Five set to join Boyle football hall of fame

October 29, 2003

Five new members will be inducted into the Boyle County Football Hall of Fame during halftime of the Boyle County-Lincoln County football game Friday.

Neal Brown, Mike Edmiston, Chris Hilton, Johnny Harmon and the late Jerry Galloway will become the third class inducted and bring the total in the hall to 11 individuals and the 1963 team.

A capsule look at each nominee:

* Neal Brown.

Brown graduated in 1998 and holds school records for career pass receptions (154), pass receiving yards (2,327), longest punt return (97 yards) and longest punt (64 yards).

He walked on at Kentucky and eventually earned a scholarship and played two years under Hal Mumme before transferring to Massachusetts for his final two seasons. He also played for the Lexington Horsemen last summer and is currently a graduate assistant coach at Massachusetts.


"He didn't win a state championship, but his teams set a high standard for other teams after him to follow. They laid the foundation for the success that we are having now," Boyle coach Chuck Smith said.

* Johnny Harmon.

A 1967 graduate, Harmon helped the Rebels go 7-1-2 in his senior season when he was second on the team in rushing with 497 yards on 53 carries, an average of 9.4 yards per carry, and also scored eight touchdowns. He was coached by Dennis Sexton.

* Mike Edmiston.

Edmiston, a 1980 graduate, led the Rebels in rushing and scoring his final two seasons.

"He was a good leader and was captain of the team," said Ed Rall, Edmiston's coach at Boyle. "He started out as a lineman but we needed a running back and he just made himself an outstanding player. He was an outstanding linebacker, too. If he had not hurt his knee, he could have been a good college player, too. "

* Chris Hilton.

Hilton, a 1981 graduate, played nose guard and led his team in tackles in 1979 with 103 and followed that up with 118 in 1980, including 22 tackles against Lincoln County.

"Everytime I would pick up a tackle chart, he would always have 12 or 13 tackles." Rall said. "He had a nose for the football and our opponents couldn't block him. He was short, but was very strong. Football meant a lot to him. You wound not ever catch him loafing, even in practice."

* Jerry Galloway.

If there was a sporting event going on at Boyle, Galloway would be there keeping statistics. During a time when computers were unheard of, Galloway did everything by hand and was efficient at what he did.

"He put in as much time here as he did at his own job (at Whirlpool)," Rall said. "We couldn't do without what he and his crew accomplished for this program. What he did for this athletic program is certainly not overlooked by me."

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