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Braves kicker plays in Best of the Bluegrass

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By Matt Birkholtz

Not many people in Grant County can say they have played in a high school all-star football game, but for senior kicker Preston Cahill it was a game he enjoyed  participating in.

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“I was honored to be a part of it,” he said. “It was a prestigious game and I was honored to represent Grant County High School.”

Cahill was one of two kickers in the state to play in the Best of the Bluegrass Dec. 12 in Louisville at St. Xavier High School.

Cahill was on the Greater Louisville roster and 48 schools were represented in the game.

Even though the Kentucky team defeated Greater Louisville 28-12, Cahill was just pleased with being there.

“I was hoping to end my high school football career with a win,” he said. “But I was proud to just be a part of it. It was special.”

Former Grant County football coach Mike Davis attended the game and was proud of Cahill’s performance.

“It’s an honor to have a kid like Preston picked from your team,” he said. “I thought he did a tremendous job kicking the ball and I could not be more proud of him.”

Davis said that Cahill was one of the easiest players he had to coach and that it can be difficult playing both soccer and football during the fall.

“He’s one that comes in and works extremely hard,” he said. “Because kicking a soccer ball is way different than kicking a football.”

On top of being selected to the all-star game in Louisville, Cahill also received some awards for his efforts on the football field. He was named Courier-Journal Second Team Defense for the punter position.

Cahill also received an award from Davis that was created especially for him, as he is the most accomplished kicker in GCHS football history.

“Preston is a total package kid,” he said. “Being an all-state performer and for all the records he holds at Grant County, I am proud for him and he is well-deserving of the award.”

As far as what the future holds for Cahill in football, a few colleges in the area are recruiting him, including Hanover, Centre College and Georgetown.

“Wherever Cahill goes he is going to be successful,” Davis said. “He is the most respectful and accomplished student I know.”