In the Running…Lots of performances around Kentucky-candidates for @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

Like we did last week and will continue to do in succeeding weeks, we will go around the commonwealth of Kentucky and update, on Mondays, the performances we believe to be jerky-worthy. We had some really fine team and individual performance during this week of competition in the KHSAA.

When our Protein-packed Performer gets named this Wednesday, it is very likely to be one of the below players. The following guys were all nominated for the award this week. Let’s see who gets it on Wednesday!

We have heard people say Harris Phelps (’23) from Paintsville, HS is the very best football player playing high school football across Kentucky today. Friday night, he didn’t disappoint his fans.

Is this Mercer’s deepest roster in years? We’ve heard that!

Phelps rushed the football 30-times for 205 yards and 4-rushing TDs. He caught a pass for 46 more yards, and scored 24-points for his team. Phelps’ Paintsville Tigers beat Class 4A Knox Central 34-14. 

Mercer County’s Jackson Peavler (’22) had a big night for the defense. Peavler had 15-stops in Mercer’s 22-21 win over Southwestern, a Class 5A school used to winning lots of games. The Class 3A, District 4 Titans are off to a fast start with a loss to Class 6A Bryan Station its only blemish.  

Allen County-Scottsville’s Payton Cope (’23) has been read hot this year. Against Warren Central, Cope completed 10 of his 16-attempts for 266-yards and 2-TDs. Jax Cooper (’22) was Cope’s favorite target on the night, catching 6-passes for 146-yards with 1-TD. Thorny Walker (’22) converted all nine (9) of his PATs. Will Moore (’22) paced the defense with 11-stops including one behind the line of scrimmage. ACS won 63-18. 

Ballard pasted Butler on Friday night 49-0. Tristen Hawkins (’22) was 8 for 10 for 187-yards with a pair of TD tosses. William Elliott (’24) had three (3) rushing TDs and Jadarian Smith (’22) continued his torrid defensive play with 7-tackles, 2-TFLs, and 2 QB-sacks. Davon Rudolph (’24) had 2.5 TFLs and 2.5 QB-sacks. On the year now, Smith has 13-TFLs and 10.5 QB-sacks in only 5-games. 

Cameron Hergott was only 5 for 5 for 37-yards in Beechwood’s 27-7 victory over Class 5A perennial power Covington Catholic. That would mean he just had an off night, right? Wrong! Hergott carried the ball 16-times for 173-rushing yards with 2-TDs. 

We figured LCA would beat Catholic in the “Holy War,” but 43-7? Nope, we didn’t see that one coming. Drew Nieves (’23) completed 10 of 17 passing attempts for 219-yards and 3-passing TDs. Jeremiah Riffle (’23) carried it 7-times for 109-yards and a TD and Mason Moore (’22) caught 7-passes for 139-yards and a TD. Andrew Dobbs (’22) converted all 5 of his PATs and Jeffrey Selby (’22) based the defense with 8-stops. 

E-man Cheatham; Photo: Josh Nichols

Hopkinsville and Christian County have one of the commonwealth’s most heated rivalries. With the schools set to merge, it is sad it is coming to an end. Hopkinsville won what maybe the second to the last installment 38-0 on Friday night.

Tre Jefferson (’22) was 5 for 8 for 205-yards and a pair of scores. Jaden Dillard (’22) gained 122-yards in 14-carries and Emmanuel Cheatham (’22) scored 2-TDs over the ground.

Daisjaun Mercer (’23) caught all 5 of Tre Jefferson’s completions for 205-yards receiving and both TDs. Zack Moss (’24) was a perfect 5 for 5 on PATs and was 1 for 1 on FGs. David Boswell (’22) paced the defense wit 9-tackles, with 1 TFL, while CJ Stallworth (’23) had 3-TFLs and 3 QB-sacks and Jaiden Metcalf (’22) had 5-TFLs and 2 QB-sacks.  

Well these were just some of the outstanding performances from around the horn in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Which one wins the jerky this week? You’ll have to wait and see.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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