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LCA, thanks in large part to Will Nichols, is heating up at the right time

’23 SS, who plays some QB, finds a way to stand tall amongst the tallest timber

When you think about all the ways Will Nichols has found to lead the Eagles from Lexington Christian this year, you just instinctively know his playing career is certain to continue past this Fall. Does any roster EVER have enough Will Nichols-types? No-sir!

Fletcher Long, Head of the Scouting Division, KPGFootball

LCA is a roster laden with Division I talent. That is why when they started suffering some injuries in the middle of the year, and dropped a few games, no one on Coach Charles’ staff was panicking.

Here is a simple but, nonetheless, true fact for you. A healthy LCA team, firing on all cylinders, is going to be a very tough out for any team in 2A. Fact is, they could still win the entire thing.

Cutter Boley (’24 QB) is considered among the very best players at the QB-position in the country. Will Bivens is a top in-state guy at the TE/LB slot. Parker Chaney is among the most coveted talents in Kentucky. JVontae Emerson (’23) is a multi-phase performer. Hayes Preston (’25, TE/DL) is a guy whose upside (and fan-club) continues to increase the more he performs.

Nichols manages to standout

HB Lyon, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

Even with all that talent, Nichols manages to standout. What can be said about a 5’10” QB/SS who is second on his team in passing yards, among the leaders in rushing yards, is the ball club’s third leading receiver (26-receptions, 520-yards receiving), is third on the team in TD’s receiving (6), and is fourth on the team in scoring, converting a FG and 48-PAT’s in route to accumulating 50 points on the year?

That is just what he has done on offense. If he projects anywhere next-level, he projects in the defensive third-level.

On defense, Nichols is second on the team in tackles (73). Nichols is tied for the team lead in TFL’s (9) and INT’s (3).

Nichols is second on the team in tackles (73)

KHSAA Statistical Webpage

Like we said, Nichols may possess the most complete and varied skill-set in his graduating class in 2A football. If you were starting a high school team, tell me Nichols wouldn’t be among your first phone calls.

He certainly would be ours.

LCA, still among the best in 2A

We do have a slight criticism. We couldn’t find this guy’s Hudl. We have linked some highlights of individual game performances from off a MaxPreps account under the picture of him at the top. His name “Nichols” is a link to those highlights.

It was difficult to find any pictures of him online, we couldn’t find any posted speed numbers, his weight, his grade point, or his standardized test score. In other words, it is too hard to recruit this prospect because he hasn’t sufficiently make himself “available” to recruiters.

It is a shame too; because he is really a fine football player who can do so many things well. We couldn’t find his baseball statistics anywhere either and we understand him to be quite an accomplished player on a high school diamond, in addition to what he does on the gridiron.

[Nichols] is really a fine football player who can do so many things well

HB Lyon

Maybe he doesn’t want to be recruited to play college football or baseball. Maybe he is already committed somewhere in one or both of his principal sports. We just don’t know.

However, what we do know is this…LCA is much the better team for his having come and played there. We found ample evidence of that fact.

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

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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