“Deon was a very explosive player for us. Every game he was capable of creating a big play for our offense,” said Lincoln coach Mike Settles, who was named the district coach of the year. “Deon was a difference-maker on special teams as well. He made it difficult for teams to game-plan against us because of his ability.”
The junior became Casey County’s all-time leading rusher this season after rushing for 1,704 yards and 19 touchdowns.
“His work ethic in the weight room and dedication to practice has paved his way to success. He is a true example of actions speak louder than words. The soft-spoken young man never complains, never has a lot to say, but is always ready to perform in a tough situation,” Casey coach Sam Marple said. “He can score a touchdown at any given time from anywhere on the field. He has the toughness to run up the middle for those crucial short yards and he has the speed to outrun anyone in the open field.”
The senior wide receiver has the single-season record for yards (973) and touchdowns (14), and is nearing career records in both categories. He also caught 42 passes.
“Tyler has been a major contributor for our team for four years,” Scenters said. “Tyler is a very bright young man and does well in the classroom as well as on the field.”
The Lincoln junior hauled in 42 passes for 608 yards and five touchdowns in a breakout season.
“Cameron was a great possession receiver for our team. As long as we put the ball in his area, he was going to catch the football,” Settles said. “He has accomplished more than most players at his position and did this with only two years of experience. He was a team player that was very unselfish.”
The senior has been a mainstay at tight end through two state championships for Boyle. He had 24 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns this season.
“He’s been one of our favorite targets to throw the ball to. He has had a pretty good year blocking, also,” Boyle County coach Larry French said. “He’s just a competitor out there. He competes on every lay and gives it everything. He has turned into a fine player.”
The Danville junior tackle help anchor an offense which averaged 30 points and 289 yards per game.
“Michael’s a tremendous young man. He’s a good student, a good role model, and he has a great work ethic. He’s just the kind of kid I love coaching” Danville coach Sam Harp said. “Michael’s got a huge upside to him, and I tink he could potentially play some Division I football.”
Garcia has been one of the bedrocks of Garrard’s offensive line, which has helped roll up 42 points and 407 yards per game this year.
“Shae made his biggest impact on the defensive line early in his career, but I always felt his best position would be on the offensive line,” Scenters said. “He has proven even beyond my expectations this year that he is a very good offensive lineman. Shae is extremely intelligent both on and off the field and carries a 3.8 GPA. His best asset may be his communication skills and attention to details.”
In his first season at Danville, the 6-5, 300-pound junior made his presence felt for the Admirals.
“It was the first time in a long time I’ve had a transfer come in and have an immediate impact on our team, and especially a lineman,” Harp said. “He has a huge upside and is definitely a D-I prospect. It certainly didn’t take him long to show us what he could do.”
The Advocate’s Area Lineman of the Year is a repeat selection on offense, where he helped Lincoln average 25 points and 333 yards per game.