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!

Cayden Grigsby (’24) from Middlesboro had quite a night quarterbacking the highly regarded Yellow Jackets in a key home win over Breathitt County. Grigsby completed 12 of his 16 passing attempts for 208-yards and a passing TD. Grigsby also rushed the football 13-times for 121-yards and 2-scores.

Caleb Bogonko (’22) rushed the football 16-times for 197-yards and 5-rushing TDs in a performance which has set the bar pretty high on the Jerky-worthy scale. Tyler Kelly (’22) had 13-tackles with 3-TFLs and Spencer Wheeler (’22) had 10-stops, two of which were behind the line. On the night, the Yellow Jackets gained 319-rushing yards on 30-carries scoring 7-rushing TDs. Middlesboro’s record is 6-0; Breathitt drops to 0-5.

Gage Sokolowski (’23) had a night as did Rowdy Sokolowski (’22) who has to be his brother. Gage rushed for 187-yards in 27-carries with 2-rushing TDs while Rowdy gained 176-yards on 15-rushing attempts and 2-rushing TDs of his own.

Kainoa Olive (’24) hit pay dirt every carry. Olive carried it three times, gained 89-yards, and scored 3-rushing TDs. On the night the Murray Tigers rushed the football 58-times for 536-yards rushing and 7-TDs. 

Logan County’s Mattia Giubilato (’23) was 1-1 on his PAT attempts Friday night and some might want to say, “So what!” Well, ordinarily, converting a single PAT probably wouldn’t matter.

However, Giubilato is the place-kicker for the Logan County Cougars. The Cougars beat the Hoptown Tigers Friday night 13-12.

In a game of inches, Giubilato covered his inch and that inch was the difference between overtime and potentially coming up short and winning a game with serious playoff seeding implications down the road.

Giubilato, no stranger to winning games with leg

Elijah Hawkins (’24) had a big night defensively for the Cougars. Hawkins led the team with 9-tackles, 4 of which were TFLs, and 2 of which were QB-sacks. On this night, every single contribution counted. Logan County is 4-2 and Hopkinsville High School is 2-4.

The Raceland Rams took on Greenup County this past Friday. Logan Lundy had an efficient outing under center. Lundy completed 17 of his 24-passing attempts for 206-yards passing with 3-TDs.

Noah Wallace eclipsed the century mark with 102-yards on 15-carries with a TD. Raceland moves to 4-1 while Greenup slipped to 1-4.

Many wondered how Owensboro Senior would play after their star QB reclassified and bolted for Rutgers University. Well, the Red Devils are 5-1 and the one loss occurred with Wimsatt at QB.

Since his defection, the Red Devils are undefeated. Sahvon Hines (’23) had 3-TFLs the other night against Ohio County and Zachary Clark (’23) picked one and took it to the house.

Andrew Lanz (’23) was 7 for 7 on PATs and Tramel Barksdale (’22) had 2 scoop and scores. That is three defensive touchdowns. No wonder the Red Devils won the game 55-7. Owensboro is 5-1 and Ohio County is 1-5. 

Russellville (Class 1A, District 1) is 5-1. This should be no surprise for anyone who follows this magazine online.

We predicted the Panthers were “back” preseason. We were right.


Jovari Gamble (’22) had 113-yards rushing in 13-attempts with 2-TDs. Anthony “Rooster” Woodard (’22) caught a pair of passes for 76-yards and a score and logged an INT on defense, and Braxton Baptiste (’22) had 7-stops, 3-TFLs, and 1.5 QB-sacks.

Chevis Elliott (’22) picked one and took it 55-yards for a score. Barren County (Class 6A, District 2) slipped to 2-4.

Pike County Central’s Matt Anderson (’23) won the Mingua Beef Jerky Protein-packed Performer last year. Well, Matt could make it two years straight to get the prize package. Anderson carried it 21-times for 194-yards with 2-rushing TDs.

Justin Walsh (’22) carried it 16-times for 117-yards and a score on his own. On the night, Coach Kevin Wallace’s guys gained 303 yards over the ground with 5-rushing TDs.

Tayvian Boykins (’24) carried 14-times for 121-yards and 4-scores. Andrew Wood (’23) scooped up a fumble and took it 93-yards but was stopped just short and Shawn May (’22) had 18-stops with 4-TFLs.

Eric Perez (’22) had 10-total tackles with 4 of his coming behind the line of scrimmage. Pike County Central beat Floyd Central 54-28. The Hawks are 2-4 and the Jaguars from Floyd Central dropped to 0-6.


Jack Sivori (’22) had a huge night the best time for any player from St. Xavier in Louisville to shine. Sivori rushed it 27-times, gaining 153-yards with 3-rushing TDs.

Justin Walsh (’22) carried it 16-times for 117-yards and a score on his own. On the night, Coach Kevin Wallace’s guys gained 303 yards over the ground with 5-rushing TDs.

Looks like it pays to have Kentucky’s best offensive center in Carter Guillaume (’24) anchoring its offensive front. Word is he wrestles pretty darn well too.

St. Xavier is 4-1 with this big win. Trinity is 0-6. 

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

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