Notes from elsewhere
Some news items of note from out of town that will be of interest to local football and basketball fans:
- Leonard Macon, the former Danville football and basketball player now playing at Taylor County, has become more running back than wide receiver since my Sept. 23 story on him ran in the Advocate.
- Across town, Herb Wiseman has resigned as the coach at Campbellsville, effective immediately. Wiseman wrote Monday on Bluegrasspreps.com thought it best for him to resign before the season ended.
- From McCreary Central comes news that Aaron Watts, the football team’s leading passer and rusher and in my opinion the top basketball player in the 12th Region, injured his right arm last week while playing basketball.
An injury to Chris Thomas, the Cardinals’ star running back, prompted Taylor coach Rodney Turpin to put Macon in the backfield for their last game Oct. 9 game against Wayne County. Macon carried the ball 21 times for 277 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 423 yards and three TDs on the ground this season. By comparison, he has caught 24 passes for 409 yards and six TDs.
Thomas, who still leads Taylor in rushing with 888 yards and 11 touchdowns, suffered a torn ligament in his ankle on Oct. 3. He told the Central Kentucky News-Journal that doctors in Louisville told him he might be able to play after three or four weeks of rest. Meanwhile, Macon will probably continue to get the bulk of the carries for the Cardinals.
The Eagles are 2-6, including an Oct. 3 loss to Danville. They could still finish in a three-way tie for first in their Class A district, but they’ll likely finish second.
A dunk attempt apparently ended with Watts flying into a glass door and suffering cuts to his right arm deep enough to cause muscle damage. He is expected to fully recover in a few weeks, but he’s off the football field for the time being.