LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Lexington Catholic limped out of the 2016 gate starting just 1-5, then found the right chemistry and rattled off six straight wins. The season ended with a loss in the region finals, but LexCath was hit quite hard by the graduation of 20 seniors. This team has some growing to do.
"I think we've got a chance to be good," says coach Mark Perry. "There are some pieces there where you say, yeah, if that guy comes on and does what he supposed to do that makes us better, but then again those are going to happen in the next couple of months to see how good we are."
Two of those pieces Coach Perry referred to are exceptional. Quarterback Beau Allen and running back Dameon Jones. As a freshman, Allen passed for a 1,155 yards with 14 touchdowns and just three picks.
"Yes, I do see the leadership with him at quarterback being able to lead our offense and take us down the field and being able to if you see something changes, he can change it, "says Knights tight end Gavin Cameron. "It's really impressive what he can do at this point."
Jones had more than a thousand yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns. Offensive lineman Jacob Ballard knows how good Jones can be.
"You look pretty good at offense of line when you have Damien running for you. So, I mean, you can kind of get away with whatever and he'll still get 20 yards of play."
The schedule is daunting with the likes of LCA, DeSales, Lafayette, Highlands, CovCath, and Madison Central just to name a few.
"I think it was a great challenge for us. We do it every year, " Jones said. "We have a hard schedule but it gets us ready for the playoffs and that's why we make those great runs in the playoffs all the time."