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Future Wildcat Roundup: Big Night for Beau

In week three of the Future Wildcat Roundup, the Kentucky kids shine. Beau Allen had a stellar day against the powerhouse that is Covington Catholic, Jager Burton and Dane Key had big days in another Fredrick Douglass blowout, and Jordan Watkins had a big game against Western.

Beau Allen (4* QB) 2020

It was a prime-time matchup when Beau Allen took on the boys from Cov. Cath, and Allen shined under the bright lights. Ahead of taking on Lexington Catholic, Cov. Cath hadn’t allowed a point all season. Enter Beau Allen.

Allen went for 455 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed 23 of his 33 passing attempts. However, the Knights would fall in a tight one, 39-38.

John Young (4* OL) 2020

It was a big day for John Young and his offensive linemen, as Christian Academy ran for 310 yards in a 35-20 victory over Eastern. CAL has won 18 straight games.

Izayah Cummings (3* WR) 2020

Izayah Cummings took a back a seat to his other teammates in Male’s blowout victory over St. X, but he made sure to get his catches in too with Vince Marrow in the house. Cummings came down with six catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. According to KSR’s Adam Luckett, who was at the game, Cummings was often used at tight end and out of the backfield, with a couple of drops in between.

Dane Key (WR, Undecided) 2022

The newest Wildcat target racked up for Fredrick Douglass on Friday night. In the first quarter alone, Key had three touchdowns – one receiving and two punt returns – in the blowout win over Lafayette.

Jager Burton (4* OG, Undecided) 2021

It was another big victory for Jager Burton and Fredrick Douglass as they improved to 3-0. If this picture is any indication, Burton dominated on that O-line.

While many schools are still awaiting the announcement from Burton, he took a trip to Clemson this weekend.

Jordan Watkins (3* ATH) 2020

It was a blowout victory for Butler over Western on Friday night, and it was a stellar game for Jordan Watkins. Watkins racked up three touchdowns in the victory over Western.

Earnest Sanders (3* WR) 2020

It was a less than stellar outing for Flint Beecher, as they lost 30-6 with EIGHT turnovers. Despite not seeing the end zone, Earnest Sanders still found a way to make some plays. He finished with 98 total yards — four on two carries, 41 on two receptions, 29 on kickoff returns and 24 on an interception return.

The opposing coach had some high praise for Sanders after the game:

“That kid is an unbelievable, Division I talent, and he’s going to Kentucky for a reason. And he’s an absolute monster.”

We might see some production from Sanders go down a little bit in his senior season, due to the double and triple-teams the wideout has received.

“There were opportunities. There were some misreads tonight. He got doubled and tripled some. I think youth took over with my quarterback some, and he threw up a couple,” Beecher head coach Courtney Hawkins said. “It’ll be a learning experience for my quarterback. He will grow — I think he grew up a couple of years tonight, understanding that you’ve gotta go through your reads. If you go through your reads, you make people respect it, and they can’t double- and triple-team this kid.”

Kalil Branham (3* WR) 2020

While I still can’t seem to pull any stats or footage to how Branham has been performing on Friday nights, he is providing us with all of his workout videos, and I’m here for it. This kid is one of the hardest working recruits I’ve ever seen.

Torrance Davis (3* RB) 2020

It was a MASSIVE day for Torrance Davis, as he broke off four touchdowns in a victory over Lakewood. Davis’ first two touchdowns came inside the ten.

His last two were massive runs. His third touchdown came from 54-yards out, and for the finale, Davis went 80-yards for six.

Kaiya Sheron (QB, Undecided) 2021

While Kaiya Sheron might be flying under the radar Nationally, he is blowing up locally. The Somerset QB looks like he is starting to be recruited by all the Kentucky pipeline school such as Louisville, Purdue, Cincinnati, and Wake Forest. However, Kentucky is still the only team to offer the quarterback despite having no stars. I’m hearing that this guy is hanging in there with all the top guys from the 2021 class, so he might not be our little secret for much longer.

On Friday night, in front of Darin Hinshaw, Sheron picked apart the powerhouse that is Beechwood in a 46-16 victory.

Oh, and he jumped over a guy.

