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Mayfield's Bright wins Purchase Player of Year

By Mike Stunson mstunson@paducahsun.com

There's very little Trajon Bright didn't accomplish as Mayfield's star running back. He can add All-Purchase Area Player of the Year to his long list of accolades.

Bright was given the top award at Wednesday's banquet in an evening that showcased the area's top football players. Successes from the area's top team, Mayfield, did not go unnoticed, as Bright won Player of the Year and its coach Joe Morris won Coach of the Year -- voted on by coaches throughout the area and the Sun sports staff.

To conclude his storied Mayfield career, Bright needed just 11 games to run for an area-best 1,763 rushing yards with 24 touchdowns -- also top among running backs in west Kentucky.

"It's a blessing to finish my high school career with something I'll always remember and once again to follow in Jonathan Jackson's footsteps," said Bright, who also receives a $1,000 scholarship for winning Player of the Year. "I always wanted to be like Jonathan Jackson."

He was one of two unanimous selections to the team, along with teammate Kincer Arnett. Bright becomes the first person since Jackson, also a star running back at Mayfield, to be voted to three All-Purchase Teams.

Morris said Bright is just as fine of a person off the field as he is on, and mentioned how much he's going to miss coaching him.

"Every coach realizes when you gameplan for Mayfield that you have to gameplan for Trajon Bright and know where he's at," Morris said. "I think that's why he got it. He's going to go down as one of the great ones at Mayfield and we're going to miss him."

Mayfield led the way with seven selections to the 24-person All-Purchase Team, having all three of its top offensive playmakers make the team. Landon Arnett, Mayfield's all-time leader in touchdown throws, was the All-Purchase quarterback and had his top receiver Anton Lumson also make the team in his breakout season.

Kincer Arnett, who had 154.5 tackles on the season, led the corps of Cardinal defensive players who made the team -- which also featured fellow linebacker Kyle Hurt, defensive back Nick Workman and defensive lineman Micah Brimer.

"Probably the reason I got Coach of the Year is because I had a lot of good players," Morris said. "Seven from one team might be a record. When you think of the best players in the region, and to have seven of them is great. I think all seven are deserving."

Caldwell County, which won eight games on the season, had four representatives on the team -- including Zach Gaither, who had 90 receptions on the season and was named the Fantasy Player of the Year.

Gaither was joined on the team by teammates Hunter VanHooser at linebacker, Trel Riley at defensive back and offensive lineman Cameron Warfield.

Marshall County had a turnaround season and was rewarded with three selections. Cameron Thurman, at defensive line, made it to the team for his second straight year and was joined by offensive lineman Brandon Raye and running back Mason Green.

Also with three selections was Paducah Tilghman, as running back Alec Gold made the team along with defensive back Jordan Harmon and defensive lineman Chance Orr.

Two schools -- McCracken County and Graves County -- all had a pair of student-athletes make the team.

For the Mustangs, it was offensive lineman Will Kitchens and defensive lineman Quamea Jones. with Graves being represented by Rodrigo Garcia as the place kicker and Levi Nesler from the offensive line.

With one selection each was Murray (Matthew D'Elia, punter), Trigg County (D'Avian Phillips, offensive line) and Ballard Memorial (Devyn Bledsoe, defensive back).

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Quarterback: Landon Arnett, Mayfield

Running Back: Trajon Bright, Mayfield

Running Back: Mason Green, Marshall County

Running Back: Alec Gold, Paducah Tilghman

Wide Receiver: Zach Gaither, Caldwell County

Wide Receiver: Anton Lumson, Mayfield

Offensive Lineman: Will Kitchens, McCracken County

Offensive Lineman: Brandon Raye, Marshall County

Offensive Lineman: Levi Nesler, Graves County

Offensive Lineman: D'Avian Phillips, Trigg County

Offensive Lineman: Cameron Warfield, Caldwell County

Place Kicker: Rodrigo Garcia, Graves County

Defensive Lineman: Quamea Jones, McCracken County

Defensive Lineman: Chance Orr, Paducah Tilghman

Defensive Lineman: Cameron Thurman, Marshall County

Defensive Lineman: Micah Brimer, Mayfield

Linebacker: Kincer Arnett, Mayfield

Linebacker: Kyle Hurt, Mayfield

Linebacker: Hunter VanHooser, Caldwell County

Defensive Back: Nick Workman, Mayfield

Defensive Back: Devyn Bledsoe, Ballard Memorial

Defensive Back: Trel Riley, Caldwell County

Defensive Back: Jordan Harmon, Paducah Tilghman

Punter: Matthew D'Elia, Murray

Fantasy Player of the Year: Zach Gaither, Caldwell County

Player of the Year: Trajon Bright, Mayfield

Coach of the Year: Joe Morris, Mayfield

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