This has been put off long enough, I guess. Welcome home Arron Kimes.
Kimes, you probably know if you’re a junior high football player in your residence, came home when Matt Stewart went home. Most recently Kimes had been at Mansfield.
Now that he’s home, I’ve got to believe Kimes is done moving around. At least I hope so.
If you remember the old Bo Jackson sneaker commercials, maybe he Arron should have been named Bo because, well, he knows …
Kimes knows Booneville football. He played here. As a senior he ran for 598 yards, including a 100-yard game against Greenland. On the chart of all time top seasons I keep, Kimes’ name is last on the list. The threshold had been a couple yards north of Kimes’ total in 2003, but it’s my chart, right.
Of course with Kimes being the offspring of one of my best friends that is why this was penned as a column instead of a news story — objectivity will be at a minimum.
Having played here, Kimes obviously knows Booneville junior high football too. But, besides playing in junior high, Kimes also did his student teaching here where he was assigned to the staff of Trent Goff. Goff, ironically enough, is back with the junior high this season.
Kimes also knows homecoming. He had his first multiple touchdown game against Subiaco on homecoming night in 2003. He also understands what it can do to a house because his sister was the Sophomore Maid that night.
I didn’t realize this until I looked it up, but Kimes also knows a thing or two about catching the football on something other than a pitch. He was actually the leading receiver his senior year. Okay, it wasn’t but four receptions, but still.
Kimes also knows the playoffs, to include the good the bad and the ugly. He was a sophomore on the 2001 team that lost in the finals. As a senior his season ended in the opening round.
Kimes knows Class 3A as well. Besides the aforementioned stint in Mansfield Kimes was also on the staff at Rivercrest for a team that, oh by the way, won the 2010 state 3A title.
And Kimes knows baseball. As a senior in 2004 he pitched the Bearcats into the state tournament. Because he is also taking over Stewart’s baseball coaching duties, coupled with his time on a 3A baseball staff, that will have to pay dividends.
As a senior Kimes was 8-2 and he fanned 79 hitters, 10 in a state tournament game against Rivercrest oddly enough. A three-year starter for Dale Mann and Jeral Holloway, he was 15-6 in his career with 153 strike outs.
I’m not sure if he knows Diddley or not, but he had to know this was coming at some point.