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2020 Mr. Football Watchlist (10/13)

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Two of the state's best hooked up in Pike County, with both reaffirming their status as watchlist regulars. Last year's 4A finals MVP continues his scoring spree, and a Wayne County wonder returns to the field after a week off. Plus, one of the nation's best offensive linemen helps spur the Broncos to a stampede in Lexington.

 

(Alphabetically)

Javeius Bunton (RB), Bowling Green

Season to date: 86 carries for 482 yards and nine touchdowns

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/v/2ENvZY

Week 5: Obvious dark horse pick here, but Bunton's night against McCracken has him trending up at a sharp angle. He was contained in the first half, with the Purples trailing 6-0 at intermission, before exploding for around 150 yards over the final two frames. Bowling Green went from trailing by six, to being up by three scores, with Bunton accounting for all four touchdowns. If BG can establish the run game like that week to week, Bunton's numbers and Mr. Football stock will continue to rise.

 

Jager Burton (OL/DL), Frederick Douglass

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/v/2ENtHp

Week 5: Burton helped open holes for Darius Neal's 158 rushing yards and provided pivotal protection for Samuel Cornett's four touchdown passes as Douglass routed LCA, 40-6. Week after week, it's hard to measure the worth of an offensive lineman without statistics to point to. But if you've seen him in person, or watched him on PrepSpin or Hudl, you know you're watching one of the best football players in Kentucky. Maybe the best?

 

Tristan Cox (LB/RB), Pulaski County

Season to date: 68 tackles/43 solo/5 rushing touchdowns

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/v/2EPSwj

Week 5: A second long shot makes his watchlist debut this week. Historically, primarily defensive players have struggled to gain any traction for Mr. Football. Cox, a Purdue linebacker commit, has been reduced to the role of short yardage specialist on offense, but did score three touchdowns in Pulaski's 41-18 win over North Laurel. On defense, he's a tackling machine, racking up 18 last Friday and averaging nearly 14 per game this season.

 

Isaac Dixon (RB/DB), Belfry

Season to date: 67 carries for 919 yards and 11 touchdowns/114 receiving yards and two touchdowns 

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/v/2ENpHK

Week 5: Belfry's willingness to go "big game hunting" with its schedule has to be respected. The Pirates run from no one… except opposing defenders. North Hardin brought one of the state's elite defenses to Pond Creek, looking to corral Dixon and put a temporary hold on his expert manipulation of would-be tacklers. To a degree, the Trojans were successful. Dixon never truly got "loose" for the sensational breakaway runs we're accustomed to seeing, but he churned out 130 hard earned yards while dodging tackles from multiple future FBS defenders. Coach Haywood expertly switched things up by running Dixon from the fullback position. Quarterback Brett Coleman had the bigger night statistically, but Dixon's performance only strengthened his case for a spot as a Mr. Football finalist.


Cam Hergott (QB), Beechwood

Season to date: 78/110 for 1,115 yards and 7 TDs/3 ints. - 323 rushing yards and four touchdowns 

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/v/2ENxjk

Week 5: As expected, Beechwood's district slate got off to a great start, with Hergott and the Tigers feeling little to no heat from Covington Holy Cross. Hergott completed a cool 17 of 20 throws for 200 yards and four touchdowns. Regardless of the level of competition, it's always impressive to see more touchdowns than incompletions.


Dylan Preston (RB/LB), Johnson Central

Season to date: 42 carries for 624 yards and 13 touchdowns/one receiving touchdown/three sacks

Week 5: Preston played a little game of one-upsmanship with himself from Week 4 to 5. He scored on all but one of his four carries two weeks ago against Clay County. He topped that by two versus Perry County Central last Friday, with an absurd five scores on just six carries. That many trips to the end zone on so few touches has to be a rare feat. He's got his work cut out for him if he plans to improve on that this week. His stat line from the past two games: 328 yards and 8 touchdowns on 10 rushes. He's been efficient, to say the least.


Kaiya Sheron (QB), Somerset

Season to date: 59/97 for 1,119 yards and 10 TDs/1 int. - 270 rushing yards and four touchdowns

Week 5: Sheron showed off his SEC bound arm strength against Danville. His dual threat ability shone again, as the Jumpers put together their best performance of the season to down the Admirals battleship, 42-3. Kade Grundy returned to the Somerset lineup and picked up where he left off with his quarterback. Sheron found his go-to receiver four times for 127 yards and a score. An enormous resume building opportunity is right in front of him, with 2A #2 LCA set to pay a visit to the top ranked Jumpers in one of this week's marquee games.


Braedon Sloan (RB), Wayne County

Season to date: 89 carries for 941 yards and 15 touchdowns

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/v/2EPUNZ

Week 5: Most running backs would be thrilled with 291 yards and five touchdowns over two or three games. Sloan compiled those numbers in roughly three quarters against Lincoln County. He missed out on a final quarter of work with an ankle injury that hopefully isn't too serious. I'm sure he'd hate to miss out on another crack at Knox Central this week. He produced over 300 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns against the Panthers last year.


Lavell Wright (RB), North Hardin

Season to date: 97 carries for 594 yards and 9 touchdowns/20 catches for 188 yards and a touchdown

Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/v/2EP7zN

Week 5: As Wright drug Isaac Dixon across the goal line for the game tying score with 30 seconds remaining, Belfry defenders behind the play stood dejected, knowing they had their chance to stop him before he ever got going. Trojan blockers didn't exactly set Wright up for success on the play, with multiple Pirates slipping through cracks to find the UK commit as soon as he turned up field. But Wright's God given abilities and will to win would not be denied. He slipped tacklers and surged through contact from his Belfry counterpart, barreling toward the endzone like a bull charge at a matador's red cape. His 156 yards from scrimmage represented the lion's share of North Hardin's offensive output, and without him, the night likely would have belonged to Belfry.


Noteworthy performances from Week 5:

Clay Games (QB), Elizabethtown: 221 passing yards and four touchdowns against Meade County

Chaz Geraghty (QB), Holy Cross: 310 total yards and four touchdowns against Bethlehem

Clint McKee (RB), Graves County: 183 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Grayson County

Wes Oliver (RB), Taylor County: 212 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Estill County

Cole Wallace (RB), Rowan County: 209 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Harrison County

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Its looking more and more like Hergott is the front runner. This is great for nky football!

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Are Dixon or Sloan getting any college looks? Both of their film week to week is very impressive.

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1 minute ago, Tones said:

Are Dixon or Sloan getting any college looks? Both of their film week to week is very impressive.

I know Sloan committed to EKU...I was a little surprised by that just because he had offers from Cornell, Fordham and Eastern Illinois and opted for EKU instead.

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Just looked up Isaac Dixon's recruiting info...offers from Hanover, Kentucky Wesleyan, and West Virginia State University. Then a preferred walk-on from Southeast Missouri State.

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Is anyone missing from this list?  

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