’t speak for how Lloyd Memorial is esteemed among its peer institutions, although we would offer the school has done more than its share of winning on the gridiron.
However, opponents this year have found the huge performance of Amari Riley to be pretty overwhelming and powerful. So we have heard anyway.
Riley’s offensive performance has been pretty remarkable. The LB/WR is second on the team in receptions, receiving yards, and TD’s receiving. Riley is 3rd on the team in scoring.
Defensively, where he projects next level, Riley is among the leaders in tackles (36) and tied for the club lead with five (5)-QB sacks. He is tied with Avander Abrams (pictured above) with the lead in QB-sacks.
As for the team and how it is performing, we would say pretty darn well, if not Juggernaut-ish. Lloyd-Memorial is in the top-10 of Kentucky’s 2A in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), is 6-3, and is just three (3) or so points away from 8-1.
The Juggernauts dropped a one-pointer in the opener to 6A, Dixie Heights. Lloyd-Memorial also dropped a one-pointer to a team out of Indiana (Providence). Then the Erlanger-gang lost 34-7 to the 2A defending football champion Beechwood, in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, on October 14, 2022.
While I am sure they weren’t thrilled to lose to Beechwood by 27-points, it should be pointed out they gave the Tigers as good a game as any other team on the schedule aside from 5A powerhouse, Covington Catholic. Translation, the Juggernauts may not be, well, Juggernauts exactly…but they are darned formidable.
The only thing standing between Lloyd Memorial and 7-3 is a date in the finale with Holmes High. Holmes is a 4A team sporting a 6-3 record with a team the overcoming of which would be a tall order for any 2A competitor.
Are they too much for a Juggernaut? We don’t think so.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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