Austin Gough, coming off a broken leg, rehabbed it quicker than initially expected. He was released for play against Grayson County and played, in a reserve roll, in that game.
The plan, as explained by Head Coach Jay Fallin to The Owensboro Times, in an article written by Ryan Richardson and entitled Gough cleared to return for Red Devils, was to not “…rush him back to action.” With the 7-2, Class 6A, District 1 Champions coming to town Friday night in Henderson County, well…so much for that plan.
In a somewhat predictable move (let’s face it, Gough is an AP, first team, All-Stater from a year ago), Austin Gough will draw his first start, since being cleared for play, when the Red Devils take the field Friday night against Henderson County. Well, that didn’t take long.
Gough, who is a physical specimen, was able to come back off injured reserve much faster than people expected. Now, KPGFootball’s top-rated linebacker in the graduating class of 2021, has worked his way back up the depth chart in record time.
We were able to reach Austin Gough for comment and he told us, “First team, second team, don’t really care. I just want to help this team win a state championship. None of the individual stuff means much to me. These are my brothers on this football team. If the coaching staff thinks we’re better with me in the lineup, then I will go out there and do what I have to do for the team to reach its goals.”
Austin Gough set the season season tackle record a year ago as a starting linebacker for the Red Devils with 137-stops. Gough is widely considered among Kentucky’s most elite and coveted prospects playing along the defensive side of the football anywhere in the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Owensboro Senior High, as they are commonly referenced, is 8-1 on the year and have won 7 consecutively since dropping its second game, 10-8, to an Evansville Central (IN) team consider among the best high school football programs in the state of Indiana. No team from the commonwealth of Kentucky has beaten them in 2019.
Reporting for KPGFootball, this is HB Lyon, reminding all of you ballers out there that #WeGotUCovered and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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