Mr. Football in Kentucky is quite the honor and so is Gatorade Player of the Year. Other honors, like three-time state champion actually could be more important. But when you’ve earned all those honors, you’re likely a great player.
Antonio Andrews is a player with those attributes. The 6-foot, 194-pound quarterback was a dominant force for Fort Campbell during his time there. Andrews threw for 3,365 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career. On top of that, he rushed for another 3,368 yards and 56 more touchdowns, leading his team to two state championships as starting quarterback.
“It feels good (to win state championships),” said Andrews. “I feel we could have been challenged a lot more. People didn’t want to schedule us because they felt they had a lot to lose,” he said.
In the meantime, Andrews rolled up big numbers and big wins for the Falcons. But he’s not relaxing. He’s continuing to work on his game. “I want to work on passing more and staying in the pocket,” he continued. “I’m trying to get my weight up to 205. I’m 194 right now. My agility and speed (4.58 forty) are there. My forty-time is getting lower,” he continued.
Andrews made a tough decision earlier this year when he made his school choice. It came down to a school nearby or one far away. “(Air Force) is my type of offense. I got the best vibe from their coach. It was a tough choice between them and Western (Kentucky),” said Andrews. “When it came down to it, it was a decision me and my family made.”
Now that he’s headed to play for another breed of Falcons, Andrews looks back over his accomplishments at Fort Campbell High fondly. “I think I left behind a big legacy. The teachers really like me. Academically I was number 27 in my class. I won Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year. I got my own sign in the school gym,” he said with a laugh. “We won three state championships. We won one in track too, so I’ve got four rings,” Andrews finished.