The Doug Out’s 2018 Pulaski County/Somerset Area All-Star Football Team Revealed

PC senior quarterback Wiley Cain threw for 3,987 yards in 2018 and 35 touchdowns, in leading the Maroons to an 11-3 record. Cain is this year’s Doug Out Pulaski County/Somerset Area All-Star Football Team’s Player of the Year.


The 2018 high school football season locally will go down as a banner year indeed for all three local schools.

Both Pulaski County High School and Somerset High School finished the season with identical 11-3 records, finishing in the Semi State round of the playoffs in their respective classes.

Southwestern meanwhile had a very good season as well, posting a 10-3 mark, finishing the year as regional runner-up to Pulaski County.

Several players from all three schools had banner campaigns, and I am very excited to honor those outstanding players with The Doug Out’s Pulaski County/Somerset Area All Star Football Team.

My Player of the Year was an easy choice; that pick on my inaugural team goes to Pulaski County senior quarterback Wiley Cain.

Cain enjoyed a huge year — a year that saw him leave Pulaski County with his name atop the list in eight different categories for his career.

Cain helped lead PC in ‘The Redemption Tour’ to an 11-3 mark, coming off of 2017’s very disappointing 4-7 record.

This season, the PC quarterback completed 329 passes out of 501 attempts, for 3, 987 yards, along with 35 touchdowns.

For his career, Cain’s completions, pass attempts, and yardage thrown in 2018 make him number one in all three of those categories in PC football history.

And, his 35 touchdowns leave him in a tie for the most TD passes in a season at Pulaski County, knotted up with Riley Hall, who threw 35 TD passes in 2015.

During this season, Cain threw for 487 yards at South Laurel, in a 43-16 Maroon victory — once again an all-time PC record.

How this kid could accomplish all of these things this season — throwing for more yardage and more TD passes than any other quarterback in the state of Kentucky — and not be selected to play in any all-star games, is truly mind-boggling to say the least.

Now, for the rest of my team.

QUARTERBACK — Drew Sawyers, Southwestern — Drew rushed for 1,227  yards and 13 touchdowns, while passing for 1.124 yards and eight TD’s.

RUNNING BACK — Chase Doan, Southwestern — Doan led Southwestern with 916 yards rushing, and scored 10 TD’s on the ground.

RUNNING BACK — Dylan Bland, Southwestern — Bland rushed for 713 yards and tallied nine TD’s.

RUNNING BACK — Alex Miller, Somerset — Alex led the Briar Jumpers with 1,008 yards on the ground, scoring 12 rushing TD’s.

WIDE RECEIVER — Jake Sloan, Pulaski County — Sloan led the state of Kentucky in receiving for virtually the entire year. The Maroon junior hauled in 116 receptions for 1,666 yards, to go along with 13 TD catches.

WIDE RECEIVER — Ian Ware, Pulaski County — Ian had a tremendous sophomore season, with 68 catches for 648 yards and four touchdowns.

WIDE RECEIVER — Kade Grundy, Somerset — Grundy led the Briar Jumpers with 28 catches on the year. He had 406 receiving yards and scored five TD’s.

WIDE RECEIVER — Payton Ellison, Somerset — Ellison led Somerset with 489 yards receiving, coming up with 25 receptions and two touchdowns.

WIDE RECEIVER — JP Vaught, Southwestern — The fastest guy on the field virtually in every Warrior football game, Vaught led Southwestern with 33 receptions and 600 yards receiving, scoring five touchdowns.

TIGHT END — Grant Oaks, Pulaski County — Oaks missed several games with an injury, but he still had a solid ’18 season. The PC junior had 38 receptions for 620 yards and eight TD’s.

