Sometimes we don't appreciate what we're watching until we take a look later in the rear-view mirror.
If you saw Lexington Catholic play football in 2005 and 2006, you couldn't have known the Knights' lineup included a future .300 hitter in Major League Baseball and a future starting safety in the NFL. Ben Revere and Winston Guy were that talented duo.
Revere was a junior and Guy a sophomore on Lexington Catholic's 2005 state championship football team. The next spring, Revere led the Knights to a state baseball title. In 2006, Revere and Guy were a terrific twosome in football. Two examples: In a 38-35 win over Franklin County, Revere returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown, and Guy returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score. In a 43-36 win over Scott County, Revere had a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD and two interceptions, and Guy had six catches for 115 yards and two TDs.
Revere was a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins in 2007. He was traded to Philadelphia last year and is batting leadoff for the Phillies and chasing the National League batting title.
Guy played football at Kentucky, then was a sixth-round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. He was released by Seattle in August 2013, but was picked up by Jacksonville and played for the Jaguars. Guy is supposed to start at free safety against the Eagles on Sunday in Philadelphia, the big-league home of his former Lexington Catholic teammate.
■ Daric Pugh had a monster game in Pikeville's 49-36 victory over Hazard last week. The 6-foot, 210-pound junior carried 32 times for 326 yards and tied a school record with seven touchdowns. Pugh credited his offensive line for his big night, but Panthers Coach Chris McNamee said Pugh made a lot happen, too. "Daric is a little faster than people give him credit for. When he gets out in space, he can go." Pugh suffered a shoulder injury in the third game last year and missed the rest of the season. "I've never seen a kid work harder in the off-season to get himself back and ready to go," McNamee said. Pugh's performance against Hazard rivaled that of Daniel Harmon for Pike ville six years ago. Harmon carried 14 times for 349 yards and seven TDs in a 62-0 rout of South Floyd.
Pikeville, which beat Prestonsburg in its season opener, has a veteran quarterback in Austin Charles and a top-notch receiver in Cody Estep. The Panthers are at home against Paintsville on Friday night.
■ Cameron Wallace, a 6-foot-7 senior tight end, had the best game of his career in Bowling Green's 40-14 win over Lexington Catholic. The son of Purples Coach Kevin Wallace, Cameron had six catches for 67 yards and his team's first three TDs. Kevin Wallace admitted he got a kick out of watching his son's performance. "It's tough being the coach and a dad because you have to separate the two. But I'm so happy for him. He's kind of lived his life in the shadow of his brother." Cameron's brother Ryan was a first-team all-state tight end at Bowling Green seven years ago. He signed with Colorado, transferred to UK, then transferred to WKU. He finished his playing career with the Hilltoppers in 2012 and is now their tight ends coach. Cameron said "it's a lot of fun" having his dad as his coach. "I'm really blessed."
■ Trinity lost to Ensworth (Tenn.) 21-14 and Carmel (Ind.) 10-7 to start the season 0-2 for the first time since 2003. The Shamrocks' schedule doesn't lighten up, either. They play host to Imhotep Charter School out of Philadelphia on Friday night, followed by road games at Cincinnati Colerain and Indianapolis Cathedral. Trinity's first game with an in-state opponent is Oct. 3 against archrival St. Xavier. Never count out Bob Beatty's Shamrocks, though. After losing their first four games in 2003, they won 11 in a row, including the Class 4A title. Of course, it helped that they had Brian Brohm at quarterback.
■ Beau Hoge had a winning debut as Highlands' starting quarterback last week. He passed for 183 yards and a TD, and rushed for 96 yards and two TDs in a 23-16 victory over Campbell County. As the Bluebirds' backup QB as a junior last year, Hoge threw for 735 yards and 11 TDs. Mainly a receiver, he had 21 catches for 345 yards and three TDs. Hoge is the son of Merril Hoge, an ESPN football analyst and former NFL fullback.
■ Perennial power John Hardin has lost to Seneca and Central Hardin, the first time the Bulldogs have dropped back-to-back games in a season since 2006. They play 6A state runner-up Meade County on Friday night.
