’25 QB setting all-time passing marks; getting plenty help from senior, WR
Eminence was such an afterthought in ’22 we had to do a little research to see if the Warriors fielded a team a year ago. Coach Jones was struggling to say the least. The team went 0-11, only scored 109-points, and had a sophomore QB who threw many more INT’s than TD’s. Come full circle a season later and the Warriors are among the “hottest” teams in 1A with some players who are just scorching hot, including the QB. Berry is a 6’2,” 190-pounder sporting a 4.25 GPA who also plays varsity basketball. Wait until you see what he’s doing through 4-games this year!HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Raise your hand if you were even semi-aware the Eminence Warriors were standing at 4-0 on the young season. We’re talking about the school in 1A, District 5 which is located on 254 West Broadway Street in Eminence, Kentucky. It is the same school which was 0-11 just a season ago.
Talk about your one-eighties; last year, the Warriors were 0-11. In going 0-11, the Warriors scored fewer than 10-points an outing, and threw nearly twice as many interceptions as TD’s (15:8).
This year, they are 4-0. In addition, Eminence is averaging 48.5-points a ballgame, completing 64% of its passes (as opposed to the 55% in ’22), and has thrown 19-TD’s against only 2-INT’s.
The cornerstone of this improvement appears to be stationed under center. His name is Blaze Berry. Berry is a ’25 QB prospect who may be the “leader in the clubhouse” in the small school, All-State Football team race for a QB.
Berry did something no QB from Eminence High has ever before done this past Friday night. Berry completed 26 of his 36-passing attempts (72% completion rate), for 502-yards passing (in a single night), with 7-thrown TD’s against 0-picks.
Someone figure the QB-rating on that evening. Do they have perfect scores for QB-ratings?
Berry is getting a little help. We all need a little help.
Senior Dalton Gambrel, himself a threat for small-school All-State Football team inclusion, caught 7-passes for 224-yards and 2-TD’s. The 6’ 160-pound senior WR/DB, in just his first four games, already has 27-catches for 587-yards and 6-scores. Gambrel also leads the club in INT’s (2).
So far on the year, the Warriors have beaten Bellevue, Owen County, Caverna, and Pineville. Pineville, from Bell County, Kentucky, is a particularly tough customer in that classification and around that area.
You generally don’t see 0-11 teams turn things around quite this fast. The only thing which can be deduced from this is Coach Ryan Jones, and his staff, are doing a first-rate job of developing these players and coaching this football team.
They may have the best QB/WR duo in the state at the 1A level of play. That is what the numbers tell us.
How far down this track will these Warriors travel on the backs of its two prominent, All-State caliber players? We will have to see. One thing is certain, we like they way they have come out of the starter’s gate.
This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
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