Vito Tisdale (4* S, Undecided) 2020

It was a blowout 56-0 victory for Bowling Green on Friday night. The shutout was due in part to Vito Tisdale’s two interceptions.


Future Wildcat Roundup: Wings Wings Wings


Look, guys, the gangs all here! John Young tweeted this picture of the future Kentucky offense as they watched the Wildcats’ week one victory over Toldeo. We love to see it, and we here at KSR know for a FACT Kalil Branham enjoyed his trip to Lexington.

In week two of the Future Wildcat Roundup, Beau Allen Bounces back, we have the inside scoop on Kalil Branham, and a look into the future with the game between Male and Ballard.

Beau Allen (4* QB) 2020

Indianapolis Howe bused all the way down to Lex-Cath to get the smackdown laid on them, 43-9.

After a less than stellar week one, Allen came back with 242 yards and five touchdowns on 14 of 17 passing. Allen and the Knights have a bigtime matchup next week at Covington Catholic.

Kalil Branham (3* WR) 2020

There wasn’t a lot reported on Branham and his play on Friday night, but the KSR insider scoop has some major news for the three-star wideout:

He freaking loves the wings at KSBar and it’s hard to blame him.

Torrance Davis (3* RB) 2020

Torrance Davis was also in Lexington, but before he made the trip to Kroger Field he had a double-overtime game on Friday night. Garfield Heights would lose 17-10, but Davis scored the only touchdown for the Bulldogs on a 39-yard TD.

Izayah Cummings (3* WR) 2020

It was a look into the future when Male’s Izayah Cummings took on Ballard’s Josh Minkin– the No. 2 DB in the state who committed to Louisville.

Male manhandled the Bruins 41-14, but it was without the efforts of Cumings. Male pounded the ball to victory, only throwing Cummings way once all night, which was broken up by Minkin. After a week one that saw the Kentucky commit grab eight receptions for 177 yards and four touchdowns, Cummings goes quiet in week two.

Earnest Sanders (3* WR) 2020

Earnest Sanders balled out for Flint Beecher (MI) in his season opener. In the blowout win, Sanders had two touchdowns and another one called back on what looked like a flag behind the play. Had it not been for the flag, that would’ve been one remarkable return for Sanders. Just look at the size of this guy, Sanders will be a GREAT addition to the receiving core next year.

Andru Phillips (3* CB) 2020

Andru Pillips had a STELLAR game on defense Friday night. While Phillips’ Mauldin Mavericks lost, they held Hillcrest in check to only 25 passing yards all night. Phillips shadowed Hillcrest’s number one receiver and held him to just four yards. Phillips further proving that Kentucky is turning into DBU.

JuTahn McClain (3* RB) 2020

Fairfield (OH) had an easy go of things against Centerville in a 33-7 victory that was fueled by this McClain touchdown run:

Jager Burton (4* OG, Undecided) 2021

Jager Burton and the rest of the Frederick Douglass Ryan Lemonds steamrolled their way to a 62-14 victory over Tates Creek. Burton was a big part of an offensive line that made way for 274 rushing yards and five TDs on the ground.

His performance must’ve caught the eyes of other coaches as well, as this morning he received an offer from Texas.

Kaiya Sheron (N/A QB) 2021- Undecided

Kaiya Sheron is a name to keep an eye on in the 2021 class. Sheron, who is originally from Ohio, is having a stellar season for the Somerset Briarjumpers.

On Friday he was a major part in Somerset hanging 75 points on Montgomery County in a 75-7 victory. Sheron’s listed as a pro-style QB, but his play is much more than that. He’s a 6-foot-3 scrambling quarterback, who can make throws on the run and also uncork the longball every once in a while. He’s a great improviser and is always making plays on his feet.

I’ve had the pleasure of covering Sheron for the first two Friday night Sport Zones and let me be the first to say this guy is the real deal.

It is my understanding that he was only one offer, and that’s to UK, but I expect him to rack up on a lot more by the end of his Junior season. He was at the game yesterday as well.

Vito Tisdale (4* S) 2020- Undecided

Vito Tisdale and the Bowling Green Purples blew out McCracken County 42-14 on Friday. One would assume they didn’t want to throw Tisdale’s way after a play like this:

Sheesh. Tisdale is announcing his commitment in January.

