BETSY LAYNE – These days, veteran head coach Jonathan Parsons is guiding a much younger Betsy Layne football team. Parsons’ latest team opened practice shortly after the conclusion of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period late last week and hosted a passing tournament on Saturday.
“I like my team,” Parsons confided. “They are very young. I think this is the youngest team I have ever coached. This team will definitely make me age this year. They work hard and we are going to try to keep the tradition going.”
Betsy Layne ended the 2014 season 6-5. The Bobcats lost to former state powerhouse Danville in the first round of the Class 2A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.
With the departure of 16 seniors, Betsy Layne will feature several new contributors in key positions.
“This will be a rebuilding year, but we have some great numbers in our younger classes,” Parsons added.
Betsy Layne must replace quarterback Peyton Case, who passed for 2,493 yards, rushed for 1,007 yards. Case, who made the move from receiver to quarterback, passed for 29 touchdowns and rushed for 11 TDs during his senior season.
Returnees for Betsy Layne include three-year starting linemen Kane Tackett (G/LB), Zack Patrick (OL/DL) and Tyler Collins (OT/DL). Jordan Kendrick (QB/S), Nathan Collum (RB/S) and Morgan Tackett (WR/LB) are projected to be additional leaders for the Bobcats.
Mason Swiger (TE/LB), Kyle Watkins freshman (WR/CB) and Lance Hall freshman (TE/DL) are among the talented newcomers for the rebuilding Betsy Layne football program.