In a storybook senior season, Covington Catholic's AJ Mayer accomplished an exceptional feat - he helped the Colonels capture the Kentucky state championships in both football and basketball in the same school year. This rare feat has been accomplished only two other times in Kentucky high school sports' history. AJ was a team captain in both sports.
In football, AJ at quarterback led the Colonels to one of the most dominating seasons in Northern Kentucky history, going a perfect 15-0 with game point differentials so large that the Colonels went to a running clock in all 12 games against Kentucky competition, including all five playoff games.
A three-year starter, AJ finished his football career with a school-record 7,602 passing yards and 77 touchdowns. His 3,114 passing yards and 40 passing TDs this past season also set single-season school records, plus he also holds several other school football records as well.
The honors he earned his senior year alone would fill a locker-room chalkboard. He was named MVP of the Kentucky Class 5A championship game, Kentucky Class 5A Player of the Year, a finalist for the Mr. Kentucky Football Award and a finalist for Northern Kentucky's prestigious "That's My Boy" Award. He was named Cincinnati.com Sports Awards' Big School Football Player of the Year, the Enquirer's NKY Player of the Year, 1st Team All-USA Kentucky by USA Today and 1st team all-state.
In basketball, AJ helped lead the Colonels to a 35-4 record and a win over Scott County in the Kentucky state championship game, a game in which he scored 12 points and had a team-high eight rebounds.
A.J. was recipient of the KHSAA Ted Sandford Award given to the state's top player excelling in athletics, academics and citizenship. He also was named to the state Sweet Sixteen, regional and district all-tournament teams.
AJ also played two years of baseball for the Colonels, earning 10 varsity letters in three sports during his stellar career. He is an academic star and National Honor Society student who is active in community service. He also was a member of the Covington Catholic Chamber Choir and will play football collegiately at Miami University in Oxford.
MVP of the Week - November 21, 2017