LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fleming County is coming off consecutive seasons of 7-4, 7-4, and 8-4. Now it's time to take the next step.
"This is one of the best teams of ever had especially skill-kid-wise," says head coach Bill Spencer. "I think we are as deep as we have ever been. To have the experience that we have with this group and most of them have started for three years, I think it's as deep as we've been at the skill position."
Offensively the Panthers are solid with two major strengths.
Fleming County's super-athlete Zac Alexander explains. "Our strength of our offense for the past four years, I don't even know how many years, have been our skill kids."
"I feel like we're pretty good at the passing game," says receiver Brad Glascock. "And we can really stretch the field. We have a lot of athleticism."
"Our skill guys and our passing game will be our strength, says 3-starter at QB Josh Crump. "We had the same skill kids for about three years now, same receivers, and I've played for the three years now. Our line is a little inexperienced, we've got the guys, but as time goes on we get experience it will look good.
Crump might be one of the best kept secrets in the Commonwealth.
"He brings everything. He can run, throw, pitch, whatever you need him to do. He's got it."
Spencer, who has been Fleming County's coach since 2010, loves what he sees from Crump.
"He's thrown for more than 2,000 yards last year and right around 2,000 yards his sophomore year and that was just in half a year I think. The amount of buzz that's going around about him should be A little bit more, you know? Maybe if he was two or 3 inches taller it would be. He's a big-time player for this area and I guarantee you, if you ask any coach around here, they are going to tell you who Josh Crump is."