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January 3, 2014

Cheuvront, Denney named 1st team All-State

Somerset — Somerset High School senior Cam Cheuvront and Pulaski County High School senior Jacob Denney were selected to the Associated Press Kentucky All-State Football Team as first team selections. Cheuvront was selected first team as an offensive wide receiver, while Denney was selected first team defensive back.

Cheuvront led Somerset in receiving this season with 68 catches for 1,171 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Denney accounted for 50 solo tackles, while assisting on 34 more stops, for a grand total of 84 stops for the Maroons.

Somerset High School senior lineman Kagen Skidmore, who played both offensive and defensive line, was named the AP All-State second team as a defensive lineman and an offensive lineman.

Pulaski senior Aaron Smith (RB), Somerset senior Bailey McEnroe (LB), Pulaski sophomore Riley Hall (QB) and Pulaski freshman Jake Johnson (WR) were all named as All-State Honorable Mention.

Bowling Green High School WR Nacarius Fant was named the Associated Press Kentucky High School Football Player of the Year.

The most significant number for Nacarius Fant in a season of eye-popping statistics was rather small: three, as in consecutive Class 5A state championships for Bowling Green.

The Purples (14-0) posted other notable numbers thanks to the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior wide receiver. Bowling Green's 49-14 title-game victory over Pulaski County capped a third straight unbeaten season and extended its winning streak to 44 games, third longest in KHSAA history.

Fant caught five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the championship as the Purples overcame a 14-0 deficit with 49 unanswered points. He finished with 1,699 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns on 83 catches. Figure in 555 combined return yards, and it adds up to Fant's selection as Kentucky's Mr. Football by members of The Associated Press.

Bowling Green's Kevin Wallace was named as the Associated Press Kentucky High School  Football Coach of the Year.

With a third consecutive state championship as the goal, Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace wasn't concerned about continuing the Purples' winning streak. Fortunately for the longtime coach, both impressive runs remained intact.

Bowling Green capped its third consecutive unbeaten season with another Class 5A title, beating Pulaski County 49-14 last month. The achievement extended the Purples' winning streak to 44 games, third longest in KHSAA history.

Wallace's squad succeeded with a combination of a high-octane offense and ferocious defense, particularly in the postseason. Bowling Green (14-0) scored 48 points or more in four of its final five games including the championship and outscored opponents 661-204 overall.

All that mattered to Wallace, voted Kentucky's Coach of the Year by a panel of Associated Press members, was winning another trophy.

Bowling Green achieved its mission only after falling behind 14-0 to Pulaski County (14-1) at Western Kentucky's Houchens-Smith Stadium. The Purples regrouped to score 49 unanswered points and cap another dominant season.

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