We got a call from a grateful father. “I just want to thank you guys for everything you did to publicize and promote my son. He’s signing with his college program pretty soon and we really want you to come.”
Every season, at the end of the year, we suffer through the melancholy. Every year a group of kids we feel like we partially reared sign scholarships and go off to college to never again be covered, at least not by us.
Each year we get a new batch of stars to cover and promote over their high school careers. It is why we cover middle school the way we do.
We have been doing more middle school features here at the end of the high school season and beginning of the offseason. Some of you may have noticed. It is by design.
Among the new breed of “about to be” high school stars is Ace Caudill. A dictionary would define “Ace” as “…a person who excels at a particular sport or other activity.” There are other definitions but this one seems the most appropriate for our purposes.
Had the Caudill family had football in mind when giving this young man a first name, then “Ace” was (in every way) an appropriate name to bestow. We weren’t there on the blessed day, of course, so we don’t know the origins of why that particular name was chosen but it would prove quite apt nevertheless.
Caudill, in leading his Buccaneers to yet another KYMSFA championship, had quite a season. According to the statistics provided us, Ace Caudill gained 962-yards in 101-carries with 17 rushing TDs, converting 8-two pointers.
Two-point conversions are quintessential in middle school football. Teams don’t often develop place-kickers (at that stage of development) capable of consistently converting PATs.
Defensively, Caudill was likewise a standout. We don’t have tackle statistics for the young baller, but we can tell you he recovered 4-fumbles.
He was around the ball often, if that tells you anything. It told us a mouthful.
We think Caudill projects at RB at the high school level. We can’t rule out his playing either safety (initially) or his growing into a linebacker.
On thing is for sure. He is absolutely, both now and projects to continue to be, an “Ace.”
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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