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Does Godby ever drop a pass? Not too many. Photo: taken from the player's Twitter profile uncredited

Good God(by), this kid can flat-out ball!

Chandler Godby is not an unknown commodity in Kentucky High School football circles. He caught 75-balls as a junior, for 1,61-yards receiving, with 16-TDs receiving in route to an All-State selection as a junior in ’21. What will he do for an encore? Well, he came up big against Belfry on the road this past Friday night. If history means anything at all, we may expect him to perform similarly down the road.

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout

It’s not everyday you get to travel to a high school and challenge a head football coach with 466-wins and 8-titles. The history books tell us there are few places in the pantheon of high school football across America where one would even have the opportunity for such an endeavor.

Well, John Hines got the chance to do it. He successfully traveled into the Valley of the Shadow of Death and came out on the long end of a 34-21 margin.

At least he understood the momentousness of the situation. Coach Hines published on Twitter the following, “It’s an honor to compete against the legendary Coach Phillip Haywood (sic.), and the storied Belfry Pirates.”

It’s an honor to compete against the legendary Coach “Phillip Haywood,” and the storied Belfry Pirates. 

John Hines on Twitter

That is a mouthful and an understatement all at one time. Not all English speakers are sufficiently loquacious to accomplish such skill, such craft.

What else is a mouthful is having two members of the ’21 All-State football team back for another tour in Chandler Godby and Layton Abbott. What isn’t the least bit overstated is how well they both played this past Friday night.

Chandler Godby (’23) can play the game. A ton of us around the Kentucky High School press corp are aware of this. So too are the commonwealth’s All-State football team voters.

Goodbye didn’t disappoint. On an evening where offense was somewhat of a premium (at least the offense unaided by turnovers), Godby corralled seven Brysen Dugger daggers including Dugger’s lone TD-toss.

Godby, ranked the commonwealth’s 7th-most highly prized WR prospect, also accumulated close to 100-receiving yards on the night. Godby came up a yard shy (99) if we are searching for exactitude.

Godby clips-off 40s in a blistering 4.57-seconds, Squats 405, Cleans 245, and Benches 235-pounds. Considering all of the above, Godby’s being hard to contain on a gridiron should surprise exactly no one.

Godby got himself some help on Friday night against the vaunted Pirates. Converted hard wood standout turned HS QB, Brysen Dugger (6’2,” ’23), looked right impressive playing his “other sport.”

Abbott, 6’0,” 200, ’23 ILB

Dugger completed 16 of his 24 passing attempts for 221-passing yards and the lone TD toss to Godby. Dugger added his own TD, by way of land.

The other All-Stater showed both “up” and “out.” Layton Abbott (LB), who joined Godby on last year’s All State football team, had 21-tackles and 4-TFLs. For his efforts, Abbott was the AHR Hospital Bowl’s MVP.

Pulaski, a Class 5A, District 8 team gets ready to host Wayne County this coming Friday night. Belfry braces for a visit from one of its all-time great stars. Former UK Wildcat and Belfry Pirate, David Jones, visits his former stomping grounds towing his Bourbon County Colonels along for the reunion.

Both of these teams seem poised to contend for titles at their respective classifications. Both of them appear very well coached with plenty of talent on hand for the road ahead.

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

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About Henry Lyon 1210 Articles
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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