The local high school football fans got a treat this past fall, as all three local gridiron programs had extraordinary seasons. All three teams played in a regional championship game, while Pulaski County and Somerset played in the state semifinals in their respective classes. Also, all three programs were consistently ranked in the state's Top 10 of their respective classes.
Pulaski County High School senior quarterback Wiley Cain was named the Commonwealth Journal Player of the Year for the 2018 All-County Football Team. Cain completed 329 passes for 3,987 yards, and threw 35 touchdown passes. Cain also rushed for 196 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground.
Cain is almost every KHSAA state football all-time record list. Currently, Cain ranks sed in the state all-time in pass completions in a season and ranks sixth pass completions in a career. Cain ranks 16th in state all-time in career passing yards. Following in the footsteps of Riley Hall, Cain still holds 10 Pulaski County football quarterback records.
Southwestern High School senior quarterback Drew Sawyers was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Sawyers rushed for 1,227 yards and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground. Sawyers completed 66 passes for 1,227 yards and had 8 touchdowns in the air. Sawyers also ran back 5 touchdowns off punt returns and kick-off returns.
Somerset High School senior lineman Landon Fields was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Fields was a big part of a solid Briar Jumper defense that held opponents to only 12 points per game and 62 rushing yards per game. Fields led the Jumpers with 77 tackles, with 23 of those for losses. Field had two QB sacks and a fumble recovery.
Pulaski County junior lineman Ethan Fuentes was part of offensive line that allowed their offense to produce 105 rushing yards per game, and allowed the Maroon quarterbacks to pass for nearly 300 yards per game.
Southwestern senior lineman Josh Williams was part of an offensive line that allowed their offense to produce 262 yards of rushing per game.
Southwestern senior center Tyler Downey was part of an offensive line that allowed their offense to produce 262 yards of rushing per game.
Somerset senior lineman Trevor Lipscomb was part of an offensive line that allowed their offense to produce 173 yards rushing per game and 137 passing yards per game.
Somerset senior lineman Vernon Wilson was part of an offensive line that allowed their offense to produce 173 yards rushing per game and 137 passing yards per game.
Somerset sophomore quarterback Kaiya Sheron passed for 1,846 yards, threw 13 touchdowns passes, rushed for 505 yards and rushed for 7 touchdowns.
Somerset junior running back Alex Miller rushed for 1,008 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.
Southwestern freshman Chase Doan rushed for 916 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.
Pulaski County sophomore running back Tristan Cox rushed for 859 yards and scored 19 touchdowns.
Pulaski County junior receiver Jake Sloan caught 116 passes for 1,666 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.
Southwestern senior receiver JP Vaught caught 33 passes for 600 yards and scored 5 touchdowns.
Pulaski County junior receiver Grant Oakes caught 38 passes for 620 yards and scored 8 touchdowns.
Pulaski County sophomore receiver Jacob Shepherd caught 32 passes for 502 yards and scored 3 touchdowns.
Southwestern junior kicker kicked 37 PATs, kicked 3 field goals and kept Warrior opponents on a long filed after kick-offs.
Somerset High School sophomore Kade Grundy caught 48 passes for 406 yards, scored on 4 passing touchdowns and ran back a punt for a TD.
Pulaski County lineman Trae Griffith made 88 tackles and had 2 fumble recoveries.
Southwestern senior lineman Luke Gregory made 51 tackles.
Pulaski County junior linebacker Chase Parmelee made 58 tackles with 11 of them for losses.
Southwestern junior linebacker Austin Barnes made 93 tackles, 9 for losses, and 6 defensive sacks.
Somerset junior linebacker Jase Bruner made 83 tackles, 12 for losses and a fumble recovery.
Somerset senior linebacker Peyton Hatcher had 125 tackles, 21 for losses, 3 quarterback sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Pulaski County junior linebacker Konner Hargis made 124 tackles , 21 for losses, 2 defensive sacks, and 4 pass interceptions.
Southwestern senior linebacker Christian Bach, made 38 tackles, 6 for losses and had 2 pass interceptions.
Pulaski County sophomore defensive back Ian Ware had 34 tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.
Southwestern junior defensive back Xavier Streeter made 37 tackles, had a fumble recovery and 4 pass interceptions.
Pulaski County senior defensive back Ethan Casada made 66 tackles, 4 for losses, a fumble recovery and 3 pass interceptions.
Somerset senior defensive back Treavor Brock made 44 tackles, 11 for losses, 4 quarterback sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 5 interceptions.
Somerset senior defensive back/punter Chance Stayton made 48 tackles, 2 interceptions and consistently reversed the field for the Jumpers with his punting ability.