’24 RB, Ethan Wilson, has torn it up this season
You have heard us say this before; but, there are lots of great players across Kentucky of whom you might never hear. One of those is today’s feature, Jackson County High’s Ethan Wilson. Wilson came into the year a TE/LB but is running the ball from scrimmage and having a historic individual season and leading his ball club to its best season in program history. I am telling you, you can’t make up this kind of stuff. It is why this is the greatest sport on earth.HB Lyon, Senior Scouting Director, KPGFootball
According to the KHSAA record book, the all time yards per rush average for a season in Kentucky is 15.73, Ryan Timmons (Franklin County, 2012); 15.00, Dontay Spillman (Valley, 1997); 14.89 Damien Harris (Madison Southern, 2014)
We cover the commonwealth at length to ferret out for you, the readers and subscribers, just who are the best players around the commonwealth. It isn’t an easy job. Some of these “stars” are hiding well away from the limelight.
McKee is such a place. McKee, Kentucky boasts 836 residents with a median age of 61. It is home to the Jackson County High School. The entire county has fewer than 13,000 residents.
Jackson County High school is what is known as a “freelance” high school. It isn’t assigned to any particular classification but is pretty much free to play whomever it chooses.
This year, the Generals have played three, 2A teams (Knott County, Shawnee, and Clinton County); three, 1A teams (Trimble County, Lynn Camp, and Berea); and two, freelance teams (Phelps, Jenkins).
Among the “freelance” teams, the Generals are “King.” The “freelance” teams are Jackson County, Morgan County, Phelps, Jenkins, and Fulton City.
We are writing this article because Jackson County made a little program history this week. The Generals tied the all-time, season, wins-mark of six (6) wins. They did it with two more opportunities remaining to break the tie.
Jackson County is 6-2 with a loss in the opener to Trimble by a deuce and a 14-point loss to 2-5, Shawnee. Had the opener bounced a little more the Generals way, Jackson County would already be the winningest team in program history and sitting here at 7-1. Imagine that!
Jackson County was 0-10 a year ago, under first-year coach Nick Sizemore. In Sizemore’s second year, the Generals have completely turned around the program’s fortunes.
They have an unlikely character who appears to be leading this team to this unparalleled level of success. Ethan Wilson was thought to be a TE/LB coming into the season.
That is how he was listed on the team’s KHSAA “official” roster submitted by the team’s athletic department coming into the ’23 season. Who are we to argue with them?
Wilson has been phenomenal thus far in this his senior year. We are unsure of the statistics from the 41-24 win over Clinton County because the stats weren’t online when we sat down to write this piece.
Without know exactly what Wilson did against Clinton County, we are still willing to wager Wilson is significantly over a 1,000-yards rushing on the season with a pair of games yet to be played. Through seven games, Wilson had 953-yards on the ground in 64-carries with 17-rushing TD’s.
Wilson has averaged 14.89 yards per rushing attempt and scored a TD every 3.76-carries. Not too shabby for a TE/LB.
Wilson is a 5’11,” 180-pounder who wears No. 18 and is leading the Generals in yard from scrimmage, TD’s rushing, and offensive scoring. He has played a smattering of defense and has a few tackles and an INT to his credit.
This is a real feel good story for a program, coaching staff, and roster all hungry for success. They are meeting with that success.
If the Generals will continue to ride the thoroughbred they brought to this derby; who knows where this will all finish. One thing is for sure.
If the season were to end right now, Wilson would tie Damien Harris for all time yards per rush average, for a season, at 14.89; Harris played collegiately for Alabama's "Crimson Tide" and now plays in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills
The Generals won’t soon forget Mr. Wilson. Neither will we.
This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
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