All along we thought it was Doug’s genes

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Mike's Minute

By Mike Aldridge

Wilson Palmer was a fixture at Biancke’s each weekday morning when Patti and I moved to Cynthiana in the middle 70’s. One of the characteristics of Wilson was that he always sat on the east end of the long table in the front and most of the time John Swinford sat to his immediate left.  
They sat like that because, for one reason, they could see everyone who came into the restaurant and if they didn’t know them they could find out who they were and why they were in Cynthiana.  
Most of the time they knew the person and in many cases more about the family of that person than they knew themselves.  
I relate this to tell you that when Wilson and his wife Jean look down on the 6A state championship game on Friday night they will know all about the two quarterbacks’ families.  
They will know because it will be their families meeting on Friday night in Bowling Green. John Ralph Wilson will start at quarterback for Meade County and Clay McKee will be the signal caller for the Scott County Cardinals.
John Ralph is the grandson of Joan Palmer Wilson, the second of five daughters of Wilson and Jean Palmer and Clay McKee is the grandson of Patsy Palmer Hampton the third daughter.
David Wilson, John Ralph’s father, was the starting quarterback for the Green Wave graduating in 1982 and John Ralph’s brother, Thomas, played quarterback for Meade County as well graduating in 2012.  
Thomas Wilson is currently playing for the U.S. Naval Academy.  Dave Wilson, Joan’s husband and grandfather of the quarterback, is the retired superintendent of the Meade County Schools.
Clay McKee’s football family tree is a long one as well.  Grandpa Doug Hampton played at Eastern Kentucky University and two of his uncles, John Wilson Hampton and Brent Hampton, were four-year starters at Harrison County High School and were both named to the Courier Journal all state teams.  
John chose to play baseball for the University of Kentucky and Brent went on to letter in football four years at Eastern Kentucky.  
Clay’s dad, head Scott County Coach Jim McKee, was a standout at Harrison County and went on to play very well at Centre College.  Clay’s mother, Sherri Beth, is an assistant principal at Scott County Middle School.
The grandmothers, Joan and Patsy, like their sisters Jane, Susan and Mary Catherine, were in the band since they came along before women’s athletics were available like they are today. But they did what they could for the athletic cause. They passed along some outstanding genes to their grandsons.