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Beau Allen (QB, Lexington Catholic)

Week 4: In a performance just as brilliant as the show he put on against Covington Catholic, Allen led the Knights to a three touchdown lead over DeSales in the first half before orchestrating a game winning drive in the fourth quarter after the Colts stormed back. He threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns in Lexington Catholic's 34-31 victory. Allen also led LexCath in rushing with 61 yards and another touchdown.

Season to date: 85/122 for 1,338 yards and 14 TDs/0 ints. - 108 yards rushing/3 TDs

Michael Mayer (TE/LB, Covington Catholic)

Week 4: Mayer's prolific scoring pace through two weeks was bound to cool off at some point, and it has now for the second game in a row. He caught three Caleb Jacob passes for 49 yards in the Colonels' 45-0 blowout of Dixie Heights. His production on the other side of the ball has picked up the past two weeks. He logged a season high ten tackles against the Red Colonels on Friday.

Season to date: 13 catches for 254 yards and 4 TDs - 2 carries for 34 yards and a TD - 26 tackles/1 sack/1 int.

Reese Smith (WR/S, Boyle County)

Week 4: As the competition gets a little tougher, Smith shines that much more. Against a previously 3-0 Mercer County team, he caught six passes for an even 100 yards, including one for a score. Smith also snagged his first interception of the season in Boyle's 43-7 rout of the Titans. Up next is a top ranked CAL squad that should require him to step up his game again.

Season to date: 13 catches for 344 yards and 5 touchdowns - 8 tackles/1 int.


Malachi Corley (RB/WR/DB, Campbellsville)

Week 4: For the second week in a row, Corley left his fingerprints all over a game only to come up short on the scoreboard. He totalled 203 yards from scrimmage and four total touchdowns as the Eagles fell by a point to LaRue County, 36-35. His big individual night extended to the defensive side, where he accumulated 20 tackles and a forced fumble. Corley's not likely to budge from his place on the watchlist anytime soon, but these consecutive losses sting. Taylor County and LaRue are the two best teams on Campbellsville's schedule and he did more than his share to help his team win, but ultimately fell short.

Season to date: 34 rushes for 389 yards and 8 TDs - 14 catches for 333 yards and 5 TDs - 43 tackles/1 forced fumble/1 fumble recovery

Larue County High School - Coach Corley highlights - Hudl

Jackson Hensley (WR, Pikeville)

Week 4: The Panthers' offense has struggled mightily the past two weeks against Paintsville and Raceland, and Hensley's lack of production is directly tied to those struggles. He's a big play threat that's been bottled up and kept out of the endzone for two games. But Pikeville keeps winning, and their defense has carried them to victory over their EKY rivals. It's a defense that Hensley plays a large role in, picking off a Raceland pass in Week 4's 12-6 win.

Season to date: 21 catches for 276 yards and 3 TDs - 23 tackles/2 int./1 forced fumble

Jeriah Hightower (RB, Madisonville-North Hopkins)

Week 4: Of all the players in the "locks" section of the watchlist, no one has made a bigger impact the last three weeks than Hightower. He's averaged 285 yards rushing and 3 TDs per game in wins over Marshall County, Daviess County, and Christian County. He rumbled for 264 yards and two touchdowns to help carry the Maroons past the Colonels on Friday. He's rapidly approaching a thousand yards on the season and is averaging exactly 10 ypc. Who knows what he has in store for winless Ballard Memorial in two days?

Season to date: 96 rushes for 960 yards and 11 TDs

Reed Lanter (QB, Boyle County)

Week 4: Lanter attempted as many passes against Mercer County as he did in Boyle's first three games combined. He finished 18 of 26 for a season high 241 yards and two touchdowns in Boyle's toughest test so far, which still reached running clock status. The Lanter-Smith connection has been in fine form this season, despite not spending much time on the field together. That form needs to carry over this week as the Rebels are set to entertain 3A #1 CAL.

Season to date: 38/52 for 697 yards and 8 TDs/1 int.