Keep up with all the recruits all season long here at KSR.

Former Wildcats Kick Off Season as Kentucky High School Football Coaches

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Former Wildcats are scattered around sidelines across the state. For three former football players, it’s their first time suiting up as coaches.

Wide receiver La’Rod King started his career at North Hardin before he caught passes at the University of Kentucky between 2009-12. This year he’s coaching the pass-catchers at Louisville’s DeSales High School. The Colts open the season on the road at St. X.

Two other players are returning to their former stomping grounds. Cole Mosier helped Boom Williams and Benny Snell each rush for 1,00 yards in 2016 before an ACL injury ended his UK career prematurely. Now the offensive tackle is back at Walton-Verona High School, who hosts Lloyd Memorial tonight in Northern Kentucky.

Running back Alfonso Smith spent five years in the NFL after playing for Rich Brooks. This year is his first on the sidelines at Waggener High School

“It feels good to be back home,” Smith told WLKY. “Even with all the accolades… Even with them inducting me in the Hall of Fame, I didn’t bring a football championship here, and it eats at me, even when I was playing in Arizona and playing for the 49ers.”

UK Football Recruits in Action

  • 6:00: Lexington Catholic (Beau Allen) at Pulaski County
  • 7:30: Bryan Station at Frederick Douglass (Jager Burton)
  • 7:30: South Oldham at CAL (John Young)
  • 7:30: Floyd Central at Male (Izayah Cummings)
  • Saturday at 5:00: Butler (Jordan Watkins) vs. South Warren at WKU
  • Saturday at 8:00: Bowling Green (Vito Tisdale) vs. Nashville Father Ryan at WKU
  • Saturday at 5:30: North Hardin (Octavious Oxendine, Lavell Wright) vs. Waggener at Fairdale

Future Wildcat Breaks State Track Record


A week before the Kentucky track team competes in the National Championship meet, a future Wildcat is shattering records on UK’s campus.

Wearing blue and white for Henry Clay, Langston Jackson shattered the state’s 100-meter dash record. Jackson ran 100-meters in an astounding 10.23 seconds, shattering the old mark of 10.42, to win the 3A state title.

Jackson also anchored Henry Clay’s state championship victory as the anchor in the 4×100 and 4×200 relay.

In related news, future UK offensive tackle John Young finished fifth in the 2A shot put state final.

Trinity Wins the 2019 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen

Trinity Wins the 2019 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen

Ladies and Gentleman, your 2019 Whitaker Bank KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen Champions are the Trinity Shamrocks. They beat Scott County in a fantastic State final 50-40.

With the game tied at halftime, we were in store for a State championship classic. Trinity opened up the third quarter on a 7-0 run within the first two minutes, but their hot streak was short lived. After the 7-0 run, the Shamrocks went scoreless for the next eight minutes allowing Scott County to grab the momentum and jump out to a 33-29 lead in the fourth. After David Johnson hit a fadeaway to end Trinity’s cold spell, the Shamrocks turned this game on its head. Stan Turnier hit two three’s back to back to give Trinity a two-point lead, and from there Trinity took over.

David Johnson would hit a three right after this, followed by a Stan Turnier and-one that gave Trinity an eight-point lead to put this one to bed.

David Johnson was the man for Trinity. He pitched in a 22 point-12 rebound double-double and was five of seven from behind the arc, including this buzzer beater to tie the game at 22 to end the half.

He also had this NASTY block.

David Johnson was named MVP. It’s a shame to see him lose to Kentucky the next four years when he puts on the Louisville Cardinal uniform next year.

After Trinity was able to hold Scott County’s Michael Moreno to zero points in the first quarter, and just four points in the second, Moreno ended up going for a 12-point 12 rebound double-double in his final game as a Scott County Cardinal.

Glenn Covington, Michael Moreno, and Diablo Stewart of Scott County were selected to the all-tournament team. For Trinity, Jamil Stweart and Stan Turnier got the honor. As I mentioned earlier, David Johnson was MVP. (more…)

Scott County Flexes en route to the KHSAA State Title Game

Scott County Flexes en route to the KHSAA State Title Game

It’s official. The state title most people predicted will come to fruition tomorrow when Scott County takes on Trinity after the Cardinals beat Warren Central 70-52.

