Oh Henry isn't just a candy bar, and Hey Jude isn't just a Beatles song.
Oh Henry (!) is also a reaction to the receiving exploits of Elizabethtown tight end Mitchell Henry, and Hey Jude (!) is also a shout-out to Johnson Central running back J.J. Jude.
■ E-town is one of 18 winless teams in the state, but Mitchell Henry is winning lots of attention. Two weeks ago the 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior had 13 catches for 325 yards (tying a state record) in a 48-47 loss to Glasgow.
Henry is one of the most productive tight ends in state history with more than 120 career catches for 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns.
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Before the season started he had scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Memphis and WKU. Now Ole Miss is in the picture, and Kentucky is showing interest.
"Mitchell had a real good off-season and worked really hard getting himself in shape, and it shows," E-town Coach Brad Todd said. "He's improved his fundamentals. Running routes, getting separation and blocking. He's a very intelligent kid, too."
E-town hasn't had any trouble getting the ball to Henry, who has 50 catches for 860 yards and seven TDs this season. Junior quarterback Kyle Todd, the coach's son and brother of former E-town (and Auburn) QB Chris Todd, has eclipsed 2,000 yards passing for the second year in a row. "He's really starting to come along," Brad Todd said of Kyle. "He's a lot like Chris, but he's still working on his footwork and understanding coverages."
As for E-town's 0-7 record, Brad Todd said his team has been competitive against a tough schedule, including a 42-35 district loss to Louisville Central last week.
■ As Johnson Central's football and wrestling coach, Jim Matney has a special appreciation for J.J Jude. As a sophomore last year, Jude rushed for 1,900 yards in leading the Golden Eagles to the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs. Three months later, he placed third in the state wrestling tournament in the 160-pound class. In July, Jude was runner-up in the national high school wrestling tournament at Virginia Beach, Va.
When Matney was at Sheldon Clark, he always stocked his football teams with wrestlers. "Wrestling builds up strength and quickness," he said. "Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel is a big recruiter of wrestlers."
Jude excels in both sports because he's strong (330 bench press), fast (4.5) and aggressive. Three weeks ago he rushed for 335 yards against Breathitt County. Last week he ran for 243 against Ashland Blazer, pushing his season total to 1,175.
Johnson Central's running attack also features QB J.K. Hall and Tanner Bratton, both of whom rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year. But Jude commands the most attention from opponents.
■ Christian County's Marcoreyon "Bubba" Tandy tied a state record by returning four punts for TDs in a 71-7 rout of Ohio County. Tandy had a fifth return for a score wiped out by a penalty. "I was very surprised they kept kicking it to me," Tandy told the Kentucky New Era after his TD returns of 69, 66, 58 and 54 yards. He also had a 44-yard TD reception for the undefeated Colonels. Justin Wallace of Hazard set the record with four punt-return TDs against Jenkins in 2005.
■ Ballard receiver DeVante Parker, who's committed to Louisville, is putting up phenomenal numbers: 41 receptions, 1,220 yards (that's 30 yards per catch), 14 TDs.
■ Fairview's Jared Hutchinson returned two interceptions for scores and had a 44-yard TD run in a romp over Raceland.
■ Caldwell County's Brandon Sigler ran for two scores, had two TD catches and returned an interception 79 yards for six points in a rout of Heath.
■ South Laurel is 0-8, its worst start in school history, after a 49-19 loss to Pulaski County. QB Zach Eastham led the winners by throwing for 187 yards and four TDs.
■ Simon Kenton Coach Jeff Marksberry said the Pioneers will appeal their placement in the proposed alignment. Simon Kenton is supposed to be in a 6A district with Bryan Station, Henry Clay and Scott County. The Pioneers would prefer to stay in Northern Kentucky in a district with Boone County, Campbell County, Dixie Heights and Ryle. Marksberry was surprised his school was sent south in the realignment because Ryle is actually a half-mile closer to Lexington than Simon Kenton. Marksberry is hoping Ohio County moves up to a 6A district with Central Hardin, Meade County and Nelson County. That would allow Paul Laurence Dunbar to stay in a Lexington-area district, and Simon Kenton to go back north.
