By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
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.
The Associated Press 2013 Kentucky All-State Teams
The 2013 Associated Press Kentucky High School All-State first and second teams, as selected by media representatives from across the state:
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB — Drew Barker, Conner
RB — Damien Harris, Madison Southern
RB — Dylan Byrd, Lou. DeSales
RB — Elijah Bell, Lex. Henry Clay
WR — Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green (Mr. Football)
WR — Scott Daniel, Scott Co.
WR — Cam Cheuvront, Somerset
WR — Russ Cox, Anderson Co.
OL — John Kurtz, Lou. St. Xavier
OL — Will Jenkins, Bowling Green
OL — Travis Wright, Scott Co.
OL — Cody McPeek, Fairview
OL — Houston Sparkman, Lou. Male
OL — Sullivan Simpson, Lex. Henry Clay
OL — Zach Caldwell, Harlan Co.
OL — Marcus Smith, Lou. Male
OL — Matt Millay, Meade Co.
K — Palmer Ward, Scott Co.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL — Matt Elam, John Hardin
DL — Adrian Middleton, S Warren
DL — Derik Overstreet, Paducah Tilghman
DL — Jacob Van Meter, Scott Co.
LB — Lincoln Quick, Bowling Green
LB — Masai Whyte, Martha Layne Collins
LB — Carson Whitehead, Harlan Co.
DB — Sani Warren, Belfry
DB — Rondell Green, Warren Central
DB — Jacob Denney, Pulaski Co.
DB — Patrick Anderson, John Hardin
P — Schafer Putz, Murray
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB — Elijah Sindelar, Caldwell Co.
QB — Drew Houliston, Highlands
QB — Devin Hayes, Bowling Green
RB — Marquez Trigg, Glasgow
RB — DeAndre Farris, Martha Layne Collins
WR — Will Bush, Lou. Ballard
WR — Carl Walker, Lex. Bryan Station
WR — Chad Lewellyn, Lou. Christian Academy
WR — Jason Perkins, Wayne Co.
OL — Kagen Skidmore, Somerset
OL — Dylan Ferguson, Bullitt East
OL — Wade Wilson, Graves Co.
OL — Andrew Wilks, Lincoln Co.
OL — Austin Metcalfe, North Oldham
OL — Chris Figg, S Oldham
OL — Matt Boston, Glasgow
OL — Phillip Lovins, Shelby Valley
K — Joe Rose, Anderson Co.
K — Blanton Creque, Martha Layne Collins
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL — Lloyd Tubman, Lou. Seneca
DL — Tyler Prater, Middlesboro
DL — Chris Helton, Williamsburg
DL — Andrew Wilks, Lincoln Co.
DL — Andrew Newsome, Shelby Valley
DL — Josh Krupinski, Central Hardin
DL — Ethan Wilson, Williamsburg
DL — Travis Jenkins, Meade Co.
DL — Kagen Skidmore, Somerset
LB — Derquione Mobley, Lou. Central
LB — Ryan Duvall, Apollo
LB — Donald Styles, Lou. Central
DB — Milas Norris, Glasgow
DB — R.J. Taylor, Lex. Tates Creek
DB — Alex Lecroy, Daviess Co.
DB — Kylan Nelson, Lex. Lafayette
P — Evan McCombs, Graves Co.
Mr. Football: Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green
Coach of the Year: Kevin Wallace, Bowling Green
QB: Dalton Sizemore, Williamsburg; Dylan Boone, Murray; Reese Ryan, Lex. Catholic; Reggie Bonnafon, Lou. Trinity; Riley Hall, Pulaski Co.; Tyler Guffey, Wayne Co.
RB: Aaron Smith, Pulaski Co.; Brent Holman, Bourbon Co.; Charles Walker, Lou. St. Xavier; Chase Hall, Pikeville; Cody Crider, Graves Co.; Devin Taylor, West Jessamine; Fred Massey, Harlan Co.; Gabe Blair, North Laurel; Jake Coppock, Corbin; Jonah Shacklett, Meade Co.; Justen Pollack, Calloway Co.; Marque Northington, Lou. Male; Michael Nero, Lou. DuPont Manual; Quinton Baker, Ashland Blazer; Rashon Nelson, Mason Co.; Ryan Pittman, Middlesboro.
WR: Austin Poindexter, Middlesboro; Chad Eaton, Barren Co.; Charles Johnson, Bourbon Co.; Cody Estep, Pikeville; Corey Shelton, Williamsburg; Dante Johnson, North Hardin; Jake Johnson, Pulaski Co.; Jake Williams, Graves Co.; Jansen Riney, Owensboro Catholic; Joey Marshall, Graves Co.; Keion Wakefield, Lou. Male; Rasheed Jones, McCracken County; Sam Letton, Lex. Catholic; Skyler Griffith, Williamsburg; Trevor Stephens, Caverna; Zach Helton, Central Hardin.
OL: Austin Matheny, Mason Co.; C.J. Jacoby, Lou. Holy Cross; Cody Griffin, Bell Co.; Harley Lassiter, Graves Co.; Ian Gilson, Glasgow; Matt Hubbard, Pineville; Nathan Murray, Bell Co.; Tyler Eldridge, Spencer Co.; William Banks, Harlan Co.; William Langford, Murray.
Kicker/Punter: Hector Garcia, Graves Co.; Jacob Drexler, John Hardin; Jacob Tompkins, Mason Co.; Murray; Sean Neurnberger, Oldham Co.
DL: Ashton Humphrey, Mason Co.; Byron Carver, Warren Central; Christon Woods, Owensboro; Cole Wilson, Harlan Co.; Dakota Torstrick, Harlan; Dylan Day, Graves Co.; Evan Sayner, McCracken County; Hayden Hatfield, Belfry; Heath Wiggins, Graves Co.; Marcus Goree, John Hardin; Marcus Manning, Calloway Co.; Tim Kloss, Graves Co.; William Langford, Murray.
LB: Austin Poindexter, Middlesboro; Bailey McEnroe, Somerset; Brad Auxier, Johnson Central; Chris Smith, John Hardin; Grayson Miller, Scott Co.; Jacob Mayes, Murray; Jefferson Patrick, Williamsburg; Justin Green, Bell Co.; Logan Blue, Owensboro; Luke Wilson, Meade Co.; Malik Malone, Lou. Male; Phillip Francis, Lou. Central; Ryan Kelly, Central Hardin.
DB: Conner Ford, Pineville; Justin Warwick, Bell Co.; Seth Barton, Middlesboro.