@LucasWyatt8 from @FootballJCHS is set on taking advantage of second chances. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @JCAthletics_

It will be his second consecutive season starting at LT for Kentucky’s premier offensive line. It will be his second bite at the apple of a senior year, under SB-128, as he was listed as a senior on Johnson Central’s ’20 roster.

His name is Lucas Wyatt. He is 6-3 and weighs 275-pounds.

Wyatt signed with the University of the Cumberlands to play collegiately. He backed out of playing on Saturdays to return to the glare of the “Friday Night Lights.”

No team in Kentucky gets down hill in the run game from scrimmage like Johnson Central High School. They aren’t called the Pancake Platoon for nothing.

In 2019, the Pancake Platoon led the state in helping its backfield accumulate 4,526 rushing yards in 523-carries with 68-rushing TDs on the season. That team averaged 301.7 yards and 4.5 rushing TDs every, single game.

In 2020, losing its leading rusher in ’19, the Pancake Platoon, in only 409 rushes from scrimmage (pandemic year), still amassed 3,884-yards. The team averaged 353.1 yards a contest. Johnson Central scored 56-rushing TDs and 5.1 rushing TDs every, single game.

The Johnson Central running attack (which everyone in the stadium knows is coming) is monotonous. It has been likened to “Chinese water torture” by those charged with stemming the coming high tide.

Lucas Wyatt is a vital cog in the chain that is the Eagle offensive front. His is both an imposing and experienced link which, taken with its other parts, composes the most impressive unit in Kentucky high school offensive football.

Wyatt runs the 40-yard dash in 5.8-seconds and short shuttles in 4.9. He has a bench press approaching 300-pounds and a back squat around 500-pounds. Wyatt’s vertical leap is 24-inches.

Perhaps his scholastic scores are among the most impressive among his statistics. Wyatt’s 3.5 GPA and registered 23 on the ACT puts him in discussions, college-wise, about which other athletes can merely dream.

Where do we see Wyatt in the Fall of ’22? He could go back to the University of the Cumberlands who (we would think) have left that door open for him to come back through should he wish. The Cumberlands is among the very elite college football programs at its level of competition in Kentucky.

We could see him matriculating toward an elite academic school. His grades and scores have put him in the right academic zip code to get to explore those type opportunities.

Wyatt isn’t too worried about any of that. Right now, all that he’s interested in is something he shares with the other members of the Pancake Platoon.

Wyatt’s ready to leave bodies lying around the playing field like bodies were once left strewn around Gettysburg. Wyatt and his mates are ready to blaze their path toward Kroger Field and a shot at another title in ’21 to go with the one the team won in ’19.

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

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  1. So if so second year senior breaks JJ Judd’s record does it still stand or does the second season Sr gets to keep it?

    1. I am not sure anyone can answer that question outside of the KHSAA main office. It is a situation which we have discussed around the magazine.

      For instance, Breathitt’s Austin Sperry caught 37-or so passes last year. Under SB-128, Sperry is repeating his freshman season. If he has a year similar to the one he had his first freshman year, and assuming his production increases as Breathitt plays full seasons and not the 8-games it played in ’20, what if he breaks the all-time receptions mark? Does that count? Is there an asterisk beside his name in the record book for his getting five, as opposed to four, seasons?

      If you want an educated guess, we believe if you reload, under SB-128, the statistics you had in the first go-around through that particular grade are replaced with the new season’s production. That is what we would do, if it was our call.

      Thanks for the question. HB.

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