On behalf of the Commonwealth-wide Selection Committee for the Kentucky Prep Gridiron, we are proud to list the names of the 2018 Sophomore 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:
The All-State Offensive Players:
QB-Arren Hash, 6-2, 160 pounds, Campbellsville High School, Brady Worley, 6-0, 175 pounds, Knox Central;
RB-Ethan Mills, 5-8, 170 pounds, Knox Central, Brandt Babin, 6-1, 185 pounds, Christian Academy-Louisville, LaVell Wright, 6-0, 200 pounds, North Hardin;
The Pass Catchers;
WR- Reece Jesse, Jr., 6-3, 170 pounds, Dekel Crowdus, 5-10, 161 pounds, Camden Williams, 6-0, 170 pounds, Elizabethtown High; TE-Zack Russell, 6-3, 210 pounds, Johnson Central;
Logan Smith, 6-3, 280 pounds, Corbin, John Mudd, 6-2, 285 pounds, Waggener High (Louisville), (Center) William L. Long, II, 5-10, 250 pounds, Hopkinsville High, Drew Johnson 6-2, 265 pounds, Somerset, Daniel Horton, 6-1, 290 pounds, Central (Louisville), Cole Knoop, 6-3, 275 pounds, Meade County;
The All-State Defensive Players;
Darian Dearinger, 6-3, 245 pounds, Anderson County, Braeden Babin, 5-11, 187 pounds, Sebastian Lawrence, 6-2, 265 pounds, Murray High, Logan Weedman, 6-5, 200 pounds, Owensboro Apollo;
The Second Level;
Austin Gough, 6-1, 215 pounds, Owensboro (Sr.) High, Justice Thompson, 6-1, 255 pounds, Ballard (Louisville), Zach Yates, 5-9, 200 pounds, Logan County High, Preston Spurlock, 5-10, 215 pounds, Leslie County, Tyler Boone (Rover), 6-0, 190 pounds, Crittenden County;
The Last line of Defense;
JJ Richardson, 6-2, 150 pounds, Meade County, Brett Coleman (SS), 6-3, 180 pounds, Belfry High, Reggie Thomas, 6-1, 150 pounds, Campbellsville High School, Bryce Yates (Nickel), 5-11, 155 pounds, duPont Manual (Louisville);
The All-State Athletes (could have made the team at a variety of positions);
Tristan Cox (RB/MLB), 6-3, 228 pounds, Pulaski County, Jeremiah Belton (Corner/RB), 5-10, 155 pounds, LaRue County, Dominic Francis (RB/DB), 5-11, 190 pounds, Phelps High; Isaac Dixon (RB/KR/PR/DB), 5-10, 170 pounds, Belfry High, Kade Grundy (WR/KR), 6-2, 190 pounds, Somerset; Dravin Routt (TE/LS), 5-10, 225 pounds, Mason County;
PK/P Ben Schofield, 5-9, 150 pounds, McCracken County, PK Evan Jones, 6-2, 190 pounds, Central Hardin; PK-Lucas Arevalo, 5-10, 185 pounds, Logan County High.
These are the 37 players whom our selection committee felt 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 Sophomores who played early but faded as the year went along. Playoff and Championship Game play was weighted heaviest of all. All-State performers perform when they get the opportunity on the Big Stage. Should a search through the KHSAA records net seasonal totals the reader finds wanting, 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 the team needed it most. We can’t stress this strongly enough, it shouldn’t take long for an All-State, Sophomore football player to enter the starting lineup during his sophomore season. These are not the only sophomores in Kentucky deserving of this recognition but we guarantee these 37 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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