Heading into the playoffs, Breathitt is undefeated in 2A
Jayden Gibson is far from an unknown commodity to KPGFootball. We covered him in middle school. No one, not even we, could have projected Gibson would have the impact he’s having on Breathitt High’s ground attack this season. The freshman FB/RB is having an incredible year and wait until you read what he did against Middlesboro, the toughest 7th-District opponent Breathitt yearly faces.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout
The rumbling you are hearing coming from the mountains is probably bouncing off “The Riverbank.” For those of you who don’t know, “The Riverbank” is what Breathitt High calls its home field.
Breathitt’s home field is among the more daunting and intimidating places one playing high school football may ever find himself. That place is rocking these days…and the Bobcats are rolling.
Breathitt is 5-2 on the year. Both of its losses came to 4A teams who spent at least some time this season ranked among the top 10 4A football teams in Kentucky. Letcher County Central is still highly ranked which you will see when the Associated Press poll gets released later today. Perry County Central is 5-3.
The point we are trying to make, to beat Breathitt you have to be a darn good 4A team, if not elite. How many 2A’s can do it? Very…darn…few.
In the middle of Breathitt’s surge is a freshman. Man, what ever happened to a freshman in a lineup being equal to a loss? That thinking across the Kentucky high school football landscape is long gone friends.
Jayden Gibson is a freshman, he is in the lineup, he’s stockpiling yards and rushing TD’s, and the Bobcats are winning. Breathitt plays two pivotal games every year…the Honey Bowl, and its game with Middlesboro.
This year, freshman Jayden Gibson was the offensive MVP of the Honey Bowl win over Hazard, a 1A team with the highest RPI in all of Kentucky. What did he do with Middlesboro? Check out these stats: 28-rushes, 237-yards rushing, 1-TD. Oh yeah, Breathitt rolled the Yellow Jackets, 20-0.
So here we are, seven games in, with Breathitt 5-2 and likely to be favored over the course of its final two regular season games (at Leslie County, home with 4A Knox Central). A win on “The Riverbank” over 4A Knox Central heading into the playoffs will be a boost for the team’s RPI and likely land them home for the playoffs over several rounds.
To answer our initial question, “Who is Jayen Gibson(?),” we will just have to say, that’s the name of the freaking bus which just ran over your hind-end. Stay down there, son, he’ll be back around here in just a minute!
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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