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Dawson, a '24, has already been offered by EKU

Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, SAGE, rosemary, and thyme/Remember me to the one who lives there… Scarborough Fair, Arthur Garfunkel/Paul Simon

Sage Dawson is a dual threat QB already drawing interest from D’1s like EKU. He is being recruited as a QB/Athlete and his week-one performance, under center, hasn’t done anything to dampen the enthusiasm around both the program’s continued dominance in the 4A classification and Dawson’s expected performance moving forward with the young season.

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball’s Senior Scout

Sage has two meanings. As a noun, it is defined as an aromatic plant with grayish-green leaves that are used as a culinary herb, native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean. As an adjective, it is wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment.

When discussing Boyle’s decision to replace last year’s signal caller, Jagger Gillis, with Danville, Kentucky’s Sage Dawson, we are referring to the adjective form of the definition, of course. Borrowing, once more, from the adjective, Boyle County’s choice in signal callers in ’22 looks wise and suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them.

That’s enough of the dictionary for any one article. We think you get the point.

We have no idea why the Dawsons named “Sage” what they did. They either were Simon & Garfunkel fans (as are we) or they were hoping that particular given name would embellish in him sound judgment.

We can’t say for sure. We can say it was sound judgment for the program, coming off back to back 4A championships in football, to entrust its offensive machine to Sage Dawson. He has not disappointed, though the season is clearly in its infancy.

In the week one challenge, Dawson was brilliant. The 6’0,” 170-pound ’24 prospect was 12 for 17 through the air for 226-yards and 5-TDs against no thrown INTs. We call that efficient around the magazine. Funny, it is actually called efficient all over the globe.

Dawson, in true dual-threat style, was a threat running the football too. Dawson carried the football 5-times for 52-yards and a score.

Boyle beat an Indiana team 50-2 in its opening game.

KHSAA scoreboard

Boyle beat an Indiana team 50-2 in its opening game. This means Dawson, and his first-team cohorts, likely didn’t play but about a half of the opener. Had Dawson played all four quarters, and if Coach Haddix hadn’t “called off the dogs,” imagine what his numbers might have looked like then.

We don’t know how tougher of a test Bryan Station is likely to provide tonight. Coming into the season, the Defenders were ranked with the elite of the 6A classification. Week-one was unkind.

Bryan Station opened with Frederick Douglass (5A). The Broncos won that game 52-7 in the Mingua Beef Jerky Bowl.

KHSAA scoreboard

Bryan Station opened with Frederick Douglass (5A). The Broncos won that game 52-7 in the Mingua Beef Jerky Bowl.

What will the numbers be this evening? Boyle County is ranked Kentucky’s third best football team regardless of classification. Bryan Staton is ranked 12th in the same poll, meaning the CalPreps.com computer thinks the opening pounding was somewhat “flukey,” or the final margin was unfaithfully reported back to the folks at MaxPreps.

Of course, any machine rendered rankings of teams is only as good as the information inputted and the reliability of the reporter. We don’t know if the machine thought Bryan Station lost 52-7, opening with Frederick Douglass, or if the information related to MaxPreps indicated the score was much closer.

…any machine rendered rankings of teams is only as good as the information inputted and the reliability of the reporter.

KPGFootball on MaxPreps scoreboard

We can tell you, last night when checking MaxPreps for scores, some jokester reported Johnson Central was losing to Fern Creek, 99-0. This person likely found that funny. We didn’t.

Johnson Central beat Fern Creek last night, 55-19. Talk about your score discrepancies, it doesn’t get much wider than that.

We like Boyle County over the visiting 6A Defenders tonight in the MIngua Beef Jerky Bowl and we believe it will be a runaway. Bryan Station may well be in for another 50-something to 7 or so score.

Should that be the case, its young and brilliant, dual-threat QB/ATH, with the enigmatic name-origin, will be largely to thank. That is our prognosis. Then again, what do we know?

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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