From 2013 through 2016, John Hines took his Pulaski County club to unprecedented heights. One state title and three runner-up finishes, easily the best era in school history. 2017 was a season to forget.
Danville won their 11th championship last year but with the loss of major skills players, including Kentucky's Mr. Football D'mauriae Vancleave, getting back to the title game will be a difficult task, but the Admirals are up for it.
Wes Johnson has a proven track record. As the head coach at West Jessamine he led the Colts to a 27-21 record - the most wins by any coach in school history - and qualified for the postseason in three of his five years. Now, he looks to rebuild as the head coach at Dunbar.
Mount Sterling was a happy hunting ground once again for the Montgomery County Indians who not only doubled their roster but tripled their wins going 10-3 and were region runners-up. Now, in 2018, the Indians are ready for more.
Western Hills is on the rise. last year the Wolverines made it to the second round of the class 3Achampionship before falling to the eventual champion in Boyle County. This year Western Hills expects the team to be better.
It is a December ritual we have seen Boyle County celebrate eight times in 20 years, hoisting a state championship. The Rebels have a wealth of talent returning, primarily at the skill positions with quarterback Reed Lanter, running backs Landen Bartleson and Tanner Crawford, receivers Reese Smith and Reiley Colwick. Boyle County is loaded.