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Front Runners

Beau Allen (QB, Lexington Catholic)

Season to date: 234/341 for 3,682 yards and 38 TDs/8 ints. - 517 yards rushing/12 TDs

Career: 743/1,144 (65%) for 11,439 yards and 127 touchdown passes/35 interceptions - 1,133 rushing yards/20 touchdowns



Reed Lanter (QB, Boyle County)

Semifinals: Facing one of the best defenses Boyle has seen this season, Lanter threw a rare pick and was never quite able to light the fuse for the Rebels' pyrotechnic offense. But he did enough, throwing a couple of touchdown passes to help propel Boyle past Central and back to Lexington for a crack at a second state title. The last time Lanter stepped onto the turf at Kroger Field, he displayed poise beyond his years, throwing five touchdown passes as a sophomore in a breakout performance.

Season to date: 161/220 for 2,977 yards and 39 TDs/3 int.



Michael Mayer (TE/LB, Covington Catholic)

Semifinals: The most titillating subplot to CovCath's 28-0 win over Bowling Green was Mayer squaring off with Vito Tisdale, pitting two of the three or four best prospects in Kentucky against one another. Mayer got the better of the confrontation, catching five balls for 95 yards and a touchdown, plus giving Tisdale a five yard piggy back to punctuate a 26 yard reception in the third quarter. For his last game in a Covington Catholic uniform, he returns to Kroger Field, the site of last year's standout individual performance against South Warren.

Season to date: 45 catches for 902 yards and 15 TDs - 2 rushing TDs - 90 tackles/1.5 sacks/4 int./1 pick-six/5 forced fumbles



Reese Smith (WR/S, Boyle County)

Semifinals: Central brought its usual, sturdy November defense to Danville, but it doesn't seem to matter who's on the other sideline, Smith is going to leave an impression on the game. Against the Yellow Jackets, he caught a second quarter touchdown pass, falling away, with a defender in his face. This was merely the latest in a long line of highlight reel plays. Altogether, he logged four receptions for 102 yards and that one scoring grab. Only one chapter remains in his storied high school career, a date with Johnson Central at the grocery store. Those in and around the Boyle County community were well aware of Smith's talents before the 2017 3A championship game, but that night versus Corbin was his coming out party to the rest of the state. Three touchdown catches and a pick-six in a state final have a tendency to leave a lasting impression, but as I stated above, Smith makes one every time he puts on a Boyle County uniform.

Season to date: 51 catches for 1,353 yards and 19 touchdowns - 3 rushing TDs - 27 tackles/7 ints./1 pick-six




Locks

Malachi Corley (RB/WR/DB, Campbellsville)

2019 Season: 48 rushes for 541 yards and 10 TDs - 25 catches for 698 yards and 10 TDs - 63 tackles/3 sacks/4 forced fumble - 1 punt return touchdown

Career: 2,070 yards rushing/26 TDs - 2,324 yards receiving/30 TDs - 269 tackles/6 ints. - 6 non-offensive TDs



Izayah Cummings (WR, Male)

Semifinals: After two weeks without a reception, Cummings returned to form against Tates Creek with five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. A state championship date with Trinity is coming up. The Shamrocks previously inspired one of the best performances of Cummings' career back in Week 5, when he hauled in six balls for 145 yards and a pair of scores, including the game winner in overtime.

Season to date: 50 catches for 962 yards and 11 TDs



Jeriah Hightower (RB, Madisonville-North Hopkins)

Semifinals: If you're gonna go down, at least go down swinging. That's what Hightower did against Johnson Central, but unfortunately for the Maroons, his 184 rushing yards weren't enough to keep their game against JC close, let alone put them in position to win. With his yardage last Friday, he became the first player in Kentucky to eclipse 3,000 yards rushing in a season since, oddly enough, Johnson Central's JJ Jude in 2011 and just the seventh to ever do it.

