His name is Jacorian Meadows. The folks around the Hoptown program call him TyTy. We at Mingua Beef Jerky and KPGFootball call him “JyNormous Jacorian.” College recruiters would do well just to call him quickly. Enjoy this look at a football player presently under the radar but once which shouldn’t be after today. Congratulations to JyNormous Jacorian and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products to #savortheflavor! HB.
Daulton “Bubba” Tarter is long the very best and brightest linebackers in Kentucky’s ’26 class of prospects. At 5’8,” and 180-pounds we haven’t the foggiest how his frame is likely to finish. We know this…he’s a 215-pound bench presser, a 375-pound back squatter, and a 2X Kentucky Future Star Defensive MVP entering the frosh campaign. Will he be a star at the HS level? No doubt! HB.
Evan Miller is one of the better framed out ’24s at the Center position along the interior OL. Here is the rub. He has to beat out his younger, hard-charging little brother Carson to hold on to the spot. This should be a spirited battle going forward and the winner will be the Bobcat program and the losers will be the Bobcat opponents. Hey, this is what makes high school football the greatest game on earth in this publication’s opinion. HB.
How common is it for three former Junior Pro teammates to wind up on the same college football roster? Not very would be our educated guess but that is exactly what happened with Barnett, Kelley, and Long. Enjoy this special Colonel coverage in light of the team’s presently being in Fall camp. HB.
We search far and wide to bring you the players who have revolutionized the performance of his team in the communities we serve. We also enjoy recognizing superior branches in the Independence Bank family. This week we recognize a rising senior at Warren Central High and the famous “Freedom Square Branch.” Get on by and discover why Independence Bank’s people, products, and services have started a revolution in the financial services market in the commonwealth of Kentucky. HB.
Finding a kicker is pivotal to a championship run. We have seen this demonstrated over and over through our years covering middle and high school football. Andrew Herron was one of the best, Kentucky-wide, in the MS game. Is he ready for the HS spotlight? We discuss it in this article. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Sam Davis from Frankfort High is a twin and named for a very significant historical figure, or so we think anyway. We really don’t know why his parents named him “Sam.” We do know this…this particular Sam Davis is a whale of a football player and hs played well enough for this week’s recognition and prize package. We believe Sam has some heroic football effort in his immediate future and these efforts will make the Panthers a much improved football team in ’22. Davis is the type player we relish rewarding at both Mingua Beef Jerky and at KPGFootball. Congratulations and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products to #savortheflavor! HB.
How did Hoptown look in its scrimmage with the 6A team from Clarksville, Tennessee? Well, Coach Long and I were both there. We have an opinion and it is stated clearly in this article. Enjoy our take on it. HB.
Bo Stinson has plenty of lines in him this season. He has also put on 40+ pounds of the kind of weight coaches want to see linemen gain. What Bo has done is inject himself onto recruiting boards and into all-state team discussions across Kentucky. Enjoy this look at the pride of Bourbon County High, Bo Stinson. HB.
It is that time of year. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their high school and its football fortunes. It might be called “Davis Days” for the Panther faithful in Frankfort, Kentucky. Well, Jack and Sam will answer the call, they always have before now anyway. We will get to Sam a little later. Today, we will discuss Jack Davis in earnest. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We believe Cam Norfleet is among the best edge defenders playing football anywhere in Kentucky’s high school version of the game today, at any level of play. It would be safe to assume we aren’t alone in this assessment. Enjoy this feature about this spectacular football player and see our friends and learn why Independence Bank‘s products, people, and services have started a revolution in the Kentucky banking industry. HB.
Stryker Davidson has the perfect name to play OLB for any defense. How fast will he be able to contribute for Coach Caba’s Class 5A, 6th-District MoCo Indians. Well that is the $64.00 question now isn’t it? Enjoy the feature. HB.
Reed Jefferies from CAL is easy to overlook. After all, he is a diminutive 5’9″ and weighs a slightly built 150-pounds. Had to have been a surprise when he contributed as much as he did to both sides of the football for the Centurions a season ago, when he was a mere sophomore. We believe his best is still to come. Jefferies is the type player we relish rewarding at both Mingua Beef Jerky and at KPGFootball. Congratulations and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products to #savortheflavor! HB.
Carson Greenwell is one of the better centers in the entire commonwealth and certainly in the central Kentucky area. His anchoring one of Kentucky’s more formidable fronts has garnered for the ’23 OL prospect a ton of college attention at multiple levels of competition. Where will he land? Who knows. Let’s enjoy his senior year and we can worry about that a little later. HB.
Centre College has been killing it on the recruiting trail. The small college in Danville, Kentucky is in the midst of an unparalleled facilities upgrade and the talent, particularly in-Kentucky, is flocking to the small town known for winning football titles at various levels of play. Austin Gough has now decided to take his considerable talents down the road a bit and report for duty in the Colonels’ regiment. Read this feature about Centre College’s newest Colonel. HB.
Here is another outstanding young footballer in Kentucky about whom you may just now be learning. He has a fine frame and is quite an athlete. He is listed as a TE/DE. Where he ultimately ends up and on which side of the football is something we discuss herein. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Jordan Wright, ’23, sounded more and more like one of our banks the more we poured over and studied his performance in ’21. Will he perform similarly in ’22. We’re taking it to the bank! Get on by and visit one of our fine branches today and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
Spencer Bennington is a player one doesn’t see every day around Kentucky High School football. He’s a coveted TE prospect, who doubles at the 4A level very credibly at safety, and who sports a 3.6 GPA at one of Kentucky’s foremost private schools. We believe the future is so bright for this young player, he literally has to wear shades. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Peyton Ledford has to be among the more explosive, versatile, and talented players playing high school football today around the commonwealth of Kentucky. Ledford has all the tools and “measurables” with incredible on-field production to match. He is the kind of guy we relish rewarding at both Mingua Beef Jerky and at KPGFootball. Congratulations and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products to #savortheflavor! HB.
Logan Willis is not a player foreign to this publication. We have before written about him and doubt this will be our last time either. He is a pulverizing punisher of a runner who gets downhill in a hurry. We are excited about his senior season and so should you be. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Hagan Harrison was rumored injured. However, he looks “full go” to us the preseason. This is why we generally don’t report on injuries. Either way, the Indians appear loaded headed into the ’22 season and good knows they are well coached (Mike Holcomb). Enjoy this look at a guy who certainly comes off the bus terrifically. HB.
Centre’s players did its traditional thing and met up to compete in an intra-squad 7 on 7 match. Early returns were very favorable for an incoming freshman named Chase Eary and a rugged veteran at QB named Beau Buchanan. Enjoy this special feature. HB.
Layton Davis has been cleared for play for the Blue Tornado this coming Fall. Paducah Tilghman already has plenty of weapons returning from its championship game run in ’21. His addition puts the Blue Tornados in an entirely different conversation in our very humble opinion. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We love to visit our many friends and locations in the Independence Bank family. Today we visit a branch in Louisville, Kentucky located on Shelbyville Road. Noah Meyers is among the Shamrocks brightest stars at TE and may be the best Kentucky has that critical position in the ’23 class. We are confident Noah Meyers will continue to draw plenty of ink before his high school journey is complete. Enjoy this feature on one of Kentucky’s very finest at the WR/TE position. Get on by and visit one of our fine branches today and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
We are finishing this series with our preseason top 5 in the 6A classification. There are some teams missing here which will surprise some folks. We have sort of gone out on a limb here, but we are gamblers what can we say? Anyway, this is how we see it. Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves. HB.
Cole Hodge has long been considered among the commonwealth’s top signal callers in his graduating class. Hodge has all the tools and “measurables” with the on-field production to match. He is the kind of guy we relish rewarding at both Mingua Beef Jerky and at KPGFootball. Congratulations and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products to #savortheflavor! HB.
Brossart had a wonderful season a season ago which culminated in 12-wins, a trip to the Regional Final, and a player selected All-State for the first time in program history. Might Gulley be the next all-stater? He might at that. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Young offensive linemen can be hard to evaluate. Lots of times the frame is all on which we have to go. Well, this young man has plenty of height, weight, and length. He is athletic and his athletic skills will only increase as he matures. If he gets after it in the weight room, we believe you may be looking at Kentucky’s top offensive lineman in his graduating class. He has all the attributes God can give a young man, now he needs to take care of that over which he has the control. Enjoy this feature. HB.
One of them (Tristin Dillard) is considered among the best RBs in Kentucky and is a member of the Team Kentucky FBU Elite squad and the other (Jack Whaley Long) is a relative unknown but is starting to demonstrate the skills requisite to achieve stardom at this and the next level. Together, they will take a young HMS squad as far as they are able to carry the Tigers. Enjoy this look at two ’27 stars. HB.
We love to visit our many friends and locations in the Independence Bank family. Today we visit our branch in Owensboro, Kentucky known far and wide as the “West Parrish Avenue branch.” Ethan Gough is among the Red Devils brightest rising stars on defense and may be equally effective running the football at his offensive position of RB. We are confident Ethan Gough, like his brother Austin before him, will draw plenty of ink before his high school journey is through. Enjoy this feature on one of Kentucky’s very finest at the MLB/RB positions. Get on by and visit one of our fine branches today and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
TaShawn McBroom had a really fine freshman year as the head football coach in Buckner, Kentucky at Oldham County High. The Colonels finished 8-3 and look to improve on that effort this coming season. It will start with the articulation of young talent from off the JV roster onto the varsity team. Caleb Wheeldon is one new addition to the varsity play rotation we believe will be counted on more and more as the year progresses. Enjoy this feature. HB.
