2022 All-State Offense chock-full of prospects and Friday Night Heroes!
These are the KPGFootball All-State football players on offense. We will publish our defensive team on Saturday. These guys are the guys we would be likely to vote for when the Associated Press opens its ballot. These guys are the players we would field for our team where we fielding one. Now we gave height and weights on OL only because, after all, the other positions have a world of statistics of record from which to choose.Fletcher Long, KPGFootball’s Chief of Scouting
Offensive Player of the Year: Travis Egan, Bullitt East
QB Pro Style: Cutter Boley, Lexington Christian Academy. Boley completed 254 of 400 passing attempts for 3,901-yards passing with 36-TD’s; scored another 6-TD’s rushing. If completing 63.5% of 400-passing attempts to high school receivers competing at the 2A classification isn’t impressive, you may just be too hard to impress. That doesn’t even take into account passing for close to 4,000-yards and throwing 36-TD’s. This kid is the most coveted QB in the South, holding dozens upon dozens of FBS, power-five offers for a reason. Offers: Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, EKU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Clemson, LSU, Louisville, Ohio University, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin.
QB Dual-Threat: Travis Egan, Bullitt East. Egan completed 215 of his 325 passing attempts for 2,934-yards and 35-TD’s against only 5-thrown INT’s; gained another 979-yards rushing on 139-carries with 17-rushing TD’s. This kid, like Boley, had a completion percentage well over 60% (.66153846, if we are being precise). Egan’s nearly 3,000 yards passing with 35-TD’s are also very impressive. Only being picked off five times is something else too, not to mention the close to 1,000-yards rushing and 17-rushing TD’s. However, how about that 6A Football Title the kid put on the trophy case back in Mount Washington, Kentucky?
RB: Blake Birchfield, Pikeville Not easy to make any all-state team playing 1A football, but 2,031-yards rushing on 222-carries and 35-rushing TD’s should do it. Scored another pair of TD’s swinging out of the backfield on pass plays.
RB-Daniel Thomas, Bell County, gained 2,228-yards from scrimmage on 208-carries with 29-rushing TD’s. Also led Bell County in receptions (12) for 360-yards and another 5-TD’s by way of air.
RB: Cortez Stone, Central High (Louisville). Stone gained 2,191-yards on 271-carries with 26-TD’s rushing. Stone was targeted sparingly in the passing attack but it is Central which rarely throws the ball anyway. That notwithstanding, Stone still caught 10-football rolling out of the backfield, good for second on the team, scoring a TD-receiving on one of the ten. This 5’10,” 180-pounder has the goods and he is only just finishing his sophomore season (’25).
FB/H-Back: Calil McNary, Hopkins County Central, we love the FB position and would like to see it make a comeback. This guy here is a throwback to the Jim Brown era. McNary, a 220-pounder, gained 1,245-yards the hard way this season (between the tackles) on 166-carries with 15-rushing TD’s. He also caught 23-aerials, for 285-yards, and another 3-scores. If you like would-be tacklers leaving a confrontation with a ball carrier (or blocker) a full two-inches shorter owing to a freshly compressed spinal chord with newly and unnaturally fused structures, than McNary is the player for you.
WR: Chandler Godby, Pulaski County-This guy caught an incredible 93-passes this year for 1,677-yards receiving and 28-TD’s. Basically, this cat had an entire career in one season.
WR: Max DeGraff, Lexington Catholic- DeGraff caught 64-passes for 1,425-yards receiving with 21-TD’s.
WR: Jakob Dixon, Pleasure Ridge Park- caught 64 passes for 1,089-yards receiving and 15-TD’s. Probably even more impressive is the fact he did this on a rather pedestrian team which finished 6-5 on the year and dropped its opening playoff game to finalist, Male High, 45-23.
WR: Austin Sperry, In only 11-games this splendid sophomore caught 41-footballs with 891-yards receiving and 13-TD’s. Even more remarkable is the fact this 6’3” combo guard is listed among the Commonwealth’s top-25 basketball prospects and hold numerous D-1 offers in that sport as we speak. We think he has as much “upside” on the gridiron as on the hardwood. One of the best “athletes” playing the high school game today. Scary how good he may be in a couple years. This is a remember the name moment.
OT: Malachi Wood, Madison Central was the corner stone of an offensive line which led the Indians to 3,026 yards rushing in only 452-carries and 30-TD’s. This 6’8,” 300-pounder is a 3-star rated player according to 247Sports and is committed to UK.
OG: Hayes Johnson, Taylor County, This guy projects as either a tackle or guard at the next level but he is at guard on our team. Jonson is 6’5,” and weighs 295-pounds and is rated a three-star prospect on 247Sports. Johnson reports offers by UK, Baylor, Cincinnati, EKU, and UL.
