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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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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