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Daniel Thomas, from Bell County, might be Kentucky's best HS football player

’24 RB is durable, dynamic, & likely KY’s best HS football player

This is a really super find for some lucky program. Daniel Thomas is 5’9,” 180-pounds of dynamic, grit, gristle, muscle, and football playing savant. He has a 4.07 GPA, is a three star rated recruit on Certified Recruit, and also plays varsity basketball for the Bobcats. In five-games so far, he has gained 1,278-yards, has scored 21-rushing TD’s, and has only logged 125-carries. He is averaging 10.2-yards a touch and a rushing TD every 5.95-carries.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

Daniel Thomas is a 5’9,” 180-pounder from Bell County, Kentucky. Thomas is having an exceptional season.

Matter of fact, he has been a finalist for any number of weekly awards we bestow. We would be shocked if he wasn’t winning one from us in the near future.

Thomas plays football for one of the greatest to ever stride a sideline in the high school game. We were able to contact Coach Dudley Hilton and he had the following to say about his senior Mr. Football candidate.

“Daniel Thomas reminds me of the Energizer Bunny-Rabbit from the television ads. He just keeps going, and going, and going…” Thomas concluded with, “[Daniel Thomas is] just an excellent, hard-nosed, football player.”

Being called an “…excellent Footgball player…” by a guy with well over 400-career wins, and multiple state championship titles, is its own reward. Thomas has the numbers to warrant the flattery.

Against Whitley County, Thomas gained 357-yards rushing and scored 5-rushing TD’s

KHSAA statistical website

Friday night, against 4A Whitley County, Thomas gained 357-yards rushing and scored 5-rushing TD’s. Thomas averaged 11.9-yards, per carry, and carried every sixth attempt into the end zone.

Energizer Bunny

Whitley entered the game 3-1 with a nail-biter to North Laurel its only blemish. Not exactly playing a bunch of “Joe Slappies.”

Thomas starred on defense too. Thomas had 8-tackles (good for second on the team) and recovered a fumble (FR).

For the year, we have seen the same type pattern regarding Thomas’ on-field performance. Thomas has gained 1,278-yards and scored 21 TD’s over 125-carries. On defense, Thomas has 30-tackles, 1-TFL, 2-FR’s.

[Daniel Thomas] reminds me of the Energizer Bunny-Rabbit from the television ads

Dudley Hilton, HFC, Bell County

This guy is averaging 10.2 yards a carry, over five games, and a TD every 5.95-touches. Thomas is also averaging six (6)-tackles a game and routinely finding himself around the football or in the opponent’s offensive backfield.

Dudley Hilton, Bell County HFC

It’s like Thomas is always in an offensive backfield. Most of the time it is Bell County’s; but, other times, it is the other team’s backfield.

Hilton’s scheme lends itself to guys like Thomas flourishing. It is based on running the football. This has been true for over 30-years.

Hilton requires a tailback who is both dynamic and durable. Thomas easily fits the bill.

In ’22, as a junior, Thomas rushed for 2,228 yards and 29 touchdowns. The Bobcats, seemingly always in contention, were 10-3.

This year, Thomas is on pace to crush his ’22 numbers. The Bobcats appear on pace to crush 10-wins, even before the playoffs commence.

[Daniel Thomas is] just an excellent, hard-nosed, football player

Dudley Hilton, HFC, Bell County

Individually, Thomas looks poised to win himself some mighty fine hardware. Dare we avoid the rush, and just start calling him “Mr. Football” right now?

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

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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