On the coattails of an 8-4 record in 2018 with a trip to the second round of the KHSAA Class 3A State Tournament in a heartbreaker loss to LaRue County back in early November, 13th year head coach Dave Barnes and the Caldwell County Tiger football team have some good news to hang their hats on as they turn the lights out on the season.
The Tigers had senior defensive back Trel Riley named to the 2018 Associated Press Kentucky High School All-State Football Team, announced Monday afternoon.
Riley finished with 34 total tackles (22 of them solo) as well as two receiving TDs with 112 total receiving yards.
Hopkinsville also had a first-team selection in OL William Long.
Two other Tigers received honorable mention to all-state after their .660 winning percentage season including wins over Paducah Tilghman, Crittenden County, Graves County and a 37-20 playoff victory over Edmonton County in the first round.
Senior quarterback Joby Jaggers (219-for-351 in the air with 34 touchdown passes and 2897 total passing yards in 12 games) and senior wide receiver Oliver Parker (894 total yards gained on 48 receptions with a team-high 10 touchdown catches) were the two named to the honorable mention team for Caldwell County, with all three Tiger names selected being seniors.
Other notable honorable mentions included Hopkinsville defensive lineman Denarius Barnes (81 total tackles with 50 solo tackles, four sacks and a recovered fumble), Hopkinsville’s Maurice Jesse (417 receiving yards in 14 catches), Crittenden County running back Devon Nesbitt (23 rushing touchdowns with 1457 rushing yards in 189 attempts to average 121 ypg) and Crittenden County receiver Ethan Dossett (785 total yards gained and 10 TD catches).
Future Nebraska running back Wandale Robinson (Western Hills) was named 2018 Kentucky Mr. Football after formerly committing to Kentucky. Robinson had an astounding offensive season with 1973 rushing yards with 30 rushing touchdowns, and 725 receiving yards with 11 total TD catches. Overall, Robinson was responsible for 41 of Western Hills’ 56 offensive touchdowns.
Brandon Smith of South Warren was named Coach of the Year after taking the Spartans to an undefeated 15-0 season with a Class 5A state title win over Covington Catholic and Todd County Central’s Darrel Keith was among other coaches receiving votes after finishing 5-6 with the Rebels in Class 2A.
Sixteen media representatives from across the state voted in the AP balloting.