■ Three-time defending state champ Highlands, riding a 35-game winning streak, hosts archrival Covington Catholic Friday. Highlands has dominated this series in recent years, winning nine of the last 10 (although it later forfeited two victories in 2004). The Bluebirds' last three wins over CovCath have been by a combined score of 137-7.
■ Travis Wright, the first sophomore to start at QB for Trinity since Brian Brohm, is equal to the job. He's completed 74 percent of his passes for 1,288 yards, 15 TDs and three interceptions. Wright tied a school record with seven TD passes in last week's 63-14 win over Seneca. Brohm threw for seven TDs against Male in the 2002 state finals.
■ Fort Campbell playmaker Tre Powell, who missed the first six games of the season recovering from an injury, caught two TD passes in the Falcons' 61-0 win over Todd Central. Powell told the Clarksville, Tenn., newspaper that he "got emotional" and broke down crying before getting to play for the first time this season. "I was happy the Lord gave me another chance," Powell said. Fort Campbell QB Aaron Hills threw for 195 yards and four TDs, and ran for 180 yards and one TD.
■ Four teams lost for the first time last week: Perry Central (to Clay County), Holmes (to Dixie Heights), Pike Central (to Belfry) and West Jessamine (to East Jessamine). That leaves 14 unbeatens: Class 6A: Central Hardin. 5A: Christian County, Highlands, John Hardin. 4A: Allen County-Scottsville, Bell County, Boyle County. 3A: Somerset. 2A: Murray, Washington County. 1A: Fairview, Hazard, Louisville Holy Cross, Mayfield.
■ UK Sports Medicine's trainers will help promote breast cancer awareness at football games they work Friday night by using pink tape on players, and by distributing information flyers to fans. The games involved include Clark County-Tates Creek; Bryan Station-Lafayette; Henry Clay-Madison Central; Johnson Central-Woodford County; Mercer County-Lincoln County; Casey County-Jackson County, and Caverna-Berea.
■ Boyle County star Lamar Dawson has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio's Alamodome on Jan. 8, 2011. The game will be televised by NBC. Dawson was presented his All-American jersey at a pep rally Thursday at Boyle County.
■ Corbin's 71-6 rout of Knott Central was its 43rd consecutive district victory, a streak that began in 2000.
■ Franklin County junior QB Zach Bowman threw for 311 yards and six TDs in a rout of Bourbon County.
■ Blood is thicker than Gatorade, which is why Harlan County Coach Tom Larkey said he felt "sick" about his team leading North Laurel 35-0 at halftime last week. Larkey's son Chris is North Laurel's coach. "I like to win, but I don't like for my son to lose," Tom Larkey told the Corbin Times-Tribune. Harlan County wound up beating North Laurel 42-16.
■ Former Bowling Green star D.L. Moore started at wide receiver for South Carolina in its upset of No. 1 Alabama last week. The 6-4, 210-pound sophomore didn't have any catches in the game. On the season he has four receptions, including two TDs. Last year as a redshirt freshman he had seven catches for 99 yards and a TD.
■ Murray State's 72-59 win over Missouri State last Saturday was a coming-out party for QB Casey Brockman. The former Calloway County star completed 32 of 41 passes for a school-record 570 yards, seven TDs and no interceptions in his first college start. Brockman threw for more than 6,000 yards and 72 TDs in high school.
■ Seeing is achieving. At least it was for Lexington Christian's golf team. Before the season Eagles Coach Eric Geldhof had his team write dozens of goals on a huge white board, which senior captain Taylor Combs carried around in his car. As goals were met, they were checked off, culminating with a state championship last week.
■ Tates Creek basketball standout Marcellus Barksdale has committed to IUPUI, a Division I school in Indianapolis. Barksdale, a 6-3 swingman, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds last season. Morehead State, Wofford, UT-Martin and Lehigh also recruited him. "I think Marcellus will be a great player for IUPUI because he can do so many things to help you win," Tates Creek Coach Wayne Breeden said. "He can shoot, rebound and defend." Lyonell Gaines of Louisville Eastern and Jordan Shanklin of Warren Central have also committed to IUPUI.
■ Vincennes University basketball coach Todd Franklin is talking up sophomore Charles Ashford, a former Bryan Station star, this pre-season: "He's a throwback to the old-style point guards. He changes speeds well, has great vision, a great demeanor, low turnovers and high shooting percentages."