EASTERN – Allen Central is ranked seventh in the latest Kentucky Associated Press Class 2A High School Football Poll. The Rebels are set to host Leslie County, a team which started the 2016 season ranked among the state’s Top 10 Class 2A squads.
Allen Central is one of only three undefeated teams remaining in Class 2A. The Rebels are 5-0 after posting wins over Phelps, Morgan County, Jenkins, South Floyd and Class 2A, District 8 foe East Ridge. Reigning state champion Mayfield and much-improved Lexington Christian are both 6-0.
Allen Central has outscored opponents 236-74. The Rebels, however, allowed East Ridge to score 38 points last week. Allen Central has limited three of its five opponents to eight or fewer points.
As a team, Allen Central has rushed for 1,143 yards. The Rebels have passed for 283 yards.
Cameron Evans leads Allen Central offensively. Evans has rushed 32 times for 456 yards and four touchdowns.
Quarterback Dylan Caudill and running back Steven Howard have rushed for five touchdowns apiece for the Rebels.
Through the air, Caudill has completed 15-of-18 passes for 283 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
Jesse Brown has been Caudill’s go-to receiver. Caudill has hauled in six receptions for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
Another Allen Central receiver, Allen May, owns two touchdown pass receptions.
Defensively, Howard leads Allen Central with a game-high 41 tackles. Howard is a longtime starter for the Rebels.
Allen Central boasts one shutout win in the 2016 season, a 50-0 victory over in-county foe South Floyd.
Leslie County opened the 2016 season with back-to-back shutout wins, blanking both Magoffin County and Knott County Central in non-district games. The Eagles have held four of their five opponents to 16 points or less.
Kickoff for the Leslie County-Allen Central football game is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Eastern on Friday night. In other games involving Floyd County high school football teams, Betsy Layne will host Shelby Valley, Prestonsburg will visit East Ridge and South Floyd will venture to Twin Valley, Va.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.