By: Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – McCreary Central senior running back Brandon Troxell is among the top players in Class 3A, District 8. Troxell is included in the Class 3A, District 8 Players to Watch list published in The Cats’ Pause 2017 Kentucky Football Yearbook.
Troxell exited the 2016 season as one of Kentucky high school football’s top rushers. In 10 games in 2016, Troxell rushed 170 times for 2,194 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Troxell averaged 219 rushing yards per game as a junior in 2016, ranking among the state’s best rushers. Hazard running back Cory Smith led the state in rushing. Smith rushed 330 times for 2,905 yards and 39 touchdowns in 15 games. The Cory Smith-led Bulldogs finished as the Class A runner-up.
As a team, McCreary Central is picked to finish fourth in Class 3A, District 8. The Raiders are back in the district and poised to push for a berth in the postseason.
Troxell helped to lead McCreary Central to a 7-3 record in the 2016 season.
Corbin quarterback/linebacker Cameron Sizemore is the Class 3A, District 8 Preseason Player of the Year. Sizemore excelled throughout the 2016 season, completing 192-of-277 passes for 1,706 yards and 31 touchdowns. A dual-threat quarterback, Sizemore rushed for 451 yards and eight touchdowns for the Redhounds.
Troxell is the lone Raider on the Class 3A, District 8 Players to Watch list. The rest of the list includes Collin Allen (Casey County, Sr., OL/DL), Austin Campbell (Casey County, Sr., OL/DL), Chase Estep (Corbin, Jr., WR/RB/DB), Cameron Maguet (Corbin, Jr., RB/DB), Dylan Martin (Jackson County, So., RB), Aaron Money (Corbin, Sr., LB), Ethan Murray (Bell County, Sr., TE/LB), Ethan Sims (Corbin, Sr., LB/S) and Raynoch Thompson (Bell County, Jr., WR/DB).
Corbin is the preseason favorite in Class 3A, District 8. The Redhounds pushed Belfry when the two tradition-rich gridiron programs met in the 2016 Class 3A State Semifinals.
The Cats’ Pause 2017 Kentucky Football Yearbook honors preseason players of the year and players to watch in each of the state’s high school districts.
Troxell and his McCreary Central teammates returned to practice earlier in the month.