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Mt. Sterling’s fantastic freshman already pointing toward ‘next year’

We knew Cole Rose was among the very best ’26s in all of Kentucky when he was strutting his stuff on the Kentucky Future Stars, “Team Kentucky.” No one could have foreseen Rose would have the year Rose ended up having. The Indians struggled in ’22, but the Indians’ Rose was in full bloom. The performance from the young DE/LB was majestic.

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout

Have you ever heard of a Zimbabwean-born and Canadian-based Philosopher, Entrepreneur and author of books named, Matshona Dhliwayo? Dyliwayo coined a beautiful sentiment about roses, the kind which comes on a stalk with thorns and not the kind with a capital “R.” You know, the kind of “Rose” which terrorizes backfields all in and around Class 5A, District-6.

Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom

Matshona Dhliwayo, Author, inter alia

Dhliwayo wrote once that, “Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” That is a wonderful sentiment and very lyrical. However, it didn’t take Cole Rose virtually anytime to blossom.

Rose, two sport star

Cole Rose not only bloomed hurriedly, his play was a masterpiece. His play was beautiful.

Round one of the KHSAA playoffs were last Friday night. That means it was the end of the road for many very fine high school football players.

Many of them walked off the field in tears. Some of them have played their very last organized football game.

Montgomery County traveled to Ft. Thomas, Kentucky and got pummeled by one of the hottest teams playing football presently in the 5A classification. The Indians finished the year 3-8, a disappointment by the tribe’s standards.

[T]here are brighter day ahead in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky

HB Lyon, KPGFootball Senior Sports Writer

However, there are brighter day ahead in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. This things tend to be cyclical. If your program is down presently, just give it a second, they will be back around after while.

What really brings a program on is young talent infused into the Friday night lineup. A guy who has just finished his freshman year, and has lost of folks talking around 5A’s sixth-district is ’26 LB/DE prospect Cole Rose.

Rose, a former Kentucky Future Star (#Brotherhood), had an incredible inaugural campaign. Rose is 6’3″ and carries 190-pounds stretched across a lengthy frame which will (undoubtedly) get thicker as Rose matures.

Rose had 65-tackles to rank among the team leaders, though only a freshman. Rose registered 12-TFL’s and 4.5 QB-sacks to go along with a forced fumble.

Rose registered 12-TFL’s and 4.5 QB-sacks to go along with a forced fumble

HB Lyon

In addition to being a football star, Rose is also a varsity basketball candidate. That means his athleticism and feet are off the charts good.

So, cheer up Mt. Sterling and Montgomery County High! Your program has struggled some in recent years, sure; but your Rose has come into full bloom. Like I’ve always heard, The Rose which bloom last, also blooms longest!

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

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  1. As a young player in Tag Football, Cole’s Daddy observed that Cole was “not quick” as he moved on the field. None of us realized that Cole was thoughtfully studying the play before he made his move!

    Cole has honed his assessment skills! Today he rapidly reads the play to successfully bring the ball carrier down!!

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