There is a lot about this young man’s game which recommends him to next level scouts. First and foremost, that 3.7 GPA he sports in Honors classes is stellar. Secondly, his work in the weight room recommends him highly. He is the kind of guy we relish rewarding at both Mingua Beef Jerky and at KPGFootball. Congratulations and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products to #savortheflavor! HB.
When you get to Kentucky 5A, that is certainly denoted as “Big Boy Football” within the commonwealth. For instance, players playing two-ways or “iron man football” at the 5A level or higher gets increasingly rare but you will still see it and usually those pulling it off are really special talents. Here is our best guess concerning how this classification shakes out this coming season. Enjoy! HB.
This prospect has been likened to Wandale Robinson. We watch him and believe him to be more of a Jay Becherer clone. Regardless, he is likened to two exceptional former high school players both of whom flourished in college. We believe before it is said and done, this kid here will do likewise. He is certainly putting in the work. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This is a program which has been fluttering. However, it is also a 6A program which has plenty of talent on hand to compete vigorously with its District 1 opponents if combed and recruited to the roster with sufficient zeal. Toren Redmond is the type of athlete which has to find the field on Friday Nights. We think this Fall will be his coming out party. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We love to visit our many friends and locations in the Independence Bank family. Today we visit our branch in Madisonville, Kentucky known far and wide as the “East Center.” Harlee Egbert is among the Storms’ more lethal defenders returning and is also one of the best names in Kentucky High School football. He will draw plenty of ink before his high school journey is through. Enjoy this feature on one of Kentucky’s very finest at the LB/RB positions. Get on by and visit one of our fine branches today and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
When you get to Kentucky 4A, that is the first class generally denoted as “Big Boy Football” within the commonwealth. For instance, players playing two-ways or “iron man football” at the 4A level or higher gets increasingly rare. Here is our best guess concerning how this classification shakes out this coming season. Enjoy! HB.
We are ramping up toward the start of the ’22 season. No one is more excited than KPGFootball or the Mingua Beef Jerky Company. Brandon Hollis is a kid from whom we expect a huge performance over his senior season. He certainly has all the intangibles to strike it big this upcoming season. Enjoy this look at a DB/ATH about whom you will continually hear going forward and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products to #savortheflavor! HB.
Here is our best guess at the five best teams heading into the ’22 season in the 3A classification. We were right on the money a year ago picking Belfry to win and Paducah to make the final game. Man, did we look stupid at the mid-way point and genius at the end. Hopefully, we will once again demonstrate our superior knowledge and work ethic. Enjoy. HB.
We went to a recent Christian County Colonel football practice and to say ZaQuan Quarles ‘stood out’ would be understated. Quarles is listed at 6’2″ but we believe that may be a tad short and his wingspan is something about which to write an epic poem. We believe this is a kid some colleges out there should be very excited about recruiting.
LaRue County’s all-everything QB from ’21 has bolted to LCA. Where does that leave the Hawks? Well, it leaves them in need of someone to step it up in ’22 particularly under center. We believe the job will fall to Riley Hatfield, or perhaps it should. We believe Hatfield has the frame and skills to excel there and will lead the program back to its usual place of prominence. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We love to visit our many friends and locations in the Independence Bank family. Today we visit our branch in Providence, Webster County, Kentucky. Derek Adams is among the brightest stars in his graduating class of ’25. He will draw plenty of ink before his high school journey is through. Enjoy this feature on one of Kentucky’s very finest at MLB/RB positions. Get on by and visit one of our fine branches today and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
Colton is the little brother of one of the finer technicians the interior offensive line has known in and around the KHSAA over the previous several years. Brother (@AnthonyJohnsLCA) is off playing football (OC, projected) for the Colonels of EKU. Colton plays offensive center right now and may be among […]
Both Mingua Beef Jerky and KPGFootball prize versatility. Well you can’t find a more versatile performer than this week’s Protein-packed Performer. We counted three offensive line and three defensive line posts manned by him at some time or another over the course of the ’21 season. Enjoy this look at an OL/DL about whom you will continually hear going forward and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products and #savortheflavor!
Brian Crawford is a specimen. He is also about to be a junior. Why did he only get in one varsity game a year ago? We don’t know. If the Cards would like to greatly improve on last season’s 3-9, we would suggest getting the yoked, brick, crap-houses on the field and off the sideline this coming Fall. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Austin Trent is a ‘football player.’ There are some of you out there who know exactly what that means. There was a time when college programs knew the importance of ‘football players’ though we are as sure of that still being true as we once were. Either way, Trent is set to have a huge year this coming Fall. He will be a Junior. The Junior year is like ‘moving day’ in a PGA Tour event. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Tyler Hill is the kind of player teams just can’t seem to find with sufficient regularity. He is a hulking interior OL who can play multiple slots along the front and who (we believe) has a bright future in this game post-high school. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Price Aycock sure came to the rescue in all three phases a year ago for his Calloway County Laker football program. The 6’0″ 175-pound ’24 prospect showed he has the frame and skills to make the home folks very optimistic about the overall direction of the Lakers program. Enjoy this feature about this spectacular football player and see our friends and learn why Independence Bank‘s products, people, and services have started a revolution in the Kentucky banking industry. HB.
Here is our KPGFootball preseason top 5 for the ’22 Fall football season in the 2A classification. We have made an exhaustive search of the respective rosters of the teams listed and believe these five to be the class of this particular classification. Enjoy. HB.
Ft. Thomas Highlands hasn’t been of late what we have grown accustomed to seeing from the Bluebird football program. However, they have young talent which will surely get them back to the top of the pile. Devon James is certainly among the more promising players the program boasts within the ’25 graduating class. Enjoy this look at one of Kentucky’s finest from the very finest in beef jerky from all across this mighty land of ours, the Mingua family. HB.
I remember a mother telling me when I was coaching that her son was a varsity football player. I told her, “Well Ma’am, he’s playing in a JV game in about a half-hour. If he’s a varsity guy he should stick out like a sore thumb in this JV game.” That is as fair of an indicator as I know. Well, I watched Pavey’s JV film and it appeared obvious to me Pavey is a varsity player. We believe he will show all of us this coming Fall. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Here is our KPGFootball preseason top 5 for the ’22 Fall football season. We have made an exhaustive search of the respective rosters of the teams listed and believe these five to be the class of the Classification. Enjoy. HB.
LaRue County has one fine QB who has reclassified as a ’25 prospect and is framed out exactly like one wants to see a pro-style QB. Cutter Boley has a couple Power 5 offers know with several others circling. One has to figure he will pledge himself to UK when the ‘Cats offer. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Can’t imagine anywhere in Kentucky apart from Frederick Douglass where an athlete which is framed out like Myles Moseley (’23) would be anything apart from the team’s main target in the downfield passing game. Yet, here is a 6’3″ and 170-pound WR/FS used primarily as a down-field stalk blocker catching only 4-footballs over a 15-game season. The graduation and matriculation onto the UK roster of ’22’s Dane Key should free up some targets for Moseley. We predict the Bronco faithful will wonder what took so long. HB.
We search far and wide to bring you the players who have revolutionized the performance of the team in the communities we serve. We also enjoy recognizing superior branches in the Independence Bank family. This week we recognize a rising senior at Louisville’s Male High and the famous branch located on “1900 Colonel Sanders Lane.” Get on by and discover why Independence Bank’s people, products, and services have started a revolution in the financial services market in Kentucky. HB.
Aiden Jones will figure to be one of Kentucky’s highest regarded ’23 prospects before the final word is written on that account. Jones has the frame and the production to warrant such attention. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We have been breaking down some “up and comers” around the magazine and even feeding a few. It’s the offseason, this is the time to do that very thing. Well, not hard to forecast this prospect will explode onto the scene and we are wagering it will be this coming Fall. Enjoy this look at a “Breakout Player” we decided it was time to feed with the country’s very finest in beef jerky products. Congratulations to Tyus Mccarter. HB.
Logan Rodgers is among the more exciting and explosive players in the 4A classification today and certainly in that classification’s first-district. He is popping up on all kinds of recruiting radars and it is for the right reasons, his production on the field. Enjoy this look at a rising Junior who still has plenty of time and ability to make his mark. HB.
Ryle keeps pumping quality talent onto its roster and into its program. Dylan Lee is no different. Dylan is a track star and 2X Kentucky middle school 100m sprint champion. Will he play when he hits the Raiders roster this Fall. We believe him likely to start and probably in the back-third as opposed to out wide but we do expect he will be a star WR before it is all said and done. Enjoy the feature. HB.
He was our friend. He was a friend and teammate to so many. Please permit us some latitude as we publish with permission the touching eulogy Fletcher Long wrote in honor of his friend which was read at the funeral. May God bless and keep the entire Perry family and the community mourning Jason’s loss. #Brotherhood. HB.
