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Photo Credit: Jim Pickens, Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro)

Owensboro (Senior) High RB a winner from the starter’s gate

We first wrote about this particular prospect when he was a middle school player for Coach Greg Brown and his Owensboro Junior High squad. Kenyata Carbon had made the prestigious Bret Cooper Academic Junior All-American game in Dallas, Texas. That article appeared on December 29, 2018. Man, how time flies. Here it is, years later, and Carbon is still among the very best in Kentucky at where he is slotted.

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout

Kenyatta Carbon, ’23, plays for one of Kentucky’s premier programs at the 5A classification. The Red Devils, as they are widely known throughout the commonwealth, have had it rolling, making the title game in ’20 and the semis in ’21.

The Red Devils are coming off a 12-2 record in ’21 and are off to a 1-1 start through two games. Of course, the first game was a 28-14 loss to the defending, Class 6A Kentucky title-holders and a team most have ranked the best high school football team in the commonwealth at any level of competition.

Owensboro, this Friday night, got back to business after opening on the road in Louisville against St. Xavier. The Red Devils bedeviled Apollo’s Eagles (6A, District 1) 62-18 at home. Senior High now braces for a visit from its third straight 6A opponent when Daviess County invades the friendly confines tomorrow night.

Carbon, against Apollo, carried the football 17-times for 204-yards rushing with 4-rushing TDs. Carbon also caught a pass for a TD, exhibiting his versatility.

You can always tell the winners at the starting gate…

Noodles (Robert DeNiro) from the movie, “Once Upon a Time in America,” 1984

On the year, Carbon has rushed for 326-yards and 5-rushing TDs on only 34-carries. Kasey Boone, ’23, has continued his fine play from a season ago, completing 24 of his 38-passing attempts thus far for 305-yards passing and 3-TDs against a lone pick.

Now, here’s the rub. Carbon is also a hard wood star. Matter of fact, there are those who believe his “next level” destiny is shooting baskets.

We have no doubt the young man can hoop. However, he is also just 6’1.”

There are a ton of RBs 6’1″ and shorter playing college football. There aren’t too many guards, even at the point, who don’t stretch to 6’2″ or taller these days.

Whether in basketball or football, this is a kid who has a tremendous motor and who has had a fine career. Matter of fact, he has had every bit the football career this magazine envisioned for him back when they covered his exploits in Dallas so many years ago.

Like Noodles (Robert DeNiro) said in the movie, Once Upon a Time in America, “You can always tell the winners at the starting gate.” Yessir, this is one horse even we could see was a thoroughbred all those many years ago.

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

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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