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At this point in the season, the Mr. Football picture is beginning to clear up some. A couple of favorites have emerged from the pack, with several others still within striking distance of the award.

The Front-runners :

A.J. Mayer - QB, Covington Catholic
Mayer is piloting one of the most buzzed about teams in the state and has passed every test so far with flying colors. Through seven games, he's 89 of 142 for 1,486 yards and 18 TDs passing, with only one interception. The 6’3”, 205 pounder has also rushed for six scores. He'll lace'em up for Miami (OH) next fall.

Rondale Moore - WR, Trinity
Where do we begin?... His team is unbeaten, nationally ranked, and a heavy favorite to win the 6A title. He's caught 72 passes for 901 yards and 7 TDs on the year, including a school record 22 catches for 304 yards and 3 scores in a comeback win against Moeller. The highly sought after recruit will be playing his college ball in Austin, at the University of Texas.

The 2nd Tier :

Tyrese Allen - RB/DL, Paintsville
The WVU commit was already a dominant force on the Tigers D-line. This year, he's added leading rusher to his resume. Tyrese has bulldozed his way for 477 yards and 6 touchdowns on 45 carries. That's 10.6 ypc for a young man that's 6’3” and 300 lbs.

Jairus Brents - You name it, he does it, Waggener
One of the most physically gifted players in the Bluegrass, Brents has played a wide variety of roles on both sides of the ball for Waggener. After playing receiver last year, he's transitioned nicely to QB, accounting for 1,177 yards of total offense and 15 TDs. Defensively, he's all over the field, from his primary position at cornerback, to the D-line, and everywhere in between. Some of his highlights this year include a couple of kick return TDs and an acrobatic, one handed interception. He holds offers from the best of the best, including Alabama, USC, and Oklahoma.

Nick Bohn - QB, Trinity
The first year signal caller has been a steady hand all season for the unbeaten and top ranked Shamrocks. He threw for 490 yards and 4 touchdowns in a come from behind win versus Moeller (OH) in Week 2. On the season, he's completed an incredible 78% of his passes for 2,180 yards and 18 TDs with only two interceptions.

Jake Chisholm - RB, Ryle
He may not be big in stature (5’9”, 185 lbs), but Jake Chisholm's importance to the Ryle football program is immeasurable. He’s followed up a stellar junior campaign by rushing for 1,240 yards and 18 touchdowns this year, with an additional 219 yards and 2 TDs receiving. He's received interest from the Naval Academy and a few FCS schools.

Matt Shearer - QB, Simon Kenton
The 6’4”, 210 lb senior has proven himself problematic for every defense he's faced this year with both his arm and legs. The stats are impressive: 98 of 159 for 1,527 yards, 22 touchdowns, only 3 interceptions, and 439 yards rushing and 9 TDs on the ground. He holds an offer from Morehead State.

Derek Wellman - FB/LB, Belfry
The numbers only tell half the story on Wellman. He's a born leader with tremendous instincts and a high football IQ, who's been a big part of the foundation for Belfry's championship run in recent years. He's rushed for 735 yards and 11 touchdowns from the Pirates all important fullback position, and is the team's leading tackler and heart and soul of the defense at inside linebacker.

The Dark Horses :

Justin Blackburn - QB/LB, Ludlow
Arguably, no one player in the state is more important to his team's success than Blackburn is to Ludlow’s. Just feast your eyes on the numbers: 857 yards and 12 touchdowns passing, 1,488 yards and 25 touchdowns rushing, 45 tackles and 2 interceptions (including a pick-six) on defense. He's the ultimate throwback all-around football player.

Alex Dowds - RB, Campbell County
Dowds has raced through every defense he's faced this year, save for Ryle , with little resistance. He's topped 200 yards three times so far, including 208 against Dixie Heights, and 207 against Newport Central Catholic. His most recent performance was a staggering 384 yards and 4 touchdowns against Conner. For the year, he's amassed 1,275 yards rushing and 18 scores.

J.R. Lucas - QB, Collins
Like Chisholm, Lucas is small (5’8”, 160 lbs), but invaluable. The dual threat quarterback is 88 of 170 for 1,390 yards and 15 TDs through the air. He also leads the team in rushing with 726 yards and 8 TDs on the ground.

Logan Nieves - QB, Lexington Christian Academy
LCA's offense is the smoothest running unit in the state, averaging an eye popping 54 points and 509 yards of offense per game. The main cog in that system is Nieves. The epitome of a dual threat quarterback, he's completed 68% of his passes for 1,344 yards and 17 touchdowns, while burning defenses with his legs to the tune of 780 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing.