The 2013 high school football season will forever be remembered as the year the Pulaski County Maroons shocked the state of Kentucky in Class 5 A.
Johnny HInes’ club ran the table — winning its first 14 games of the season including playoffs — before falling in the Class 5 A State Championship Football game to three-time defending champion Bowling Green.
The Maroons posted a school record 14-1 won-loss mark in 2013, and with most of the starters back from that squad, the future is indeed very bright for Pulaski County.
Somerset meanwhile also had another banner year in football.
The won-loss record might not have been as impressive in recent years, but the bottom line was the Briar Jumpers were once again the class of their respective region.
Robbie Lucas and crew won a fifth consecutive regional title in 2013, before bowing out to Newport Central Catholic in the Semi State round of the Class 2 A playoffs.
Southwestern meanwhile struggled as far as wins and losses go this past year with just a 1-9 record, but Andy Stephens’ club was in almost every game, losing a handful of game’s in the final minutes, enduring seemingly, one gut-wrenching loss after another.
All in all, it was a banner year in 2013 for local high school football, and it’s now time to unveil The Commonwealth Journal — Clear Channel Radio of Somerset 2013 All County Football Team.
This year, our Player of the Year Award goes to Pulaski County’s Aaron Smith.
Smith dominated teams and games this season on both sides of the football, putting together a tremendous senior year.
Offensively, Smith was almost unstoppable carrying the football for the Maroons.
He led Pulaski County with 21 rushing touchdowns and in scoring with 170 points.
On the ground, the Maroon senior rushed for 916 yards on 116 attempts.
On the other side of the football, he was just as impressive.
He tallied 56 solo tackles for the year and assisted on 21 more, for a total of 77.
And, he was also huge in the PC kicking game, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns this season. Smith was named to the Border Bowl and was an alternate for the Best of the Bluegrass Bowl
Our Offensive Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season goes to Pulaski County quarterback Riley Hall.
Hall put up ridiculous numbers in 2013, staking a claim as one of the top quarterbacks in the state of Kentucky regardless of class.
For the season, Hall — a sophomore this year — completed 223 of 350 pass attempts for 63.7 percent, for 2,922 yards and 35 touchdowns, to go against only 6 interceptions.
On the ground, Hall proved he could hurt teams with his legs along with his rifle arm.
Hall finished second on PC’s team in rushing with 962 yards on 106 attempts with 5 more touchdowns.
Our Defensive Player of the Year Award this season is shared by two players.
This year, that award goes to Pulaski County’s Jacob Denney and Somerset’s Bailey McEnroe.
Denney had a record-breaking season in 2013 for the Maroons, setting a school mark with 8 interceptions for the year.
Denney punished receivers who dared to cross the middle of the field all season long, turning in highlight reel hit after hit.
He accounted for 50 solo tackles, while assisting on 34 more stops, for a grand total of 84.
McEnroe meanwhile led the Briar Jumpers in tackles this season, coming with 99 solo stops and assisting on 70 more, for a total of 169 tackles.
Now for the rest of our team beginning with the offense.
Our quarterback for the second year in a row is Somerset’s Castle Hatcher.
Hatcher completed 133 of 278 pass attempts this season for 2,136 yards, to go along with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
On the ground, he ran for 322 yards and scored 4 more TD’s.
Our running backs are Pulaski County’s Caleb Cox, and a pair of Southwestern Warriors — Logan Campisano and Skylar Stigall.
Cox led the Maroons in rushing this season with 1,006 yards on the ground, to go along with 5 touchdowns.
Cox also hauled in 19 receptions for 142 yards and 1 TD.
Campisano meanwhile was the workhorse in the Southwestern backfield all year long.
He rushed for 1,427 yards on 226 carries, good enough for 6.31 yards per carry.
He scored 12 TD’s rushing on the year, while hauling in 4 catches for 33 yards and a score.
Stigall meanwhile ran for 567 yards on 71 carries, and scored 8 touchdowns, helping to give the Warriors a solid, one-two punch in the backfield all year.
Our wide receivers are Pulaski County’s Jake Johnson and Somerset’s Cam Cheuvront.
One would be hard pressed to find another freshman anywhere in the state of Kentucky that had a bigger impact on his football team than Jake Johnson in 2013.
The youngster shattered the Pulaski County single season receiving record, coming up with 89 catches for 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Cheuvront meanwhile led Somerset in receiving this season with 68 catches for 1,171 yards and 15 touchdowns. Cheuvront ws selected to play in the Battle of the Bluegrass Bowl.
Our kicker this season goes to Pulaski County’s Derek Burgett.
Burgett kicked 54 PAT’s this season for the Maroons, while adding a total of four field goals.
The members of our Offensive Line for the 2013 season are Hunter Merrick and Tristan Tilley of Pulaski County, while Alex McGuffey, Kagen Skidmore and George Gilmore of Somerset round out our O-Line.
Now for the rest of the Defensive Unit.
Our Defensive Lineman are Will Mobley and Jake Roberts of Pulaski County, Lucas Brewer from Southwestern, and Jacobi Gilmore and Hayden Fox from Somerset.
Mobley accounted for 70 tackles this season — 43 of those were unassisted — while coming up with a fumble recovery. Mobely was selected to the Border Bowl.
Roberts meanwhile had 27 solo tackles and assisted on 20 more.
Jacobi Gilmore had 31 solo tackles and 18 assists for a total of 49, while Fox notched 58 solo tackles and assisted on 47.
Brewer meanwhile tallied 65 tackles this season for the Warriors.
Our Linebackers are led by the duo of Austin Cornett and Jesse Whitaker from Pulaski County, along with Somerset’s trio of Bryson Jones, Devin Griffith and Tanner Gadberry, and Southwestern’s Kody Smith.
Cornett enjoyed a monster season for Pulaski County in 2013, and along with Denney, was the heart and soul of a much-improved Maroon defense.
Cornett recorded 68 solo tackles, while assisting on 64 more, giving him a total of 132 tackles, and he did this while missing a pair of games due to an ankle injury. The PC senior also recovered a pair of fumbles this season.
Whitaker meanwhile came up with 60 solo tackles and 33 assists, giving him a total of 93 tackles for the season. He also had a fumble recovery for PC.
Jones — a mainstay on the Somerset defense for the past couple of seasons — also had a huge senior year for the Jumpers.
Jones recorded 67 solo tackles and assisted on 54, giving him a total of 121 stops for the season. He also recovered 3 fumbles on the year.
Gadberry had 42 solo tackles and 36 assists, giving him 78 stops for the season. He also had one fumble recovery.
Griffith meanwhile had 63 solo tackles and 41 assists, giving him 104 tackles on the year. He also led the Jumpers along with Jones with 3 fumble recoveries.
Smith meanwhile was a bright spot for Southwestern this season, notching 21 solo tackles and assisting on 103 more stops, for a total of 124 tackles for the season, giving him an average of 12.4 tackles per contest.
Members of our Secondary are Christian Holman and George Gregory from Pulaski County, along with Addison Thompson and Alex Franklin from Somerset.
Holman displayed a knack for having a nose for the football all year long.
The PC sophomore picked off 4 passes on the season and returned one of those interceptions all the way back for a touchdown.
He recovered a pair of fumbles this season, and he came up with 104 tackles — 56 of those coming unassisted.
Gregory meanwhile could have very easily made our squad as a wide receiver, but as good as he was as a wideout, the sophomore was even more impressive on the defensive side of the football.
As a wide receiver, Gregory caught 53 passes for 974 yards an 10 touchdowns, but he was just as good in the PC secondary.
The sophomore cornerback finished second to Denney with 5 interceptions on the year, returning two of those all the way back for touchdowns. He had 46 solo tackles and assisted on 13 more, for a total of 59 stops.
Franklin meanwhile led the Jumpers with 5 interceptions in 2013, while recording 38 solo tackles and assisting on 31 more.
Thompson had 2 interceptions and also added one fumble recovery for Somerset. He also came up with 45 solo tackles and 19 assists, for a total of 64 stops.
Our punter for the 2013 season is Pulaski County’s Christian Coots.
Coots had 25 punts for 929 yards for an average 37.2 yards per punt. Coots also had 102 yards in receptions and scored a touchdown.
Rounding out our squad this year is our Utility Player, and this year that award goes to Somerset’s Brayden McWilliams.
McWilliams — as the award would suggest — did just about everything this past season for the Jumpers.
Offensively, he completed 2 of 9 passes for 10 yards, while rushing for 246 yards and 4 TD’s.
He tallied 19 catches for another 279 yards and 1 TD, while coming up with 55 solo tackles and assisting on 27 more, for a total of 82.
Thanks to all of this talent on the 2013 All-County Football Team, the 2013 high school football season on the local front at least will go down as one of the most successful in recent memory.