As we continue to monitor our ’26s entering the Fall of their freshman seasons, today we feature a WR about whom many are raving. Hudson Nottmeier looks to have the total package, at least if you consult one of the nation’s premier recruiting and ranking services. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We search far and wide to bring you the players who have revolutionized the performance of his team in the communities we serve. We also enjoy recognizing superior branches in the Independence Bank family. This week we recognize a rising senior at Bowling Green Senior High and the famous “Fairview Branch.” Get on by and discover why Independence Bank’s people, products, and services have started a revolution in the financial services market in Kentucky. HB.
If there is a “Field Event” likely to build explosion, we are told it is the Shot Put. Well Stanfield is a football player who also throws the Shot an throws it well especially for a ’25 prospect. We believe he is poise to explode onto the defensive scene for his Centurions next Fall and this article is going to explain why we feel this way. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Well his name is Joe Cooley but we call him Joe Cool around the magazine’s office. He is a kid who came up big time for his team in limited opportunities. We are looking forward to his numbers with a full slate of games in which to compete. Enjoy this look at another “Breakout Player” we decided it was time to feed with the country’s very finest in beef jerky products. Congratulations to Joe Cool. Enjoy! HB.
Wan’Dale Robinson would know an extraordinary athlete when seeing one. So would KPGFootball. Can’t speak for Wan’Dale but as far as we are concerned, Gavin Johnson is top-drawer in his graduating class. Enjoy the feature. HB.
The Logan County Cougars have been stockpiling quality linemen for the previous five (5) or so years. It is an example of how the program is on such firm footing and enjoying an unprecedented level of success. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Elijah Hawkins for Logan County is the pride of the Russellville area. His play and at such a young age is among the many reasons why. This kid is a bone fide star playing the high school game. He will be on many All-State lists going forward. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Tyler Boggs is the type of award recipient we most like recognizing at Independence Bank. He is big time productive on the field and in the classroom. Boggs is the type of player which inspired Independence Bank to sponsor this entire series of articles. Get on by and visit one of our fine branches today and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
Sometimes we look at the team’s stats from a year ago and scratch our heads. Injury probably accounts for this prospects lack of play but we don’t know that for certain. We know this…6-footers who weigh close to a buck, ninety and run 4.5-second 40s can be extremely hard to keep off a football field especially when a team is coming off a 3-7. We believe Wheeler could provide a spark for the upcoming season. He certainly looks and moves like a ball player. Now it is time to perform. HB.
Bailey Thacker is among the very best pro-style QBs in the Kentucky graduating class of ’24. He is on tons of radars right now and is coming off a fantastic sophomore campaign. Enjoy this look at a QB about whom you will continually hear going forward and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind beef jerky products and #savortheflavor!
We wrote an article about Brach Rice a little over a month ago. Rice used the article as a “call to arms” for his brothers entering a season following the loss of 22 seniors from off the previous year’s roster. Hell, we loved it. Enjoy this look at one of the players expected to answer this call. HB.
Northern Kentucky high school football fans are always complaining the area is ignored by media members from the other regions of the commonwealth. Well we can’t speak for other media members. However, we can tell you we have before taken great pains to cover players and teams from the region and will continue. Here is a kid coming on his senior year who will have to shoulder plenty of burden with the expected graduation losses the Mustangs are experiencing here in just a few days. Enjoy this look at a real weapon for Brossart coming back for one last tour around the region. HB.
Isaac Blue has the frame and skills to play the offensive center position at many different levels of football. He already has a D-1 offer and there will be many more before he reaches next Fall, or certainly there should be. Enjoy this look at a very special and rare player. So rare, we picked a Sunday to feature him. HB.
This is Drew Davis. He is among Kentucky’s very finest interior, defensive down lineman in Kentucky’s ’23 class. We believe he will be a first-team All-State AP player next Fall and made the KPGFootball first-team a year ago. There are two programs which believe he is theirs. In the end, isn’t he his-own? Enjoy the feature. HB.
We are in the throws of Future Stars season. What we mean by that is middle school stars across Kentucky are auditioning to play in the Tennessee-Kentucky Future Stars Classic this coming summer. This time of year always makes us think of Kentucky’s finest. Sedgwick is certainly among them. Enjoy this feature on one of Kentucky’s very finest at WR and CB. Get on by and visit one of our fine branches today and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
With players like Keagan Prince coming into the Blackcats program, things are looking up for Prestonsburg HS. Looks like happy days may be here again for a program which has been losing its local talent but not now. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Brady Hensley may be the best RB in all of Kentucky Football. He certainly is toward the top of the ’24 class. What he did last year as a sophomore will pale in comparison with what we expect from him this coming season. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Kentucky presents real opportunity for colleges wise enough to comb its fertile recruiting fields for football talent. There is no shortage of talent and, matter of fact, lucky college programs can come up with superior talent just lying around waiting to be claimed. Camden Phillips is a kid who, if he played in Nashville, TN, he might be headed to Auburn. As it is…well, here’s your Huckleberry as Doc Holiday would say. HB.
Gavin Chadwell is easily among the top players at his position in the commonwealth. This goes equally for his secondary position (DE) like it does for his primary position (TE). He has a college frame, right now. UK confirmed this with an offer for this top prospect as a sophomore. Enjoy this feature. HB.
What they call football and what is called football in the United States is quite different. That doesn’t mean there aren’t American Football stars in Ireland. To the contrary, Seems O’Conner is a star for the University of Limerick Vikings team. He is eager to show the Colonels a thing or two about a thing or two. HB.
This is a prospect who may impact his team’s fortunes more so than any other player in the 2A classification as we approach the ’22 season. He also may be in the discussion for the ’22 “Mr. Football” award. Enjoy this look at Middlesboro High’s Cayden Grigsby. HB.
Today we bring you a feature on a young man we have before featured when he was still in middle school. Kenyatta Carbon has found a way to contribute to the team’s success in a variety of ways. At Independence Bank we celebrate young people who find a variety of ways to contribute to the cause. Come by and visit us and learn the variety of ways our people, services, and products have revolutionized the Kentucky banking industry. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Jayden Justice is a middle school kid who everyone across Kentucky is already discussing. With Future Stars tryouts ongoing there is little doubt this LBer will be representing Kentucky this summer in the Tennessee-Kentucky Future Stars Classic. He is one of Kentucky’s very best in the ’27 class. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This is a guy who seemed virtually faceless and nameless a year ago, his junior season. When you get a load of what he will do this coming season you will wonder how that was even possible. We will tell you how it is possible; it is called playing for Kentucky’s most heavily loaded football roster in its largest classification of competition. Join us again next week as we award some more of the country’s finest beef jerky product to some of Kentucky’s finest football talent. HB.
Hayes Preston had a tremendous freshman campaign. What we believe he will do as a sophomore will astound all but the most astute of high school fans. Preston is at the very top of the class among ’25s. We could see him playing a multitude of posts depending on how his frame finished. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This is a player who got in one varsity game a year ago. Of course, he was a freshman playing Kentucky 6A football. We believe he will play early and often in ’22 as he is too good of an athlete to keep off the field. Keep an eye out on this “Breakout Player.” He has some mighty fine days ahead of him. HB.
If I were to draw a picture of what a middle school, rising high school offensive tackle should appear, I would probably be drawing a picture of Dylan peck. He his long, lean, has plus length, good feet, and is athletic for a big man at his stage of development. Enjoy this look at one of the premier OL or DL (for that matter) in the class of ’26 commonwealth-wide. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This guy is the type explosive, dynamic, “twitchy” monster we love seeing deployed along an interior defensive front. Lord knows the Mustangs are mighty glad he has another year of eligibility remaining. Enjoy this feature about this spectacular football player and see our friends and learn why Independence Bank‘s products, people, and services have started a revolution in the Kentucky banking industry. HB.
Belfry Middle School wins or competes for KYMSFA championships yearly. Guess what? The high school version of the football team does the exact same thing at the KHSAA level. Are these things interconnected? How can they not be? Enjoy this look at one of the newly minted stars headed for Coach Haywood’s ’22 varsity roster. HB.
If you want to tremble with fear, consider this…Franklin County has about every significant piece of the puzzle returning from a team which made it to the 4A semis a year ago. They should be among the favorites this coming Fall. Gavin Hurst is a large reason why although the Flyers have more ballyhooed players than the 6-1, 175-pound skilled athlete in the ’24 graduating class. Enjoy this look at one of Kentucky’s finest from the very finest in beef jerky from all across this mighty land of ours, the Mingua family. HB.
Here is a guy who figures to make a huge impact for Louisville’s Pleasure Ridge Park High this coming Fall. Though he only played in 6-games a year ago at Fern Creek, he was one of its more dynamic, second-level defenders. His addition to the Panther roster will pay huge dividends for the 6A program for the reasons we outline in this article. Enjoy the feature. HB.
One of my favorite songs growing up was “Harper Valley P.T.A.” The song, written by legendary songwriter Tom T. Hall was recorded by Jeannie C. Riley and was her debut. It topped many charts much like the Harper twins are the top of many important football statistics for the Eagles football program. Enjoy this feature about a pair of players we had to feature together for reasons which will become apparent to you readily. HB.
Dashawn Benford seems poised to surge to the front of the Broncos defensive plan in the Fall of ’22. This ’23 prospect has shown glimpses this offseason of the type of leader and player he is capable of being. Now the Broncos just need to get out of his way and let him do his thing. Enjoy this article about a player we believe will have a huge senior season. HB.
