The 2012 high school football season was a year that saw both Somerset and Pulaski County appear in regional championship games, while the Southwestern Warriors came into the season as a defending regional champion, but fell on hard times in 2012.
The Warriors finished the 2012 campaign 3-7, while the Maroons finished with a 9-4 mark, and Somerset finished 11-3.
Johnny Hines’ club fell to Harlan County in the regional finals, while the Briar Jumpers won a fourth regional crown in a row, before falling to Newport Central Catholic in the semi-state round.
There were some great individual performances this past year on the gridiron, and with that being said, it’s time to announce The Commonwealth Journal — Clear Channel Radio of Somerset 2012 All-County Football Team.
Leading the way on this year’s team is our Player of the Year Award, which for this season, goes to Pulaski County’s Tyler Goins.
Goins had a monster year for the Maroons, rushing for 1,263 yards on 108 attempts, good enough for 11.7 yards per carry, to go along with 15 touchdowns.
Goins also led PC in receiving with 60 receptions for 583 yards and 7 TD’s, leading the Maroons in scoring with 140 points on the year.
Our Offensive Player of the Year Award goes to another Maroon player for an outstanding 2012 season, and that honor goes to freshman quarterback Riley Hall.
Hall played his position this season like a wily veteran, completing 61.5 percent of his passes.
Hall connected on 218 of 353 pass attempts for 2,388 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, while rushing for 319 yards and two more scores.
Our Defensive Player of the Year Award this season goes to Somerset’s Tevin Slaughter.
Slaughter notched 150 tackles this year, which included nine quarterback sacks.
Now for the rest of our team, beginning with the offense.
Our quarterback award goes to the Jumpers Castle Hatcher, who like Hall had an outstanding freshman season.
Hatcher completed 52 of 110 passes for the season for 835 yards and seven TD’s.
At the running back position, those two awards this year goes to Southwestern’s Logan Campisano and Somerset’s Will Lange.
Campisano was one of the few bright spots for the Warriors this year, rushing for 1,322 yards on 225 carries and 12 TD’s.
Lange meanwhile ran for 784 yards and scored 10 touchdowns, while also hauling in 10 receptions for 347 yards and 3 TD’s.
Our wide receivers for the 2012 season are Cam Cheuvront of Somerset and Pulaski County’s Aaron Hall.
Both Hall and Cheuvront are repeat winners at this position, as both were on our squad last season, and they followed up 2011 with a solid seasons this year.
Cheuvront amassed 770 yards receiving this season with eight touchdowns.
Hall meanwhile caught 49 passes this season for 558 yards and six TD’s, while he also did an outstanding job of returning punts for the Maroons all season long.
Hall finished his prep career at PC by finishing second all-time in career receptions with 95.
Our tight end award goes to Pulaski County’s Mason Helton, who like his quarterback Riley Hall, had a tremendous freshman season.
Helton — who could have easily made our squad as a linebacker — had a good season as a right end.
Helton had 35 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns this season, averaging 13.3 yards per catch.
All three teams are represented on our offensive line.
This season, the five members comprising the big guys up front are Jacob Gross and Isaiah Jasper from Pulaski County, Tyler Dodson from Southwestern, and Kagen Skidmore and Bridge Smith from Somerset.
Our kicker this season is Somerset’s Chandler Dobbs.
Dobbs scored 48 points on the year for the Briar Jumpers, hitting on 36 extra points while also hitting four field goals, with his longest going for 25 yards.
Now, for the rest of the defense.
Our four defensive lineman are Trent Massey and Kody Smith from Southwestern, Keenan Hall from PC, and Somerset’s Tyson Williams.
Massey — who was described as the Warriors best overall lineman by coach Andy Stephens — recorded 39 tackles and recovered one fumble.
Kody Smith meanwhile notched 74 tackles for the season and also recorded one fumble.
Tyson Williams meanwhile was a beast up front all year long for the Briar Jumpers.
Williams tallied 115 tackles on the season, with one quarterback sack, three interceptions, and five fumble recoveries.
Keenan Hall meanwhile was a mainstay on PC’s ‘D’ line all year long, notching 114 tackles, with 24 of those going for a loss.
Hall had 11 quarterback sacks and also caused two fumbles for the season.
All three schools are very well represented at the linebacking position, as six players make our team at this position.
Somerset’s Bryson Jones and Jacobi Gilmore make our team, as well as Southwestern’s Jesse Meece, along with a trio of Pulaski County Maroons — Austin Cornett, Collin Hau-Blair, and Aaron Smith.
Jones recoreded a total of 55 tackles for this season, while Gilmore was on pace to have a huge year, before missing the last half of the season due to being injured a car wreck.
Gilmore in six games played this season for the Jumpers registered 17 solo tackles and assisted on six more.
Jesse Meece meanwhile had an outstanding year at Southwestern, leading the Warriors with 86 tackles for the year, while picking up two fumble recoveries and intercepting two passes.
Hau-Blair meanwhile had a monster year for PC, leading the Maroons with a team-best 142 tackles, which included 16 for a loss. He also tallied five quarterback sacks.
Austin Cornett meanwhile had 131 tackles for the year, with seven of those going for a loss.
Aaron Smith recorded 62 tackles for the season, with 11 going for a loss.
The four members of our secondary are Somerset’s Tyler Megargel and Addison Thompson, along with PC’s Jacob Denney and Christian Holman.
Thompson recorded 22 tackles for the season and picked off one pass, while Megargel intercepted a pair of passes, while notching 36 tackles.
Denney meanwhile had 129 tackles for the year, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble, and had one interception.
Holman recorded 98 tackles for the year, while picking off one pass and recovering one fumble.
Rounding out our team this season is our utility player, and this year that award goes to Southwestern’s Devon Baker.
Baker led the Warriors with 13 receptions for 248 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed 18 times for 74 yards and one TD.
Defensively, Baker recorded 42 tackles for the year, and he also kicked nine extra points for the Warriors.