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2021 BluegrassPreps Mr. Football Watchlist (11/22)


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Lots of shifting this week among the quarterbacks; Sivori tops Humphreys, while another Louisville signal caller makes his watchlist debut while leading 6A's top "dawg"; And LCA earns a TKO over OCath on a third quarter flurry by Brown


 

In alphabetical order:

Grant Bingham (OL, Johnson Central)

Round 3: It was business as usual for Bingham and his cohorts against Corbin. Not even an unbeaten Redhounds squad, guided by one of the top defensive minds in the game, could slow the relentless ground game of the Golden Eagles. They bullied their way into the semifinals behind 454 rushing yards. That's more than quadruple what Corbin had been giving up on the season. 

 

Xavier Brown (ATH, Lexington Christian Academy)

Season to date: 104 carries for 1,399 yards and 19 touchdowns ; 385 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns

Round 3: Deadlocked at 14 at the half, LCA turned to its thoroughbred in the third quarter to separate them from Owensboro Catholic. He took a handoff on the opening snap of the second half, found a hole, made one cut and turned on the afterburners to put the Eagles in front, where they would remain. When it comes to change of direction and acceleration, few others are in his league. The lead swelled on a personal 21-0 run by Brown in the third frame after he added two more scores to his tally. He got behind the secondary for LCA's first score of the night, bringing his total to four touchdowns and 219 yards from scrimmage on 14 touches. At this point, he's the leader of the pack among running backs in regards to Mr. Football.

 

Brady Clark (QB, Bardstown)

Season to date: 142/206 for 2,511 yards and 38 touchdowns with 3 interceptions ; 427 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns ; 2 sacks and 1 interception

Round 3: It looked like Bardstown might run away with a victory over Glasgow as Clark ran and passed for first quarter touchdowns to help build a 28-6 lead. But the Scotties roared back to end the Tigers' season in a memorable quarterfinal shootout. It was a night that will endure in the minds and hearts of those that witnessed it, but for Clark, it was also the final chapter of a career that's earned him a seat at the table of Bardstown greats. He added a late fourth quarter touchdown pass to pull the Tigers within six, but never got his hands on the football again.

Clark's numbers had not been updated at the time of this post.

 

Isaac Dixon (ATH, Belfry)

Season to date: 136 carries for 1,365 yards and 20 touchdowns ; 3 receiving touchdowns ; one passing touchdown ; 3 interceptions, including one pick-six 

Round 3: For the third year in a row, Dixon's talents toyed with Dudley Hilton's Bell County side, ending their season in disappointment yet again. He toted the rock eighteen times for 177 yards and three touchdowns, plus an interception at the end of the first half to deny a potential scoring drive by the Bobcats. In three meetings with Bell County, Dixon averaged 200 yards rushing at nearly 15 a pop with nine touchdowns.

 

Kylan Galbreath (RB/LB, Mayfield)

Season to date: 173 carries for 1,552 yards and 24 touchdowns ; 184 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns ; 1 interception ; 1 sack

Highlights: vs. Green County

Round 3: Galbreath ripped off several strong runs against Green County, en route to 136 yards and two touchdowns. He loses a yard at the 1:40 mark of the highlights linked above, but it's one of the hardest earned losses you'll see all season. He's continuing to build on his increased defensive role, providing a disruptive presence against the Dragons.

 

Cam Hergott (QB, Beechwood)

Season to date: 119/170 for 2,218 yards and 31 touchdowns with 3 interception ; 1,522 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns

Highlights: vs. Walton-Verona

Round 3: Add Walton-Verona to the list of teams victimized by the brilliance and artistry of Hergott's lower half. It helps, of course, to play behind one of the top offensive lines in class 2A and have receivers that block downfield. But once he breaks through the first line of defense, his instincts in the open field are second to none at the quarterback position. He tore up the Bearcats for 236 rushing yards and four touchdowns, plus another two scores with his arm. His first touchdown of the night was the 150th of his career. 

 

Joe Humphreys (QB, Daviess County)

Season to date: 263/391 for 3,940 yards and 48 touchdowns with 9 interceptions ; 601 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns

Round 3: Humphreys' historically productive ride finally hit a wall last week, with St. X's elite defense bursting the bubble of the previous twelve games. Consistent pressure kept him from settling into the zone he's basically been living in all season. He settled for short to intermediate completions, because nothing was available down the field. Be it for precautionary reasons related to a potential injury, or simply a decision to look toward the future, Humphreys did not see action in the second half. Win or lose, no one could have envisioned him closing out his career from the sideline after being pulled at halftime. Regardless of how the voting eventually unfolds, his Mr. Football campaign has crash landed. Still yet, for those in the Daviess County football family, this is a season that won't soon be forgotten.

 

Nic Schutte (QB, Male)

Season to date: 131/205 for 2,282 yards and 28 touchdowns with 0 interceptions ; 2 rushing touchdowns

Round 3: Aside from a few appearances from Vinny Anthony, there's been a severe lack of watchlist representation from the state's #1 team. Schutte is here to remedy that, on the heels of a five touchdown game against North Hardin. His 28/0 touchdown to interception ratio is one of the most impressive statistical accomplishments by a quarterback so far this season. He's been sharp against Trinity and St. X this year, with another look at the Rocks this week and potentially X again for a state championship. He's firmly behind most other quarterbacks on this list, namely Hergott, but he's got a chance to move up the board aggressively in the next two weeks. Long shot? Probably. But he's earned a place here for now.