We search far and wide to bring you the players who have revolutionized the performance of his team in the communities we serve. We also enjoy recognizing superior branches in the Independence Bank family. This week we recognize a rising senior at Webster County and the famous “Sebree Branch.” Get on by and discover why Independence Bank’s people, products, and services have started a revolution in the financial services market in Kentucky. HB.
Cole Crampton might (quite frankly) be the top football player returning to the 2A classification in the Fall of ’22. If he has another year like his ’21 season, there is no telling how far the Comets may go this Fall…there is no telling what post-season accolades he may earn. Enjoy this feature. HB.
We have awarded some beef jerky and a super cool T-shirt to all kinds of players. Today, we award it to a player with the potential yet unrealized but which we believe is relatively certain to realize it this coming Fall. Enjoy this look at a “Breakout Player” we decided it was time to feed with the country’s very finest in beef jerky products. Congratulations to Kevin Amuri. Enjoy! HB.
His brother is Wilson Kelly who prepped at Boyle County where he was a consensus All-State player before matriculating to MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) on a FBS football scholarship. Wilson is a first-team center for the Blue Raiders. Will little brother follow suit? You know what, I wouldn’t bet against it. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We hear all the time that this rising 9th grader is the next so and so. We have heard the same about Colin Jefferson. We will enter our guess as to whom he will favor over the course of his high school career and we won’t have to leave the Male High roster for our guess or guesses. Enjoy this look at a (now) former JCTMS Centurion pledged to play in high school for Coach Wolfe at Louisville’s Male High. HB.
We have a real find for you today. How many of you remember the big time linebacker who played at Magoffin and then transferred to Paintsville before heading to Marshall’s Thundering Herd? His name was Mason Lovely. Today’s feature mimics Lovely’s production in several key ways, thought not completely. Enjoy this look at a Breakout Player you may not be soon to forget. HB.
Talk about coming into a job in a tough spot, we can’t imagine an individual inheriting a tougher job than Kasey Boone did a year ago. His performance was remarkable for lack of a better term. Congratulations to this young QB, who is a ’23 prospect, and remember to get on by and visit our three (3) fine Owensboro area branches today and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
Hard to ever forecast a freshman getting much Friday Night run. This is even more true where the freshman in question is joining the roster of one of the most prestigious high school programs at the 5A level. Not every freshman comes in put together like Malik Coburn if we are being honest. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We are so good at evaluating players we see tomorrow’s stars today. Today’s recipient is a rising star among the ranks of Kentucky offensive centers. Centers across Kentucky get largely overlooked. Hey, these men are in need of nourishment too. Enjoy the feature and don’t forget to pick up a few bags of our one-of-a-kind product and #savortheflavor!
Dan Goble deserves to be inducted into the KHSAA Hall of Fame for what his teams did on the football field. We have agreed to help spearhead this push for his inclusion. It is one of the noblest callings for which we have ever been summoned. We are honored to be invested in this search for justice. HB Lyon.
This young man is hardly unknown in middle school circles in either basketball or football. He excels in those two sports in addition to a couple more. He is among the finest athletes we have anywhere in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Enjoy his time in the spotlight. HB.
This prospect reminds us of some former covers of ours. All of those guys did quite well. No reason to think this guy won’t fair equally. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Today we feature a kid who showed flashes of brilliance a year ago. Caleb Moore showed a dangerous burst, particularly on kick returns, and the Rock could stand a lot more of that type effort this coming season. If The Rock is to resurrect to its former glory it had under “the other Coach Larkey,” players like Moore will be called upon to “Breakout.” Enjoy the feature. HB.
This week we have a pass-rushing specialist in Chris Allen, Class of ’23, as our recipient. Allen was instrumental in “The Blue Tornado’s” run to Lexington and shot at the title a year ago. His continued excellent play will formulate (perhaps) a return engagement. Enjoy the feature and remember to get on by and visit one of our fine branches today to discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
When you study statistics as often and as vigorously as we, you stumble across the unexpected sometimes. We were checking in on how our buddy, Blake Dodd, was faring when we found ’24’s Brach Rice. Rice is a specimen and getting it done at 6A Dixie Heights. He is already drawing quite a bit of notice. Now, he’s getting love from us. Enjoy the article. HB.
This kid is coming practically out of nowhere but he could be one of Kentucky’s more recruited DE’s in the ’23 class before it is all said and done. Talk about a kid who passes the eye-test, this kid is it. If you are a program serious about competing in college football, I would get this kid on campus and right away. For now, we have agreed to feed him and send him a snappy T-shirt. Enjoy this look at one tremendous high school football player with unbelievable upside.
Landon Smith, one of Kentucky’s highest regarded players at the Slot/TE position, is a Patriot no more. Smith reports his having enrolled at Hazard High where he will be a Bulldog this coming Fall. We analyze the move and its import in this article. Enjoy! HB.
We gave used an arrow to point out Corey Bitterling. If you attend any South Warren games, we are wagering you will not need any gesticulation to find him. We have watched highlights on him and he jumps off the page at us. He may be a couple inches too short to play anywhere but center at the D-1 level. However, with his grades, he will be able to go wherever he wishes and there are some small-college programs who would pay handsomely for him. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Is it time to set the Deuce (No. 2) loose in Ashland, Kentucky. We believe it just may be. This player, considered too short by some, is plenty fast and plenty productive. We wouldn’t bet against him, that’s for sure and don’t recommend it for you either. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Today we bring you a feature on a young man we have before featured when he was still in middle school. Mitchell has found a way to contribute to the team’s success in a variety of ways. At Independence Bank we celebrate young people who find a variety of ways to contribute to the cause. Come by and visit us and learn the variety of ways our people, services, and products have revolutionized the Kentucky banking industry. Enjoy the feature. HB.
No one spends more time covering specialists than KPGFootball. Why? For starters no one covering football in Kentucky knows half as much as we. This, coupled with the fact the social teams are where the breaks are made and championships won, and we are going to continue to cover it. Should you be surprised we wrote this feature about the best placekicker in Kentucky’s ’23 class? Nope. Enjoy the article. HB.
We have featured this particular prospect a few weeks ago but going back over what he did as a freshman at the position where he was deployed we just perpetually found ourselves more impressed. We thought this tribute to him, and rushing him some much needed protein would be entirely appropriate. We believe you will agree. Join us again a week from today when we do all this again. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Class of ’22 prospect, AJ Harvey hasn’t yet settled on exactly where he will play college football. However, he plans on doing just that. This article will demonstrate it isn’t wise to bet against Harvey once he sets his mind on doing something. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We believe Toby Cercone may be the best interior offensive lineman in Kentucky’s ’23 class. He has been garnering quite a bit of interest and making a slew of visits. He has his sites set on making All-State his senior year. We wouldn’t feel it safe to bet against him. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Mason Sulla may have been a name you hadn’t heard when the Associated Press announced its ’21 All-State Football team. However, there is a difference between the casual football fan and a working member of the Kentucky press corp. Mason Sulla is a name with which we in the press corp are intimately familiar and you will be too after reading this feature. HB.
We believe Carter Guillaume is the best offensive center playing football anywhere in Kentucky’s high school version of the game today, at any level of play. As the Associated Press’s All-State teams were released a few weeks ago, it would be safe to assume we aren’t alone in this assessment. Enjoy this feature about this spectacular football player (and wrestler) and see our friends and learn why Independence Bank‘s products, people, and services have started a revolution in the Kentucky banking industry. HB.
This is a prospect in the ’23 class who hails from the prestigious Lexington Ravens program. The Ravens routinely provide the very top in football playing talent around area high school rosters. Floyd is “blowing up” as is routinely said. This article should explain the phenomenon to you clearly. Enjoy the feature. HB.
It is very rare for a freshman to make much of a contribution to a high school varsity football. How about a freshman running back who averaged 9.3-yards per carry, carried it a tad under 200-times, gained nearly 2,000 yards, and scored a TD every 8.65 carries? What about that for rare? We are recognizing the inordinate freshman season of Taylor County’s Peyton Smith this week. We felt his numbers were worthy of recognition and required nourishment. Luck for us, Mingua Beef Jerky felt exactly the same way. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Ninety-three percent of high school players never walk on a college football field. That doesn’t (nor should it) take away from what they accomplished playing the greatest game of all…high school football. Cusick is a very fine player for his Ryle Raiders. We are sure they wouldn’t trade a pretty for him. Enjoy this feature. HB.
Zri Dabney, No. 29 on the roster but foremost on opponent’s scouting reports, is a ’23 prospect sure to make quite a bit of noise around the 8th-District in Class 6A this coming Fall. He was the Blue Devils’ top defensive threat over the course of the ’21 season and sure to be as be-deviling his senior year at Bryan Station as a Defender. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We featured this young player five-six months ago. That’s okay, many star players get featured multiple times on our forum. We believe this kid is among the very best young DB’s or RB’s in Kentucky’s graduating class of 2026. We hope you remember from where you first heard this. HB.
We have always loved to cover the powerlifting championships offseason. Having 300-plus pounders like Foster around challenging for state titles at his weight class is a real bonus for any program. Enjoy this look at the Revolutionary Player of the Week from Independence Bank and discover why Independence Bank’s people, products, and services have started a revolution in the financial services market in Kentucky. HB.
Lucas Hughes signed today with the Spartans from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri. KPGFootball was pleased to cover this event. Enjoy this late breaking article.