■ Last season, McCracken County missed a field goal in the closing seconds and lost to Mayfield 35-34. Last week, McCracken County had a field goal blocked in the last minute of regulation but survived to beat Mayfield 38-37 in overtime. Morgan Alexander, Kelly Eads and Tyce Daniel teamed at the goal line to stop Mayfield's two-point conversion try and preserve the Mustangs' victory over the defending Class A champs. Zy'Aire Hughes, a junior who has committed to UK, generated 340 yards and four TDs at quarterback and receiver for McCracken County. "We try to find a mismatch and put Zy'Aire on somebody one-on-one," Mustangs Coach Jack Haskins said. "He's so fast and explosive." McCracken County has beaten Paducah Tilghman and Mayfield the past two weeks. "Beating those guys back-to-back doesn't happen very often," Haskins said.
■ Caldwell County senior quarterback Elijah Sindelar could reach 10,000 yards passing for his career Friday night when the Tigers play host to Ohio County. Sindelar threw for 310 yards and five TDs in a 62-27 win over Union County last week. That pushed his season totals to 743 yards and 10 TDs, and his career totals to 9,771 yards and 105 TDs.
■ Class 4A champ Collins, which lost its season opener to Simon Kenton, fell to 0-2 with a 32-17 loss to South Oldham. Kevin Kuriger ran 28 times for 240 yards and a TD to lead South Oldham. Kuriger, a 6-0, 190-pound senior, rushed for 1,950 yards the previous two seasons.
■ Justin Haddix got his first win as coach at Corbin as the Redhounds rallied to beat Southwestern 20-17 on Corey Taylor's TD pass to Drew Carter with 1:22 left in the 20th Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic.
■ Logan McDowell had a 79-yard punt return for a TD, caught a 13-yard TD pass and threw a 42-yard TD pass to Jacob Erpenbeck to lead Covington Catholic past Dixie Heights 41-7.
■ This week in high school football in 1997: Jeremy Britt of Warren East rushed 57 times for 486 yards and a state-record eight TDs in a 51-38 win over Owensboro. ... Neal Brown caught a 6-yard TD pass from Bart Johnson with 46 seconds left to give Boyle County a 22-18 victory over Harrodsburg. ... Tim Perysian ran for 176 yards and two TDs, and caught a TD pass, to lead Bourbon County by Harrison County 26-10.
■ Dave Cantrall's "Rating the State" returns for its 29th year in the Herald-Leader on Monday. Cantrall's football ratings debuted in the Herald-Leader in September 1986. Highlands was No. 1 and Trinity No. 2. Not much has changed in three decades.
■ The Scholastic Ball Report returns for its 12th season Sunday at noon on CWKYT. The show moves to its regular time slot — noon Saturday — on Sept. 13. Gary Ball, Doug Flynn and Leah Kerkhoff are the hosts.
■ Devin Taylor, who led the state in rushing his last two seasons at West Jessamine, had an impressive debut for Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College last weekend. He carried 43 times for 228 yards and three TDs to lead Fort Scott past Iowa Central 24-17.
■ The Paul Laurence Dunbar's girls' golf team will host the Dave Bunnell Memorial Tournament at Kearney Hill on Saturday. There will be a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Larry Gilbert/Dave Bunnell Foundation. Bunnell promoted junior golf for more than 20 years and helped establish The Larry Gilbert Foundation and First Tee of Lexington. Bunnell died in April 2013.
■ The Courier-Journal reported that Ballard has added transfer Anthony Eaves to its basketball team. Eaves is a 6-1 senior guard who averaged 16 points at Greensboro (N.C.) Page last season. He's the son of former Ballard and University of Louisville star Jerry Eaves, who's moved back to his hometown. Anthony Eaves will help fill the void left by Brandon Berry, who transferred from Ballard to Taylor County, and Malik Dow, who transferred to Mercer County.
■ Gary Preece, a longtime travel-ball coach in Central Kentucky, is Tates Creek's new softball coach. Tates Creek still needs assistant softball coaches. Contact Athletic Director Joe Ruddell at email@example.com.