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2021 BluegrassPreps Mr. Football Watchlist (9/1)


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Hergott tames a tiger with different colored stripes; LCA's "X-factor" leads a ground invasion of Title Town; And that "other" Owensboro quarterback enters the chat.

 

In alphabetical order:

Vinny Anthony (WR), Male

Season to date: 4 reception for 157 yards and a touchdown ; 1 kick return touchdown

Highlights: vs. Ballard

Week 2: Male's offense continued to flex its considerable muscles against Ballard, with Anthony recording his first offensive touchdown of the season. Included in his 111 receiving yards was a 47 yard score after racing past double coverage. He was upstaged, however, by teammate Daniel Swinney's career day on the ground. A primetime opportunity for Anthony awaits this week against #2 St. X.
 

Xavier Brown (ATH), Lexington Christian Academy

Season to date: 32 carries for 270 yards and a touchdown 

Highlights: vs. Boyle County

Week 2: 'Big time players make big time plays in big time games' seems like an appropriate way to sum up Brown's night against Boyle County. LCA ran for more yards against the Rebels than Boyle's defense allowed all of last season, with Brown racking up over 200 for himself. None of those yards were more important than the 68 he accumulated on the go-ahead, and ultimately game winning, touchdown in the fourth quarter.

 

Isaac Dixon (ATH), Belfry

Season to date: 29 carries for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns ; 2/5 for 50 yards and a touchdown with one interception 

Week 2: This is probably not how Dixon envisioned his fifth year starting out. Belfry is 0-2 for the first time in 23 years, and with defenses keying on him every snap, the open space he's enjoyed throughout his career has yet to present itself. Then throw in the fact that he's had to acclimate to a new position with new responsibilities. Against CovCath, Dixon threw his first career touchdown pass, but it was tough sledding on the ground against a stout front seven that held him well below the century mark running the ball. 

 

Jagger Gillis (QB), Boyle County

Season to date: 23/33 for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception ; 66 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns

Week 2: Gillis' three goal line touchdown runs helped Boyle County keep pace with visiting LCA until fellow watchlister Xavier Brown struck like a bolt of lightning to put the Eagles over the top. All of his scores were of the rushing variety, meaning he failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time since 2019 and his interception against LCA was his first since Week 2 of last season.

 

Cam Hergott (QB), Beechwood

Season to date: 17/32 for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns ; 246 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns

Highlights: vs. Paintsville

Week 2: Hergott was in the mood to stretch his legs against Paintsville, and there was little the defending 1A champions could do to deter him. He zig zagged through Paintsville's defense for big gains and punished a tackler or two along the way. The standout numbers on the night: 165 yards rushing and three combined touchdowns. 

 

Joe Humphreys (QB, Daviess County)

Season to date: 43/54 for 657 yards and 7 touchdowns with 0 interceptions

Highlights: vs. Owensboro Catholic

Week 2: Humphreys tore apart Owensboro Catholic's secondary like a single wide trailer in the path of a tornado. He threw short balls, intermediate balls and deep balls. He threw with touch and velocity. It was a passing performance that will be hard for anyone to top this season. The final tally: 33/38 for 567 yards and 6 touchdowns. But doing that against Owensboro Catholic and doing it against Owensboro Senior are two different animals. He'll get his shot to entrench his name firmly in the Mr. Football conversation when he faces the Red Devils in a couple of days. 

 

Dane Key (WR), Frederick Douglass

Season to date: 6 receptions for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns

Week 2: Key's season continued in cruise control against Tates Creek - 2 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. He's out there doing a lot to help his team win, but the numbers that matter within the context of winning this award just aren't there right now. It's obviously early, so there's plenty of time and a couple of big games on the schedule with opportunities for him to stay in the race.

 

Clint McKee (RB, Graves County

Season to date: 51 carries for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns ; 7 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown

Highlights: vs. Paducah Tilghman

Week 2: McKee makes his watchlist debut on the strength of three touchdowns and nearly 300 yards from scrimmage (161 rushing/136 receiving) against Paducah Tilghman. Throughout his career, he's been a valuable asset catching the ball out of the backfield. That skill was used to maximum effect against the Blue Tornado. His 50 yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter propelled the Eagles to victory. This performance was one of his best and showcased why he's one of the top pound for pound backs in the state.

 

Caden Veltkamp (QB), South Warren

Season to date: 25/40 for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception ; 3 rushing touchdowns

Week 2: The Spartan field general's watchlist footing is no longer steady after South Warren got dinged by Hendersonville (TN). Despite the playmakers at receiver and running back, the offense hasn't begun to scratch the surface of its potential. South has Week 3 off to either tweak or refine that side of the ball.

