Ammons, Moore stand out on gridiron

State Journal Staff Report Published:

A young gun and a veteran leader headline this year's State Journal All-County Football Team.

Franklin County freshman Kaelin Ammons is The State Journal's All-County Offensive Player of the Year while Frankfort High senior Myron Moore is the Defensive Player of the Year.

Those two were selected by The State Journal sports staff.

Panther head coach Craig Foley is the Coach of the Year for guiding Frankfort to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the second round of the Class A state playoffs. Frankfort High finished as district runner-up after going 0-5 in district play a season ago, and the Panthers also claimed the county championship with wins over Franklin County and Western Hills during the regular season.

Foley was also recently named Class A District 4 Coach of the Year, voted on by the district coaches.

Here's a closer look at the all-county players.

Kaelin Ammons, FCHS

Offensive MVP

When Kaelin Ammons took the field at the start of the football season, most observers were shocked to learn he's just a freshman.

That was because Ammons showed vision and maturity well beyond his years, and he was a big reason why the Flyers won six games and went to the Class AAA playoffs.

"It has to be his mental awareness," Franklin County coach Donny Walker answered when asked what was Ammons' biggest strength. "He has football smarts. He was able to make big plays, do things you just can't teach. He earned a lot mentally just by seeing the field, and he's got a lot of physical attributes, too."

Ammons accounted 82 percent of the Flyers' offense. He passed for 1,380 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also the team's leading rusher, gaining 772 yards on the ground for an average of 7.2 yards per carry. He ran for seven scores.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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