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Goodin? More Like Great'n!

Okay, I admit that was a bad joke and a little too 'on the nose'. I would normally see myself out right now, but I have to finish this thing first. I do have a serious question to pose: Do we have another Joe Humphreys in the making here? It's still too early to tell and the pace Humphreys set last year was as torrid as we've ever seen. Kenyon Goodin has yet to drop seven touchdowns on anyone like the former Daviess County star did three times last year, but it's coming. You can feel it. Goodin possesses a similar skill set to Humphreys and they both served/serve as the catalyst for virtually everything that happens in their respective offenses. He played a hand in six scores in Week 1 and notched five more in the Titans' 48-14 win over Bullitt Central to go with 314 yards of total offense. Given the frequent, quarterback-centric nature of Collins' offense in the past, this could be the beginning of a special ride.

 

Carbon Elemental For Owensboro

The melting point for carbon is over 6000° fahrenheit. Owensboro's backfield headliner may not have melted the turf at Rash Stadium, but Apollo's defense felt the heat as Kenyata Carbon gashed the Eagles for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries, plus an additional touchdown reception. He flashed a glimpse of his game breaking potential the week prior against St. Xavier, but was otherwise held in check. Not so in Week 2. He found running room plentiful in helping the Red Devils demolish the Eagles, 62-18. The all seeing eye (that's a stretch) of the watchlist will be fixed on Carbon again this Friday as he faces a team he ran circles around last season, Daviess County.

 

NKY Duo Launch Ground Assault

Separated by several miles and occurring at the same time, NKY's two great football forts served as battle grounds for two of the best at their positions in the greater Cincinnati area. Beechwood's Mitchell Berger hit beast mode again, this time against the blue and white Tigers of Paintsville in Fort Mitchell. The bruising ball carrier showed some burst as he led the red and white Tigers to victory with 175 yards and three scores. He's a tenacious, physical runner, but give him daylight and he's got some giddy-up. A few miles away in Fort Thomas, Chase Crone was taking aim at the Bluebirds. His arm took a back seat to his legs on this night, running at the heart of the Highlands defense for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He only completed six passes, but two of them were dimes that went for six points. Simon Kenton needed every yard and point Crone could muster to narrowly escape Fort Thomas with a 42-40 win.

 

2/83/2 Is A Thing Now, Apparently

PRP star receiver Jakob Dixon posted a 2/83/2 line last week - 2 receptions for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns - which was featured on the watchlist. Fellow UK commit and Frederick Douglass all-around stud Ty Bryant equalled the line, touch for touch, yard for yard, and score for score. The only difference being that Bryant was taking handoffs instead of catching passes. Tates Creek's defense provided little resistance to Bryant in Douglass' 57-8 victory. If you're only going to get your hands on the ball two times all night, be like Ty and Jakob… score both times.

 

A Charitable Donation To The Cause For Underprivileged Offensive Linemen

Speaking of Jakob Dixon… he was at the center of an incredible act of selflessness during Pleasure Ridge Park's 54-0 rout of Doss. In an age of stat padding, the PRP wideout sacrificed a sure touchdown to allow a hustling offensive lineman a rare moment of glory. After corralling a screen, he handed the ball off to teammate Nolan Haley at the ten yard line with nothing between himself and the endzone for the rarest of touchdowns, one scored by a full time blocker. But that's far from the only reason he's here this week. He posted a career best 156 yards receiving, 95 of which came on his lone touchdown grab of the night, a short catch and looong run. Once his legs unfurl, he only needs about two strides to cover five yards. If he and quarterback Kayden Anderson stay in sync, expect to see Dixon hanging around here all season.
 

Players Highlighted This Week:

Kenyon Goodin (QB/DB, Collins)

Season to date: 34/45 for 537 yards and 7 touchdowns with 1 interception | 207 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns 

Highlights: vs. Bullitt Central

 

Kenyata Carbon (ATH, Owensboro)

2021: 34 carries for 326 yards and 5 touchdowns | 1 receiving touchdown

Highlights: 51 yard touchdown run vs. Apollo

 

Mitchell Berger (RB/LB, Beechwood)

Season to date:  39 rushes for 371 yards and 6 touchdowns 

 

Chase Crone (QB, Simon Kenton)

Season to date: 14/22 for 214 yards and 4 touchdowns with 0 interceptions | 179 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns 

Highlights: vs. Highlands

 

Ty Bryant (ATH, Frederick Douglass)

Season to date: 5 rushes for 106 yards and 3 touchdowns | 1 kick return touchdown

 

Jakob Dixon (WR, Pleasure Ridge Park)

Season to date: 6 receptions for 239 yards and 3 touchdowns

Highlights: vs. Doss

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Week 3's Mr. Football Spotlight Games

St. Xavier vs. Male - Any time two of the "Big 3" get together, it's a big deal. The Swinney vs. Carter subplot elevates this one another notch. No game has greater implications this week.

Franklin County vs. Corbin - Moorman has slipped from the forefront of the Mr. Football conversation, but a breakout game against the Hounds would make up for a quiet first two weeks.

Simon Kenton vs. Southwestern - Crone would love to duplicate the five touchdowns he scored against the Warriors last year, but reverse the four touchdown loss.

PRP vs. Bowling Green - Dixon takes a huge step up in competition. Doubtful he sacrifices any touchdowns this week.

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