By Chris Parsons/Staff Writer
With the high school football season officially over following the weekend’s state title games in Bowling Green, most players will take it easy for a while and recover from the various bumps and bruises that go along with the lengthy season.
For one Tri-County player though, things are just now starting to get interesting.
Knox Central’s Jeffrey Canady was recently pegged as the Times-Tribune Player of the Year for the second straight year thanks to a more than productive season on the gridiron. His reward for that season, being recruited by several Division I colleges across the nation including but not limited to, Air Force Academy (Football Bowl Subdivision), Eastern Kentucky University, Wofford and Pennsylvania (each Football Championship Subdivision).
Canady ran for 2,013 yards on the ground and tallied 257 receiving yards, while reaching the end zone 31 times. He also finished with more than 500 yards in the return game and had two interceptions and 77 tackles on defense.
He also averaged 48 yards a punt while leaving Knox Central holding records in rushing (career), receiving (career), interceptions (career), points scored (career) and single game records in rushing and points scored.
Though he has a few months before he has to decide, Canady said the pressure has started to build as more offers filter in. Despite the fact though, he said he’s enjoying every minute of being courted by the different programs as he weighs his options.
“It’s been a lot of fun, but it’s also kind of overwhelming at the same time,” Canady said. “It’s what I’ve worked toward for the past six years, but now that the time to decide is here it’s a pretty big deal.
“I think it’s great being able to go to all of these schools and see some new places and really, be treated like a king while I’m there,” he added. “It has to end eventually though and I’m going to have to decide what I want to do.”
When it comes to making a decision for the future, Canady said he would lean mostly on his family for advice, along with the Knox Central coaching staff.
One of those he will look to will be Panthers’ head coach Scottie Russell, who said he couldn’t be any more excited for one of his players than he is for Canady.
“Jeffrey has really worked his tail off from the start and it’s always good to see kids get rewarded for hard work,” Russell said. “He’s physically gifted, but he has also gotten to where he is based on his work ethic throughout his high school career.”
By Chris Parsons/Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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