Class 1A District 8 All-State Honors
The District 8 "Coach of the Year" honors go to our very own David Jones, Head Coach of the Phelps Hornets, Jones has won several "Coach of the Year" awards during his three years at Phelps but this one may be the most gratifying, considering it is voted on by his coaching colleagues. Coach Jones ended the season with a 5-5 overall record playing one of the toughest schedules in 1A, Jones Hornet squad made noise earlier in the season by earning top defense in the state honors while facing numerous Double & Triple-A teams. The Hornets had an explosive offense and a tough defense and beat every team they was supposed to beat this season, all there losses came to teams that experts had them losing too at the start of the year, including 1A powerhouses like Pikeville and Hazard.
The District 8 "Player of the Year" goes to Connor Roberts, the quarterback of the Pikeville Panthers. Roberts is one of the top duel threat quarterbacks in the state, he has caused opposing coaches fits all season long. Connor is the 11th ranked rusher in 1A playing QB, Connor racked up 1,048 yards on 103 carries and 15TD's, he averaged 10 yards a carry. Roberts is the 6th ranked passer in 1A racking up nearly 1,700 yards passing and 22 touchdowns. Roberst Panther squad is still alive in the playoffs, they will face Williamsburg in the 3rd round this Friday night.
Class 2A District 8 All-State Honors
The 2A "Coach of the Year" goes to Shelby Valley's Coach Anthony Hampton, Coach Hampton compiled a 10-2 record for the Wildcats this season. Hampton's Wildcats broke school record averaging 45pts a game, only allowed a game 2nd in school history, led the entire state in rushing yards per game at 378 and leads 2A in forced turnovers a game. Coach Hampton had a magical season at Shelby Valley that got cut short in the 2nd round of the playoffs by a tough Lexington Christian squad.
The 2A "Player of the Year" goes to the "Fastest Man in the Mountains" Shelby Valley RB Seth Johnson, this kid is a shifty back with a serious set of burners on him. Johnson got knocked out of the Playoffs by LCA but not before he dropped his 2nd straight 2,000 yard season, Seth "Flash" Johnson ended the season with 2,129 yards, 25TD's, 14yds per carry and averaged a whopping 237yds a game. Johnson broke numerous records this season and even led the state in scoring with 168pts, averaging 18pts a game.
Class 3A District 6 All-State Honors
The 3A District 6 "Coach of the Year" comes no surprise, the winningest coach in Kentucky High School Football the legendary Phillip Haywood takes home this honor. Haywood has led Belfry to a 10-2 overall record and will enter this weeks game playing an unfamiliar underdog role against a Boyle Co. team that many have the favorite to win Class 3A. Haywood's team is the premier rushing team in 3A, he has the best line in 3A and has a Top 5 defense, you can catch the Pirates at home this Friday 7pm against Boyle Co.
The 3A "Player of the Year" goes to Belfry QB Avery Browning, this kid is a stud on both sides of the football and this award couldn't of went to a better kid. Browning leads the state with a mind blowing 76.5% completion percentage and 13 touchdowns through the air. It takes a special QB to run Phillip Haywood's complicated rushing offense and Browning runs it like he created it, the boy is a winner.
Class 4A District 8 All-State Honors
The 4A "Coach of the Year" is no surprise either, it goes to a legend in his own right, Johnson Central's Jim Matney. Coach Matney has dominated the opposition this season, he is setting at 11-1 right now after demolishing Scott in the 2nd round of the playoffs. Johnson Central will face a familiar foe this week in Ashland, Matney's Golden Eagles defeated Ashland earlier this season 47-24 and took over as the David & Darryl #1 team in the Mountains throughout the rest of the season. If the Golden Eagles can make a return to Kroger Field it will be Matney's 4th consecutive trip to the title game.
Coach Matney's star running-back receives the 4A "Player of the Year" honors, Joe Jackson is one of the biggest names in Mountain football. This kid dropped a 2,000 yard season his sophomore year before a season ending injury ended his junior year in the opening game. Jackson has bounced back in a huge way, he had over 1,700 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns while averaging over 10 yards a carry. Jackson ranks 3rd on the 4A scoring list with 172pts, that 14.8pts a game and is hoping to return to his 4th straight championship game.