OFFENSIVE LINE — Ethan Fuentes, Pulaski County

OFFENSIVE LINE — Jordan Lanter, Pulaski County

OFFENSIVE LINE — Paul Judd, Pulaski County

OFFENSIVE LINE — Vernon Wilson, Somerset

OFFENSIVE LINE — Janson Craig, Somerset

OFFENSIVE LINE — Josh Williams, Southwestern

DEFENSIVE LINE — Trae Griffith, Pulaski County — Griffith recorded 88 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and forced three fumbles.

DEFENSIVE LINE — Chase Parmelee, Pulaski County — Chase notched 58 tackles, and had 11 tackles for loss.

DEFENSIVE LINE — Devin Tolson, Pulaski County — Devin recorded 53 tackles, and had six tackles for loss.

DEFENSIVE LINE — Luke Gregory, Southwestern — Gregory was double-teamed almost every Friday night, yet still recorded 51 tackles for the year.

DEFENSIVE LINE — Trevor Lipscomb, Somerset — Lipscomb totaled 45 tackles, and notched 14 tackles for loss.

DEFENSIVE LINE — Landon Fields, Somerset — Fields had 61 tackles, and tallied 18 tackles for loss.

LINEBACKER — Konner Hargis, Pulaski County — Konner led the Maroons with 124 tackles, and 21 tackles for loss. He also recovered five fumbles.

LINEBACKER — Tristan Cox, Pulaski County — Tristan could have easily made my team on either side of the ball. Cox led the Maroons with 859 yards rushing and 19 TD’s, but he was just as impressive on the defensive side of the football. Cox recorded 106 tackles, and had four tackles for loss.

LINEBACKER — Evan Mercer, Pulaski County — Mercer recorded 88 tackles on the year, and had 11 tackles for loss, and had two fumble recoveries.

LINEBACKER — Payton Hatcher, Somerset — Hatcher led Somerset with 91 tackles on the season, and he recorded 13 tackles for loss, to go along with two forced fumbles.

LINEBACKER — Austin Barnes, Southwestern — Barnes led the Warriors with 93 tackles for the year. He had nine tackles for loss, and he recorded six quarterback sacks.

LINEBACKER — Jase Bruner, Somerset — Bruner notched 72 tackles on the year, and had seven tackles for loss.

LINEBACKER — Rowan Pennington, Southwestern — Pennington came up with 88 tackles and recorded four tackles for loss.

LINEBACKER — Alex Ham, Somerset — Alex notched 51 tackles for the season, and recorded nine tackles for loss.

LINEBACKER — Kenny Robinson, Southwestern — Kenny recorded 50 tackles on the season, and had three tackles for loss.

LINEBACKER — Mason Parsons, Southwestern — Mason notched 37 tackles, and had four tackles for loss. He had three quarterback sacks, and he forced three fumbles.

SECONDARY — Chance Stayton, Somerset — Stayton recorded 38 tackles, while forcing a fumble, while coming up with an interception.

SECONDARY — Treavor Brock, Somerset — Playing almost the entire season with a torn ACL in a knee, Treavor tallied 34 tackles, and led Somerset in both fumble recoveries with four, and interceptions with three.

SECONDARY — Xavier Streeter, Southwestern — Streeter recorded 37 tackles for the season, with one fumble recovery and he led the Warriors with four interceptions.

SPECIAL TEAMS – Ethan Casada, Pulaski County — For the second consecutive season, Casada excelled on special teams for the Maroons. Whether it was returning kickoffs, punts, or punting the ball, Casada always seemed to make a big play on special teams in each and every game. As a safety, he also had a banner year for PC, notching 66 tackles, coming up with four tackles for loss, and three interceptions.

KICKER — Jaxon McAlpin, Pulaski County –McAlpin was almost automatic this season in the kicking game for the Maroons, making 47 out of 49 extra point attempts.

Congratulations to all of the above outstanding players for a great 2018 high school football season, and for making The Doug Out’s inaugural Pulaski County/Somerset Area All-Star Football Team.

It was my honor to watch you guys play this season and to cover your games. Thanks for a great season.

