Kennedy Award Watch Update (Week Eight)

Gathering Attention

Kerry Martin Jr. (QB) Capital

Brenton Strange (WR) Parkersburg

Ty Sturm (RB) Parkersburg Catholic


#5 Hunter America

DoddridgeCountyBulldogsAmerica overtakes Sturm as the prolific Single A performer.  America rushed for over 100 yards and three touchdowns against a tough Ravenswood defense.  His numbers are still boggling as he surpassed the school record this past week.  He should have big games against Valley (Wetzel) and Tygarts Valley with an opportunity to make a statement against Williamstown in two weeks.


#4 Will Hackney

SissonvilleIndiansHackney took another hit to his campaign with a 28-14 fall to Winfield.  He didn’t play bad but not the usual stat packer he usually has.  Slightly under 200 yards and responsible for both touchdowns, the Indians ran into a rising Winfield team.  Hackney is definitely not out of the race by any means as Sissonville still has their eyes on the playoffs and a potential run.


#3 Grant Harman

It’s about time the state starts appreciating Grant Harman.  Falling in the same boat as Malashevich, he rarely gets to play full games.  This past week he was everywhere.  At quarterback, he is efficient and scores through the air and on the ground (a lot).  Don’t forget that defensively, he is top five in interceptions and is arguably the best defensive back in the state.  He had a textbook game against Hedgesville this past week.


#2 Graeson Malaeshevich

SpringValleyTimberwolvesMalashevich continues to raise eyebrows.  It took several games to grab the state’s attention because the Timberwolves’ starters rarely play a full game- he also shares touches with other definite all-staters.  Against St. Albans this week, he made lightwork with three early touchdowns before the reserves were mercifully sent in.  His do-it-all ability definitely has him the race.


#1 Connor Neal

FairmontSeniorPolarBearsConnor Neal has been by far the most consistent player in the state statistically.  This past week he tossed another handful of touchdowns- all before the second quarter ended.  His TD-INT ratio is off the charts, and he has a heck of a team surrounding him.  The Polar Bears will be the favorite heading into the AA playoffs, and Neal will continue to be the favorite for the Kennedy Award.

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