Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

June 12, 2014

East-West All-Star football hits Morehead on Friday

MOREHEAD — Zack Moore is thoroughly enjoying the refreshing take on coaching that goes along with guiding a group of All-Star football players.

East Carter’s coach since 2011, Moore will roam the sidelines on Friday night as the East team’s head coach in the ninth annual Northeastern Kentucky East-West Senior Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Morehead State’s Jayne Stadium.

“It’s been a good experience because it’s been fun,” Moore said. “Obviously we want to win, but there’s no pressure. It’s not like it’s a district seeding game or something. You can definitely relax a little more.

“If we all coached like that all the time, we’d probably be more effective,” he added.

Bourbon County third-year coach John Hodge is in charge of the West squad. He is 26-2 in his two seasons with the Colonels.

Both teams began practice at the beginning of the week.

West includes players from Mason County, Powell County, Bourbon County, Bath County, Fleming County, Rowan County, Montgomery County, Bracken County, George Rogers Clark, Nicholas County and Paris.

East consists of players from Ashland, Boyd County, East Carter, Raceland, Lawrence County, Fairview, West Carter, Russell, Greenup County, Lewis County and Johnson Central.

“The first day they all look at each other like, what’s this guy like? They’re seeing who’s from where, and asking others, do you know this guy? Do you know that guy? Then, by the second day, there are connections made,” Hodge said. “I hope that shows up on Friday night.”

The quarterback matchup will be Lawrence County’s A.J. Cyrus vs. the tandem of Powell County’s Matt Brooks and Bourbon County’s Houston Cox.

Cyrus, a student of the belly option offense, will run the majority of East’s plays out of the shotgun formation. Moore said most of the playbook will involve four wideouts.

“He’s picking up on a new system — he’s never been in a shotgun,” Moore said. “He’s talented and bright. He makes some good decisions.”

Cyrus is a Mount St. Joseph signee. He’ll throw passes to a bevy of receivers. Among them are Qua Davis (East Carter), Lane Daniels (Paintsville), Cody Tackett (Boyd County) and R.J. Washington (Ashland). Johnson Central product Zach Gound, who played quarterback for the Golden Eagles, will play some running back and slot receiver, according to Moore.

“I’m convinced that (Gound) could probably play anywhere on the field,” Moore said.

Another Johnson Central standout impressing Moore is Josh Dillon. East will utilize the 6-foot, 180-pound linebacker as a defensive end.

Moore envisions Paintsville’s Prater Helton and West Carter’s Tyler McGlone having success stopping West.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if (McGlone) came out with eight to 10 tackles,” Moore said. “I’d never seen (Helton) up until this point. He’s a good gap-plugger, and really quick.”

Fairview’s Anthony Roark and a trio of Raceland Rams — Austin Manis, Nevan Johnson and Mac Boggs — highlight a solid offensive line.

Russell’s Pavin Downs will serve as the team’s long-snapper and play in the secondary. Fellow Red Devil Patrick Soucy will handle placekicking duties. Fairview’s Zac Christensen will punt.

Assisting Moore on the coaching staff are Daniel Barker (East Carter), Aaron Baldwin (Bath County), Scott Grizzle (Raceland), Mike Francis (Raceland), Cory Jones (Fairview), Tim Champlin (Fairview) and Caleb Cox (Kentucky Christian University).

“I’m hoping the players have had as much fun as the coaches,” Moore said. “I’ve got seven quality assistants.”

Hodge said he “jumped on the opportunity” when Tom Posey, the game’s director, approached him about coaching. He was West’s defensive coordinator last summer.

“Any time you get to hear pads popping this time of year, it gets me fired up,” he said.

West won the game last season.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center

    Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 30, 2014

  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729kypgaJr0034.jpg Golfers go out with an encore

    Evan Goble said he “wasn’t completely ready for a playoff” on Monday.
    That didn’t stop him from holing two pressure-packed playoff putts to win the 13-14-year-old division of the final event of the summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • EKC Grid-O-Rama set for Aug. 15-16

    The annual Eastern Kentucky Conference football scrimmage contests are set for Aug. 15-16 at Fleming County and Raceland.

    July 29, 2014

  • Holliday embraces high expectations

    As Marshall football prepares to return to the gridiron to begin fall practice Aug. 4, this season the program finds itself labeled something that it has not been in many years: a favorite.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mobley, Jude key for EKU

    Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood has revamped the Colonels’ defense in hopes of containing OVC opponents’ spread offenses.

    July 29, 2014

  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014