Mercer County High School - Reed Lanter highlights - Hudl

Octavious Oxendine (DT, North Hardin)

Week 4: The Trojans stormed into Lexington and battered Tates Creek, 40-0, behind another strong defensive showing from that entire side of the ball. Oxendine had a relatively quiet night with just 3 tackles/1 TFL/.5 sacks, but his teammates more than picked up the slack. North Hardin's allowing a 6A best 8.2 ppg against a tough schedule.

Season to date: 20 tackles/11 TFL/5.5 sacks

Walker Parks (OT/DL, Frederick Douglass)

Week 4: Parks and Frederick Douglass continued to own their Fayette County brethren last week, dominating Paul Laurence Dunbar 49-0. The Clemson commit played a huge role on both lines, helping pave the way for 400 yards of offense while collecting 1.5 sacks and aiding a defense that held PLD to just 67 yards of offense.

Game 4 v. Dunbar W - 49- - Walker Parks highlights - Hudl

Jake Sloan (WR, Pulaski County)

Week 4: Sloan began the season sixth on Kentucky's all-time career receptions list. After four games, he's leapfrogged some of the greatest WRs in state history - John Cole (Somerset), Gerad Parker (Lawrence County), and Montrell Jones (Male). He now stands in third place after hauling in 12 catches in Pulaski's 28-7 win over Henry Clay. Sloan caught a fourth quarter touchdown pass to ice the game for the Maroons.

Season to date: 39 receptions for 412 yards and 2 TDs - 1 kickoff return TD

Jayden Stinson (QB, Mayfield)

Week 4: One of Week 4's bigger head turning results was Mayfield falling to McCracken County, 45-35. The Mustangs picked off Stinson three times, giving him six on the year after throwing just four in fifteen games last season. His season is by no means in ruin, but both he and the Cardinals are not where we thought they would be coming into the year following a close call against Hopkinsville, the loss to McCracken, and Stinson's unexpected turnover woes.

Season to date: 63/102 for 1,048 and 11 TDs/6 ints.

Vito Tisdale (RB/DB, Bowling Green)

Week 4: Tisdale's senior season has started to gain traction the past two weeks. He followed up two picks in Week 3 with two more in BG's 56-0 pasting of Pleasure Ridge Park. He now has a 5A best four interceptions on the season. Vito also got his name in the scoring column for the first time this year with a scoop and score off of a bad snap to PRP's punter.

Season to date: 28 tackles/4 ints./1 fumble recovery TD

On The Bubble

Izayah Cummings (WR, Male)

Week 4: The Bulldogs were off last week. The biggest game in the state so far this season is just around the corner against Trinity.

Season to date: 14 catches for 231 yards and 5 TDs

Dalton Ponder (QB, Williamsburg)

Week 4: Ponder burned Frankfort for 340 yards and a career best six touchdown passes, plus an additional 38 yards with his legs. And he did all that damage through the air on a tidy 13 of 14 passing. His status on the watchlist will be heavily influenced by his next two games. This week and next, the Yellow Jackets face #'s 1 and 3 from class 2A. Somerset and LCA represent Williamsburg's two toughest regular season opponents by far.

Season to date: 52/70 for 1,182 yards and 13 TDs/1 int. - 252 rushing yards and 8 TDs

Brycen Huddleston (LB/KR, Highlands)

Week 4: The Eastern Michigan commit had his most productive game of the season against Simon Kenton. Huddleston posted 13 tackles/3 TFL/1 sack in Highlands' 28-7 win over the Pioneers.

Season to date: 25 tackles/5 TFL/1 sack/1 int./1 fumble recovery (stats incomplete)

John Young (OT, Christian Academy of Louisville)

Week 4: A lineman's position - especially one primarily known as an o-lineman - in any Mr. Football conversation is tenuous enough from the start. So much of their connection to a list like this is tied to team success. When you start factoring in losses, their place here begins to slip. Such is the case with Young. CAL could only muster 58 rushing yards and 2.6 ypc against Ballard in a 37-40 loss to the Bruins. With Boyle County due up next on the schedule, a big win is in order if Young is to remain in this conversation.