Although his father and brother are nearly 7,000 miles away in Kuwait serving in the National Guard, modern innovations including texting and Facetime have kept Mason Alstatt and his family in close contact during what has been a big season for the Lafayette standout.
Their obligations will prevent the two from watching the Generals' second-round playoff game in person on Friday, but any highlights will quickly be posted to Alstatt's Hudl profile and made available for on-demand consumption.
"They're thankful that they can still watch it somehow since they're so far away," Alstatt said. "Of course they wish they could see me play in person. It's always different watching on film compared to in person when it's live."
Alstatt has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season and leads the Generals with 20 touchdowns, seven of which have came on punt or kickoff returns.
Despite missing out on the sights and sounds of each game, that doesn't stop Alstatt's dad, Adam (a state champion wrestler at Trinity in 1986), from offering advice from across the pond.
"(He'll) tell me certain things to fix and we just go from there usually every week," Alstatt said.
His brother, Logan, played linebacker at Lafayette but doesn't offer much guidance against opposing defenses.
"He just says 'Great game' and tells me the great things I do," Alstatt said with a laugh. "He's not the type to criticize."
Alstatt said he wants to forge his own path and not follow in the footsteps of his father and brother as a serviceman. After high school, the next stop on that path is Wofford, an FCS program to which he has committed as a safety.
The Generals host Henry Clay in the Class 6A second round. Alstatt rushed for a season-high 230 yards and two TDs in this season's first meeting with the Blue Devils, which was at their place.
Alstatt said Lafayette dominated the line of scrimmage and its rushers had a lot of patience in that one. The Generals will look at what Henry Clay gives them this week and go from there, he said.
Regardless, he expects both teams to give it their all.
"City teams love playing city teams," Alstatt said. "No matter what team it is, it's always a rivalry. I think Henry Clay's gonna come ready to play and I know we're ready to play."
Beechwood quarterback Kyle Fieger threw for 162 yards and four TDs on just 5-for-5 passing in the Tigers' 62-0 romp of Eminence.
At 36 TDs on the season, Fieger has passed former Highlands star Gino Guidugli to become the all-time leader for quarterbacks from Northern Kentucky with 96 for his career. The next two leaders among quarterbacks from the region also played at Highlands — Jared Lorenzen (89) and Patrick Towles (72).
"These are not only great accomplishments by Kyle," Beechwood Coach Noel Rash said, "but I think it speaks volumes about every lineman, running back, wide receiver, and tight end that's ever blocked for or caught a pass from Kyle over the last four years."
The state's all-time mark in TD passes is shared by Ricky Bowling (South Laurel) and Tim Couch (Leslie County), each of whom threw 133 over their careers.
More first-round stats
■ Three Covington Catholic rushers went for more than 100 yards and multiple TDs in the Colonels' 47-21 win over Anderson County.
Casey McGinness (132 yards, two TDS), Anthony Best (120 yards, two TDs) and AJ Mayer (109 yards, three TDs) were dominant for CovCath, which came away with its 12th straight first-round victory.
■ Braden Brown busted loose for West Carter in its first-ever playoff win, a 40-3 rout of Sheldon Clark. The senior rushed for 122 yards and two TDs on only six carries and threw for 119 yards and two more scores.
The Comets (9-2) this week host Lawrence County (8-3), who defeated Fleming County 49-30 last week.
■ Alex Roy's 356-yard, four-TD passing performance lifted Fairview to a 40-39 win over Nicholas County in the first round.
Eagles receivers Mason McIntyre and Dylan Romine each reeled in seven catches for big performances. McIntyre finished with 161 yards and two TDs, while Romine had 115 yards and two scores.
Jonathan Ruggles came away with 17 tackles on defense for Fairview (7-4), which this week comes to undefeated Paris (10-0).
■ Josh Davis went 5-for-6 for 107 yards and two TDs in Scott County's 48-0 shutout of Clark County. Davis also rushed for two scores.
■ Clark Payne was a perfect 12-for-12 for 189 yards and four TDs in Bowling Green's 50-7 win over Apollo. He also rushed for a TD.
■ Steven Nelson went for 140 rushing yards and four TDs in North Laurel's 49-13 victory over cross-county rival South Laurel.
■ Cory Swanner rushed for 167 yards and four TDs as Boyle County waxed Waggener, 42-14.
■ Will Hager, a 6-foot-4 point guard out of Mercer County, committed to Colorado School of Mines.
Hager, who has scored more than 1,400 points in his career at Mercer County, plans to study chemical or mechanical engineering.
"The entire Mercer County basketball program is extremely proud of Will," Mercer County Coach Josh Cook said. "He represents true leadership on and off the court, which is why a commitment to such a prestigious school comes as no surprise. Colorado School of Mines is getting an excellent player with a bright future."
CSM, located in Golden, Colo., is ranked No. 6 in this season's preseason Division II poll after finishing 23-5 last season.
■ Emma Young, a senior at East Jessamine, on Wednesday signed her letter of intent to play college basketball at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"Corpus Christi was a good fit for me because of the coaches and how we quickly connected," Young said in an email to the Herald-Leader. "They believe I can be a big asset to their program, and that's my goal."
Young said the Jaguars have some high aspirations this season, including becoming the first 20-win team in program history.
"We know it won't be easy," Young said, "but it already feels like it could be our best season yet."
■ Whitney Creech (Jenkins), Malaka Frank (Franklin County) and Sarah Price (Bath County) each signed letters of intent to play basketball at Western Kentucky beginning next season.
■ Male's I'Liyah Green signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Cincinnati. She averaged 10.6 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds as a junior.
Georgetown's hot start
A Kentucky duo is playing a big role in Georgetown College's 5-0 start to the season and an offense that's averaging 102 points per game in the early going.
Deondre McWhorter, a senior out of Moore in Louisville, leads the Tigers with 21 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and has a team-high 11 blocks.
Sophomore Trent Gilbert (Scott County) is third on the team at 13.2 points a game and is shooting nearly 50 percent from the three-point line. Noah Cottrill, a senior out of Logan, W.Va., is second on the team at 18.2 points per game.
In total, 10 of the 15 players listed on Georgetown's roster are from Kentucky. Among them is former Henry Clay standout Jordan Green, who transferred from Western Kentucky.
■ Brandon Hatton, a former all-state basketball player and Mr. Basketball candidate at Dixie Heights, will enroll at Kentucky Wesleyan in the spring semester and be eligible to play beginning in the 2016-17 season.
Hatton is the Colonels' all-time leader in points (3,045), three-pointers (367), games played (183) and wins (110). He was the 31st player in state history to finish with more than 3,000 points and is the all-time leading scorer in 9th Region history.
"I have watched him since he was a (high school) freshman developing into a prolific scorer plus I coached against him in my one year in high school," Panthers Coach Happy Osborne said in a statement. "... He will be the best pure shooter I've ever had at Kentucky Wesleyan."
Hatton played for the University of Vermont last season, where he averaged 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds over 31 games.
■ Quan Weaver, a former standout at Frankfort, has rushed for an NAIA-best 1,420 yards at the University of Pikeville through 10 games this season. The Bears (4-6) host Georgetown College (4-5) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
A UPike win would force a three-way tie for the Mid-South Conference's East Division crown between the Bears, Tigers and Cumberlands. A Georgetown win would give it the title outright.
■ Cameron Cook (Allen County-Scottsville) and Shelby Stocker (Clark County) are Kentucky's winners of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, making them finalists for the national awards. The award recognizes achievements in athletics, academics and community leadership.
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