The Kentucky High School football season officially kicked off on Friday with a tripleheader at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. ITV was on hand to watch the action, scout prospects and see how the new FieldTurf surface held up.
Following the heavy rains and lightning storms that grabbed ahold of the Louisville area on Friday afternoon, the 2003 Kentucky High School football season officially kicked off when Jeffersontown High School hosted the Ray Adams Charger Classic tripleheader at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Action begins at PJCS (ITV)
Not only did the heavy storms cause a delay in the opening kickoff, but it also gave the Louisville
Cardinals new FieldTurf surface a pure test. The FieldTurf easily stood up to the challenge and benefits of the new surface stood out as there were no divets created, mud and standing water were non-existant and there was very little slipping by the players. A few of the players that we spoke with all had the same comments...this field is great and the footing is very good.
After a short delay action finally began when the host team, J-town faced Trimble County which turned out to be a one-sided contest. The J-town Chargers cruised to a 66-0 victory, with a large part of the highlights coming from senior running back Chan Nelson.
Chan Nelson (ITV)
Nelson (5'9, 185), who also plays linebacker for J-town, has great speed, field vision and excellent hands, could make a great defensive back on the college level. He was timed with a 4.4 forty speed at Kentucky's combine during the spring. While he has received a few letters from Louisville, he is receiving quite a bit of interest from areas programs such as Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky.
The second contest of the evening pitted two Louisville schools in Pleasure Ridge Park and Eastern. A few Louisville prospects participated in the game which Eastern went on to win 20-7.
Eastern senior lineman Myron Pryor at 6'1, 290-pounds is a force on either the defensive or offensive line. He is attracting quite a bit of attention from regional schools, including Louisville, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Indiana and others. Indiana and Kentucky have extended scholarship offers to Pryor while Louisville has indicated that they may offer once he secures a qualifying test score.
Two additional prospects to keep an eye out for at Eastern are junior offensive tackle Trey Murphy (6'3, 290) and sophomore linebacker Deangelo Scott.
Jujuan Spillman (ITV)
Playing receiver and defensive back for Pleasure Ridge Park is a name that a number of Cardinal fans may be familiar with in junior Jujuan Spillman
. Spillman, who is also a standout athlete on the hardwood, is already receiving attention from Louisville, as well others such as Tennessee
, Kentucky and others.
ITV visited with Spillman and will have a feature on the multi-talented athlete in the coming days.
Travis & Bobby Leffew
take in some of the action (ITV)
The nightcap game had Boyle County and Lafayette facing each other. Due to our appearance on Tony Cruise's Sports Talk on 84 WHAS, we were unable to catch much of the action. However, we did stop by the stadium following the radio program and caught a few minutes. In attendance were current Cardinals and Boyle County graduates Travis and Bobby Leffew.
Boyle County proved that they will continue to be a dominate team as they shutout Lafayette 35-0 on a night that turned out to be a perfect night for football.