Matthews receives state honors

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By Nathan L. McBroom

Senior Shelby County High School quarterback Alex Matthews has recently been named among the best high school football players in the state by three major newspapers.

The Louisville Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader and Orlando Sentinel all named Matthews as one of Kentucky's top players in 2007.

Matthews said he was surprised and delighted at the accolades.

This past season, along with leading the Rockets to an 8-5 record, Matthews tied a state record by throwing 9 touchdowns in a playoff win at Scott County.

Shelby County High School head football coach Todd Shipley was glad but not altogether surprised at the recognition the player is receiving. He said Matthews is simply one of the best players in the state.

"Alex has meant a lot to our program. And he deserves all of the recognition that he is receiving," Shipley said.

The Courier-Journal named Matthews as the quarterback for the second team All-State. Lone Oak's Corey Robinson, who set a national record with 91 touchdowns this season, received the first-team nomination.

The teams were selected by voting from the state's coaches.

And Matthews was not the only Rocket to make the list. Teammates Coty Minnis, Jordan Burk, and Taylor Paden also received honorable mention from the C-J.

The Herald-Leader named Matthews in its 2007 Class of the Commonwealth. Every year the Herald-Leader chooses the top 20 players in the state regardless of position. This year's list also included five other quarterbacks.

Matthews was also mentioned in the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Football Team. The paper picks a team of the best players from each state. The Sentinel chose Robinson as the player of the year and then recognized 10 other players as tops in the state.

Although Matthews has yet to decide where he'll play at the next level, he said leaving Shelby County will not be easy.

"It's going to be weird next year putting on a jersey that doesn't have Shelby County on it," he said.