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Front Runners

Beau Allen (QB, Lexington Catholic)

Week 7: The Knights were off last week. The most important game of LexCath's season is two days away versus Boyle County. This game holds major implications for both the Mr. Football race and Class 4A. For his career, Allen is 1-3 versus the Rebels, with his lone victory coming in his freshman year. Since then, he's lost three straight by an average score of 48-15. His career stat line against Boyle County: 54/110 (49%) for 549 yards and 5 TDs/2 ints.

Season to date: 140/192 for 2,034 yards and 22 TDs/2 ints. - 250 yards rushing/6 TDs

Michael Mayer (TE/LB, Covington Catholic)

Week 7: Mayer struck gold on three of his four receptions against Boone County, meaning nine of his twenty-one catches this season have gone for touchdowns. A sturdy challenge awaits in the form of La Salle, a GCL South power.

Season to date: 21 catches for 408 yards and 9 TDs - 3 carries for 37 yards and a TD - 36 tackles/1.5 sacks/1 int.

Reese Smith (WR/S, Boyle County)

Week 7: Boyle County was off last week. A golden opportunity to upstage the guy at the top of the page is just around the corner. Reece's career stat line against Lexington Catholic: 11 catches for 225 yards and 5 TDs with 3 interceptions.

Season to date: 22 catches for 597 yards and 8 touchdowns - 11 tackles/4 ints.


Malachi Corley (RB/WR/DB, Campbellsville)

Week 7: Corley continued to fill up the stat sheet last week, albeit against one of the weakest teams on Campbellsville's schedule. He caught five balls for 192 yards and three touchdowns on offense to go with a sack and two forced fumbles in his defensive role.

Season to date: 37 rushes for 413 yards and 9 TDs - 14 catches for 333 yards and 5 TDs - 45 tackles/1 forced fumble/1 fumble recovery - 1 punt return touchdown

Metcalfe County High School - Coach Corley highlights - Hudl

Izayah Cummings (WR, Male)

Week 7: Dominant defense and a strong running game set the tone for Male against PRP, leaving few opportunities for Cummings to make an impact catching the football. He did, however, manage to snag a touchdown grab in the Bulldogs' 47-0 rout of the Panthers.

Season to date: 27 catches for 543 yards and 9 TDs

Jackson Hensley (WR, Pikeville)

Week 7: The Panthers were off last week. They open district play this Friday against Phelps.

Season to date: 25 catches for 346 yards and 5 TDs - 31 tackles/2 int./1 forced fumble

Jeriah Hightower (RB, Madisonville-North Hopkins)

Week 7: Hightower carved up a helpless Hopkins County Central defense to the tune of 259 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries. He's gone for 200+ in six straight games and is averaging 270 yards and 3 TDs per game during that stretch. One of the biggest games this week involving a watchlist member is MNH's clash with district adversary Hopkinsville.

Season to date: 159 rushes for 1,723 yards and 19 TDs

Hopkins County Central High School - Jeriah Hightower highlights - Hudl

Reed Lanter (QB, Boyle County)

Week 7: The Rebels were off last week. Despite being far more successful at the high school level, Lanter has never been viewed as Beau Allen's equal from a talent and prospect standpoint. This Friday, he gets a chance to go head to head with Allen for the fifth time in perhaps the biggest quarterback duel Kentucky has to offer this season, unless of course they meet again in the playoffs. Lanter's career numbers against Lexington Catholic: 44/68 (65%) for 557 yards and 6 TDs/3 ints.

Season to date: 64/92 for 1,160 yards and 14 TDs/1 int.

Octavious Oxendine (DT, North Hardin)

Week 7: North Hardin's front seven resembled a brick wall against Meade County, holding the Green Wave to -13 yards rushing for the game. Oxendine registered two more sacks, pushing him into double digits this season. Midway through the second quarter, Double O experienced every lineman's dream - a scoop and score from 25 yards out, representing the first touchdown of his career.

Season to date: 28 tackles/6 TFL/11 sacks

Walker Parks (OT/DL, Frederick Douglass)

Week 7: In a non-competitive contest that bordered on unfair, the Broncos posted 334 yards and eight touchdowns on just 23 offensive snaps in a 54-0 demolition of Grant County. The defense pitched its fifth consecutive shutout and sixth in seven games this season. Parks may not have even broken a sweat on the coolest Friday night we've seen so far.

Jake Sloan (WR, Pulaski County)

Week 7: Sloan's 96 yards and a touchdown on six catches helped propel the Maroons past South Laurel, 48-0. This was the first time this season Pulaski was able to coast to the finish line. Sloan leads the state in receptions by twenty over the next guy.

Season to date: 66 receptions for 777 yards and 5 TDs - 1 kickoff return TD

Jayden Stinson (QB, Mayfield)

Week 7: Stinson was on point early, tossing three touchdown passes in the first half to guide the Cardinals to a commanding 35-7 halftime lead over top ten ranked Caldwell County. With Kylan Galbreath turning in a career performance on the ground (223 yards) and the defense putting forth a season best effort, the lefty gunslinger ended up with a lighter workload than most would have anticipated.

Season to date: 96/147 for 1,830 yards and 22 TDs/7 ints.

Caldwell County High School - Jayden Stinson highlights - Hudl

On The Bubble

Drew Hartz (QB, Owensboro Catholic)

Week 7: The competition is weak, but the numbers are impossible to ignore. He shredded McLean County's defense for 468 yards and seven touchdowns last Friday. Since the Owensboro loss, Hartz has thrown for 1,647 yards (412 ypg) and 25 TDs/0 ints. He leads the state in both passing yards and touchdowns, with a substantial lead in the latter category.

Season to date: 143/205 for 2,475 yards and 35 TDs/2 ints.

219 Game 7 - Drew Hartz highlights - Hudl

Franklin Hayes (WR, McCracken County)

Week 7: Hayes has been one of the primary catalysts for a Mustangs offense that's averaging 56 ppg over their last five contests. He added 124 receiving yards and three more scores to his season totals last Friday versus Daviess County. An incredible seventeen of his thirty-nine receptions (43%) this year have resulted in six points for McCracken County.

Season to date: 39 catches for 952 yards and 17 TDs

Daviess County High School - Franklin Hayes highlights - Hudl

Brycen Huddleston (LB/KR, Highlands)

Week 7: Despite Highlands' struggles in recent weeks, Huddleston continues to show why he's one of the top players in Kentucky. His 15 stops against Conner give him 64 over his last five games. He also returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, his first of the season and seventh kick return score of his career.

Season to date: 65 tackles/8 TFL/4 sacks/1 int./1 fumble recovery. - 1 kickoff return TD (stats incomplete)

Vito Tisdale (RB/DB, Bowling Green)

Week 7: More involvement defensively against South Warren resulted in some disruptive pressure from a blitzing Tisdale. He also blocked a field goal attempt in Bowling Green's defensive laden 14-3 win over the Spartans, bringing an end to their 21 game winning streak.

Season to date: 34 tackles/4 ints./1 fumble recovery TD (stats incomplete)