BOWLING GREEN, Ky.
Sydney Tedford threw the game-winning touchdown pass for Central High School on Friday, but Tedford and his coaches and teammates said Tae’Shawn Gibbs deserved some of the credit.
Gibbs was Central’s starting quarterback before suffering a concussion during the second-round victory over Wayne County, an injury that severely limited his action during the final three weeks of the season.
Tedford took the starting job, and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Malone gave the Yellowjackets a 12-6 victory over Belfry in Friday’s Class 3-A championship game.
Tedford said Gibbs played a big part in his success over the past three weeks.
“He’s a great person,” Tedford said. “He told me, ‘Keep your poise. Your poise is great.’ I learned leadership and self-confidence from Gibbs. He’s a great leader.”
Gibbs threw one incomplete pass in the championship game and also had four rushes for 6 yards. Tedford finished 3 of 7 passing for 33 yards.
After the game, Gibbs was given the Forcht Bank/Kentucky National Insurance Uncommon Excellence Award for sportsmanship. Yellowjackets coach Ty Scroggins said it was a well-deserved honor.
“It’s about team to him,” Scroggins said. “He’s one of the best kids we’ve had come through this program. … Sydney leans on him to find out what it is he needs to do and the calls he needs to make. It wasn’t a quarterback controversy issue. Sydney had the hot hand.”
Gibbs finished his senior season with 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns through the air, plus 742 yards and 13 TDs on the ground.
“My best friend is Tae’Shawn Gibbs, and it’s so unfortunate that he got hurt,” Tedford said. “But when they told me I had to go in, I just stepped up and I’ve been doing my job ever since.”
Jackson says OVC schools are ‘drooling’
Mayfield senior Jonathan Jackson played in his fourth state final Friday and went out with a bang, rushing for 278 yards and scoring four touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 55-8 rout of Fairview in the Class A title game.
Now Jackson, who was named the Kentucky Football Coaches Association’s Class A Player of the Year on Friday, will focus on the recruiting process.
Jackson, a 5-foot-10 204-pounder, is being recruited as a linebacker and has scholarship offers from Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Eastern Kentucky and Murray State. He said Louisville, Mississippi and Louisiana Tech are among other schools showing interest.
“The (Ohio Valley Conference) schools are drooling,” he said. “I’m just going to take all my visits before I make a commitment.”
* Along with Jackson, other winners of KFCA awards Friday were Frankfort’s Craig Foley (Class A Coach of the Year), Bourbon County’s Kentayvus Hopkins (3-A Player of the Year), Monroe County’s John Petett (3-A Coach of the Year), Russell County’s Nick Britt (4-A Player of the Year) and Warren East’s Ben Bruni (4-A Coach of the Year).