By DOUG EADS
The recently completed 2019 High School football season will be one that will forever be remembered, thanks in large part to Somerset’s come from behind and thrilling, 34-31 victory over Mayfield in the Class 2 A State Championship Football Game.
That win gave Briar Jumper Nation a state title that it had been yearning for, and it was a state championship in football at the high school level that had been 113 years in the making.
The 2019 season saw the Pulaski County Maroons garner a one-seed in the regular season district standings, while the Southwestern Warriors came out of nowhere, and rebounded from a 2-5 start in Jason Foley’s first year at the helm to go on a nice run — a run that took Southwestern all the way to a regional championship game before falling to Frederick Douglass, along with a district title.
Simply, it was a great year of football in our community, and all three local high schools are very well represented on The Doug Out’s 2nd annual All-County Football Team.
Player of the Year — Kaiya Sheron — Quarterback, Somerset — Sheron had a great junior season, and was an integral part in helping lead the Briar Jumpers to a 14-1 record and that Class 2 A state championship.
For the season, Sheron completed 178-260 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 68.4 %. He threw for 3,218 yards and 28 touchdowns, while rushing for 959 yards on 114 attempts and eight TD’s.
Offensive Player of the Year — Kade Grundy — Wide Receiver, Somerset — Grundy was usually the best athlete on the field each and every Friday night, and he put up the kind of numbers to back up that claim.
The junior wide receiver hauled in 68 receptions during the season for 1,441 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Grundy also rushed for a TD, and had a kickoff return for another score.
Defensive Player of the Year — Konner Hargis — Linebacker, Pulaski County — Hargis had another stellar season for the Maroons in 2019, capping off an outstanding career at PC.
Hargis tallied 122 tackles on the season, which included 26 tackles for loss, and four quarterback sacks. As a result, the PC senior left the Maroon program as the all-time leading tackler in school history, finishing his Pulaski County career with 523 tackles.
And now, for the rest of our team:
Offensive Line — Ethan Fuentes, Pulaski County, Mason Heath, Southwestern, Jake Early, Southwestern, John Poe, Southwestern, Drew Johnson, Somerset, Ben Simmons, Somerset, Ethan Harper, Somerset, Chase Cimala, Somerset.
Quarterback — Drew Polston, Pulaski County
Running Back — Alex Miller, Somerset, Cam Austin, Somerset, Tanner Wright, Southwestern, Chase Doan, Southwestern.
Wide Receiver — Jake Sloan, Pulaski County, Grant Oakes, Pulaski County, Xavier Streeter, Southwestern, Mason Hibbard, Southwestern, Jayden Gilmore, Somerset, Carson Guthrie, Somerset, Tate Madden, Somerset (THE CATCH).
Defensive Line — Chase Parmlee, Pulaski County, Jordan Lanter, Pulaski County, Devin Tolson, Pulaski County, Jacob Grabeel, Somerset, Dyllan Keith, Somerset, Dylan Asher, Southwestern.
Linebacker — Tristan Cox, Pulaski County, Evan Mercer, Pulaski County, Jase Bruner, Somerset, Mikey Garland, Somerset, Cole Todd, Somerset, Giddeon Brainard, Southwestern, Austin Barnes, Southwestern, Kenny Robinson, Southwestern, Rowan Pennington, Southwestern.
Defensive Back — Jacob Shepherd, Pulaski County, Kaleb Adams, Pulaski County, Chaz Gilmore, Somerset.
Kicker — Max Brainard, Southwestern.
Congratulations goes out to all of these outstanding players for helping make the 2019 football season such an enjoyable one for fans to witness, and a special thank you goes out to all three head coaches, Robbie Lucas of Somerset, Johnny Hines of Pulaski County, and Jason Foley of Southwestern for opening up your football programs, and giving me all access to help cover these great players.
Yes, 2019 was a huge success locally on the gridiron. For coaches and players alike, I can sum it up in only three words; JOB WELL DONE!!