Somerset leads way with 17 players on The Doug Out’s All-County Football Team

Pulaski County senior linebacker Konner Hargis cemented his legacy in 2019, becoming the Maroons all-time leading tackler in school history with 523 tackles. Hargis, after a super senior season, garnered The Doug Out’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, with 122 tackles this past season.
Photo by Melanie Hines

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!!



Southwestern picks up district win over Wayne County

By DOUG EADS

The Southwestern Lady Warriors picked up a district win on Tuesday night in impressive fashion, knocking off 48th District foe Wayne County by a final tally of 65-37.

Junior Molden’s club put this one away early, by coming out of the gate and hitting the Lady Cardinals with a 17-2 run in the first quarter.

Already leading this one by those 15 points at the end of the first stanza, Southwestern all but put this one away, leading Wayne County at the break by a score of 33-14.



Regi Cundiff paced the Lady Warriors in the win with 17 points, giving Molden and crew a 5-1 start to the season.

Southwestern will be seeking win number six of the season on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m., as the Lady Warriors begin play in the annual Smokey Mountain Classic at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School.

The Lady Warriors will meet up against Saltillo, Mississippi in that contest.



Maroons take down Wayne County, 80-59

By DOUG EADS

Pulaski County has played its first six games of the season without the services of starting big man Grant Oakes, who is still recovering from a knee injury suffered late in the football season.

So far, the Maroons have definitely made the most of a bad situation.

On Tuesday night, John Fraley’s club hosted Wayne County in a matchup of two 12th Regional contenders, and Pulaski County rolled to its fifth consecutive win of the year.



Colton Fraley led the Maroons with 21 points in the win, while three other Maroons joined him in double figures.

KJ Combs added 19 points, Garrett Heath tallied 13 points, and Caleb Sloan netted 12 points, helping the Maroons to a relative easy, 80-59 victory over the Cardinals.

PC grabbed control of this one from the outset, leading Wayne County 20-9 at the end of the first period.

From there, it was pretty much a double digit lead for the Maroons for the rest of the night.

Fraley’s club led Wayne County at the half, 38-25, and the end of the third period by a score of 55-43.

In all, it added up to a fifth straight win for Pulaski County, as the Maroons improved their record to 5-1 on the year.

Pulaski County will return to action on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. at The PC Gym, hosting Campbellsville in the M & W Classic.

That game will be the fourth and final game of the day at that event on the Maroons home court.



Earlier on Saturday at Pulaski County High School, West Jessamine will tangle with Bullitt Central at 2 p.m., followed by Danville taking on Harvest Prep. at 3:30 p.m.

Then, at 5 p.m. just before the PC-Campbellsville game, the Southwestern Warriors will meet up against Middlesboro.



Jumpers cruise to 80-43 win at Casey County

Somerset’s Gavin Stevens goes up for two points in the Jumpers season opener against Russell County. On Tuesday night at Casey County, Stevens tallied 15 points helping lead the Briar Jumpers to an 80-43 win over the Rebels.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

Coming off an impressive overtime win on the road over the weekend at Madison Central, the Somerset Briar Jumpers returned to action on Tuesday night and looked even more impressive at Casey County.

Taking on the Rebels in a 47th District contest, Jeron Dunbar’s club put on an offensive clinic in Liberty.

For the game, Somerset shot a blistering 64.7 percent from the field, hitting on 33-51 shot attempts, blowing the Rebels off of their own home court by a final score of 80-43.



“It’s always good to get a district win, especially on the road,” stated the Somerset head coach right after the contest.

“We were balanced again with our scoring tonight,” Dunbar added. “We were able to play a lot of guys because of that. We had some lapses defensively that we need to improve on. I think our offense was a good, balanced attack.”

Indeed it was.

Somerset — thanks to shooting 62.5 percent from the floor in the opening half of play, raced out to a 40-23 lead over Casey County by halftime.

Basically, at that point of the contest, this one was over.

The Jumpers really turned it on in the final frame, outscoring the Rebels 25-9 blowing this one wide open with the 37-point win.

Somerset was led by Dylan Burton’s 22 points, while Kade Grundy added 16 points, and Gavin Stevens chipped in with 15 points.

With the win, Somerset improved to 4-1 on the season and will return to action on Thursday at Berea, taking part in the All A Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament.



Somerset will open play at that event on Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m., taking on Bluegrass United Home School.