News and Notes from the Gridiron…

We have begun featuring, here on KPGFootball, a weekly variety of shorter stories in one combined article about football news from around the coverage area. These articles feature snippets of information for the football enthusiasts which we consider, without a doubt, of interest to the Kentucky high school and middle school football fanatics, such as we. So, without further adieu, here we go with the News and Notes from the Gridiron

Bluegrass QB Challenge…

Coach Stefan LeFlors with the Christian Academy of Louisville hosted his second Bluegrass QB Challenge and invited the top QBs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the Classes of 2019 and 2020 to compete in an environment intended to showcase their abilities. I fully detailed the participants and why they were selected in an article entitled Bluegrass QB Challenge and refer you to that article (link provided) should you wish to read the particulars. Boyle County High School’s Reed Lanter, Class of 2020, who made the KPG Sophomore All-State team last year won the challenge but there were some noteworthy performances worthy of mention. The longest throw contest was interesting with Moore High School’s RaeVon Vaden, 2020, taking top honors with a toss of 63 yards, Bowling Green’s Beau Buchanan finished one yard behind (62 yards), and 2020’s Javier Jay Bland, from the Hopkinsville High School Tiger program, tossed his football 60 yards. I was at the Future Stars game during the Challenge and couldn’t attend but Glenn Bednarczyk (All-State receiver Ethan Bednarczyk‘s dad) was kind enough to call me and tell me he thought Reed Lanter and Jay Bland stood out at the challenge and even called me a genius for selecting them, along with Beau Allen from Lexington, as two of the top three QBs in the 2020 class. Of course the event had a designated order of finish and the staff at the Bluegrass QB Challenge must of thought right highly of Princeton‘s Joby Jaggers as he finished runner-up to Lanter. That aside, Glenn related to us that in his humble opinion, and from his vantage point, he believed that Lanter and Bland left no doubt they belonged mentioned among the top QBs in Kentucky in the Class of 2020. I called Jay Bland to get his take on the Challenge and he told me he felt...both inspired and blessed to have been granted the opportunity to compete with the best signal-callers in Kentucky high school football.

Speaking of Ethan Bednarczyk…

KPGFootball wants to congratulate Ethan Bednarczyk, who was on last year’s Sophomore All-State football team, on picking up his first two college football scholarship offers to Southern Connecticut State University and University of New Haven. Ethan is a big time talent who hasn’t attended his first day as a junior yet, so springing two offers this early is an indication that there will be many more offers before it is said and done. Lots of young talent roaming around the Oldham County area on the gridiron, be assured.

Seth Johnson goes off at Morehead’s camp…

Got a contact from my good friend and fellow sports writer Steve LeMaster who told me Seth Johnson, Class of 2019, just went completely off the chain at Morehead State University‘s football camp this weekend. The 5-7.5, 175 pound RB had a great season for the Class 2A, district 8 Shelby Valley High School team a year ago running the ball 201 times from scrimmage and gaining 2,013 yards and scoring 19 rushing TDs in only 11 games. Shelby Valley was 6-5 last season, losing to Somerset 42-0 in the playoffs’ first round. While Shelby Valley may be a so-so football team, there is nothing so-so about Johnson whose 116 points scored comprised over 36% of his team’s total point production of 320. Johnson ran a 4.44 second 40 yard dash, a video of which we have provided via a link from our friends at DavidandDarrylSports, and shuttled in 4.1 seconds this weekend. Before you want to believe those numbers inaccurate, Johnson has a 40 inch vertical leap. He really is that fast. Johnson’s not having college FBS, power 5, offers literally tossed at him is an example of how great talent can go overlooked when hidden in either remote areas or on the roster of pedestrian football teams. It really isn’t fair, but it is what it is.

Eastern Kentucky’s football camp…

Ethan Wolford and Dagen Rash both took in the football camp at EKU and showcased why they may be the best inside combination along any offensive front in Kentucky high school football today. Both of these Belfry prospects are sporting several college offers for their future services and have shown all summer why that is the case.

Well, fans and enthusiasts, that’s about all from the Gridiron for now. Until we meet again, this is Fletcher Long, reporting for KPGFootball reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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