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 performances for the fourth 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!


Hopkins County Central ran its record on this past Friday night to 3-1 with a date against Ballard Memorial upcoming to run it to 4-1 should they be able to overcome the intended raid from the “Bombers.” Against a tough Todd County Central team, which the Storm overcame in overtime 54-52, ’22, QB Adrian Stringer was 23-42 for 448-yards with 5 TDs.

We would be remiss in not mentioning a few Rebels who were valiant in defeat. Omarion Riddick (’22) carried it 17-times for 148-yards rushing with a TD. Gavy Nolan (’23) was six (6) for 11 for 142-yards passing with three (3)-TDs and rushed it nine (9)-times for 61-yards and a score.

KPGFootball caught up with Central’s Offensive Coordinator. Coach Mike Evans told us The Storm played a little Mumme-ball against the Rebels. Todd County Central’s record evened at 2-2 with the tough loss.

Ryan Rayno and Logan County are among the hotter teams in 4A right now. The Cougars overcame Class 4A, Franklin-Simpson, Friday night on the strength of Ryan Rayno’s (’23) 128 yards on only 14-carries with 1 Rushing TD.

Clifton Faughn (’23) paced the defense with 11-stops and one TFL. Wyatt Blake (’22) threw in 10-tackles.

Davin Yates (’24) had an interception. Logan County has moved its record to 3-0. The Cougars entertain Class 5A, Greenwood, at home this coming weekend. 

Estill County is rolling. They are 3-0 with wins over Powell County, South Laurel, and Friday night’s road win over Dayton, 50-8.

Senior QB Ty Niece (’22) showed why he is among the best athletes in his graduating class. Niece completed 6 of 10-passes for 122-yards and 2-TDs. Niece also carried the football 8-times for 14-yards and another score. Niece had four (4) tackles on the evening to go along with his production on the offensive side of the ball.

Braeden Waddle (’23) went straight off on Friday night with 15-tackles to his credit. Jeremiah Stephens (’23) had 7-tackles but two (2) of his were QB-sacks. Dustin Beeler (’22) converted both his PAT attempts and recovered a fumble.

Estill entertains Harrison County in the Robbie Wiseman Memorial Classic this coming Friday.

Credited on image, Humphreys

Davies County’s Joe Humphreys (’22) completed 30 of his 50-passing attempts for 351-yards with 2-TDs against Floyd Central in Floyd’s Knob, Indiana this past Friday. The 21-14 overtime win ran the Class 6A, First-District Panthers’ record to 3-1.

Max Dees (’22) caught 10-passes for 107-yards and a score, intercepted two passes on defense, and contributed 5-tackles. His receiving cohort, Decker Renfrow (’23), contributed 8-receptions for 97-yards.

Sean Higgs (’23) was perfect (3 for 3) in PAT attempts. Jack Ball (‘23) sacked the QB twice on the night to pace the defensive unit in that category.


Cole Lanter (’22) had quite the evening in Boyle County’s 48-14 beat down of Class 6A, First-District, Henderson County. Lanter caught 5-balls for 141-receiving yards with 3-TDs receiving.

Jagger Gillis (’22) threw for 190-yards and 3-TDs while contributing 25-yards rushing and chipping in 7-tackles on defense. Avery Bodner (’24) came close to eclipsing 100-yards on the evening, gaining 96-yards from scrimmage in only 8-carries with a rushing TD.

RB, Jovari Gamble (’22) had 158-yards rushing with 3-rushing TDs on 13-attempts in Russellville’s 41-7 route of Class 4A Warren East. Not too shabby for a Class 1A team. In addition to leading Russellville in rushing, Gamble caught a pair of passes for 70 receiving yards and a TD.

Todd, credited on image

Braxton Baptiste (’22) had 4-TFLs and a QB-sack. Chevis Elliott (’22) picked three (3) passes.

Jaquis Todd (’22) had the team’s lone pick-six, an interception he took 36-yards to the house. Russellville is 3-1 with a trip to Franklin-Simpson, another Class 4A foe, this coming Friday night.

Perhaps Madison Central’s defense should get its own shipment of beef jerky products. The Indians defense surrendered negative 28-yards rushing while its offense gained 292-yards over the ground.

The defense also limited South Laurel to 42-passing yards. That means South Laurel managed a paltry 14-yards of total offense all evening. No wonder Madison Central won the game 62-6. 

Brady Hensley (’24) had 2-rushing TDs and Kenyatta Hardge (’24) carried it across the goal line 3-times in route to the team’s logging 8-rushing TDs on the night. Madison Central is 3-1, the winners of three straight, and traveling to Lafayette this coming Friday night.

Cannon Sheffer (14) Photo: MACABE BROWN / COURIER & PRESS

Cannon Sheffer (’23) completed 8 of his 10 throws for 179-passing yards with 2-TDS in Union County’s 53-28 win over Murray High. Sheffer also led the team in tackles with 15.

Corithian Seales-Portee (’22) recorded 2-TDs rushing and and housed a 41-yards pick-six. Kristopher Hughes (’23) caught 6-passes for 120-yards receiving and 2-TDs.

Hughes also housed two (2) kick-offs. All told, Hughes stood accountable for 30 of the team’s 53-points on the evening (1-TD Rushing, 2-TDs receiving, 2 TDs scored kickoff return). 

Mason Lawson (’23) gained 185-yards rushing with a TD in only 12-carries in Johnson Central’s overtime 42-36 win against Cahokia, Illinois. Lawson, a two-way star, also paced the defense with 11-stops.

Jacob Cain caught a 65-yard TD pass. Carter Conley scored three (3) TDs rushing to lead the team with 18-scored points. 

Those were just some of the amazing performances which stood out to us. There were others which were either just as fine or certainly close. One of the above may be our award recipient this week.

Keep fighting ballers. Your week just may be upcoming.

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

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