Calm down BBN…let’s all take a deep breath, please


Today is December 13th, so there are now officially 12 days before we celebrate another Christmas.

So with the song ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ in mind, I do not want a partridge or a pear tree, and I would not care for two turtle doves or five golden rings.

Instead, I would like for my fellow brethren in the Big Blue Nation to please take a brief minute, calm down, take a deep breath; in short, take a chill pill.

Now I will be the first to admit the college basketball season and Kentucky’s play so far haven’t been what I expected to say the least.

After watching the Wildcats play in the Bahamas this summer, myself along with most of the BBN thought this team was going to be invincible.

I mean, the so-called experts were comparing the Cats to the Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, and Tyler Ulis 38-0 team that went to the Final Four, only to lose in disappointing fashion to Wisconsin.

Then, a dose of big-time reality sunk in after the season-opening debacle to the team I hate the most — Duke.

That 118-84 butt whipping Duke put on our beloved Wildcats was flat out sickening. What in the name of Christian Laettner is going on?

Kentucky looked lost at times in that game, and I have a question; did anybody from UK play any defense at all in that contest? I’m asking for a friend. Answer: no they did not.

After that game, we have struggled at times against mid-major competition, and then there was that one-point loss to an average Seton Hall team last weekend at Madison Square Garden in overtime.

You know, a Seton Hall team that came into that contest already with three losses under its belt to Nebraska, Saint Louis, and Louisville.

So, is the season — this season — a lost cause? Absolutely not.

I may be dead wrong, but I firmly believe this team will be just fine come March, when it counts for real.

We have problems right now for certain. Tyler Herro is struggling from the outside with his shot, and our defense, especially defending the three-point line, has been absolutely abysmal at times.

Having said that,  I can’t believe some UK fans are calling for Cal’s head. I mean, look at what this guy has done at Kentucky in a decade, and some people want him gone. Have you lost your minds out there?

Sure, I think we should have won more than one national title since John Calipari took over at Kentucky, and I’m not a big fan of the whole one and done deal either.

But, I would rather be in the running for a national championship each year, and at least be in the conversation, than have a team with mediocre talent that is going to be on campus for four years, and never have a shot at getting to a Final Four.

So BBN, please calm down. I truly believe this team will be in the hunt in March when all is said and done.

Now, there may be a few more bumps along the road before we get to the tournament, but rest assured teams like Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, etc. are not going to be pumping their fists when they know they are getting ready to walk out on the court to face the Wildcats.

Kentucky is going to get better — make that much better — before the season comes to an end.

Simply, March is a ways away, and we’re going to be just fine BBN. Just wait and see. So for now, please relax and enjoy the journey.

And one more thing…..Merry Christmas everybody.

Dave Fraley earns milestone victory

Former Pulaski County head coach Dave Fraley earned his 700th victory on Wednesday night, leading Powell County to a win over Lee County. He is seen here after the game game with his wife Janice, along with his sons Shannon and John Fraley.


Congratulations goes out this morning  to former Pulaski County head coach Dave Fraley who earned the 700th victory of his Hall of Fame coaching career last night, leading Powell County to a 91-51 win over Lee County.

Fraley — who has won multiple regional titles while leading several teams to state tournament appearances — led Pulaski County to a state championship back in the 1985-’86 season.

The former Maroon coach is seen here after Wednesday night’s win with his wife Janice, along with his sons Shannon Fraley and current Pulaski County head coach John Fraley.

I was fortunate enough to cover coach Fraley and Pulaski County during both of his stints as the Maroons head coach.

It was an honor and a privilege, and I have many, many fond memories of what I call ‘The good ole’ days’ when I was covering Fraley’s Pulaski County basketball teams.

So, congratulations coach Fraley. You certainly are a living legend, and a true Hall of Famer.

However, more importantly than those things, you’re a great man and have been a very good friend to me over the past three decades.

Congrats pal.