When it come to looking the part, no one does it any better than ’24’s DJ Walker. He is locked in a tough battle for the starting QB slot at Lexington’s Layfayette High School and in the 6A classification, the real firs-stringer needs badly to reveal himself. Who will it be under center primarily in ’22. We discuss in this article. HB.
Cooper Stone is one of the commonwealth’s most polished and prolific pro-style QBs. He has led the Bethlehem program to a level of play it will be difficult to replicate without him. Good thing the Eagles have Stone on whom to lean again next Fall. We know people around Bardstown, Kentucky are relieved to hear that! Enjoy this look at one of our most accomplished players of the week and don’t forget to savor the flavor of the country’s finest beef jerky products. HB.
All Bryant from Boyd County High School is a player who gives his all every day in practice and works hard to put himself in position to help his team. An outgoing college All-conference player in Kentucky reminded KPGFootball such efforts ennoble both the player giving the effort and the program in receipt thereof. Enjoy this feature about a ’23 ready to step up his game in ’22. HB.
Some break out players are more obvious than others. Still, we never just throw up someone for no reason. Why do we think Tate Johnson from Frederick Douglass is primed to breakout onto the High School Friday Night scene? This article should explain it. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Lleyton Penn was the “Ace Hardware Throwback Player of the Year.” That appears to be one of the more appropriately awarded awards we have ever seen any one company bestow. This guy is a linemen’s lineman. We believe he will have a big senior year and he will have opportunities to keep the party going in college should he choose. Enjoy this feature. HB.
This week we check in on our friends in Providence, Kentucky on North Willow Street. Providence is in Webster County and Jackson Edens has been turning quite a few heads over that way. Enjoy this feature and learn what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
Well, this is article number 2,000 in our long and illustrious career covering middle and high school football. We have chosen a special player to mark this very special occasion. Enjoy this feature and thank you for reading and following us all these years. HB.
Xsavier Cleary surprised everyone with what he did as a freshman starting and manning the middle of the defensive line for Paducah’s Blue Tornado in ’21. He is a guy whose improvement will continue to define the resurgence of one of the commonwealth’s premier programs. Enjoy this feature about this fantastic young DL. Join us again next week as we award Kentucky’s most prestigious weekly distinction to another worthy recipient. HB.
We have kids who remind us of other kids we have before covered. This Justin Ruffin, Jr. reminds us of Diasjaun Mercer (’23, Hoptown). That is a very good thing. Both of these guys are major college football prospects. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We love to feature the middle schoolers offseason. It is a great way to replenish our database which gets annually depleted by graduation. Harrison McGraw plays offensive center along with defensive line and is a player whose progression we intend to closely monitor. Players like him, especially where he is deployed, are not easy to find and are in very high demand. Enjoy the feature. HB.
As the ’22 class leaves us here at the magazine, we are in the midst of augmenting our database with kids formerly in middle school headed to the high school game. Well, Caden Veltkamp from South Warren is a Hilltopper (WKU) now. Who will take his place in the lineup running the Spartan offense as it defends its 5A title? Don’t be surprised if Coach Smith’s troop don’t turn to an incoming freshman. Don’t be surprised if his name happens to be Easton Jointer. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Daviess County is coming off an 11-2 season in ’21 which saw them compete at the highest level in the 6A Classification. Now Humphreys and Dees are both moving on to the college game, what will the Panthers do for an encore in ’22? Well, they will surely lean even more heavily on this week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week. Enjoy this week’s feature and discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry. HB.
“Middle School Spotlight” is an opportunity for the magazine to perpetually reload its invaluable trove of database containing information about the finest Kentucky footballers in each graduating class. Each year we lose great players and every year we gain a new crop of superstars. Avery Thompson, come on down! Enjoy the feature. HB.
Talk about a young player already turning some heads, what about this QB playing for Raceland who is a ’24 and has just completed his sophomore season. If you read this feature, it will be apparent how this guy won the country finest beef jerky. Join us again a week from today when some other lucky Kentucky middle or high school player gets awarded the finest beef jerky on the market. HB.
Our breakout series is meant to highlight players likely to come from nowhere to be a star in the coming season. We either look like fools or exceedingly wise when the season arrives. We went out on the limb in this prediction. Still, that being said, we are acting on reliable information from a very reliable source and we feel pretty good about this prediction. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Aris Pittman has every attribute a college recruiter could possibly want. His junior season is fast approaching and this is perhaps a recruit’s most important film. He has just competed at the Best of the Midwest Combine so what may we expect for this prospect going forward? Well, we expect him to be widely recruited. You should too; and this article will explain why. Enjoy the feature. HB.
His friends call him “Tobster.” His opponents call him “Trench Gorilla.” College recruiters are gong to call him. We don’t do this often but we are featuring a player outside of Kentucky today from our neighbor Indiana. For those doubting whether this is something we do, remember our featuring Evan Kelley from Texas and Michael Williams from Michigan? Not to mention the Tennessee players we have featured. Anyway, it is something we do. We are doing it again and will continue intermittently. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We have featured quite a few McLean County Cougars through the years. There is a reason for this…they are A’s second-district. The Cougars had an uncharacteristic 4-6 year in ’21 and missed the playoffs for the first time in a while. Guys like this week’s feature will insure that will not turn into a trend. Enjoy this look at one of the area’s top two-way players and get on by our Livermore branch and discover why our people, products, and services have started a revolution in the financial service’s sector clear across the Bluegrass. HB.
Jacob Parker, the one to whom the white arrow points, is a late to the party player like so many others we have before featured. Parker transferred in to Breathitt from a high school which didn’t field a football team. He has been a wonderful surprise with a work-ethic which encircles many kids his age and has now worked himself into someone we have noticed. Look for him to start along the Big Blue Wave in ’22 at OT and to contribute at DE. HB.
We enjoy highlighting future football stars at a time while they are still unknown. We don’t know that this guy would count as an unknown as the knowledgeable people in football circles all seem to know him but he is largely unknown to the casual fan, at least at present. That shouldn’t last very long, particularly after his winning this particular distinction. Enjoy this look at ’24’s top of the class along the OL. Join us next week and we will hit the “repeat” button. HB.
We have been breaking down some Mr. Football potential candidates for next Fall. No one should overlook Mr. Kaden Gardner from the Ryle Raiders. He had an incredible junior season and has some very attractive, next-level measurable and times. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Success can be a relative term. What some people consider to be successful others profess disappointment. Shawn Marshall is a prospect who finds himself on a roster of other young players searching for its way back to the type of success it was enjoying just a few short years ago. Can Koby Clark lead this team back to where Gary Wheeler, Jr. had the Bears just a few short years ago. We believe he can! Enjoy the feature. HB.
Daisjaun Mercer is clearly taller than he has been consistently listed. We had heard that, but his running into Coach Long and me at the Hoptown/County basketball game the other night just proved it. He’s going to continue to stand tall as he enters his “Senior Year.” He may even prove tall enough to bring home the “Mr. Football” award this coming Fall. HB.
Garrison Barker is among the fastest kids in his graduating class all across western-KY. HIs sub five-second, laser timed 40-yard dash would support that contention. Enjoy this look at one of Daviess County’s very finest in the ’26 class and get on by and discover why Independence Bank’s people, products, and services have started a revolution in the financial services market in Kentucky. HB.
The Colonels picked up a pledge from a very talented and well put together OLB hailing from Texas. Evan Kelley is a kid who, in spite of playing his prep football in Lake Travis, Texas, still has considerable ties to the Bluegrass. Enjoy this special feature which is a bit different from our normal fare. HB.
We saw this featured athlete perform for Team Kentucky Future Stars in its annual classic with the Tennessee counterpart. We believed him to be a top-two DE in that class at that time and he did nothing but confirm that prediction for us over the course of his freshman season. What he is poised to do as a sophomore could prove incredible. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We love feeding the “big boys” around Mingua Beef Jerky and KPGFootball. This week we are nourishing one of Kentucky’s very finest Right Tackles in the high school game’s class of ’23 in Demartae “Bulldozer” Johnson. Enjoy this look at a kid who has a great time playing the game he loves and join us again next week. HB.
We love our breakout series mostly because it is rare when we don’t turn out to be “dead on the money.” We are confident in the rising Sophomore who is the subject of today’s feature. Landon Yates is a horse. How good will he be in ’22? Well, we shall see. With the graduation upcoming this Spring, he should get his opportunities. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This is the time of year we start forecasting and even promoting players for the coveted “Mr. Football” distinction. Here is a guy we expect to be right in the mix next Fall for the award. We have seen him forecast headed to UK. We have seen him forecast to UT. Either program will be getting quite a specimen and quite a football player. Enjoy the feature. HB.
How does any program replace a Mr. Football in the offensive backfield. Well, when that program is Belfry, they do it with a young talent who has shown he won’t shy from having to fill shoes that size. It must stink having to play Belfry all the time. When does the endless wave of superior football playing talent ever ebb? Seemingly never. Enjoy the feature. HB.
There are people who win this distinction multiple times. Of course, there are people who render a Revolutionary level of service every single day. At Independence Bank, our people, products, and financial services revolutionize the banking industry in Kentucky every, single day, much like Lujan McAdoo’s play on a football field amazes every, single time he goes out under the lights. Enjoy this look at this extraordinary performer. HB.