 

Gavin Wimsatt (QB), Owensboro

Season to date: 37/64 for 504 yards passing and 5 touchdowns ; 100 yards rushing and a touchdown

Highlights: vs. Apollo

Week 2: It's rare that Wimsatt is not the Owensboro area quarterback people are buzzing about, but that was the case last weekend after Humphreys threw down some Madden '21 numbers. Wimsatt wasn't too shabby himself, throwing for 222 yards and a pair of scores to lead the Red Devils in a rout of Apollo. You want to see what elite high school arm talent looks like? Watch the highlight above. He has most of his weight on his back foot when he releases the ball. It's all arm. 



Noteworthy performances from Week 2:

Caleb Bogonko (RB, Middlesboro) - 352 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns against Williamsburg

Seth Mills (RB, Corbin) - 255 yards from scrimmage and 4 touchdowns against Whitley County

Drew Polston (QB, Pulaski County) - 346 passing yards and 3 total touchdowns against Lexington Catholic

Jack Sivori (QB, St. Xavier) - Four total touchdowns against Central

Keyandre Strand (RB, John Hardin) - 304 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns against Bardstown

 

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  • DevilMayCare changed the title to 2021 BluegrassPreps Mr. Football Watchlist (9/1)

@DevilMayCare- great writeup as always!  2 points for me:

- Wimsatt did his 222 and 2 TD's in a half of play and actually had a bomb TD and other yardage called back on a plethora of holding calls all night

- Humphries great QB and showing - Not his fault, but does Humphries need to be in during the 4th quarter of a beatdown?  2 of his TD's were 4th quarter passes.  The TD's put them up 49-12 then 56-12.  The last was with 3:20 left in the game a 38 yard pass play to WR#1 Renfrow (who led the team with 9 TD's last year).  DC had 38 passes and 15 rushes the entire game - airing it out all 2nd half it seems.

Edit:  I watched Humphries highlights and the very last play is the 38 yard pass - it's a flat out bomb play to the endzone - it wasn't even like it was a screen that got loose.  Hmmmmm.....

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1 minute ago, Kanaka Kahakai said:

Not all everyone will agree with me on this, but IMO a redo student- athlete SHOULD NOT be eligible for any post season award ie. all- city, all district, all region, all state and definitely not Mr. Football. 

In my opinion this is not a debate for BGP.  The SSYP is what it is and everyone eligible to play according to the KHSAA is eligible for any and all awards.

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39 minutes ago, Brown said:

@DevilMayCare- great writeup as always!  2 points for me:

- Wimsatt did his 222 and 2 TD's in a half of play and actually had a bomb TD and other yardage called back on a plethora of holding calls all night

- Humphries great QB and showing - Not his fault, but does Humphries need to be in during the 4th quarter of a beatdown?  2 of his TD's were 4th quarter passes.  The TD's put them up 49-12 then 56-12.  The last was with 3:20 left in the game a 38 yard pass play to WR#1 Renfrow (who led the team with 9 TD's last year).  DC had 38 passes and 15 rushes the entire game - airing it out all 2nd half it seems.

Edit:  I watched Humphries highlights and the very last play is the 38 yard pass - it's a flat out bomb play to the endzone - it wasn't even like it was a screen that got loose.  Hmmmmm.....

My thought on this is it is all good until there is a running clock. When the game gets to a running clock in the 4th quarter, it is time to certainly let off the gas. 

Using that guide, no problem with the TD that made the score 49-12. That turned on the running clock. Anything added by the starters after that in the 4th quarter is a bad move by the coach on several fronts.

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6 minutes ago, Voice of Reason said:

My thought on this is it is all good until there is a running clock. When the game gets to a running clock in the 4th quarter, it is time to certainly let off the gas. 

Using that guide, no problem with the TD that made the score 49-12. That turned on the running clock. Anything added by the starters after that in the 4th quarter is a bad move by the coach on several fronts.

I agree.  In this case DC was up 42-12 so the other team can’t score and is 2A while your 6A.   Can you at least run the ball?  The final series was way bad.  It’s Bush league to do that in 4th quarter up that big against a team that got lambasted by Apollo the week before.  I went back and listened to radio replay and the announcers are dumbfounded that he is in and he is slinging it with 4  mins to go up 49-12 and running clock.

 

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I love the Hergott highlights.  He’s running and only a yard in bounds when he meets the tackler, rather than just go out of bounds to not get injured he lowers his head like Jim McMahon. 

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