Lexington Catholic football has a new coach but the same goals

Published: Aug. 9, 2018 at 10:08 PM EDT
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There's a new voice directing Lexington Catholic's football team this season, but Nigel Smith isn't unfamiliar with the program. He's been an assistant with the Knights since 2003.

"I've got some ideas here and there that are key to me that my philosophy says we should do," said Smith, "but all in all it still fits the mold of what Lexington Catholic's program is."

"We're really just adapting to his new style of practices and really everything," said linebacker Brennan Emnett, "and we're having a good transition so far."

One change this season is going to a more pro-style offense.

"Most people in the stands won't see very big differences from our offense from last year to this year," said Smith. "There's some technical things that the guys in the huddle will understand it."

Commanding the huddle in his junior season is Beau Allen, who threw for 2,873 yards and 33 touchdowns a year ago.

"We do everything to protect him," said lineman Marc Rumpke. "Pass sets are one of our favorite things to do just so he can do his thing and shine."

"There was a time in the season where I didn't touch the ground for six games," said quarterback Beau Allen, "and I have a bunch of skill guys coming back, a lot of seniors that can make a lot of plays, who have seen the field before."

The Knights district competition includes a defending state champ and Kentucky Mr. Football front runner, but the mentality stays the same.

Justin Tacket "Here at Lexington Catholic we've got the culture of winning championships, it's expected," said lineman Justin Tackett. "So coach Smith isn't going to change any of that. It's just a train. We're going to keep it on rolling, no stopping."