Several players from both Belfry and Pikeville’s state championship football teams were named to the Louisville Courier Journal All-State teams this week.
On top of that, Pirate head coach Philip Haywood was selected as the state’s Coach of the Year. Haywood led Belfry to its third straight Class 3A title and the fifth state championship in his career.
The Courier Journal all-state squad combines all six classifications, Class 6A to Class A.
Belfry junior defensive end Rayquan Horton (6-2, 285 lbs.) was named to the first team defense. Horton was one of the leading tacklers for the Pirates Class 3A state championship squad this season.
Junior Austin Dotson (6-6, 276 lbs.) made the second team as an offensive lineman. Dotson helped anchor the Pirates O-line that had one of the top rushing offenses in the state.
Cole Bentley (6-5, 300 lbs.), a junior defensive lineman, was selected as a third team member on the defensive squad. Bentley also saw action on the offensive line.
Pikeville running back Daric Push (6-0, 205 lbs.) was voted to the second team on offense. The speedy back helped lead the Panthers to the Class A state title.
Several Pike County players were named to the honorable mention list. They include Belfry senior Xondre Willis as a running back, Belfry punter Devin Wellman, Pikeville defensive back A.J. Vanderbeck, Pikeville linebacker Blake Charles, linebacker-defensive back Austin Elswick of Shelby Valley and Pikeville offensive lineman Logan Coleman.
Kash Daniels, the University of Kentucky signee from Paintsville, made the first team as a linebacker.
Johnson Central had linebacker Geordan Blanton on the honorable mention list, along with offensive lineman Tyler Patrick and defensive back Bryce Workman. Lawrence County saw offensive lineman Josh Ratliff on the list along with wide receiver Robert Dalton. Johnathan Lemaster of Paintsville, an offensive lineman, was also an honorable mention pick.
Other players of note from eastern Kentucky were Ashland Paul Blazer running back Quinton Baker named to the first team, Johnson Central place kicker Tyler Pack, Tate Green a punter from Prestonsburg and Drew O’Bryan, a linebacker from Ashland.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)