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Chase Wilson Inks with Kentucky Wesleyan

   Allen County-Scottsville senior quarterback Chase Wilson inked to play college football at Kentucky Wesleyan College Wednesday evening at the high school library.


   “I’m excited about this opportunity,” Wilson said. “Every kid dreams of playing in college. This is definitely a dream come true for me.”


   Wilson visited the Owensboro college last fall and discovered that the small school and Panther football program would be a good fit.


   “I believe I can get a good education,” Wilson stated. “I believe I will be around a lot of guys that will really want to win. I like the coaches. There is a mixture of coaches that have been around for a while and younger guys. They all have a winning mindset and I feel as if I can relate to them.”


   Wilson’s college choice is the next step for a young man who has excelled as a four-year Patriot player.


   After appearing in two games as a freshman, Wilson started every game as a sophomore in the fall of 2015. By season’s end, Wilson had thrown for 1,231 yards and 12 TD’s. His numbers would rise as a junior. Wilson completed 106 of 195 passes for 1,672 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first seven games. His year was cut short by a season-ending ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear on September 30, 2016.


   After months of recovery, Wilson returned to the gridiron and shined in his senior season. Wilson completed 156 of 277 passes for a single season school record 2,658 yards and school-record 32 touchdowns. Wilson averaged 241.6 yards per game. Wilson finished the regular season as the Class 4A passing leader in average yards per game and was sixth overall in the state in passing yards per game.


   Wilson will graduate AC-S as the football all-time leader in passing yards (5,750), touchdowns (58), total completed passes (365), and total attempted passes (671). Wilson holds the single game records for yards (373), completed passes (23), and touchdowns thrown (6). The senior played in 32 games in four seasons and ends his high school career with a career passing average of 179.7 yards per game. Wilson threw for 150 or more yards in 16 of his last 18 games as a Patriot.


   AC-S coach Brad Hood believes Wilson will find success at the Division II level.


   “I feel that Chase has a bright future because of his love for the game and his arm,” Hood said. “Chase can throw almost any ball needed to be thrown at the next level.  With his arm and his dedication to his craft, I feel he will continue to put up big numbers when his number gets called.”


   As Wilson prepares to embark upon a college career, recovery from a second ACL injury will be the first step to working his way into playing time for veteran KWC coach Brent Holsclaw.


   “I tore my ACL in the playoff game against Madisonville,” Wilson explained. “It was different. I didn’t hear a pop or anything. I let it go for a couple of months and it kept hurting. When it didn’t get better, I found out what had happened and that led to surgery. Now, I’m concentrating on rehab. Hopefully, I can get back by the fall but if not and I have to redshirt, I will be okay with that.”


   Kentucky Wesleyan is an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The Panthers finished the 2017 season with a record of 2-8. The 85-man roster includes 13 players from the southcentral Kentucky area. Academically, Kentucky Wesleyan College offers 29 majors and 13 pre-professional curriculums. The college’s student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. The college has an approximate enrollment of 800 students.