Cameron Hergott’s return to highschool soccer started with a course on the American authorities
By Matthew Dietz
NKyTribune sports reporter
The trial behind Beechwood quarterback Cameron Hergott, who was returning for another high school football season, actually began in the classroom last spring when head coach Noel Rash was teaching a class on the American government.
At this point, Rash was unaware of Kentucky’s Senate Act 128, a proposal to allow Grade K-12 students to repeat a school year due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. After Hergott brought up the bill in class, Rash was given a new lesson plan.
“I thought it would be a great way to teach the class how to introduce a bill and then how to go through it,” said Rash.
The bill was introduced in February by Senator Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, and also allowed students to use an extra year to participate in sports. It was approved by the General Assembly in March and then put into effect by Governor Matt Beshear.
Beechwood is one of the school districts that decided to give students an extra year. Hergott is therefore returning to Beechwood and can play another football season, much to the delight of coach Rash.
“Quarterbacks go beyond what you see after the ball is caught,” said Rash. “Your guidance, how they treat other players, how they deal with the dressing room, how they are on the weekend, how they are when no one is looking. When you add all of that up, Cameron is the best I’ve ever come across. “
Hergott has garnered many awards and a number of great successes in his last three years as the Tigers quarterback.
One of those achievements was a 2020 season for the ages. Hergott was named Co-Kentucky Mr. Football by the Associated Press after leading the Tigers to a 10-2 record and a Class 2A state championship in his senior year. He passed 2,467 yards while hurrying 1,078 yards. He also scored 41 touchdowns with his strong arm and nimble legs.
However, in the summer leading up to his senior season, Hergott was unable to attend college football camps as they were canceled due to the pandemic. This limited the number of recruiting engagements he received from the NCAA Division I programs.
As a result, Hergott did not receive the scholarship offer he expected, which was originally an important reason for his return to Beechwood.
When it was time for Hergott to make his decision whether to return or not, Rash made sure to let both Hergott and his father know that he would support whatever they wanted.
“I sat down with him and his father and said you didn’t owe us anything,” said Rash. “I want people to know the humility behind it.”
On June 15, Hergott accepted the Division I scholarship offer he was looking for. On his Twitter page, he announced his commitment to Eastern Kentucky University as a member of the 2022 graduating class.
This week the Tigers started training for another season with Hergott under the middle. The talents he possesses will again be shown to high school soccer fans this fall.
“From a physical point of view, all of his qualities are so good,” said coach Rash. “It’s his competitiveness that gives him the edge. It’s the thing between the ears and how he perceives every snapshot. “