He’s among the very best down linemen in the Commonwealth’s ’23 graduating class. Big programs are jumping on with offers and many others are circling looking for a place to land. His name is Jalen Hand and he is just another example of the strides Lexington, KY and its in-town programs have made in establishing Lexington as a hot-bed of in-KY recruiting. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This week’s Protein-packed Performer is a versatile athlete who can do plenty of things for a football team. He will undoubtedly be an elite prospect in the ’23 class and is already drawing major interest from teams like EKU which has invited him to “Junior Day.” Enjoy this look at a player who, like Mingua Beef Jerky, knows something of rendering incredible value and performance. While you are at it, get some of the world’s finest beef jerky and savor the quality and taste while you learn more about this quality young man. HB.
Isaiah Fitzpatrick was among Kentucky’s very finest as a high school football player. Several in-state schools felt strongly enough about that to insist on fully funding his upcoming college experience. He jumped on the opportunity, leaving some bigger programs trying to PWO him to their roster hanging at the alter. In the grand scheme, he was shrewd, smart, and cagy and we applaud his decision. Enjoy this feature. HB.
Damarien Mudd is an up and comer with a bright future playing for Louisville’s Central High. He is a track star, in addition to what he does on the football field. He didn’t get a ton of run in ’20 but we would expect him to be an active part of the team’s efforts in the Fall of ’22 and thereafter. Enjoy this look at a kid who will be a junior next year. HB.
Year after year Pikeville High School has talent come off its bus which defies all logic in evaluating a Kentucky 1A roster. We would suppose that is why the Panthers are perpetually in the Title hunt at the 1A classification in football. Wade Hensley, and talent very much like him, promises the Panthers are likely to be in the hunt in ’22 also. Enjoy this feature. HB.
Hawesville, KY is home to both a stellar branch of Independence Bank and one of Kentucky’s finest second level defensive stalwarts in all of the ’24 graduating class. This week we feature Hancock County’s Aiden Weatherholt. Enjoy this look at a young player about whom you should hear tons going forward. Join us again a week from today as we highlight another fine talent from an area where Independence Bank flourishes. Get on by our Hawesville branch where you will find we routinely provide the people, products, and services which have started a revolution in the financial service’s sector clear across the Bluegrass. HB
Zion Mason exhibited incredible value and versatility in ’21 as a junior. We don’t foresee his senior year being different. The only thing more to add to what he did as a junior will be the cornucopia of recruiting campus visits he will travel to over the Fall. HB.
This week’s Mingua Beef Jerky Protein-packed Performer is a guy who has manned the MLB slot on defense for John Hardin as well as that slot can be played. Bennett is playing the 2nd level like a Stradivarius violin. Enjoy this feature and join us next week as we do all of this once more. HB.
We don’t know why Greyson Vance is called “Pigpen.” Maybe he stinks at cleaning his room or making his bed. He has been wrecking havoc on opposing offensive backfields. He leaves them mighty untidy most of the time. Enjoy our breakdown of Pigpen Vance in this edition of Middle School Spotlight. HB.
William Long (60) and Miller Barnett (18), both in green jerseys with gold numerals, will be both in gold once more. This time, the two former junior pro teammates will be donning the Gold and White of Centre College for the next several years. Enjoy this look at two football players who grew up together and have now found themselves together once more. HB.
This prospect looks poised to “Ponce” on the upcoming Woodford County slate of opponents. Christian Ponce looks to be among the commonwealth’s finer nose guards. He has the perfect build for the position and is quick off the ball and moves well for a young man built like he is. We look forward to seeing what he gets done over his senior year. You should too. HB.
This is another fine example of an undersized kid who rendered an unbelievable performance for his high school on Friday nights. Humphrey came darn close in ’21 to leading his team all the way to the 3A title. Enjoy the feature and get by your local Independence Bank and discover just why their people, products, and services have started a revolution in the financial services industry. HB.
John Sualla is an example of why Frederick Douglass challenges for the title in 5A yearly. He is a 6-2, 265-pound, big-body guy who has had an unfortunate injury situation which has robbed him of some PT. He will have a huge senior year we predict and end up on quite a few recruiting boards. Enjoy this feature. HB.
It is hard to imagine a ’24 with more promise than RB/DE Trey Durbin. The 6-2, 200-pounder contributed to his team’s fortunes mightily on both sides of the ball in ’21 and is a star in more than the one sport. We believe he may be a “Mr. Football” candidate in a few years. Enjoy this look at one of Kentucky’s finest and don’t forget to join us a week from today when we get to do this all over. HB.
Georgetown College has secured the signature of Kentucky’s premier player at the OG position. How big of a pickup is this for the Tigers? What does it mean for LeMaster. We will discuss all of that in this feature. HB.
Talk about your upside potential. This is a TE who has it all. Frame, movement, hands, speed, aggression, literally has it all. Enjoy this look at a kid who is headed to Centre College where the sky is the limit on what he may do at that level of play. HB.
Shakespeare once wrote “uneasy is the head that wears a crown.” He was talking about King Henry the IV from England. We believe the same could be equally applied to Blake Birchfield, the unofficial King of Pike County. Enjoy this feature. HB.
We like to inform readers about young men whose academic performance and on field excellence have netted for the individual remarkable opportunities. Well, Landon Nokes embodies this as well as any young athlete in the Commonwealth. Enjoy this look at one of Kentucky’s very best and brightest and remember to get on by your local Independence Bank and learn why our people, product, and service has revolutionized the financial services market in Kentucky. HB.
I had a close friend who played at WKU back in the day. WKU is a FBS program now but was an OVC member then and competed in the old NCAA Division I-AA now called FCS. He told me the Hilltoppers were the only school which manifested much interest in […]
We relish every opportunity to distinguish fantastic performers in all three phases of the game of football. This would include special teams where guys like today’s recipient really shine. Having an accomplished place kicker is like finding money in your dry cleaning. It can also be like “money in the bank.” Enjoy this look at a fine placekicker/punter from the class of ’25 and join us next week as we do all of this all over again. HB.
Jack Gohmann may be among Kentucky’s more forgotten star QBs. It sure was a crowded position among ’22 players across the Bluegrass. However, when you crunch the numbers, one sees Grohmann stacks up to any other player who played the position. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This is a young player who made the most of his limited opportunities over his freshman season. We believe he is poised and preparing to make his move up the depth chart at Mayfield this coming season. Read why we feel this way. HB.
Sawyer Horton may be one of the better QB’s in the ’24 class. If what he did as a sophomore is any indication, that “may be” should be changed to “definitely is.” Enjoy this look at a young player who has it all and who can be as good as he works to be. HB.
This week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week was the picture of versatility and consistently good play for the Spartans on defense along its third level in both ’20 and ’21. He is also among the elite middies in Lacrosse from around the Bluegrass. Enjoy this feature about a true star at two different varsity sports. HB.
We are hitting the ground running this summer highlighting some of the outstanding ’26 football talent which figures to hit varsity rosters as early as this coming Fall. This prospect would certainly fit that description. Enjoy this feature. HB.
Tel Tel Long is a Long way from being done with his high school career. With what he did as a sophomore, we just can’t wait to see what he does as an upperclassman. Congratulations to Tel Tel Long on being this week’s Protein-packed Performer of the Week. Join us again a week from today when we get the pleasure of doing this all over once more. HB.
It is looking like it is rounding into Jhaden Vaughn time around the Trigg County Wildcat football program. This article here should easily demonstrate just why that appears true. Enjoy this feature on a kid who’s upside looks to us to be incredibly high. HB.
The mascot for Simon Kenton’s athletic teams are “The Pioneers.” The man for whom the high school has been named was a legendary frontiersman in Ohio and the Midwest. The rising senior to be, ’23’s Josh Bowling, is getting fairly legendary in his own right. Enjoy this feature on one of Northern Kentucky’s more talked about and recruited 2nd level defenders. HB.
We have covered Frankie Knight since he was a middle schooler setting the curve in the 40 at the Future Stars combine. He is still fast as his work on the track as a sprinter would suggest. He’s also a real diamond in the rough football prospect too who may be finding his dance card filling up really soon. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This is a prospect of whom you might not have heard but when you ready what he did in ’21 you will wonder why he isn’t a household word. Drew Hudgin is just another example of the superior playing talent Kentucky has lying beneath the surface across Kentucky and why Independence Bank bring readers this weekly segment. Congratulations to Drew and get on by and see your local Independence Bank branch today and discover why its products and services have revolutionized the financial services market in the Kentucky banking industry. HB.
There are some fine young QBs around Kentucky who are sure to impress many an onlooker as their careers move along through the years. Justin Hisle from East Jessamine would certainly fit the description. Enjoy this look at a Class of ’25 guy from whom you will hear more and more as we continue to cover the game. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We search long and hard each week to bring you Protein-packed Performers from all sorts of places around Kentucky. This week we go to Pineville, Kentucky (Bell County) and award our delicious jerky products to the best running back Pineville High has had in some time. Congratulations to Devon Morris from the Mingua Beef Jerky Company and KPGFootball and join us next week as we do this all once more. HB.
Whether you call Burke, “Shawn” or “Drew,” or whether you call him a ’22 or a ’23 one thing you can’t call him is timid. No sir, this Ram reminds us of the old Dodge Truck commercials. Burke is “Ram Tough!” Enjoy this look at an outstanding offensive center in the commonwealth of Kentucky. HB.
