Ashland's Beach off and running

Ashland Blazer's Arliss Beach has joined the early favorites for Mr. Football with back-to-back 300-yard rushing efforts to start the season...

Kentucky recruit Arliss Beach hasn't wasted any time in establishing himself as an early Mr. Football favorite.

The 6-foot, 185-pound tailback has rushed for 606 yards and nine touchdowns to help Ashland Blazer start 2-0 with decisive wins over Johnson Central and Belfry. He became the first player in the school's rich history to rush for more than 300 yards in consecutive games, and is averaging more than 15 yards per carry.

Beach gave a verbal commitment to Kentucky this summer, one of five the Cats have received to date. Other verbals include Paul Webb (DL, Johnson Central), Joe Brady (OL, Beechwood), Brad Booker (LB, Bowling Green) and Randy Driver (DB, Glasgow).

Beach is off to the most high-profile start.

`He's a delightful running back," Ashland coach Larry Hall told the Ashland Daily-Independent. "Arliss had two or three runs, I don't know how he did it. He's the best back I've had in 31 years of coaching."

``We stopped his original hole but he has such good vision," Belfry coach Philip Haywood added. ``We missed some tackles but I think he a lot to do with it... He's the whole package."

Beach is well on his way to eclipsing his junior season figures of 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns. He makes a run at three straight 300-yard efforts this Friday as the Tomcats travel to take on the rival Russell Red Devils.


Photo courtesy of Carter Hall, Bluegrass Recruiting.

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