Bearcat football continues historic season with district championship
The 2019 KCD football season has been one for the ages and will go down as the best football season in school history. After breaking several records, including the record for the best start in school history with their tenth consecutive victory, the Bearcats have stayed undefeated and have remained at the #1 spot in the weekly polls. On November 15, KCD defeated Eminence for the second time this season by a score of 34-26 to earn the district title.
The Bearcats have won 12 games for the first time in school history, surpassing the 2012 and 2017 KCD football teams that posted 11-2 season records. In his ninth season, Coach Matt Jones believes one of the things that makes this year’s team special is their commitment to winning and the fact that everyone has bought in to the coaches and each other. “I think they believed from the beginning that we could accomplish our goals,” he said. Coach Jones also cited experience as a key factor in the team’s success. “I think the fact that everybody who’s playing this year played a lot last year just seems to make a huge difference. They have kept improving and working to get better each week.”
The Bearcats have a host of talented players on the roster, including running back Dorian Heard, who broke the single-season rushing record as well as the single-season rushing touchdowns record. Nick Smith has provided strong leadership and is also on his way to record-breaking stats in all-purpose yards this season.
In addition to the talent on the field, talented coaches on the sideline have also been a key to success this season. Coach Jones says he is fortunate to have such a strong, experienced, and accomplished coaching staff to help lead the team. Offensive Coordinator Lance Hoeltke returns to the Bearcat sideline after being on the KCD staff during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. His experience of winning two state championships as an assistant coach at CAL has been invaluable. Defensive Coordinator Ed Long is in his eighth year with the Bearcats and has been crucial to preparing the team in the weight room and on the defensive side of the ball.
Jones loves the fact that he has another coach with a head coaches’ mentality in linebacker coach Dillon Sims, who also serves as the head 7th/8th football coach and head KCD baseball coach. Blaire Rogers ’85 has run the special teams this season and was part of the 1984 KCD football team that started off 9-0.
The support staff of Chris Scott ’18, Mick Smith ’18, Cedric Ware, and Josh Depp round out a strong coaching staff that has worked tirelessly all season to help the Bearcats succeed on the field. Congrats to the football Bearcats on a historic season! Go Bearcats!
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.