The KSR Game of the Week presented by Kroger heads south this week and features the top two teams in Class 2A. Somerset is ranked No. 9 overall in this week’s KSR Football Prep Rankings and Lexington Christian Academy is No. 15. We caught up with radio announcers from each team.
Somerset: Tim Washam and Jon Burlew from Somerset 106
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On UK QB commit Kaiya Sheron
Tim Washam: He’s got the arm talent to play at the University of Kentucky. 6’4 and can throw every pass. He is not afraid to tuck it and run. He makes really good decisions. He takes care of the football and has only thrown 1 interception on the year.
Jon Burlew: Kaiya Sheron is the complete package. He has some things to learn and some developing to do, but I think UK is going to be very happy to have him. He’s accurate. He’s even-keeled. He leads by example and has qualities that a program like UK really looks for in a young quarterback. He is a very efficient runner and teams have to account for that and game plan for that.
On WR Kade Grundy
TW: He’s a competitor. He doesn’t want to get beat on the field. He’s a guy that can go up and snatch the ball out of the air. He has good speed. He’s a real athlete. He has signed with Louisville to play baseball. His dad was a real athlete. His mom was an athlete. He has the pedigree. It helps that he has Gavin Stevens on the other side of him. 6’4. He takes a little pressure off Kade. You have to pick you poison.
JB: We have had some very special athletes come out of the program like John Cole who went on to play football at Vanderbilt. But for a guy like Kade to excel and be dynamic and cream of the crop in three sports, that is something special. I would have to go on record right now and say that he is the best athlete to come out of the program.
ON the LCA/Somerset game
TW: This is a game that we mark on the calendar every year. Over the last two years this has been one of the tightest, hardest-fought, best games of the season. Last year we stopped a 2-point conversion and had an interception with 25 seconds to go to win by two. It is always a good game. Hard fought. LCA likes to get up to the line of scrimmage and go, go, go. That presents some problems for a defensive front seven. Two well-coached teams with Division-1 talent on both sides. It has all the ingredients to be a good one on Friday night.
JB: Last season we saw two of the best high school football games we have ever seen. The two teams match up very well. Both teams have excellent coaches. I think there is a lot of respect between the two teams. I think LCA has a bad taste in their mouth after the loss in the playoffs last year. They would really, really like to get a win at the Briar Patch Friday night. The Briar Jumpers have a lot of pride and they want to show everyone that they deserve to be there, that they deserve to be the state champions, and that they are ready to do it again.
On the importance of winning the game to get home-field advantage in the playoffs
JB: It absolutely matters to these guys. They desperately want to get the home game in the playoffs. It would mean a lot to this community to host this game in the playoffs. If they go on the road, they will do what they have to do to prepare and to get the win, but they would love to host the playoffs in the Briar Patch at Somerset.
Lexington Christian Academy: Greg Horn from 99.1 FM
On the LCA/Somerset game
It is kind of our Super Bowl every year. It was Danville and that is still a huge game, but Somerset has maybe become even bigger than the Danville game. That is a game that you have circled on the calendar each year. Mentally it would be big for LCA to get the win. It would be big for either team. Obviously, Somerset is the king. To be the king you have to beat the king. It is an honor to be featured in the KSR Game of the Week. The kids take a lot of pride in the program. Not a lot of quantity but there is a lot quality. The kids are very honored and humbled to be a part of this game and to be selected by KSR.
On RB/WR Xavier Brown
You just want to get the ball in his hands so that he can make things happen. He is averaging over 20 yards a catch and people are keying on him, but he finds a way to get open. He already has chemistry with QB Drew Nieves. You talk about yards after catch. That is what makes Xavier so special.
On QB Drew Nieves
He is a dual threat. He has a great arm and he is really good running the ball, too. He has a lot of mental toughness. He makes wise decisions. Run-pass option plays. That has been one of the keys as to why we have done so well. LCA runs that no huddle offense and you have to be ready to go and mentally tough.
On WR/DB Mason Moore (son of UK great Marty Moore)
He has a great understanding of the game. He is willing to play wherever the coaches need him to. He has mainly been on defense up until this year, but we had a player that got injured right before the first game that was going to play slot receiver and he is out for the year, so Mason has stepped in. He is a tremendous athlete.
On LB Mattie Lebryk
He led the team with over 100 tackles last year. He is only a few tackles away from setting the LCA school record for tackles, I believe. He brings it every play. It starts with him. He also plays some of offense.
On kicker Andrew Dobbs
He is a super weapon. He is tremendous. He made a 37-yard field goal on the last play of the game to beat Lexington Catholic. He has 10 touchbacks on the year on kicks.