Friday, December 19, 2014

Two Bluebirds Nominated for Statewide Football Award

Beau Hoge (left) and Alex Venetian (right) have both been nominated.

Two Bluebirds -- quarterback Beau Hoge and wide receiver Alex Veneman -- have both been nominated for an award given out every year by the Associated Press.

The duo, who led Highlands to their 23rd state title last month, are among seven finalists nominated for AP's Kentucky's Mr. Football award.

From a numbers standpoint, both Hoge and Veneman lead the pack of nominees. Hoge, who has committed to Brigham Young University, completed 235 of 373 passes for a total of 3,459 yards and 35 touchdowns this season.

Many of those receptions were thrown to his counterpart, Veneman, who caught 95 passes for a record-breaking 1,595 yards and 22 touchdowns. Veneman broke the Northern Kentucky record for most receiving yards in a season when Highlands beat Ashland in the second round of the playoffs.

Hoge and Veneman are two of four state champions nominated for this year's award. The other nominees for Kentucky's Mr. Football are:

- Donald Brooks, running back, Trinity: 1,508 rushing yards, 298 carries, 24 touchdowns; 400 yards and three touchdowns on 43 receptions; 2014 Class 6-A title

- Riley Hall, quarterback, Pulaski County: 2,059 passing yards on 146 completions (out of 229 attempts), 20 touchdowns; six interceptions; 2014 Class 5-A title (first for Pulaski County)

- Cody Rider, running back/linebacker, Graves County: 2,699 rushing yards, 314 carries, 32 TD's; 221 yards and three touchdowns on 20 receptions; 96 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries

- Damien Harris, running back, Madison Southern: 1,474 rushing yards, 99 carries, 23 touchdowns in seven games (injured); Harris is considered Kentucky's top-ranked recruit

- Elijah Sindelar, quarterback, Caldwell County: 3,609 passing yards on 206 completions (of 294 attempts), 49 touchdown passes; four interceptions; state-record 144 career touchdown passes

- Staff report

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