Prep Football: Mercer coach Chris Pardue said Lexington Catholic is much more than just QB Kyle Bolin
Jaylan McPherson will be running behind the blocking of Garrard County teammates Dylan Worley (53) and Garrett Caudill (14) again Friday when the Golden Lions open district play at Bath County. (Nancy Leedy / September 19, 2012)
“You always worry about the Lexington Catholic passing game. They’re very good at throwing the football,”¿he said. “But you can’t just focus on that. They’re an extremely good football team all around.”
The No. 3 Knights (4-1) are coming off a 43-28 win over Madison¿Central last week. Catholic is averaging 29 points and 374 yards per game. In four games against Kentucky competition, Catholic is giving up 11 points and 284 yards per game.
Bolin, a Louisville commit, is 91 of 168 passing for 1,220 yards and 12 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has also rushed for a team-high 142 yards and four touchdowns. Pardue said Bolin’s smarts and ability to avoid negative plays make him even more dangerous.
“What I really like about him is he gets himself out of trouble all the time. He never takes a sack. He can get rid of the ball even with no players open,”¿Pardue said. “He’s an outstanding passer and stuff, but he helps his teammates out by being smart and not taking any losses.”
The Knights have plenty of weapons for Bolin to go to as well.
David Bouvier has 41 catches for 612 yards and two touchdowns, Sam Letton has 15 grabs for 173 yards and five scores, and Casey Nash had eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. Jaylen Jones has 141 yards rushing with a touchdown and Marcellis Logan has 99 yards on the ground.
Pardue said it’s hard to single one player out as Bolin’s best weapon.
“When you’re watching them in tape, you can’t really tell an ounce of difference in any of them. They all run routes full speed and all of them expect to get the ball on any play,”¿he said.
What that does, Pardue said, is make a defense stay at home and not be able to help out as much.
“It makes you be very disciplined. When you come off the ball at full speed, you get the defense to react in some form. The spreads the defense out and spreads the entire feld,”¿Pardue said.
The Titans are trying to bounce back from a 41-point loss to Anderson County, and Pardue said playing the Knights has definitely helped get his team back up quick.
“They were down a little, but when we watched the field, they saw their mistakes and they understand you can’t make those same mistakes in a big game like that,” he said.
Garrard County (2-2) at Bath County (4-1)
The Golden Lions open defense of their Class AAA, District 5 title on the road against the strong ground game of Bath County.
The Wildcats average 366 yards per game, 247 of which comes on the ground.
“Bath has added a wing-T package this year which appears to be what they are getting most of their rushing yards out of,”¿Garrard coach Mark Scenters said. “I am impressed with their balance offensively and they have several very good offensive weapons. They still have some elements of the spread they had last year, but with the wing-T and its misdirection and play action passing game mixed in.”
Timothy Robinson leads Bath’s three-man ground attack with 414 yards and six touchdowns. Curren Shrout has 371 yards and two scores and Jared Castle has rushed for 273 yards and two touchdowns.
Bath also has 6-2, 250-pound Clark Kissick back at quarterback. He is 43 of 69 passing for 593 yards and four touchdowns with six interceptions.