When you are talking about big-timers coming in to tour the campus, they don’t get any bigger than Adam Wicktom from Memphis, Tennessee. Wicktom played his prep football at Evangelical Christian, was selected by the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TNFCA) as an All-State player, and won numerous Player of the […]
There is literally no telling the type numbers Jordan Wright will accumulate over his senior season this coming Fall. He has been scintillating so far. Enjoy this look at one of Henderson County’s leading young citizens and get on by and visit one of our three (3) in-county locations and discover why our products and services have revolutionized the financial market in Kentucky. HB.
Tristan Cox is one of Kentucky’s finest in the ’23 class. We believe him likely headed to the OL in college. There are plenty of colleges and universities willing to find out just how could he could grow to be. He is darn-right fantastic right now. Enjoy the feature! HB.
What this prospect may have lacked in size, he more than compensated for with performance. Luke Saner had quite the year as a member of the Class of ’22. Walking off the field a 6A champion is no inconsequential feat either. Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today where we will do this all once more. HB.
Here is a kid we just knew would have a big year. Did we know he would account for 42 TDs over the course of his 8th-grade season? Well, of course not! Who could have possibly predicted that? Still, never let it be said we don’t know a player when seeing one. Enjoy this look back on a prediction we couldn’t have gotten any more correct. HB.
Not everyone hits the lineup when the “experts” believe they should. In some programs it is much harder to hit the field than in others. That shouldn’t diminish the ability and skill exhibited by young interior bigs like Hayden Baker from Corbin however. Especially when he is so willing to put in the offseason work. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Easton Jessie is a prospect from whom you will hear plenty in coming seasons. We believe he will be a “Mr. Football” candidate in the Fall of ’25, his senior year. Check out this feature and learn why. HB.
Centre College hosted one of its top targets in Tennessee’s Gabe Walker (RB/ATH). Walker is just the latest example of the type talent prestigious schools like the “Yale of Kentucky” routinely sign for inclusion among its rosters. Walker is a difference maker touring and evaluating a school which would end up making a tremendous difference in his life and the life of his family. Make no mistake, the Colonels will be keenly interested in gaining his signature. Enjoy the feature. HB.
This guy is among the more dominant players we have seen matriculate through the middle school ranks since we first began our coverage. Besides that, he’s a Wolford.
We are transitioning away from the class of ’22 toward the classes which will continue to compete in succeeding seasons. However, we can’t help ourselves sometimes reminiscing about players we have enjoyed covering over the years. We thought it would be only fitting to begin the year 2022 remembering the fine play of a class of ’22 stalwart along the Murray High defensive line. Enjoy the feature and join us again a week from today to do this all over once more. HB.
With every team coming out right about now we thought we would publish one ourselves. We are still voting members of the AP team and will be voting fairly consistent with these selections you see here. We were sitting around the magazine on a slow day and decided, what the heck; let’s put out an All-State team, what the heck. We didn’t get them all, but we are certain these players are all deserving of this recognition and players we would select if we were picking a team of high school players to play a team from elsewhere. Flame away! HB.
Quality bigs coming through your program determines the overall success of the team. Getting quality interior linemen like Ryne Randall is critical to a program’s winning formula. Randall is a promising young baller with things to work on, sure; but otherwise he figures to be quite the player going forward and we are happy we will have a front row seat. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Here is a player who had an extraordinary year and led his team to unprecedented heights. Yessir, Grayson, Kentucky locals will be talking for many years about Charlie Terry we believe. Who better to send some of the country’s finest beef jerky? We agree with you. Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today as we do this all over. HB.
Russellville High had a ton of talent coming into the ’21 season. It was why we predicted preseason they would challenge for the title in the 1A classification and we couldn’t have been more correct. One guy who gets overlooked but shouldn’t is the subject of today’s feature. Enjoy the article. HB.
We were big fans of the Benny Hill Show in the 70s. Well the Hill who spells his name “B-E-N-N-I-E” is poised to put on his own primetime show in the Fall of ’22. Read all about it! HB.
Louisville Eastern produces some top-notch college talent. There are colleges around the area learning this pretty quickly. There is “Gold in that thar locker room!” Read this and learn just how deeply those veins run. HB.
This week we are featuring a Derby City football prize who is equally good in lacrosse or so we are told. Jacob Dewitt has already been offered by Rose Hulman which should tell you all you need to know about his ability in the classroom. Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today for another fine example of an outstanding student-athlete. HB.
He’s one of the hottest recruits in the ’22 class of graduates from across Kentucky. He is also among its very best along the offensive line. We were thrilled to interview him and even more thrilled that a school called and offered him while we were conducting the interview. No telling how many offers he will have by the time you finish reading this. HB.
We travel to the “Derby City” to award our prize package this week. Louisville, Kentucky has no shortage of players dotting rosters across the city and we could award some jerky here every single week were we so disposed. Tyson Huffman is just a junior on a roster which gets overlooked. Well, Huffman, we’re looking. Enjoy this feature and join us again next week for another feature just like it! HB.
A player from the eastern Kentucky area contacted the magazine through a staff member and assured KPGFootball he was coming for the ’22 “Mr. Football Award” and that we should get prepared for his run-up that ladder. We love the kid’s enthusiasm and confidence. That being said, we would think, at this point, Kenyon Goodin presently looks like he may be a hard man to beat for next year’s “Mr. Football,” assuming he puts forth the numbers on both sides of the football he did in ’21. Here is our take on it. Enjoy! HB.
Here is a feature about the only 1A player on the Coaches All-State first-team in ’21. Thing is, this particular school could well have placed two DBs on the first-team. Enjoy this feature. HB.
Too many kids these days are ignoring the fact it will take more than just the ability to play a sport to get a college to invest money in the kid’s continued play. Character and academics are measured and considered maybe more than many of your parents out there realized. Enjoy this Christmas present from our staff to you. Thanks for your continued support. HB. Merry Christmas!
We enjoy featuring premier football players around Kentucky in the areas where Independence Bank provides its tremendous array of financial products and services. Bowling Green is a market of which we never get enough. Today we feature one of Kentucky’s very best in Jeremiah Lightfoot to go along with one of Independence Bank’s very best branches named for where it sits on “Nashville Road.” Enjoy the feature. HB.
We always hear around the magazine either this guy or that on is being “slept on.” If Keyandre Strand were to make such a claim, his complaint might be legitimate. The sleeping on him won’t last much longer. This kid can scoot. Enjoy the article. HB.
Today we further our attempts to nourish with powerful protein the finest high school players the commonwealth of Kentucky has to offer. We go to Betsy Layne High and single out the fine play in ’21 from its senior linebacker, Marcus Hall. Enjoy the feature and join us again a week from today as we find for you another fine Kentucky High School football player. HB.
The topic of this feature is undeniably among the larger RBs you will ever see in high school football. Having to tackle a near 300-pounder is tough, especially when he can really scoot. Enjoy this look at a young player who still has a ton of great football ahead of him. HB.
In this article we would share with the reader a little about how good one has to be to play ANYWHERE in college football. It is harder to see the field than many people realize.Enjoy the feature and let the honest, self-evaluations commence. HB.
We are dealing with our grief. Each year we have to say good bye to another group of players we began covering when they were just middle schoolers. The best way to deal with the grief is to get right back up on that horse. Here is a player we are sure we will continue to cover over the course of his budding high school career beginning next season. If it is anything like what he accomplished in the KYMSFA, there will be quite a lot to cover. HB.
Both Independence Bank and KPGFootball send out their very best to all the families impacted by the recent tornado which ravaged Mayfield, Kentucky as hard as any area in the Bluegrass. We know the people of Graves County will meet this challenge with the tenacity and toughness they meet every other challenge. Independence Bank will be with you, hand in hand, every step of the way. Enjoy this look at a tough customer who just finished a fine career for Mayfield High School. HB.
Every year All-State teams get published. Every year some obvious All-Stater gets omitted from every single team. There are more All-State caliber players playing the high school game among Kentucky’s 6-classifications than there are available spots. Like the game “Musical Chair,” there will be an extra-player without a place to land when the music stops. This year, the first of the All-State teams was published. It is sponsored by Kentucky Sports Radio. It was a fine team but omitted Tyler Morris. This article is why that omission was so glaringly inappropriate. Here’s to hoping the other teams don’t err in the same way. HB.
First of all, both the fine people at Mingua Beef Jerky and KPGFootball would like to express heartfelt care and concern for all those impacted by what has been termed the worst tornado in the history of Kentucky. We hope our efforts may bring a moment of comfort to those whose lives have been so inestimably impacted. We will continue to bring to people the coverage and products on which they have come to rely and hope our efforts in some small way may provide some comfort and the certainty which can come from “soldiering on” under truly adverse circumstances. With that being said, we are pleased to award this week’s prize package to a fantastic player who lives in one of the more impacted communities, Princeton, Kentucky. Please enjoy this feature and join us next week as we award this to another fine football player and athlete. HB.
Nick Masek is the big-bodied, athletic, huge handed TE college’s covet. He is a real weapon working against any second level defender with the build and length to put defenders on his back and use his arms and “mitts” to envelope passes thrown his way. Lots of schools are beating a path to his door. Enjoy the feature. HB.