This one was honestly over from the tip. Scott County got the first bucket 14 seconds into the game and never looked back, jumping out to a 17-point lead in the first half and never surrendering the lead to the Dragons.

Scott County was backed by the big three of Michael Moreno, Glenn Covington, and Diablo Stewart who combined for 56 of Scott County’s 70 points.

Moreno finished with a double-double raking in a whopping 25 points and ten boards. Covington went for eight rebounds.

The state final will take place tomorrow at 2:00 pm in Rupp Arena between Scott County and Trinity. I will bring you coverage from the championship game tomorrow afternoon. (more…)

Trinity Outlasts Campbell County 42-40 to Advance to the State Final

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This game left Rupp Arena speechless. The Campbell County Camels fall short of upsetting Trinity after a miraculous comeback, losing 42-40.

This game ended on a 50/50 call. Down by two with 4.3 seconds to go, the Camels inbounded the ball to their star senior, Reid Jolly for a chance to send it to overtime.

Was it a foul? You be the judge. Here are two different angles.

Trinity jumped out early in this one, holding a 20-5 lead at the start of the second quarter led by David Johnson who had 10 points and five rebounds in the first half. But, Campbell County refused to let the mismatch lead to a blowout, as they went on a 15-2 to close the first half.

That momentum would carry over to the second half where the Camels would hold the Shamrocks to just five points in the third quarter that would give Campbell County a two-point lead headed to the final quarter.

From there, it was back and forth the whole way. Trinity started the fourth on a 6-0 run to give them the lead for every possession except for one in the fourth quarter. The Camels kept the game within at least four points the rest of the way but fell just short.

Ultimately Trinity would walk away victorious with a great game out of David Johnson who had 13 points. Trinity will play the winner of Scott County and Warren Central tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET in the State Final. (more…)

Warren Central Punches the last ticket to the Final Four

Warren Central Punches the last ticket to the Final Four

For most of the game, it was the Kenny White show in the final game of the Elite Eight in the KHSAA state tournament, but Warren Central completes the comeback winning 66-62.

Warren Central was down 50-39 with a little over two minutes to go in the third quarter. With the way Kenny White was playing it looked like Madisonville was going to advance to the Final Four, but the Dragons went on a 9-0 run to end the third. Once the Dragons tied the game early in the fourth, they took over, outscoring the Maroons 18-12 in the fourth.

Warren Central was led by Dre Boyd who had 15 points and seven rebounds. Boyd also gave Warren Central their first lead in the 2nd half with this and-one.

For the second straight night, the Dragons hit seven shots from behind the arc.

For Madisonville, it is a bit disappointing that we won’t get to see Kenny White continue to ball out in the sweet 16. He ended his season with a 27 point-ten rebound double-double.

Ksaun Casey also had a double-double for the Maroons with 16 points and 11 boards.

Warren Central will play Scott County in the Final Four tomorrow night at 9:30 pm, for a trip to go to the state title game. (more…)

Scott County Advances to the Final Four

Scott County Advances to the Final Four

After nearly being on the wrong side of one of the greatest comebacks ever, Scott County made sure to keep their lead at a distance, beating the Butler Bears 66-44.

The game was back in forth until midway through the third quarter when Scott county went on a 15-3 run to go up 50-36 on Butler. They never looked back. Terrin Hamilton was clutch down the stretch for the Cardinals, as evident by this ferocious dunk and pretty turn around jumper.

Bryce Long led the way in scoring for Scott County with 16 points. Michael Moreno finished with 10 points.

Butler had a star as well in Trey Minter. Minter had 16 points, nine of them coming from behind the arc. Minter scored eight points in a Butler run to give the Bears their first lead of the game in the 2nd half. Unfortunately, his efforts weren’t enough in the losing effort.

Scott County will play the winner of Madisonville-North Hopkins and Warren Central in the Final Four tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. I will be bringing you coverage of the Warren Central-Madisonville contest, as well.  (more…)