2020 36 Blitz: Scott County Cardinals

The Cardinals are reloaded with some studs and are ready for 2020

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GEORGETOWN, Ky (WTVQ) – If you follow Scott county Head Football Coach Jim McKee on Twitter, @Cards_Football if you don’t, he’s posted numerous video during the pandemic and quarantine. All similar messages to his community and players, who knows what’s going to happen, but you can control your attitude. Being safe and from there we’ll get through this together.

“You know, I’ve never been a football at all costs guy,” said Head Coach Jim McKee. “If we don’t play, we’re going to be okay. And what it’s really helped us do, at least me, is help us really embrace each moment.”

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McKee admits though also those video were a way to keep his guys motivated and fired up during a time they couldn’t do much.

“We worked them out 34 times with no football,” says Coach McKee. “That would be fine if was January and February because everybody would be like ‘let’s get pumped up’, but when it’s June and July it’s let’s get ready to go. So it’s been a challenging time, but I try to get after it whatever the times are.”

“It’s been rough, but we’ve been, all our seniors have been keeping up with small guys and all the seniors are doing what they gotta do,” said senior defensive lineman Kevin Herbert.

Now that the KHSAA has given County the green light, it’s go time.

“Yea, we’re full steam. We’ve been full steam, but now we’re like 110% full steam,” says senior quarterback Zane Patton.

Now that it’s full steam ahead for the Cardinals, they’re ready to bring some legit talent to the table and it starts at quarterback with Zane Patton. A guy who’s waited and waited behind other guys and now that it’s time for him to take over, he’s ready to take full advantage.

“I learned from Cade, learned from Clay, learned from Josh…just all the former quarterbacks,” said Patton. “They’ve came, they’ve talked to me. Just given me tips and tricks, mainly how to be a leader.”

“I had to really talk him out at as a freshman to get him out,” said Coach McKee. “And JV and we didn’t have a good freshman team that year. JV Quarterback as a sophomore, JV quarterback as a junior…probably could’ve started at a lot of schools. Missed his junior baseball season, he’s our catcher, hung in through it all and now he’s the man. I think that says a lot about his character, but he’s good.”

Running back Jeremy Hamilton is another player to look out for.

“You know Jeremy checks the boxes,” says McKee. “He’s got the height, he’s got the speed, he’s got the grades, he’s got the pedigree, his parents are awesome, he’s got the discipline so he’s really a special player. And I think Campton Martin who started two years for us at defensive back will be a senior has matured mentally if anything and i expect him to have a big year too.”

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com