Jul 2, 19, 10:38 AM #1
Who are the top running backs in KY in 2019?This is a position group that lost some great, accomplished backs to graduation a few weeks ago - Wan'Dale, McGinness, Bass, and Jackson, just to name a few. There are openings for the next wave of talented ball carriers to step in and fill those voids.
Nick Mitchell (Sr., Glasgow)
2018 - 2,071 yards/30 TDs/7.1 ypc
Junior SzN - Nick Mitchell highlights - Hudl
Jeriah Hightower (Sr., Madisonville-North Hopkins)
2018 - 1,769/23 TDs/7.0 ypc
Jeriah Hightower 2 18-2 19 season - Jeriah Hightower highlights - Hudl
CA Collins (Sr., Breathitt County)
2018 - 1,474 yards/21 TDs/11.3 ypc
16 catches/390 yards/6 TDs
C. A. Collins Best Plays 2 18 - Charles (CA) Collins highlights - Hudl
Bronson Brown (Sr., Scott County)
2018 - 1,494 yards/21 TDs/9.4 ypc
Junior Year Highlights - Bronson Brown highlights - Hudl
Keaton Martin (Sr., South Oldham)
2018 - 1,509 yards/19 TDs/9.4 ypc
junior year - Keaton Martin highlights - Hudl
Q'Daryius McHenry (Jr., Ohio County)
2018 - 1,500 yards/21 TDs/8.6 ypc
28 catches/475 yards/4 TDs
Keontae Pittman (Jr., Ashland/offer from Cincinnati)
2018 - 1,040 yards/15 TDs/10.1 ypc
Lavell Wright (Jr., North Hardin/offers from UK, Tennessee, and WVU)
2018 - 1,320 yards/19 TDs/7.4 ypc
25 catches/287 yards/2 TDs
A special mention goes to Belfry's entire backfield. Isaac Dixon and Ben Bentley combined for over 2,200 yards and 28 TDs on limited touches. Together, they averaged over 13 ypc. If Peyton Hensley returns healthy this year, you're looking at perhaps the deepest backfield in the state.Advertisement
Jul 2, 19, 10:57 AM #2
They had 2777 yards on only 184 touches, that is an average of 15.1 yards each time they touched the ball! They also averaged a TD approximately every 5 touches!
That doesn't even factor in the kick return and defensive TD's they added. Between the two of them that is an additional 5 more TD's including a 100-yard Pick 6 to seal the win by Dixon against LexCath in the playoffs.
Jul 2, 19, 11:20 AM #3
Jul 2, 19, 12:01 PM #4
Not sure Belfry would have beat Boyle at 100%, but having both of those guys at their best it could have made for an electric 2nd Half.
The big question for Belfry is going to be up front. The Pirates return one of the best High School linemen in the State in Wolford, but have some massive shoes to fill figuratively and literally along the OL.
With Coleman moving to QB, and if Hensley can return after missing essentially all of last year with an injury, they sure have the talent to be a scary backfield though. Dixon may be the best player in KY that noone knows about.
Jul 5, 19, 09:32 AM #5
Jul 16, 19, 01:11 PM #6
Peyton Smith of Walton Verona was just selected to play in the Blue Grey All American Bowl January 13 at Mercedes Benz stadium home of the Atlanta Falcons. He competed against 6,750 kids to earn his spot as the running back for the grey team. Peyton had over 1000 all purpose yards last year as a junior, 15 TDs, 800 rushing yards on 120 carries. He is an explosive runner with phenomenal vision. Hands are elite and will go up for a ball with anyone. Expect to hear good things from this one. He also has a few offers with 1 full ride.
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Jul 28, 19, 03:58 PM #7All those choices are awesome. Some great talent for sure.
But i have to put a couple in the mix.
Josh Wheaton - Montgomery County - #48. After this year he should have every school record for rushing and scoring.
And a former player for Montgomery County C.A. Collins from Anderson County.
that kid is faster than Grease Lighting.
Jul 30, 19, 02:57 PM #8Pittman could have a breakout year at Ashland this season. He should get more touches this season, we'll just have to see if he can keep his ypc relative to what it was his soph season.
Jul 30, 19, 03:59 PM #9Name to watch: Bardstown Tiger sophomore LaDarion Montgomery. Good size and power, pretty good vision, breakaway speed once he's broken the line. He ran for about 750 yards last year as a freshmen, splitting time with other players. Will benefit from some experienced wide receivers and passing game that will open up the run.
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Aug 5, 19, 09:08 PM #12
Might want to keep an eye out for Sloan at Wayne County. Lost quite a bit in our line last year but this young man is special.
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Aug 16, 19, 12:55 AM #13Watch Martin at South Oldham. His stats above aren't even his best season. He had 1,558 yards as a freshman, plus 19 touchdowns - despite only starting about half the games. For his career, he's sitting at 4,325 yards rushing and 55 touchdowns. Numbers could be quite gaudy for his career by the time he finishes this, his senior season. (his numbers are even more impressive when you remember that South employs a Wing-T look, and the two wings will split the available carries with Martin) Fun back to watch.
Sep 9, 19, 08:16 AM #14
Malachi Yulee from Mercer County is one to keep an eye on. He ran for over 1,000 yards as a junior. He already has a 200+ yard game this year and averaging close to 9 yards per carry.
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Sep 9, 19, 09:57 AM #15
Austin Oppel (JR) Meade Co.
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2 games played:
44 carries 454 yards 8 Td's (Averaging 227 yards per game)
6 receptions 78 yards
He's put those stats up vs a really good Franklin-Simpson and an athletic 6A team, PRP.