Leary heads up all-district team

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By Mickey Patterson

LOUISVILLE – Oldham County High School’s Brett Leary and South Oldham High School’s Dillon Banks head up the local stars named to the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association 5A All-District football team.
Leary, a 6-foot, 190-pound tailback led the local offensive contingent, while Banks, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound linebacker led the defensive unit.
Leary led the Colonels into the second round of the playoffs by rushing for 1,180 yards on 186 carries with 20 touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 211 yards and two scores.
A strenuous off season pushed the senior into the forefront of the Colonels’ offense this year.
“Absolutely, he had a great year for us,” OCHS coach Matt Brown said. “After seeing the way he worked over the summer we were expecting a good year from him and we got it. With all the injuries we had this year he really became a workhorse for us when we had to have him.”
Banks helped lead the Dragons to the biggest turnaround in the district as SOHS posted a 7-5 record and reached the playoffs breaking a three-year streak of losing records. He had over 80 total tackles to lead SOHS and three interceptions.
Other OCHS players on the offense were tight end Stephen Farrow, tackle Zach Littlefield and guard Isaac Bowling.
Farrow caught 12 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Littlefield, a standout on both sides of the ball was also a first-team pick at defensive tackle, he has been picked to play for the Louisville Metro All-Stars in a game against the best players from the rest of the state. Bowling was another two-way star also excelling at linebacker for the Colonels.
The Colonels were well represented on special teams as well with senior Jake Wiegel getting the nod at place kicker and senior Jared Combs at punter.
On defense, Combs was a first-team pick at linebacker along with guard Bret Wisecarver, linebacker Dylan Sims and cornerback Casey Sheehan.Wisecarver was also an honorable mention pick at center on offense.
The SOHS offensive group was led by back Michael Gray and receiver Jacob Lamb along with linemen Trafton Holder and Brandon Bramer.
Holder made the team as a center and is a repeat pick.
Gray, a junior, rushed for 963 yards on 152 carries and scored eight touchdowns.
Lamb emerged as a big-play receiver for SOHS this year catching 26 passes for 649 yards for a 25 yards per catch average.
He scored 11 touchdowns.
Along with Banks on defense, the Dragons placed outside linebacker Reid Gilson and defensive back Dallas Banks on the first team.
Gilson had a big year recovering five fumbles and returning two for touchdowns with two interceptions.
Joey Pierce - J-Town
Running back
DeMichael Jackson - J-Town
Brett Leary - OCHS
Michael Gray - SOHS
Tight end
Stephen Farrow - OCHS
Wide receiver
Harry Cross - J-Town
Jacob Lamb - SOHS
Zach Littlefield - OCHS
Brandon Bramer - SOHS
Cody Miskell - Grant County
James Peercy - J-Town
Isaac Bowling - OCHS
Trafton Holder - SOHS
Chris Back - Grant County
Donald Baker - J-Town
Bret Wisecarver - OCHS
Daniel Ross - J-Town
Zach Littlefield - OCHS
Outside linebackers
Adam Keller - Grant County
Jarred Combs - OCHS
Reid Gilson - SOHS
Inside linebackers
Ci-Vaughn Green - J-Town
Dylan Sims - OCHS
Dillon Banks - SOHS
Tyray Daniels - J-Town
Casey Sheehan - OCHS
Dallas Banks - SOHS
Justin Loomis - Grant County
Jarred Combs - OCHS
Jake Weigel - OCHS
Return man
Tyray Daniels - J-Town
Running back
Tyler Oldham - OCHS
Wide receiver
Eric Mudd - OCHS
Dean Showalter - OCHS
Bret Wisecarver - OCHS
Esmeit Garcia - OCHS