Ken Waddell – Realtor, RE/MAX Team Preview: Warren East

Ken Waddell, a licensed Realtor with RE/MAX Real Estate Executives in Bowling Green, Ky., is the title sponsor of Southern Kentucky Preps and SouthernKyPreps.com. Read more about Ken and his business HERE.

The 2020 Kentucky high school football season is right around the corner, and Southern Kentucky Preps — powered by Ken Waddell – Realtor, RE/MAX — is gearing up for the start of the campaign by previewing each of the 12 teams in its coverage area. 

One team will be previewed each day from Aug. 31-Sept. 11. Yesterday, we took a look at Greenwood. Today, we break down Warren East.

School: Warren East

Mascot: Raiders

Head Coach: Jeff Griffith (5th season)

KHSAA Class: 4A, District 2

2019 Results: 4-7 overall, 2-3 Class 4A, District 2

Key Departures (2019 stats)

  • WR EJ Smith — 27 catches, 423 yards, 6 touchdowns
  • WR Logan Sanders — 23 catches, 359 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • LB Zachary Tompkins — 59 tackles (54 solo), fumble recovery

Key Returners (2019 stats):

  • Senior QB Nolan Ford — 108-of-208, 1,539 yards, 14 touchdowns, 10 interceptions; 139 carries, 924 yards, 15 touchdowns
  • Senior RB KJ Alexander — 146 carries, 783 yards, 5 touchdowns
  • Senior WR DeSean “Dee” Gilbert — 33 catches, 437 yards, 5 touchdowns

2020 Season Schedule:

  • Sept. 11: vs. South Warren
  • Sept. 18: at Russell County
  • Sept. 25: vs. Edmonson County
  • Oct. 1: vs. Warren Central
  • Oct. 8: vs. Monroe County
  • Oct. 16: at Allen County-Scottsville
  • Oct. 23: vs. Franklin-Simpson
  • Oct. 30: vs. Daviess County
  • Nov. 6: at Logan County

Preview: Warren East features a senior-laden squad this season and will rely on its high level of experience throughout the year as it hopes to find much success. Standout dual-threat quarterback Nolan Ford — who accounted for 2,463 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2019 — will again pilot the Raiders, while versatile running back KJ Alexander (783 yards, 5 touchdowns) and wide receiver DeSean “Dee” Gilbert (437 yards, 5 touchdowns) will also hold valuable leadership roles. East opens with a loaded South Warren team right off the bat and will use that challenging Week 1 contest to prepare itself for the remainder of the campaign. Head coach Jeff Griffith — who’s entering his fifth season at the helm — and the Raiders have the luxury of playing six home games on the Smurf Turf in 2020.

Coach’s Thoughts:

  • “The Raiders are optimistic due to the fact we return several very experienced skill players on offense in quarterback Nolan Ford, running back KJ Alexander, tight end/outside linebacker Seth Blaine and wide receiver/defensive back Dee Gilbert — all of which will be seniors with a lot of experience,” Warren East coach Jeff Griffith said.
  • “I look forward to our district schedule of Russell County, Warren Central, ACS and Franklin Simpson,” Griffith said. “It has been a really competitive district in the past and this year should be as wide open as ever.”

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