The following is the Class 2A, District 5 football preview for the Kentucky Enquirer
Coach: Lee Downey (first season)
Key players: Sr. QB/S Isaiah Hogan; Sr. RB/LB Cam Rose; Sr. WR/DB Logan McIntyre; Jr. HB/LB Lucas Gibbs; Sr. LB/DE Kyle Prosser.
Game to watch: Oct. 23, Trimble County
Outlook: Despite suffering through a 3-8 campaign last season, the Panthers have plenty of reasons for optimism heading into 2015. In addition to being led by a new head coach , Carroll County is also in the process of putting the finishing touches on a new turf football and soccer complex. Downey is most excited about the speed on his current roster. According to him, seven Panthers have been clocked at under 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He expects to utilize five different athletes in his rushing attack, including Hogan, Rose and Gibbs. Prosser should be a force on the defensive side of the ball.
Aug. 21 – at Grant County
Aug. 28 – Henry County, 7:30 pm
Sept. 4 – at Switzerland County (IN), 7:30 pm
Sept. 11 – at Kentucky Country Day, 7:30 pm
Sept. 18 – at Eminence, 7:30 pm
Sept. 25 – at Walton-Verona, 7:30 pm
Oct. 2 – Gallatin County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 16 – at Owen County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 23 – Trimble County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 30 – Dayton, 7:30 pm
Coach: Tim Browning (49-50)
2014 Record: 5-6
Key players: RB/LB Noah Hanson; QB/DB Trent Brock; RB/LB Jeff Bowling; OL/DL Macray Beers; OL/DE David Garcia.
Game to watch: Sept. 11, Ludlow
Outlook: The Wildcats have lost 30 players to graduation over the last two seasons, leaving them inexperienced. Browning hopes that returning starter Brock, second-leading rusher Hanson and three starters on the offensive line will lead to a potent rushing attack that can carry his team. On defense, Gallatin lost key playmakers at nearly every position, but return four starters from last year, including their second leading tackler, Hanson. While there are several holes to fill, Browning expects his team to compete for a district title.
Aug. 21 – Bellevue, 7:30 pm
Aug. 28 – Switzerland County (Ind.), 7:30 pm
Sept. 4 – at Bracken County, 7:30 pm
Sept. 11 – at Ludlow
Sept. 18 – Estill County, 7:30 pm
Sept. 25 – at Trimble County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 2 – at Carrol County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 9 – Walton-Verona, 7:30 pm
Oct. 23 – Owen County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 30 – Middletown Christian (OH), 7:30 pm
Coach: Jeff Barth (47-23)
2014 Record: 10-2
Key players: Sr. RB/LB Halsey Page; Jr. LB/RB Hunter Ruber; Jr. RB/DB Scott Pettyjohn; Sr. QB/DB Jared Poore; Sr. OL/LB Matt Clinkenbeard; Jr. OL/DL Ethan Quatkemeyer; Sr. LB/RB Jacob Stammer.
Game to watch: Aug. 21, Lloyd
Outlook: Page is the next man up in Barth’s offensive system that has churned out successful running backs over the last handful of years. Expect Pettyjohn and freshman Micah Alford to get carries as well. The Bearcats also return three standout linemen in senior center Noah Martin, Clinkenbeard and Quatkemeyer, that should help jump start their rushing attack. Page, Clinkenbeard, Stammer and Ruber make up an outstanding linebacking core that should be the strength of the defense. Walton-Verona has been consistently successful for the last five years, but Barth’s group is eager to take the next step and break past the state quarterfinals.
Aug. 21 – Lloyd, 7:30 pm
Aug. 28 – Holy Cross, 7:30 pm
Sept. 4 – at Holmes
Sept. 11 – at Henry County, 7:30 pm
Sept. 18 – at Lexington Christian, 7:30 pm
Sept. 25 – Carroll County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 2 – Owen County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 9 – at Gallatin County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 16 – at Trimble County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 23 – New Richmond (OH), 7:30 pm
Coach: Adam Fowler (28-49)
2014 record: 1-9
Key players: Sr. FB/LB Garrett Cobb; Jr. LB/RB Austin Riggs; Jr. RB/LB JJ Smith; So. WR/DE Dominick Barnett; So. OL/LB David Gray.
Game to watch: Oct. 17, Carroll County
Outlook: The Rebels have some serious holes to fill after last year’s 1-9 campaign, including replacing last year’s starting quarterback Tanner Smith. Cobb is a physical running back and linebacker that should give the Rebels a big boost after recovering from a knee injury suffered last year. Barnett also showed big-play ability as a freshman last season.
Aug. 28 – Grant County, 7:30 pm
Sept. 4 – Henry County, 7:30 pm
Sept. 11 – at Western Hills, 7:30 pm
Sept. 18 – at Pendleton County, 7:30 pm
Sept. 25 – Newport, 7:30 pm
Oct. 2 – at Walton-Verona, 7:30 pm
Oct. 9 – Trimble County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 16 – Carroll County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 23 – at Gallatin County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 30 – at Eminence, 7:30 pm
Coach: Justin Franklin (4-27)
2014 record: 3-8
Key players: Sr. WR/S Justin Isaac; Jr. RB/DB Josh Harrison; Jr. RB/LB Tyler Turocy.
Game to watch: Oct. 9, Owen County
Outlook: Last season the Raiders won three games, which was the best season Trimble has managed since 2009. The team ended a 20-game losing streak and made the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. Improving on that success won’t be easy this year after graduating 13 seniors, including quarterback TJ Payton, running back Dusty Wyssbrod and running back Wyatt Adkins.
Aug. 21 – Eminence, 7:30 pm
Aug. 28 – Clinton County, 8:00 pm
Sept. 4 – at Fort Knox, 7:30 pm
Sept. 11 – at Bishop Brossart, 7:30 pm
Sept. 18 – Ludlow, 7:30 pm
Sept. 25 – Gallatin County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 2 – Washington County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 9 – at Owen County, 7:30 pm
Oct. 16 – Walton-Verona, 7:30 pm
Oct. 23 – at Carroll County, 7:30 pm
Players to watch
Cameron Rose, RB/LB, Carroll County – The balanced runner topped 100 yards in over half of the Panthers’ games last season. He’s also a sure tackler on defense.
Noah Hanson, RB/LB, Gallatin County – The two-way standout was the Wildcats’ second-leading rusher last year with 508 yards and six touchdowns. He finished third with 68 tackles on defense.
Halsey Page, RB/LB, Walton-Verona – The downhill runner rushed for nearly 12 yards per carry and eight touchdowns in limited opportunities as a junior, but should thrive as the go-to option this season.
Hunter Ruber, LB/RB, Walton-Verona – The aggressive linebacker led the Bearcats last year with 80 tackles, and is expected to anchor their defense once again.
Ethan Quatkemeyer, OL/DL, Walton-Verona – The physical junior looks the part at 6-foot-4 and 275-pounds and provides legitimate size to the Bearcats’ otherwise smaller offensive line.
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