Nine finalists are in the running for Kentucky’s Mr. Football, an award selected as part of the Associated Press all-state voting. It recognizes the top senior football player in the state of Kentucky.
Mason Alstatt, recognized as the Lexington Player of the Year by the Herald-Leader last week, is one of the nominees. Alstatt returned seven kickoffs and punts for touchdowns, rushed for 17 TDs and caught three scores to lead Lafayette in scoring. The Generals reached the state championship game for the first time since 1985.
They fell to an undefeated Male team that impressed all season with its defense. Hayden Shelton, the team’s quarterback, is among the nominees. He threw 30 TDs to just seven interceptions and also rushed for six scores.
Paintsville sensation and University of Kentucky-bound Kash Daniel, who played quarterback and linebacker for the Tigers, is one of the finalists. He rushed for 22 touchdowns, threw 15 and made 158 tackles. He missed Paintsville’s semifinal game against Pikeville due to a knee injury.
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The other six finalists are: Quinton Baker, Ashland Blazer; Rodjay Burns, Trinity; Riley Hall, Pulaski County; Lamarius Kinslow, Fern Creek; Steven Nelson, North Laurel; Luke Woods, Whitley County.