KPGFootball’s Kentucky Freshman All-State Football Team…

On behalf of the Commonwealth-wide Selection Committee for the Kentucky Prep Gridiron, we are proud to list the names of the 2018 Freshman All-State Football Team. Articles detailing the reason for selection will be published on www.kentuckyprepgridiron.com and released by position groups over the course of the next few days. We are proud of these young men and all the young men who were studied and considered and additionally congratulate the selection committee on its hard work and dedication to this task: Without further ado, the following are our reported selections:

Class of 2022, The Offense

QB-Isaac McNamee, 6-4, 225 pounds, Pikeville High School;

QB-Preston Agee, 6-0, 162 pounds, Campbell County;

RB- Treyveon Longmire, 6-2, 165 pounds, Corbin;

WR-Vinny Anthony, Jr., 5-11, 160 pounds, Louisville Male;

WR-Lennon Ries, 6-3, 170 pounds, Russellville;

TE-Keygan Pelphrey, 6-0, 180 pounds, Johnson Central;

OL-Grant Bingham, 6-4, 260 pounds, Johnson Central;

OL-Owen LeMaster, 6-0, 245 pounds, Johnson Central;

OL-Landon Nokes, 6-2, 250 pounds, Louisville Eastern;

OL-Kiyaunta Goodwin, 6-8, 335 pounds, Holy Cross (Lou.);

OL-Anthony Johns, 6-2, 240 pounds, Lexington Christian;

OL-Matthew Mauzy, 6-2, 270 pounds, Christian Academy-Louisville;

Class of 2022, The Defense

DE-LeAndre Maxwell, 6-0, 200 pounds, Louisville St. Xavier;

DL-Elijah Manning, 5-11, 225 pounds, Louisville Male;

DL/NG- Jacoby Thornsbury, 5-10, 300 pounds, Belfry;

DL-NG, Layton Davis, 5-11, 260 pounds, Caldwell County; 

NG-Tyler Morris, 6-2, 170 pounds, Lexington Christian;

DE-Selah Brown, 6-4, 250 pounds, Louisville Male;

LB-Will Darraugh, 6-0, 185 pounds, South Oldham;

LB-JaWuan Wan-Wan Northington, 5-11, 195 pounds, DuPont Manual;

LB-Jayce Hacker, 6-1, 190 pounds, North Laurel;

LB-Malicai Williams, 5-11, 185 pounds, Central High (Louisville);

ILB-Chase Wells, 6-0, 202 pounds, Todd County Central;

SS-Xavier Brown, 6-0, 165 pounds, Lexington Christian;

DB-Ty Bryant, 6-1, 165 pounds, Frederick Douglass; 

DB-Dane Key, 6-1, 155 pounds, Frederick Douglass;

DB-Kani Smith, 5-8, 150 pounds, Henderson County;

Class of 2022, The Athletes (these are players who have played a variety of places on all sides of the ball)

Athlete (KR,PR,WR)- DeDrick D-Shock Hamilton, 5-11, 165 pounds, Louisville Ballard;

Athlete-(TE/LS)-Dravin Routt, 5-10, 225 pounds, Mason County;

Athlete (WR,TE,LB)-Elijah Hammond, 6-2, 175 pounds, Lexington Christian;

Class of 2022, The Specialist

P/PK Jackson Smith, 5-11, 165 pounds, Boyle County;

P-Nic Schutte, 6-0, 170 pounds, Louisville Male.

These are the 32 players whom our selection committee feel impacted their respective teams on Friday Nights sufficiently to warrant selection to this All-State Football team. We weighted both playoff and end of the year performance more heavily than freshmen who played early but were relegated to the sideline when play got serious. Should a search through the KHSAA records net seasonal totals the reader finds inadequate for selection, the answer is probably that the young man came on during the playoff run, or in some cases, with a State Championship on the line, to provide critical and crucial play for his team when most needed. We don’t believe a freshman All-State football player, necessarily, has to be in the lineup on his team’s opening night, but with either the continuation of the season on the line or a Championship hanging in the balance, we do believe an All-State, freshman, football player will be on the field for his team. We rewarded freshman who, in essence, ended the year sophomores, metaphorically. These are not the only freshmen in Kentucky deserving of this recognition but we guarantee these 32 are deserving! 

KPGFootball would like to thank its Commonwealth-wide selection committee for your tireless service to this very arduous task. On KPGFootball’s behalf, this is Fletcher Long, reminding you and all other ballers out there to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE

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