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A young Boone County team took their share of lumps in 2012. This fall will ring in a new era with Jeff Griffith taking over for Rick Thompson as head coach. A clean slate and fresh outlook should motivate the Rebels to elevate their performance.
Expect to see changes right away, especially on defense. Griffith was the defensive coordinator for the Bowling Green Purples the defending, two-time, Class 5A state champions. His squads gave up less than 10 points per game (with eight shutouts; nine other times seven or fewer points allowed) over that school’s current 30 game winning streak. A hard-hitting approach could be the charge needed to re-energize the Rebels.
Class 6A, District 6
COACH: Jeff Griffith (0-0 @ Boone County, first year, 19-25 overall, four years)
Michael Bacigalupo, JR, TE – A huge target at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Bacigalupo will be more than a blocker in the Rebels’ new offense.
Casey Boston, SR, RB/LB – A promising start to 2012 was cut short due to injuries for Boston. He looks to bounce back in a big way for his senior year.
Jesse Bowling, JR, OL –The 6-foot-2, 240 pound Bowling will be an anchor of the BC offensive line.
Mustafa Diaw, SR, RB – Diaw erupted for 183 of his 735 yards rushing in last year’s season-ending playoff loss to Class 6A state runner-up Pleasure Ridge Park. He also had games of 128 (Campbell County) and 154 (Conner) yards rushing with five total touchdowns.
Carlos Figueroa, JR, DB – The defensive back recorded 23 total tackles and had an interception as a sophomore.
Aaron Floyd, JR, RB/DB – A valuable commodity on both sides of the ball, Floyd ran for 376 and two touchdowns in 2012. On defense he had 34 total tackles with a sack and returned a fumble 64 yards for a score.
Owen Griffith, SR, LB – The transfer from Bowling Green brings championship rings and pedigree to the Rebels’ defense. Griffith is a beast at 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds. He had 61 total tackles with four takeaways (three fumble recoveries & one interception) and a pick six for the Purples in 2012.
Tyler Hickman, JR, OL/DL – Hickman will be a plus up front if he can stay healthy.
Jamar Lamb, JR, QB/CB – As good as Lamb is in the secondary he will still get a look at quarterback. He tallied 60 total tackles and recovered a fumble as a sophomore.
Jerry Marshall, JR, RB – In seven games as a sophomore Marshall ran for 60 or more yards four times. He had a career-high 111 yards rushing against Dixie Heights.
Kai Mills, SR, SS – Mills, the Rebels’ top returning tackler, recorded 83 of them a year ago.
Jacob Schlarman, JR, LB - The linebacker recorded 38 total tackle in his varsity debut as a sophomore.
Boone County has built quite a post-season history. Since 1986 the team has finished state runner-up four times (last done in 1994). The Rebels have won Regional titles only to fall in the final four another five times (last in 2011).
Getting back to a winning side of the ledger will not be easy. The six teams that make up the non-conference portion of the Rebels schedule this fall were a combined 54-23 a year ago, including our season-opening US Marines Backyard Battle in Week 0 versus CovCath...FULL SCHEDULE
RETURNING TO THE RUN
Boone County has gone three seasons without a 1,000-yard rusher. The last Rebel to top the mark was Charles Quainoo in 2009.
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