 

Jack Sivori (QB, St. Xavier)

Season to date: 156/228 for 1,906 yards and 23 touchdowns with 9 interceptions ; 1,038 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns

Highlights: vs. Daviess County

Round 3: As Humphreys ran for his life from defensive pressure and sat the second half, Sivori stole the show. In one of his finest performances of the season, he accumulated 333 yards of total offense -  232 passing/101 rushing - and five touchdowns while misfiring on only one of his eleven throws. This was exactly what Sivori needed to boost his profile another notch: to upstage the most buzzed about quarterback in the Commonwealth. He also joined Hergott in the 20/20 club. Last Friday night was a best case scenario for his candidacy.

 

Caden Veltkamp (QB, South Warren)

Season to date: 137/204 for 2,054 yards and 28 touchdowns with 5 interception ; 7 rushing touchdowns

Round 3: Veltkamp has been curiously absent from the watchlist for nearly three months. He's been solid each week, but a 'can't miss' watchlist performance has eluded him. We're still waiting, but his start to the postseason has been crisp and he's got the Spartans back in the 5A semifinals. He was a clean 13/19 for 251 yards and a couple of touchdown tosses against South Oldham last week, bringing his total from three playoff games to 207 yards per game on 64% passing and seven total touchdowns with zero turnovers.


 

Noteworthy performances from Round 3:

Vinny Anthony (WR, Male) - 2 touchdown receptions against North Hardin

Caleb Bogonko (RB, Middlesboro) - 191 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns against West Carter 

Isaac McNamee (QB, Pikeville) - 14/18 for 202 yards and 5 touchdowns against Williamsburg 

Easton Messer (ATH, CAL) - 134 receiving yards and a touchdown, plus 2 kickoff return touchdowns against Paducah Tilghman

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49 minutes ago, Matthewc said:

How are 2 fumbles and interception one of jack sivori finest performances? especially watching the game most of the stats he had were gifted.

5 touchdowns and 333 yards is pretty good performance despite turnovers. Although Daviess County defense not the best.

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If Hergott wins this week against Mayfield, I’d have to say he’s the front runner again with Xavier Brown right on his heels. Of course as well it’s possible to see them both go head to head. 

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Just now, ImJustHere said:

If Hergott wins this week against Mayfield, I’d have to say he’s the front runner again with Xavier Brown right on his heels. Of course as well it’s possible to see them both go head to head. 

This.

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I’d go with Sivori, Hergott and Brown as top 3.  I think Humphries will still get some votes but he is probably 3rd or4th now.  Hate that but it’s probably accurate.  I’m rolling Sivori with Hergott and Brown on his heels depending upon who wins 2A.

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Wow just imagine if Xavier Brown had nearly as many touches as "others" in the state? His yards per carry are tops in the state I do believe. With nearly 1400 yards on 104 carries. Some running backs have 200+ carries and most have over 150. 

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X was somewhat of an unknown after the CoVid year 6-3 last year losing to Trinity 2x and BG, but not playing Male or another big game.  X beat a great Owensboro team with Gavin Wimsatt @ Owensboro, beat Trinity, beat Cincy Elder, beat PRP, Bowling Green, Manual 2x and coulda shoulda beat Male.  Sivori didn't have much game experience but has been the leader of X turnaround.  Sivori had almost 300 yards and responsible for 6 TD's (3 passing, 3 running) in his first game against Owensboro.  He had 300 yards and 3 TD's against Male, 270 and 3 against Elder, 230 and 3 against Trinity.  First year - has dominated.  Any game he has played, he has impacted.  I think it's got to be Sivori - pending final year results.

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1 minute ago, Brown said:

X was somewhat of an unknown after the CoVid year 6-3 last year losing to Trinity 2x and BG, but not playing Male or another big game.  X beat a great Owensboro team with Gavin Wimsatt at Owensboro, beat Trinity, beat Cincy Elder, beat PRP, Bowling Green, Manual 2x and coulda shoulda beat Male.  Sivori didn't have much game experience but has been the leader of X turnaround.  Sivori had almost 300 yards and responsible for 6 TD's (3 passing, 3 running) in his first game against Owensboro.  He had 300 yards and 3 TD's against Male, 270 and 3 against Elder, 230 and 3 against Trinity.  First year - has dominated.  Any game he has played, he has impacted.  I think it's got to be Sivori.

I think Sivori is a finalist, especially if X wins it all. 

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2 hours ago, Matthewc said:

How are 2 fumbles and interception one of jack sivori finest performances? especially watching the game most of the stats he had were gifted.

Haha..it was 1 fumble. You can keep trying to put down a high school player because you didn’t like the results of the game. But at the end of the day it’s a scoreboard game and we all saw what happened on the field. 

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On 11/22/2021 at 12:46 PM, Highview74 said:

Haha..it was 1 fumble. You can keep trying to put down a high school player because you didn’t like the results of the game. But at the end of the day it’s a scoreboard game and we all saw what happened on the field. 

hmm...

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On 11/22/2021 at 1:31 PM, Tigerallamerican said:

Wow just imagine if Xavier Brown had nearly as many touches as "others" in the state? His yards per carry are tops in the state I do believe. With nearly 1400 yards on 104 carries. Some running backs have 200+ carries and most have over 150. 

Brown is averaging 13.5 per carry and 14.88 per offensive touch.

Dixon, who has MIND BLOWING stats in his own regard this season, is averaging 10.4 per carry and 11.35 per offensive touch.

I am not sure anyone holds a candle to what Dixon has done in KY on his own merits... and Xavier Brown is on a whole level compared to him speaking in terms of average yards per touch.

FWIW, currently Brown is on pace to have the 7th best yard per carry average for a single season in State History according to the KHSAA record books.

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