By LARRY VAUGHT
Bell County coach Dudley Hilton knows a little something about winning and talent. After all he has 380 career wins after his team’s victory over Collins in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic in Danville Saturday night.
He’s won three state championship, is second on the all-time winning list in Kentucky and went against his 117th different high school team in the win over Collins.
The game’s MVP was Bell quarterback London Stephney, who Hilton thinks is one of the state’s best high school seniors despite his lack of attention from Division I schools so far (his only offer is from Air Force).
“If we played where he got more publicity, he would be a statewide star,” Hilton said after the win. “I don’t know why he is not getting more attention or more people don’t know about him. We just don’t get a lot of attention in our part of the state but he can play.”
Yes he can.
The 5-10, 170-pound Stephney ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any quarterback at the University of Kentucky camp this summer. Hilton said he ran consecutive 40-yard dash times of 4.4 seconds — and both were laser timed.
He threw for 806 yards and 15 touchdowns last year by completing 38 of only 69 throws and also ran for 1,128 yards and another 15 scores. He’s got a quick burst, great field vision and a physical style of play.
Stephney seems like a future Division I secondary player to me. He had 55 tackles, including five for loss, last season. He had one interception — Hilton said he returned it for a touchdown — along with three fumble recovers — and one of those went for a touchdown. However, Hilton said he might also be a perfect slot receiver at the next level and that is star is very receptive to making that position change.
Stephney arrived at Bell County from Knoxville three years ago when Hilton took over as coach.