FRANKFORT — There's not supposed to be any dancing around when Kash Daniel gets the football in his hands.
The Paintsville quarterback — and future University of Kentucky linebacker — showed off his physical style Friday night in the Tigers' 36-0 victory over Class A counterpart Frankfort.
Daniel's final play of the game sums him up best.
With Paintsville leading 30-0 late in the third quarter, Daniel took the snap in shotgun formation and ran smack into the line.
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A couple of audible pops and a split second later, the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder emerged on the other side, still on his feet and sprinting forward. He shed one more Frankfort tackler and ran into the end zone to cap a 46-yard touchdown run and start the running clock on another Tigers' victory.
"The first half — I was trying to shake and bake too much, and that's not my style," Daniel said. "At halftime, our quarterbacks coach Daniel Pugh came to me and said, 'Listen, you're 250 pounds. Put your daggone head down and run over somebody.'
"I came out and did that, and it worked out great for us."
He started the scoring off with a 3-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game and finished the second quarter with a 53-yard touchdown pass — on a perfect spiral, no less — to freshman James Allen, who gave the Tigers a 23-0 lead heading into halftime.
The 46-yard play that started with Daniel running straight into the line of scrimmage was his last of the night.
"I started up the seam and ran one kid over," he said. "Then I had help from my left tackle Tanner Miller — he kind of pushed me through the hole, and then one kid tried to grab my ankles and I high-stepped away from him.
"Great blocking, great execution from my offensive line."
Daniel finished with 120 yards on 14 carries.
He also got it done on the defensive side of the ball, which is where UK fans will see him beginning next fall.
Daniel — playing middle linebacker — zeroed in on Frankfort's ball carriers and made several tackles in the open field. He was credited with 16 total tackles and a forced fumble.
Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 4 inside linebacker nationally in the senior class, Daniel knows there's plenty of room to improve. He said he would send his game film each week to UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot.
"I want him to see what I'm doing after every game," he said. "He's going to go over this game film and evaluate me. I'm going to send it to him every week, and if it fits into his schedule that would mean a lot to me.
"I'm going to be playing for him for the next four years, so I want to know what he expects. And I'm going to try and mimic what he's going to teach me in college out here on Friday nights."
The victory moves Paintsville to 2-0 with a huge home matchup against rival Pikeville next on the schedule.
Pikeville won last year's regular-season meeting, 62-8, then Paintsville pulled a shocker in the Class A playoffs with a 30-6 victory over the Panthers on their own field.
"We know they're gunning for us," Daniel said. "We know nobody's going to overlook us this year. It's going to be one helluva game, and there's going to be a lot of people there. ... It's going to be crazy."