OC: Evan Miller, Breathitt High, Breathitt County was 4-7 in ’21 and 9-3 in ’22. How in the world did the Bobcats effectuate such a turn-a-round? Being honest, it was a combination of adding to the roster one of the finer freshman classes in Kentucky, the maturation of the younger guys, and the excellent play of the Big Blue Wave (OL, Breathitt), particularly its offensive center. The most important pass on a football field is often the 4-yard, upside-down, spiral the center has to complete about 70-times a night to his QB. One foul-up can cost a team the game. Miller was money. The 6’3,” 275-pound junior, with the 81-inch reach, has offers already and anchored a line which cleared the path for over 2,000-yards rushing and nearly 2,300-yards passing for the commonwealth’s most balanced offensive attack. Miller doesn’t have the “name recognition” some of the players on this team enjoy, but make no mistake; he belongs on this team!
OG: Demeco Kennedy, Frederick Douglass, Kennedy is projected to play OG in college and that is where we have him here. He is 6’3,” and weighs 270-pounds and can really move. Kennedy is a 3-star rated prospect on rivals.com and listed Louisville, EKU, Illinois, UK, Ball State, Marshall, and Miami of Ohio as his top schools of interest among his 11 offers.
OT: Jak Lindsey, Owensboro, This 6-5, 280-pound OT reports offers from Central Michigan, EKU, Indiana, UK, and Miami of Ohio. He is a 3-star player according to 247Sports. Behind this behemoth, the Red Devils rushed for 2,363-yards and scored 50-rushing TD’s and threw for 1,642-yards and 21-TD’s in going 11-3 and narrowly losing to the 5A State Champion (Frederick Douglass) in the semis.
The ‘Jacks of all Trades’;
ATH: Montavin Quisenberry, Boyle County- caught 57 passes this year for 833-yards receiving and 13-TD’s. He also gained 1,009-yards rushing from scrimmage on 96-carries with 10-rushing TD’s. He scored 174-points to lead Boyle in that category, scoring 10-TD’s rushing, 13-receiving, three (3) on punt returns, three (3) on kick-returns to average 11.6-points scored per game played.
ATH: Jacob Jones, West Jessamine. The son of “Pookie Jones” this particular Jones was a multi-faceted nightmare for West Jessamine opponents. He threw for 2,415-yards and 23-TD’s, rushed for 1,741-yards and 28-TD’s, and scored 170-points in only 11-contests or 15.5-per game. This is even more incredible when you factor in that QB’s don’t get credited with “points” for throwing TD’s and he threw 23 of them. He accounted for 51-TD’s this year in which he played a critical role. This is a kid who was hurt by his team’s finishing 4-7. Had he had this type year on a winning roster traveling deep into the playoffs; Jones would be all you would ever hear about around Kentucky.
ATH: Harris Phelps, Paintsville High. This 5’11,” 180-pound multi-sport superstar was just as multi-faceted on the gridiron. The Centre College commit (27 ACT), runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5-seconds and is among the very best athletes, at any level of competition, in all of Kentucky. Phelps was a finalist for our player of the year on the offensive side of the ball for his entire body of work and, but for an incredible year from Travis Egan, may well have won that recognition. Phelps carried the football 219-times for 1,527-yards with 18-rushing TD’s. Phelps caught 27-passes for 316-yards receiving and another 5-TD’s. Phelps led his team in scoring with 140-points. Phelps had close to 50-stops (46) and picked three (3) passes to lead his team in that category. There may not have been a more valuable player to any one team competing in football across Kentucky over the course of the ’22 season.
ATH: Cade Sullivan, Madison South, Like Jacob Jones, this kid here would have been better served had his team had more on-field success. Still, Coach Payne’s Eagles were in a lot of ballgames this year which could have gone either way and just broke poorly for the Eagles fans. However, this shouldn’t diminish the work of Sullivan. Sullivan was among the ball club’s leading rushers and receivers and scored TD’s this year rushing from scrimmage, in the downfield passing game, and on special teams. Sullivan has offers from a lot of instate, small colleges and projects, in college, to play as an “athlete” with heavy emphasis on the return game, punts and kicks.
The Place Kicker;
PK: Colin “Frito” Fratus, Bowling Green. We have included Fratus on the offense because the Place-Kicker (PK) is an offensive player. Not everyone is aware of this anomaly but, think about it, the PK is often among the team’s leading scorers, as was the case with Fratus who was second on the Bowling Green team this year while scoring 77-points. Frito Fratus, as we call him around our offices (and we aren’t sure why) has been one of the more lethal PK’s in Kentucky over the course of his HS career. He was particularly lethal this season converting 62 of 64 point after attempts (96.4%) and five (5) of seven (7) field goal tries (71.4%).
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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