Kentucky hopefuls resurrecting Central

Ron King and Otto Petty, they are not but Tim Patterson and Ridge Wilson are trying to resurrecting Louisville Central back to the Central of old. In the championship game of 1969, Ron King, who ultimately cast his lot with Florida State, scored 44-points. Otto Petty also went to Florida State.

Central won their first game in the state tournament since 1978 against Clay County, in the first round of the state tournament against Graves County. Kentucky football signee and UK hopeful Tim Patterson, under the leadership head coach Doug Bibby are trying to bring Louisville Central back to prominence. Bibby, while coaching Louisville Eastern developed Rajon Rondo into the Pro he is today, perhaps more mentally than physically.

Both Wilson and Patterson have won back-to-back state football championships at Central. Wilson will be enrolling at UK in the summer and Patterson, 6-foot-5; 220-pounds is being heavily recruited by a lot of big time football schools across the country. He said the offers he already has are from Kentucky, Louisville and Purdue. He said Oklahoma and Notre Dame is keeping in touch.

Wilson showed surprising athleticism in the basketball court and Patterson offers support on the boards. Patterson said he has been playing basketball since he was a little kid. "Coming down in front of all the people, I was nervous at first.

"I've been a Louisville fan all my life and my whole family, too. I have one brother that's a Kentucky fan but we always give him a hard time. My oldest brother was a U of L fan and I looked up to him, so I became a Louisville fan."

We asked Patterson what his plans were for when he expects to choose a college to play his football? "I'm going to wait it out and make everybody wait and see what I'm going to do." Kentucky already has former Central players on their roster, Corey Peters and walk on Joe Scott. Wilson and Mister Cobble are slated to arrive at UK in the summer. Will he be able to resist the pressure the aforementioned players trying to convince him to come to UK? "I've been knowing Ridge since we were in elementary and he's been trying to get me to go to UK with him. I'm not going to listen to people – I'm going to go to the place that's best for me and for me to get the best education."

Will Central ever return to it's old form. Only time will tell but given the class and expertise of Doug Bibby, anything's possible.

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