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’24 FB/LB among the best in Kentucky at where he plays

We picked this FB for our All-State first-team a year ago. He is the definitive player at the FB position in all of Kentucky. At 6’0,” 220-pounds, he is perfectly suited for the position. He’s good receiving out of the backfield and is a candidate at LB, next level. Reminds us somewhat of Jeriah Hightower from a few years ago. We look for him to have a monster senior season.

HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball

We usually name our regularly running articles. We have decided upon “Storm Warning” for this piece.

McNary, Coach Hood (Murray)

There is a storm brewing in western-Kentucky football. Many teams believe sounding the alarm to be an entirely appropriate response.

Around western-Kentucky football circles, folks refer to the Hopkins County Central offense as the “Air Raid” attack. It has produced some superior QB play. It has launched the playing careers of more than one pass-catcher, be he WR or TE. It will do similarly this coming season.

However, even an airplane has to touch ground. When the Storm gets grounded, they rely on the definitive FB in all of Kentucky to carry the mail. They call on Calil McNary.

McNary made our All-State Football, first-team, a year ago. We suggest if more teams utilized a FB, he would have been on everyone’s first team.

McNary is the heart and soul of our program, we go as he goes

Chris Manning, HCCHS Head Football Coach

McNary was simply fantastic in ’22 and led the Storm in many crucial categories. He led the team in carries (166), yards from scrimmage rushing (1,245), and rushing TD’s (15). He led the team in scoring (118-points, 15-rushing TD’s, 3-receiving TD’s, 5-Two point conversions).

McNary was second on the team in receptions (23), yards receiving (285), and TD’s receiving (3). He also played defense.

McNary was among the club leaders in tackles (34) and TFL’s (3). McNary tied for the lead in INT’s (2) and was among the club leaders in PBU’s.

McNary led the team in carries (166), yards from scrimmage rushing (1,245), and rushing TD’s (15)

KHSAA statistical website

Now McNary is similarly built as a former Maroon great, Jeriah Hightower. Hightower played TB in high school and was moved to linebacker upon his matriculation to EKU.

Where does McNary figure to play in college? First of all, both Murray State and APSU appear bent on learning the solution to this problem for themselves.

We could see McNary playing LB in college. Of course, we could see him playing either FB, or the Spread Offense’s first-cousin to that position, the H-Back in power-run sets.

With McNary it will come down to speed and spacial quickness. He has the perfect build and his on-field production is superlative.

First, however, this big fullback with the soft, supple hands in the passing game will do his part to advance the Storm’s Air Raid offense and lead his beloved program to Friday night victories. After all, airplanes need wheels too.

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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