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All you could do was tip your hat to Ryan Timmons.
By now, everybody who knows that a touchdown is worth six points knows who Timmons is. Even people who wouldn’t know a football is filled with air know about the guy who really is a Franklin County Flyer.
He really is that fast.
Ask every major college football coach in the country. Timmons will have more than enough places willing to give him a free education in exchange for making other teams look at the back of his uniform on a more than regular basis.
Friday, we saw another chapter, maybe the most exciting yet, in a high school career that has had those who have seen Timmons play gushing with praise but grasping for the right words to describe the indescribable.
Unfortunately, Anderson County experienced the indescribable talent Friday night when Timmons took a handoff on a kickoff, then raced 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown as time expired. Franklin County’s unbeaten season remained intact.
It also set off an impromptu campaign for Timmons to be named the state’s Mr. Football. While those around central Kentucky are convinced Timmons is one of those players you see about every lifetime, many others believe Louisville Trinity’s James Quick should receive the coveted honor.
I’ve never seen Quick, nor do I have a vote for Mr. Football. There is no doubt he is worthy, being the most feared weapon on a team that has been the best in the state through his career and was named the best in the nation last fall.
But I can say I have never seen a high school football player dominate the game as much as Timmons.
Consider that Friday night, Anderson County led Franklin County at halftime, 21-14. Whether Anderson paying extra attention to Timmons freed up Greg Maupin and Lorenzo McCaskell opened things up or not, I could not tell you. But what I do know is that the first glances at the state sheet went to Timmons’ yardage, which were 8 receiving and minus-4 rushing at the time.
You knew things would change quickly in the second half. They did. On the first play of the third quarter, Timmons broke off a 34-yard run.
And, even when Timmons’ final stat line was not an eye-popper – 58 yards rushing, 80 receiving – there is no question he was still the most dominant player suited up at Benny Watkins Field last Friday.
Standing near the Anderson County bench when Joe Rose kicked a field goal putting the Bearcats up 52-50 with 14 seconds to go, my immediate thought was there was still too much time on the clock.
Anderson had milked the clock masterfully, but Franklin was able to use a pair of time outs, which, in turn, did not allow Anderson to score on the last play.
Timmons took care of that, even though Anderson did everything in its power to prevent it.
“They had been going his way all night,” Anderson coach Mark Peach said. “We knew that if we kicked away from him, they would probably try a reverse or something.”
Anderson County played marvelously Friday night.
The Bearcats went toe-to-toe with a team expected to be a strong contender for a state championship game berth. “We could see them again,” Peach said.
Friday night, the teams were pretty even.
Except Franklin County had Ryan Timmons.
A tip of the hat to him.