Season to date: 348 rushes for 3,001 yards and 33 TDs



Octavious Oxendine (DT, North Hardin)

Semifinals: It appeared early on that the Trojans might have something for Trinity after forcing a punt and then scoring the game's first points on the subsequent drive, but the Rocks quickly remembered who they are and rattled off 54 unanswered points to bring a jarring end to what had been a banner year for North Hardin.

Season to date: 62 tackles/17 TFL/14.5 sacks (stats incomplete)



Walker Parks (OT/DL, Frederick Douglass)

Semifinals: The explosive, big play offense that Douglass has exhibited so frequently this season was forced into grind mode by a stout Owensboro defense. But behind a big special teams play a highly regarded defense of their own, the Broncos persevered to advance to the 5A championship game against Covington Catholic.

Season to date: 32 tackles/11.5 TFL/5.5 sacks - The Broncos are averaging 7.8 yards per carry and have only allowed two sacks this season.



Demetri Scott (DE/TE, DeSales)

Semifinals: Scott had a solid showing against Belfry with a couple of big catches and several stops from his defensive end position, but DeSales fell to the Pirates, 15-14 in overtime. Belfry's offense negated Scott's ability to pin his ears back and get after the quarterback, but he'll still finish tops in the state in sacks by a handful.

Season to date: 78 tackles/23 TFL/24 sacks - 20 receptions for 356 yards and 8 TDs



Jayden Stinson (QB, Mayfield)

Semifinals: Stinson couldn't channel his best against Beechwood, but his connection with Made Neely was as strong as always, and Kylan Galbreath turned in a monster game to help put Beechwood away, 35-7. Stinson threw for 188 yards (133 to Neely) and two touchdowns, with the two scoring tosses tying him with former Breathitt County QB - and current coach - Kyle Moore at 13th on the state's career list for touchdown passes with 111.

Season to date: 174/272 for 3,506 yards and 48 TDs/10 ints.




On The Bubble

Charles Collins (RB/DB, Breathitt County)

Semifinals: Collins' 83 yard touchdown run was part of an early barrage of big plays by Breathitt against Somerset. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the Jumpers weathered the storm and outscored Breathitt 40-12 the rest of the way to advance, 40-25. A second touchdown run in the second quarter gave him his 100th and final career score.

Season to date: 118 rushes for 1,777 yards and 36 TDs - 1 receiving TD - 1 passing TD - one kickoff return TD - 41 tackles/1 sack (stats incomplete)

Somerset High School - Charles Andrew Collins highlights - Hudl



Drew Hartz (QB, Owensboro Catholic)

2019 Season: 246/348 for 4,173 yards and 57 TDs/5 ints.

Career: 531/817 (65%) for 8,696 yards and 115 touchdowns/20 interceptions - 6 touchdown runs



Franklin Hayes (WR, McCracken County)

2019 Season: 69 catches for 1,556 yards and 26 TDs

Career: 142 receptions for 2,644 yards and 35 TDs - 443 rushing yards and 11 TDs



Jackson Hensley (WR, Pikeville)

Semifinals: Hensley had his first 100 yard game since Week 2 with 110 yards and a touchdown on six catches against Louisville Holy Cross. Pikeville's 36-7 win puts them in the 1A championship game for the second straight year and third time in the last five seasons. It was last year's performance in defeat against Beechwood that put Hensley on the map beyond the mountains.

Season to date: 47 catches for 730 yards and 10 TDs - 65 tackles/2 int./1 fumble return TD - 2 kick return TDs

Holy Cross High School - Jackson Hensley highlights - Hudl



Devin Johnson (RB/LB, Johnson Central)

Semifinals: When you've had the type of season that Johnson's had, and you show up Jeriah Hightower head to head, it's time to show some love. We're turning the spotlight toward Paintsville after Johnson gashed Madisonville North-Hopkins for 278 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. He'll be playing in his fourth straight state championship game this weekend against Boyle County.

Season to date: 130 carries for 1,619 yards and 20 TDs - 3 receiving TDs - 87 tackles/11 TFL/5 sacks

North Hopkins - DEVIN JOHNSON highlights - Hudl