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KSR will head south Friday for a showdown between the top two teams in Class 2A: Lexington Christian Academy and Somerset. The district battle could determine home field advantage in the 2nd round of the playoffs come November.
LCA won all five meetings between 2014 and 2017. Somerset won both games in 2018 and the team split games last season.
Last year’s games
LCA won the regular season game 35-34 at home after converting a late 2-point conversion. Xavier Brown had 130 yards rushing and a TD for the Eagles.
Somerset came to Lexington in the 2nd round of the playoffs and left with a 28-26 win. Sheron ran for 3 TDs and threw a TD pass to Grundy in the Briar Jumpers’ playoff victory.
Somerset Briar Jumpers (5-0)
- KSR State Ranking: No. 9 (No. 1 in 2A)
- State Championships: 1 (2A – 2019)
- State Runner-up: 5 (2A – 1978, 1981, 1983, 1988) (3A – 2009)
- Last Season: Finished 14-1. Defeated Mayfield 34-31 to win the 2A state championship. Only loss was to LCA 35-34 in the regular season.
- This Season:
- Defeated Whitley County 40-8
- Defeated Williamsburg 48-13
- Defeated Russellville 41-9
- Defeated Hazard 42-13
- Defeated Danville 42-3
Sr QB Kaiya Sheron – Sheron committed to UK back in the spring. Freddie Maggard wrote about what Sheron’s commitment means to Kentucky. Last year he threw for 3,218 yards and 28 TDs. He also rushed 114 times for 959 yards and 8 TDs. He led Somerset to their first-ever state title. This season he is 59-of-97 for 1,119 yards, 10 TDs and only 1 pick, with 4 TDs on the ground. His accuracy is one of the main reasons the Briar Jumpers are favored to repeat as state champions. Check out Adam Luckett’s film room article on Sheron.
?CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONS?
Somerset (14-1) – 34
Mayfield (13-2) – 31
*The Briar Jumpers were down 31-28 with 28 seconds left in the game. Kaiya Sheron threw a 20 yard TD pass to Tate Madden with no time left to pull off the miracle to win their 1st state championship! pic.twitter.com/qqrEgoUvJG
— KY HIGH FOOTBALL ? (@KYHighFootball) December 7, 2019
Sr WR Kade Grundy – Grundy is a UofL baseball commit who also stars in basketball. Last season he caught 68 passes for 1,441 yards and 15 TDs. Grundy leads the team with 529 yards receiving this season and also has 4 TDs.
Jr RB Chase Doan – Doan played for Southwestern last season and led the Warriors in rushing with 745 yards and 9 TDs on 157 carries. This season he has 529 yards and 7 TDs on 72 carries.
Sr RB/LB Mikey Garland – Garland finished last season with 90 tackles including 3 sacks and 10 TFL. He rushed for 12 TDs last year. This season he has 31 tackles and 5 TDs on only 11 carries.
Jr TE/DL Michael Hawkins – Hawkins played for Lexington Catholic last season. He is considered the No. 9 junior in KY according to Rivals. He holds offers from Army and Vanderbilt. He has 5 catches for 77 yards and a score this season.
Lexington Christian Academy Eagles (4-1)
- KSR State Ranking: No. 15
- State Titles: 1 (A – 2009)
- State Runner-up: 1 (A – 2007)
- Last Season: Finished 10-2. Only losses were to 3A champion Belfry in week 2 of regular season and to 2A champion Somerset in round 2 of playoffs.
- This Season:
- Defeated DeSales 24-20
- Defeated Lexington Catholic 23-20
- Defeated Williamsburg 45-7
- Defeated Paul Lawrence Dunbar 54-14
- Lost to #7 Frederick Douglass 40-6
Jr WR/DB Mason Moore – Moore is exceling at new positions this season. He is the son of UK great Marty Moore. He has 15 receptions for 205 yards and 3 scores, along with 17 tackles on defense this season.
Jr QB Drew Nieves – Nieves is 81-for-140 with 1,189 yards, 14 TDs and 6 INTs in his first year leading the Eagle’s high-powered offense.
Jr RB/WR/DB Xavier Brown – Brown has offers from Maryland and Boston College. He leads the team in rushing (209 yards, 3TDs) and receiving (27 catches, 622 yards, and 8 TDs) this season. He starred in LCA’s big win over rival Lexington Catholic earlier this season, finishing with 218 yards receiving and 3 TDs.
Sr RB/WR/ LB Mattie Lebryk – Lebryk led the Eagles in tackles year with 126. Also had 7.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks. Also leads the team in tackles this season. He is tops on the team in tackles again this year with 49.
Sr WR/DB Will Vernon – Vernon caught 41 passes for 512 yards and 8 TDs last year. This year he has 16 receptions for 111 yards and a score.