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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Success comes at Beechwood for Cam Hergott

Cam Hergott Adds to Family Legacy at Different School

PHOTO: Dale Dawn. Fort Thomas native Cam Hergott fires a pass in the Class 2A state championship game Friday. Hergott helped the Tigerst to two state championships in three years.

Fort Thomas resident Cam Hergott ventured out of Kroger Field after playing the last football game of his storied career for the Beechwood Tigers on Friday.

But Hergott and his teammates left satisfied. The Tigers defeated Lexington Christian, 24-23 in overtime to win the 15th state championship in school history, but the first one in Class 2A in school history. Beechwood Head Coach Noel Rash credited families like Cam Hergott's parents Kevin and Kelly Hergott for the success of the program.
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"All I have to worry about is football," Rash said. "Our kids come and I don't have to teach them a lot of different things. I don't have to teach manners and how to conduct yourself or work on excellence. It's all taught in their homes. That's why we're standing here."

Cam Hergott's final pass at Beechwood came on the first play of overtime. He completed one to the right side to sophomore tight end Torin O'Shea for the 10-yard touchdown pass and senior kicker Colin Graman hit the extra-point attempt.

Lexington Christian junior standout Xavier Brown scored from three yards out to make the final score. But Beechwood junior defensive back Brady Moore blocked the Eagle PAT attempt from junior kicker Andrew Dobbs to seal the win.

Beechwood led 14-3 at halftime. Cam Hergott completed 12-of-26 passes for 154 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 97 yards on 25 carries for an average of 3.9 yards per touch. Cam Hergott said the team did not know if it would play this year because of the Coronavirus 2019 pandemic.

"Coach Rash teaches us when you're getting kicked in the teeth, you have to love that," Cam Hergott said. "You have to eat it up because that's the only way you're going to learn and get better in life. We kind of got kicked in the teeth in the second half. We loved it. You can't get down about that stuff. That's just going to lead to a lot of worse things. We knew we had to get up, eat it up and just go do our thing."

Cam Hergott finished the season with 161 completions on 220 passes for 2,467 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 1,078 yards on 140 attempts and 15 touchdowns for an average of 7.7 yards per carry.

In his three years as starting quarterback, Cam Hergott helped the Tigers to a 30-8 record and two one-point wins in state championship games. Beechwood edged Pikeville, 21-20 in the Class 1A state title game in 2018. The Tigers lost at eventual state runner-up and playoff nemesis Mayfield, 35-7 in the Class 2A semifinals in 2019.

The run started with a decision a couple years ago. Cam Hergott helped the Highlands freshman team to a nice record in 2017. His uncle Tommy Hergott passed away and Cam Hergott said Tommy Hergott's wish was for Cam Hergott to attend Beechwood. Cam Hergott wound up playing three years for his uncle, Greg Hergott. Greg Hergott played for Beechwood years ago and has been the offensive coordinator for the Tigers since 2002.

"It meant a lot to me. I knew Coach Rash was a phenomenal head coach," Cam Hergott said. "He just pushes us every day to work harder. When it gets hard, that's when you work harder. He teaches us sacrifice, commitment and brotherhood. We just kept fighting the whole offseason and season and it turned out well for us."

But Cam Hergott said his Dad told him to keep it a secret for a while. Cam Hergott appeared poised to lead the Bluebirds to great things as a freshman in both football and basketball.

"When (my Highlands friends) did find the news, they were kind of mad at first, which I get. I would be, too," Cam Hergott admitted. "But as we went on, we stayed close and we're still best friends. We're picking each other up and hanging out during the week and always staying close because I still love Highlands. I went there first so I always have a love for that place in my heart."

Cam Hergott completed 103-of-167 passes for 1,671 yards and seven interceptions as a sophomore in addition to rushing for 547 yards on 97 carries and seven touchdowns for an average of just under six yards per carry. The Tigers lost to just Corbin and Covington Catholic that year.

"I came into a really good senior class," Cam Hergott said. "I had to get their trust early. I can run the ball and I can throw the ball really well so I fit into everything that Beechwood does and we had an amazing season."

The Tigers only lost to Dixie Heights and Covington Catholic this season. Dixie Heights made it to the third round of the Class 6A playoffs losing to state power Louisville Trinity and CovCath lost 20-0 in the Class 5A semifinals to eventual state champion Bowling Green.

He completed 441-of-673 yards in three seasons for 6,214 yards, 65 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,376 yards on 366 carries and 34 touchdowns for an average of around 6.5 per touch.

"Cameron is obviously a stud," Greg Hergott said. "But we have a lot of solid football players around him."

Cam Hergott added to the family legacy in terms of Kentucky football lure. His older brothers Brandon (Highlands Class of 2014) and Austin (Highlands Class of 2016) won three state championships each during their four years of high school. Brandon Hergott played wide receiver and Austin Hergott also played quarterback guiding the Bluebirds to their last state semifinal appearance in 2015.

Cam Hergott is looking to play football at the next level. He has offers from the University of Dayton and Valparaiso University and Butler University among others.

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