To refresh everyone’s memory, this is what we predicted and published on KPGFootball way back on August 13, 2018 just before the season opened for E-Town High School…E-Town has a young stud at QB who didn’t get much PT as a freshman, but we saw him in middle school, and QB Clay Games, a former Team Kentucky player, who led TK Stone to the State Middle School Football Championship can spin it, mister, let me assure you. Standing approximately 6-3, he will have no trouble standing tall in the pocket. E-town has another rising sophomore stud to catch Games’ spirals and that is Camden Williams. Get ready E-Town, you will like Games to Williams for the next three seasons. Emphasis added. We knew E-Town wouldn’t be as good in 2018 as it had been in 2017. We knew this as we watched 18 seniors graduate from off the 2017 team. We knew this as Jay Becherer departed with his 1,029 rushing yards and 15 rushing TDs. We knew this when realizing Donovan Huskey wouldn’t be back, and we knew this when last year’s QB, Tyler Durbin, took his 1,500 yards passing and 21 passing TDs against only 5 interceptions to college. However, we cautioned our subscribers and readers that E-Town was still going to be E-Town. Looking back on the Panther’s 2018 season, we couldn’t have been any more on target.
Sure, E-Town came out of the gate shakily, dropping consecutive games to Franklin-Simpson (44-20), North Hardin (34-19), and Christian Academy-Louisville (48-10) to begin the season 0-3, but by the time E-Town dispatched a very good Paducah Tilghman team in round two, they were rounding into the type E-Town team fans of Kentucky football were accustomed to watching. As for our Games to Williams forecast? Well, Clay Games threw for over 1,500 yards, 20 TD passes, and only 5 or so interceptions before it was all said and done. Camden Williams led the Panther team with over 40 catches and well over 600 receiving yards with 20 TD receptions, ballpark. Elizabethtown won 9 of its final 11 games in 2018 behind the stewardship of Clay Games, the Class of 2021 QB prospect, with both losses by slim margins. Elizabethtown dropped a one point loss to Glasgow and lost by 8 points, in the Regional Final, to upstart, LaRue. LaRue now enters the Semi-finals to play Central (Louisville) with a modest 8-5 record which included a loss to E-Town, during the regular season, 42-14 on October 12th. Of course LaRue was able to turn that outcome around, Friday night, in beating the Panthers, 40-32.
In the end, some young players gained some valuable playing repetitions and production this year which will certainly keep Elizabethtown a contender in the 3A Classification for the next 2 years anyway. With TK Stone Middle School routinely pumping talent into the E-Town program, it is difficult to predict E-Town won’t continue to be, in years to come, what it has always been in the past…a perennial threat to win the State Football Championship in its classification. Just as we said back on August 13…you will like Games to Williams…in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for the foreseeable future. When they depart, we are sure another two will emerge to take their place like they have now replaced Panther stars of yore. That’s just how it is in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
This is Fletcher Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding all of the ballers out there to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE.
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