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2021 BluegrassPreps Mr. Football Watchlist (11/17)

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Humphreys continues to play a video game while everyone else is playing real life; Brown decommissions the Admirals; And St. X leans hard on its quarterback to keep alive the dream a state title


In alphabetical order:

Xavier Brown (ATH, Lexington Christian Academy)

Season to date: 92 carries for 1,222 yards and 16 touchdowns ; 343 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns

Round 2: It's safe to say that Danville has seen enough of Mr. Brown. The Ads barely had time to recover from the first encounter - 180 yards and 3 touchdowns on six carries - before he unleashed a second barrage to help LCA roll to a district title. Brown collected 171 yards and three more scores on eight carries this time. I mean, technically that's an improvement by the Danville defense, as he only averaged 21 yards a pop instead of 30. If he has open field in front of him, go ahead and put six on the board, because he's going to outrun 99 out of 100 angles.


Brady Clark (QB, Bardstown)

Season to date: 143/206 for 2,544 yards and 36 touchdowns with 3 interceptions ; 427 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns ; 2 sacks and 1 interception

Highlights: vs. LaRue County

Round 2: Clark's steady hand continues to guide the unbeaten Tigers. He accounted for 219 yards of offense and three touchdowns against LaRue County to polish off a dominant district slate. If his season ended today, this is one for the Bardstown history books. Fortunately, the Tigers are alive and well. Clark's biggest Mr. Football statement opportunity to date is right in front of him against fellow contender Glasgow. 


Clayton Davis (ATH, Lincoln County)

Season to date: 71 receptions for 1,102 yards and 13 touchdowns ; 62 rushes for 736 yards and 12 touchdowns ; 58 tackles ; 1 interception 

Highlights: vs. Corbin

Round 2: Lincoln County's second run-in with Corbin more or less played out the same as the first, with Davis doing everything in his power to keep the Patriots in it before succumbing to turnovers and Corbin's superior numbers in the end. He scored all three of the Patriots' touchdowns - a long, leaping reception and two wildcat keepers, the second of which was set up by his own kickoff return deep in Corbin territory. In defeat, Davis went out on his shield and stands alone as the all-time leading scorer in Lincoln County history. 

Fully updated statistics were unavailable at the time this was posted, so Davis' numbers above are incomplete.


Isaac Dixon (ATH, Belfry)

Season to date: 118 carries for 1,188 yards and 17 touchdowns ; 3 receiving touchdowns ; one passing touchdown ; one pick-six 

Round 2: Belfry had a fight on its hands from Lawrence County last week. The Bulldogs were not going to roll over and play dead after getting hammered by the Pirates several weeks ago. Deadlocked at 14 in the fourth quarter, Philip Haywood slid his prized ball carrier over to fullback. It paid immediate dividends, as Dixon ripped off a pair of long gains before eventually punctuating the drive with a game winning touchdown. He finished with 152 yards rushing and that lone score. This marked his fifth career hundred yard game against Lawrence County. Next up is a date with Bell County, the team against whom he crafted a star making performance two years ago in the 3A state finals. 


Kylan Galbreath (RB/LB, Mayfield)

Season to date: 160 carries for 1,416 yards and 22 touchdowns ; 184 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns ; 1 interception ; 1 sack

Highlights: vs. Murray

Round 2:  In a tale of bloody vengeance, Mayfield made Murray pay with its life for having the nerve to win at War Memorial a few weeks ago. Galbreath was a focal point of the Cards' attack, posting 207 yards from scrimmage - 162 rushing/45 receiving - and three touchdowns. Not to be outdone defensively, he registered a couple of tackles for loss and a sack. He's come on strong over the last few weeks, scoring twelve rushing touchdowns in his last five games while averaging 10.4 yards per carry.


Jagger Gillis (QB, Boyle County)

Season to date: 135/197 for 2,109 yards and 26 touchdowns with 2 interception ; 422 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns

Round 2: One of last week's marquee district championship games got out of hand in a hurry, as Gillis found Sage Dawson deep for a touchdown on the second play of the game and never looked back. It was the only scoring toss of the night, but his three touchdown runs in the second quarter put the game out of reach. He even chipped in a sack of his LexCath counterpart to remind us that he can play a little defense, too.


