A look at this year's All-Area offense honorees:
Brandon Smith, QB, Boyle County
Smith has gotten even better in his second season as Boyle's quarterback. The junior has thrown for 2,510 yards and 36 touchdowns by completing 155 of 261 passes. He has also run for 720 yards and scored 13 times on 126 carries.
Boyle coach Chuck Smith, his father, said the offseason and year of maturity helped Brandon Smith this season.
"He has stepped up his leadership like we expected him to," Chuck Smith said. "The bigger game it is, the better he plays. He's gotten into some games were, from the sidelines, it feels like he's in control of the entire game, what was happening. That's what you look for in a quarterback, that he has those types of intangibles."
Mark Dunn, RB, Harrodsburg
Dunn, who missed most of his junior season because of injuries, became Harrodsburg's all-time leading rusher, finishing with 5,106 career yards. This season, Dunn picked up 1,691 yards and 23 touchdowns on 180 carries. He also caught three passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. He was the team's punter (20 for 600 yards) and returned both kickoffs and punts.
"As a college recruiter for 10 years, I'd say that Mark, with what I know of the kid as a young man and as a football player, he would be at the top of my list every year I go out recruiting," Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said. "He was like a coach on the field for us, and our other players were better because he was out there."
Dunn is looking at several in-state schools, including Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky, to continue his football career.
Andrew McCloud, RB, Mercer County
McCloud was the focus of the Mercer offense, which often made him the focus of the opponent's defense. But McCloud still managed to have a standout season.
The junior broke the school's single-game rushing record - twice - and set the new mark with 350 yards on a school-record 38 carries against Fleming County. He rushed 250 times for 1,903 yards and a school-record 23 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.
"We knew he'd have a good year, but we didn't know it would be this big," Mercer coach Duane Hammons said. "He can run around you, turn the speed on and hit the corner, or he has developed into more of a power runner where he can take a hit and get another three or four yards. Several coaches this year told me he's one of the best backs they've seen this year."
Kelvin Turner, RB, Danville
Unlike the other running back honorees, Turner isn't the only 1,000 yard rusher on his team. But the junior still made a name for himself.
Turner has carried the ball 157 times for 1,831 yards and 22 touchdowns.
"He's a complete back," Danville coach Sam Harp said. "He runs well, he blocks extremely well and he's capable of catching the ball out of the backfield, which is a valuable commodity at the next level. He's averaging over 10 yards a carry this year, and he has a good work ethic. He controls his own destiny."
Brad Cloud, WR, Boyle County
When Boyle has needed a big play, more often than not the Rebels looked to Cloud.
Cloud has caught 40 passes for 673 yards and eight touchdowns, and has also carried the ball 40 times for 309 yards and six scores.
"He is the leader of our team," Chuck Smith said. "He is unbelievable as far as his desire to win. He has one speed, and that's full speed. That's the only way he knows how to play, and that's what makes him great."
Cloud hasn't made a decision on a college yet, but Smith said several in-state schools are looking.
Blake McGinnis, WR, Casey County
McGinnis was Casey's most versatile weapon because of his speed at quarterback and receiver.
He had 21 catches for 290 yards and one score, but that was because McGinnis also spent time in the backfield and at quarterback for the Rebels. Casey coach Andy Stephens said he knew McGinnis would be a tough guy to cover.