The KSR Game of the Week presented by Kroger goes west again this week. I caught up with Vic Evans and Ben Hardesty, the play-by-play announcers for Owensboro and Owensboro Catholic, respectively, to preview the big game.
Owensboro play-by-play announcer Vic Evans (@coachevans1973)
On UK target Gavin Wimsatt – a 4-star junior QB:
He’s legit. He can make all the throws. He is a dual-threat quarterback. 6’3, 230 pounds. He’s faster than what he looks. He’s so big he has these long strides. People think they have the angle on him and then he is three yards past them. He doesn’t look like he’s fast but he covers so much ground. There is not a throw he can’t make. He’s a highly-intelligent, smart kid. He’s the real deal.
On the strength of the team:
We felt like Owensboro was a little underrated last year. Last year’s defense was probably the best defense I’ve seen from Owensboro in the last 30 years. I think we had to replace nine starters on defense this year. We are kind of young up front. The defense is talented this season, but they are young, they are just finding their way. The guy that leads the way is middle linebacker Austin Gough. He was an all-state player as a sophomore but missed most of last year. He didn’t come back until around the playoffs last year because he broke his leg during a scrimmage game.
It is more of an offensive-led team this year. This year the offense has been taken to a different level with the play of running back Ethan Avery. He was the starter last year but got banged up early and was never really healthy. He has come back this year bigger, faster, and stronger. He is averaging over 100 yards a game playing basically a half a game so far through the four games. He has given the offense a lot more balance.
On playing in the Kroger KSR Game of the Week:
KSR is big down here. Our radio station covers KSR. I would think KSR is by far and away the No. 1 radio show down here so people are looking forward to it and I think it will be a big deal. It will heighten what is already starting to build. Both teams 4-0 and KSR coming to town just kind of keeps heightening the rivalry. They have increased the number of tickets and those tickets will go fast.
On the Owensboro/Owensboro Catholic rivalry:
They play every year. There is no love lost between the two schools. They have consistently been the two best teams in the city. For Catholic High, Owensboro High is probably their No. 1 rival.
Owensboro Catholic play-by-play announcer Ben Hardesty (@BenHardesty11)
On the defense:
Our defense has been really good this year. We are breaking in a new quarterback this year so our defense has kind of carried the weight until our offense can catch up. We are led by senior Chris Boarman. When he hits and makes a tackle it just sounds different. You know that it was a “Boarman tackle.” He leads our defense in tackles with 11 a game. Our defensive line is mature, and they are tearing into teams.
On the offense:
We run a spread offense. We don’t rely on one person. We have freshman Hunter Monroe, junior Braden Mundy and Boarman. They give us some real depth at running back. We throw the ball around and Braden Mundy is our star. He has 7 touchdown catches and 11 total (TDs) on the year, just through four games. The coaches like to move him around quite a bit. Outside receiver, slot, two back set. He is very versatile and takes advantage of mismatches. Murray State is looking at him right now. As the year goes on, I’m confident he will get more D1 looks. In my opinion he is the best receiver in Western Kentucky and he’s just a junior.
Lincoln Clancy is the new quarterback this year. He is a mobile quarterback and he is the 2nd leading rusher on the team.
On playing inspired:
We are playing inspired. We lost one of our best football players who died in a car crash over the summer., No. 68 Logan Davis. So, every game we do a 68 second moment of silence in his honor. The Aces have been playing very inspired football, and he’s the one that’s kind of driving us, his spirit.
On expectations for Friday:
Owensboro is going to be favored. Catholic, we are always the underdog. We have less than 450 kids in our school. We are a small 2A. Owensboro has close to 1,000 and they are a 5A. They have Gavin Wimsatt, one of the best quarterbacks in the country. The Aces will have their hands full but in a city rivalry game like this, these kids have to hear it after the game is over. They are still buddies with each other, but they are not going to fold.
It is going to be electric, even without a full stadium. There is no real hate between the two teams, it is just a good solid rivalry. It is going to be good; it is going to be intense, and it is also going to be cold.
I look for it to be a high-scoring game. Both teams will be jacked up and ready to play.