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

Football summer programs open tomorrow across Kentucky…

Well, as the high school baseball season is in Regional/State Tournament full swing, and as many baseball Regionals are opening up play today, Football is set to start around the Commonwealth May 29, 2018 as early as 6:15 a.m. Owensboro’s Red Devils will open with conditioning bright and early at 6:15 a.m. and we doubt there is any team getting up and after it any earlier that the Class 5A powerhouse. Locally, both HHS and Christian County break camp tomorrow too. The Tigers are set to welcome at least one big transfer and maybe two. This is news this writer has been sitting on for over a month so be looking for a story of it to hit tomorrow. I have promised HHS I won’t publish until the kid, or kids, hit the practice field officially but I can tell you one of the two now lives in the Hoptown district and is enrolled at HHS. The one who lives in the district right now is a difference maker and he may be in the picture to the left of this paragraph and may have played for one of the two teams depicted. Until tomorrow, that is the only hint I am dropping. The other transfer, should that materialize, will be a difference maker too and both will greatly upgrade HHS’s downfield speed. That’s all on that front…

Austin Gough, Will Warren watch…

Speaking of Owensboro Senior, every one it excited to see whether Austin Gough, Class of 2021 and last year’s leading tackler, reports in the morning at 6:15 a.m. for football conditioning. One reason the Red Devils’ are anxious about it is Gough is a star on the baseball team and OHS is in the Regional Baseball tournament with Senior set to play tomorrow. That is the curse or blessing of the two-sport, high school, superstar. Yeah, everyone wants them on the roster but when you are the athlete Gough is, you have to share him with a lot of rosters. KPGFootball believes Gough will be there tomorrow morning to sweep the dew off the practice field, baseball or no baseball. Everyone around the program at OHS is also excited to watch Will Warren, the 6-2, 210 pound QB transfer who was starting, until injured, over Drew Hartz at Owensboro Catholic. Hartz, the second teamer until Warren pulled up lame, threw last season for 1,805 yards and 26 passing TDs against only 8 interceptions. Imagine what the first-stringer would have done. Well, Senior is imagining.

Powerlifting…

Class of 2021 center/DT William Long competed in the Omegaforceone.com State Powerlifting Meet over the weekend in Hopkinsville, Kentucky where he may have broken three Kentucky Powerlifting Records in one meet for a 16 year old lifter. Now, if you have never done it, this is going to sound funny; but, there is a big difference in lifting at the field house with the team and the weight one can lift at a meet which is strictly organized and judged under Kentucky Powerlifting Association Rules and Guidelines. For instance, at sanctioned meets, there is no bouncing the weight at the bottom of the lift, from which high school lifters particularly take full benefit. The lifter has to go down, pause, and wait for the Judge’s call to come back up and wait once more to be permitted to rack the weight. William, who just turned 16 on April 8, bench pressed 360 pounds, squatted 455 pounds, and deadlifted or pulled 485 pounds to win the 17-19 year old division’s pounds lifted for the three lifts (1,300 pounds). Here is the video of William’s bench press, regrettably we didn’t get video of the other two lifts…IMG_2113. For those of you counting plates in the video, the silver plates were 100s and not 45s. So, on each side, William had loaded on the 55 pound bar a 100 lb. plate, a 45 lb. plate, a 5 lb. plate, and a 2.5 lb. plate. William Long weighed in at the meet at 252 pounds.

KPGFootball to speak at Todd County Central’s first practice under Coach Darell Keith…

We are excited to have been asked to speak to the Todd County Central Rebels football team which will open practice May 29, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. in Crofton, Kentucky. Todd County will be kicking off under a new coaching regime. Coach Darell Keith is the new head man and he will bring a brand of hard-nosed, smash-mouth football back to Todd County. The Rebels will be very successful under Coach Keith and we are thrilled to get the invite to address the team tomorrow evening. The last time there was this much excitement around the Rebels football program they had some dude named Troy Snardon patrolling the backfield. The way Coach Keith has a history of developing running backs there will be some new Snardons before you know it.

Boyle County’s running back controversy?

We just wrote a feature yesterday on Tanner Crawfordwho returns after a junior season which saw him gain 1,928 yards on 238 carries with 25 rushing TDs. That isn’t going to insure him the first-team reps as his back-up is also returning. Landen Bartleson, who will be a rising junior, gained 1,137 yards, scoring 20 rushing TDs, as a sophomore in making our sophomore All-State Football Team. Is there enough carries in that backfield to sort things out? I should think so, if you are alright with over 3,000 yards from scrimmage and 45 rushing TDs in your offensive backfield. I know I would be. What to do…what to do…

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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