Owensboro quarterback Will Warren was named the Kentucky Football Coaches Association Class 5A District 1 Player of the Year. Head coach Jay Fallin was also named the Coach of the Year for the Red Devils.
Owensboro (10-2) is currently riding an eight-game win streak as they head into the third round of the KHSAA football state tournament. They travel to South Warren (12-0) Friday to play for the region championship, and the winner advances to the state semifinals.
Warren, playing in his first year at OHS after transferring for his senior season, has been a big factor in helping the Red Devils get to this point. He has completed 204 of 335 passes for 3,095 yards and 37 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions.
Fallin said Warren is very deserving of the award.
“From the weight room, through spring practice, the grind of summer two-a-days and the ups and downs of a long season, he has worked diligently to be the best quarterback and leader he can be for our team,” Fallin said. “His success and the success of the team are intertwined, and I know Will would be the first to tell you that this award is a reflection of the success of the team as a whole.”
Fallin, who took over the team in 2015 when Owensboro moved to 5A, has guided the team back to another successful year. With a young roster last year, the Red Devils went 4-7 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Now, Fallin and his team are back in the third round and looking to advance to the semifinals for the first time in his tenure as head coach.
Fallin is appreciative of the award, but deflected much of the credit to the program.
“Coach of the year awards are a reflection of the success of the program as a whole,” he said. “Many parties, administrators, faculty, assistant coaches, players and fans make this program successful. I am honored to lead it.”