At KPGFootball, we realize the 2018 season hasn’t been fully played. There are only 48 teams left playing, but this Friday those 48 teams will square off and leave 24 standing for the State semi-finals all of which will ultimately culminate in Lexington, Kentucky at Kroger Field to crown 6 State Football Champions. At KPGFootball, we are always looking ahead. We know things the casual fan doesn’t and before it is known by the rest of the sports reporting industry (though they will shortly discover). The reason…we don’t busy ourselves reporting on anything aside from football, year round. A team on the rise in 2019, and one about which there is already a great deal of excitement and which we expect to vastly improve next year, over the 3-8 it posted this year, is Class 6A, District 2, Meade County. One reason the team will vastly improve is because the team has sophomores returning like JJ Richardson and JT Godsey. In fact, Meade County returns 10 offensive starters in 2019. There is an eleventh offensive guy, whose family is relocating to Meade County from New Albany, Indiana, and this guy is going to make a huge difference.
First, consider Meade County narrowly lost to Simon Kenton on August17, 29-28 and dropped a nail-biter at home to 11-1, Class 4A, District 2, Franklin-Simpson, 17-14. Simon Kenton, 10-2, is playing Scott County in the Regional Championship Game Friday and is rated the 19th best football team regardless of classification in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Franklin-Simpson is playing Madisonville North Hopkins in its Regional Championship Game and is rated the 12th best football team in Kentucky regardless of classification. Though 3-8, Meade County showed itself capable, in 2018, of showing up and playing remarkably even with the very best teams Kentucky Football has to offer. Meade County did this with what should have been JV players starting for it all over the field. Now, all of this is something any sports writer can tell you. Now on to what only KPGFootball and the involved parties know, but which we have been given permission to disclose.
Former Team Kentucky fixture, and Class of 2021 superstar running-back, Austin Oppel, and his family, are moving to Brandenburg, Kentucky. Austin Opel, according to his NCSA Recruiting profile is a 5-8, 180 pound member of the Class of 2021 who runs the 40 yard dash in 4.67, Short-shuttles in 4.5, bench presses 245, squats 375, and has a vertical of 23.886 inches. How did he do at New Albany Senior High School in New Albany, Indiana this past season? Well, for the Bulldogs, he gained 1,523 yards rushing from scrimmage, carried the football 262 times, averaged 5.8 yards per carry, and scored 18 rushing TDs according to the MaxPreps.com official statistics. At KPGFootball, we have known those statistics to be incompetently updated in some prior instances so when our sources tell us he gained over 1,600 yards from scrimmage and scored over 20 rushing TDs this year, we aren’t going to quibble. We aren’t sure at what level of football New Albany Senior High plays but with an enrollment, 9-12, of approximately 1,879 students, we would assume among Indiana’s largest classifications, if not THE largest classification. In any event, the addition of an All-State caliber running back to any roster lends itself to the team’s prospects improving dramatically. Adding this 2021 superstar to what Meade County already has both in that and its 2022 class is enough to make KPGFootball confidently project, barring injury, Meade County has seen the last of both 3-8 records and quick exits from the KHSAA playoffs.
This is Fletcher Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding all of the ballers out there to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE.
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