High School Football

Top 10: Lexington football players you’ll want to see in 2018

Henry Clay’s Ramond Jackson (5) led the city with four interceptions last season, three of which he returned for touchdowns.
Henry Clay’s Ramond Jackson (5) led the city with four interceptions last season, three of which he returned for touchdowns.

Lexington is as fun a place to watch high school football as anywhere in the state, and much of that has to do with the talented young men who take the field on Friday nights.

Below are 10 Lexington football players that you’re gonna want to make a point of watching at least once in 2018.

Beau Allen, QB

School: Lexington Catholic

Profile: Allen’s offers include the University of Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland and Cincinnati, and 247Sports rates the 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior as a three-star prospect. He threw for 2,873 yards and 33 TDs last season, in which Lexington Catholic finished 7-6 but reached the region championship game for the 13th straight season.

Alex Bard, RB/LB

School: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Profile: Bard, a second-team all-city selection as a sophomore, wasn’t able to exceed that campaign last year, when he went for 479 yards and only two TDs. Context is important, though: Dunbar scored only nine TDs all of last season, and those 479 yards accounted for about 34 percent of the Bulldogs’ total offensive production in 2017. A bounce-back campaign would make for an excellent feel-good story under first-year head coach Wes Johnson.

Xavier Brown, WR/DB

School: Lexington Christian Academy

Profile: Eagles Coach Ethan Atchley is high on Brown, a 5-9, 150-pound rookie. “The best freshman I have witnessed play on film and in person,” Atchley said. He called Brown “an absolute play-maker” who reminds him of Kylan Nelson (now a senior at Ohio University) and Mason Alstatt (now a junior at Wofford College), both of whom he coached while part of Lafayette’s staff. Look for Brown to make an immediate impact for an LCA team that’s inexperienced in several areas.

Dekel Crowdus, WR/RB

School: Frederick Douglass

Profile: Crowdus received an offer from UK in June and has also been offered by Western Michigan. The 5-9 sophomore will pick up more before his time in Lexington is finished. He saw some limited action at quarterback last season, completing four of six pass attempts for 45 yards and a TD. He rushed for three TDs and had three more off receptions. His contributions should only swell in the coming years.

Kendrick Curry, DB/WR

School: Bryan Station

Profile: Curry’s lengthy frame makes him one of the toughest defenders not just in the city, but the entire state. Coach Frank Parks has taken on a more involved role in the defense after some slippage in the past two seasons, which should bolster the Defenders’ overall approach as well as the individual contributions of Curry, who came up with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, one for a TD, as a junior in 2017. He hasn’t reported any offers but 247Sports ranks Curry as the 32nd best college prospect in the state’s 2019 class.

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Lexington Catholic junior quarterback Beau Allen, a three-star prospect, has received college scholarship offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland and Cincinnati, among others. Matt Goins

Ramond Jackson, DB/RB

School: Henry Clay

Profile: Jackson in 2017 led the city with four interceptions, three returned for TDs. One of the TD returns was a state-record-matching 100-yard score (that’s the official NFHS number, at least — it was reportedly a 106-yard scamper). Ramond shares a surname with another senior Henry Clay star, Langston Jackson, but the two are related in only one regard — ridiculous speed.

Cam Jones, QB

School: Frederick Douglass

Profile: Jones transferred to Douglass in January following his junior season at Knott County Central, where he completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,646 yards and 27 TDs. A 6-foot-8 hulk who’s committed to Cincinnati, expect Jones’ numbers to inflate with a deeper offensive roster surrounding him. He’s tabbed as the 12th best recruit in the in-state class of 2019 by 247Sports.

TeAndre Newcomb, WR/QB

School: Lafayette

Profile: An injury-riddled season kept Newcomb, and Lafayette as a whole, from maintaining momentum after making back-to-back trips to the Class 6A state championship game. Newcomb, who played in only two games last year, showed flashes of becoming a go-to play-maker regardless of position in 2016; a return to form would go a long way toward righting the ship for the Generals in 2018.

Miles Thomas, WR

School: Tates Creek

Profile: The Commodores leaned more on the run than their passing game in 2017, and had a deep selection of receivers to whom they could spread the ball when needed. Thomas, a 6-4 junior, caught only nine passes last year but made the most of them, going for 245 yards and four TDs (matching the team high in scoring receptions). Look for him to leave an even bigger impression this season.

Sam Vaughan, OL/DL

School: Lexington Catholic

Profile: The city’s top senior lineman committed to Miami (Ohio) over offers that included Cincinnati, Marshall and Eastern Michigan. Vaughan sticks out at 6-foot-7, 280 pounds, but his length at the position is just as impressive. He headlines a group of experienced linemen to whom Catholic will look for leadership this season.

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