Cam Hergott (QB, Beechwood)

Season to date: 114/161 for 2,154 yards and 29 touchdowns with 3 interception ; 1,286 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns

Round 2: Two weeks ago, Hergott cracked the 20/20 threshold. Last week against Covington Holy Cross, he became the first quarterback in the state to crack the 2K/1K club this season - that's 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing. His five touchdown outing against the Indians pushed his season total to an even 50.


Joe Humphreys (QB, Daviess County)

Season to date: 248/363 for 3,789 yards and 47 touchdowns with 8 interceptions ; 555 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns

Highlights: vs. Hendo

Round 2: The numbers are nearing astronomical proportions: 4,344 yards of total offense and 64 touchdowns. Both lead the state by comfortable margins. He totaled 325 yards of offense against Henderson County and recorded his third seven touchdown game of the season. He's had at least five touchdowns in eleven of Daviess County's twelve games. His season has been building to what's coming next: an opportunity to have his moment in the sun against blueblood St. X. With all due respect to Hendo, Apollo, and McCracken County, the Tigers will provide him a stage he's been lacking since the Owensboro game. He'll need to summon every ounce of his considerable talent and potential if the Panthers are going to pull the upset.


Easton Messer (ATH, Christian Academy of Louisville)

Season to date: 60 receptions for 1,120 yards and 16 touchdowns ; 193 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns ; 3 interceptions and 2 pick-six's ; 1 scoop and score ; 1 kick return touchdown

Highlights: vs. Mercer County

Round 2: Messer is making a strong case for the best pass catching season in CAL history, and that includes a guy that's currently balling in the Big Ten. He caught two touchdown passes against Mercer County, including a 41 yard strike in the third quarter amidst an onslaught that buried the Titans after CAL trailed at halftime. His 149 yards were a season high. Even the best receivers can have an off night or get lost in the flow of a game. But Messer has shown up every week and left his mark on the opposition, be it as a receiver, runner, kick returner, or defender.


Jack Sivori (QB, St. Xavier)

Season to date: 146/217 for 1,674 yards and 20 touchdowns with 8 interceptions ; 937 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns

Highlights: vs. Manual

Round 2: The offense wasn't sharp, mistakes were made, and Manual came to play, but St. X survived and lives to fight another day. Sivori accounted for 263 of X's 272 yards and both touchdowns. He opened the fourth quarter by breaking loose for a 31 yard touchdown run on 4th down to level the game. Where would the Tigers be without him? Probably turning in their pads and helmets right now. 


Noteworthy performances from Round 2:

Samuel Cornett (QB, Frederick Douglass) - 10/13 for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns against Scott County

Cole Lanter (ATH, Boyle County) 95 total yards and a rushing touchdown against Lexington Catholic 

Mason Moore (ATH, LCA) - 94 yards receiving and a touchdown, plus a pick-six against Danville

Armon Tucker (RB, Trinity) - 136 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns, plus a passing touchdown against Ballard

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Considerable Mr. Football implications in Louisville this week as Humphreys and Sivori share the field.

- If Daviess County pulls the upset and Humphreys plays up to his standard - which is probably necessary for the Panthers to win - it's a major boost to his candidacy. A loss, and he's probably still in the mix to a lesser degree, depending on what happens in the coming weeks.

- A win for St. X might not do as much for Sivori, but if the Tigers lose tomorrow, it's hard to see a path to Mr. Football for him.

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If X wins big and goes on to championship, Sivoi might get in the lead.  Right now to me it’s the 3 QB’s at the top:  Sivori, Hergott and Humphreys.

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8 minutes ago, Voice of Reason said:

I see Xavier Brown as one of the top contenders.

He and Hergott are on a collision course. That'll be a fun subplot if LCA and Beechwood continue to take care of business. 

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