If any of you were thinking Cameron Hergott was the only potent dual-threat guy running a Class 2A offense across Kentucky, do we ever have a surprise for you. Russ Osborne is one of the mountains best kept secrets and one of its more potent one-man offensive attacks. Secret will be out now. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Not many people realize how good of a football player one has to be to get offered by football teams at the top of any division of play. Let me assure you that St. Johns in Minnesota can flat out ball and could either beat or really push many of the FCS teams populating or surrounding our commonwealth. Read about this fine prospect and try to learn a little something. HB.
Never met an offensive lineman who much relished the obligation of having to block a player like Jake Jackson. Low center of gravity, incredible leg kick, power, explosion, off the charts strength, and Jack Jackson’s being ill-humored upon arriving to the football all make him a handful. Yessir, blocking Jake Jackson was such a pain in the rear no one elected to do it all season. Enjoy this feature on a guy who is definitely an All-State caliber defensive lineman. HB.
This guy is among Kentucky’s most athletically gifted and freakishly apportioned (in a good way) football stars from across Kentucky. He plays at one of the more storied and accomplished programs too. We haven’t written enough about this talent who we believe will leave the HS ranks among the very best to have ever played football in the Bluegrass. Enjoy the feature. HB.
There were a plethora of candidates for this week’s award and many of them had just won championships. This award is going to a player who just missed out on winning a championship though not because of anything he either did or didn’t do. This guy performed brilliantly in multiple phases of the game and stood out for a team which came one possession away from perhaps pulling it out. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week as our coverage converts into the offseason. What a year it was! HB.
Here’s a guy whose numbers were exceptional but whose performance may have been overshadowed by some other players around the commonwealth. Make no mistake, this kid was uncommonly good all season. The most important statistic was his team finished 14-1 and Class 5A football champions. Enjoy the feature.
Isaac Dixon has every right to lay claim to Kentucky’s premier high school running back. With what he did for a Belfry team which couldn’t possibly have won a title without him he may well have staked a claim to “Mr. Football” too. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We love Title weekend. The first day, which pitted the 1A, 2A, and 4A games didn’t disappoint. In the 1A football game, Russellville came out and made a much closer game of it than expected. Pikeville had gotten out to a sizable lead before Russellville owned the middle 8-minutes (last […]
Daniel Swinney and his Bulldogs from Male High School are playing this weekend for the coveted title of Kentucky 6A State Champion. It is a title the program has won numerous prior times. Having a RB as hard to contain as Swinney may just win the program another Trophy for the case and a set of rings for Swinney and his teammates. It won’t hurt the Bulldogs to have the reigning Independence Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week in the offensive backfield when the game commences. Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today and we will repeat this exercise which makes our week and which we hope brightens yours. HB.
We have written about coaches before now but only in rare and special cases. We would submit to you that Chris Manning at Hopkins County Central is both rare and special and worthy of this feature in every imaginable way. Enjoy this look at a guy who is turning the apple cart upside down in a very positive way around the Hopkins County Central program. HB.
We have before said time and again that both KPGFootball and Mingua Beef Jerky place an emphasis on the boys up front who do a lion’s share of the work for very little recognition. That is why, when a chance presents itself, we jump at the chance to award this to an offensive lineman. Well, if you look at what Johnson Central did in the Semis, the time was ripe to award it to a big and we picked a good ‘un for you. Enjoy this look at an outstanding offensive center and join us again next week when we get to do this another time. HB.
Mitchell Berger is among Kentucky’s “best kept secrets.” He is one of Northern Kentucky’s better football players and a guy who has a very bright future ahead of him which will include college football should he so choose. Enjoy this look at a real thoroughbred. HB.
Bad things happen historically when a person hears the cock crow a third time. The other night, playing Glasgow High, Roosta Woodard was flat crowing. By his third crow, it had become basketball season around Glasgow, Kentucky. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Well, it is now down to Championship weekend and a pair of eight and sixers will battle for the crown in 3A. Do we have an opinion about whom will ultimately win? Have you ever seen this magazine want for an opinion? Enjoy the feature. Remember from where you heard this. HB.
Zane Cartwright and his Mayfield Cardinals travel to Fort Mitchell tonight to take on the defending champion in 2A football in Beechwood Independent High School. The reigning “Mr. Football” will be under center for the Tigers. The Cardinals will have the reigning Independence Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week under center for them. One thing is certain, not a single fan from either team will file into the stadium thinking the other has any chance at victory at all and that is what makes programs like these two so great. Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today and we will repeat this exercise which makes our week. HB.
Raceland has had a terrific season. It is Thanksgiving Day and the season is still ongoing so football fans know that means the season has gone alone swimmingly. Much of the defensive success for the Rams is partly attributable to a pair of splendid 2nd-level defenders. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and enjoy this look at these two top-flight ’23s. HB.
This week’s Protein-packed Performer player a position you don’t find many teams manning these days. Yessir, we have found us a full-back and this guy is a throw back to the Jim Brown/John Riggins/Bronco Nagurski types. This fellow looked a lot like Jim Brown against Bardstown in the Regional Championship. We thought we better get this big old Hoss some protein stat! Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today when we award this prestigious award to another worthy recipient. HB.
“Coach, this is __________(name omitted); quick, what can you tell us about East Carter?” Yessir, it is that time of year. Week after week, teams don’t know who’s next. COVID-19’s impact on high school football appears to have lent itself to upsets; so, the uncertainly this year is more palatable […]
There are clouds gathering and the winds are beginning to howl. Yessir, there is a storm brewing on the 3A title horizon and it is one we could see forming as early as preseason. The Blue Tornado has gotten its game “together” at just the right time and the result of this “jelling” may be a football championship. Enjoy this article. HB.
It is good to go back to preseason and look at the teams you forecast would do well. We weren’t perfect. We didn’t do too shabbily either. Enjoy the feature. HB.
We have before featured this middle school football phenom. He was on the Future Stars team this past summer and looks (to us) poised to return to the roster this coming summer. He is easily among the best 8th-graders playing the game today. Enjoy the spotlight on Cam Thomas. HB.
It is getting that time of year where we start making our list of players for whom we intend to vote onto the Associated Press All-State Football Team. We get some help from coaches across the commonwealth which we welcome. This kid here has had one of the finest freshman seasons at QB we have ever witnessed. Will we vote for him for All-State? We just might, we are sure to nominate him and insure his being on the ballot. You know, there is nothing saying an All-State QB can’t be a freshman. Enjoy this feature and congratulations to Berry gaining selection to the Independence Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. HB.
Mr. Football voting is around the corner. First up will be the Coaches in the Courier Journal. The Media (Associated Press) will conclude the awards season months from now in the Herald-Leader. Who will win “Mr. Football?” What about this guy? His play makes a very compelling case. HB.
We love versatility at Mingua Beef Jerky and at Kentucky Prep Gridiron. Players who find many ways to make their teams succeed have already taken one tremendous “life lesson” from the sport of football which will keep that young person in good stead as he travels down life’s road. This guy here is as versatile and outstanding as any player in his graduating class. No telling where Logan County would be without him. With him, they are breathing some fairly rarified air. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week for another installment. HB.
We hope to debut this as a new sponsored, regularly appearing series. We thought we would start off with a “bang” and feature one of our very favorite players at his position from across Kentucky. HB.
We start getting solicitations from people this time of year seeking our casting our All-State ballot (AP) for either this player or that. We appreciate receipt of the information and promise we will scrutinize any and all data provided. We got such a solicitation about this particular RB who was on our “Hot Board” for All-State anyway. The provision of the data did nothing but solidify for us we are on the right track. Enjoy this look at a RB who has rendered just an extraordinary performance over his senior season. HB.
Entering the season all we could talk about at the QB position in Owensboro and surrounding areas was the 4-Star QB at the helm of the offense. He departed for “greener pastures.” Now, we’re talking about “The Other Guy.” That “other guy” is performing at a really high level. Enjoy the article. HB.
Wow is all we can say about the Centre College performance on Mount Berry, Georgia yesterday to finish the ’21 season. The Colonels had a fine 8-2 season and were in the conference title hunt for much of the year and an at-large threat for an NCAA bid too. Enjoy this last installment of this series for 2021 and we will look forward to getting things back up and rolling in 2022. HB.
We have been high on Dylan Yates all year long. He is a prime example of a kid at the 1A level who is among the very best Kentucky has to offer in the high school ranks at the DE position. There are a plethora of suitors for his services. Where will he end up in our opinion? Well, on our All-State ballot we will submit several weeks from now for starters. Enjoy the article. HB.
The Hornets’ performance has really shocked some people around the Western Kentucky football world. Independence Bank has been quick to notice the outstanding play from Hancock County High School and the Hawesville, Kentucky brand of Independence Bank located at 225 US 60E has been wearing us out around the magazine about when we were going to feature some of the area outstanding football talent. Okay guys, we hear you! Jack Duncan maybe one of the best defensive players at his level in his area of the commonwealth. He, for darn sure, may be among the more underrated. This kid has played very well for his Hornet’s team all year. Enjoy this feature and congratulations to Mr. Duncan on winning this very prestigious distinction. HB.
We are sliding into the offseason slowly but surely and it is time to start individually featuring some players. We begin our offseason series “Middle School Spotlight” looking at a 7th-grader who had a devastating impact on his 8th-grade team to which he returns in ’22. Teams scheduling the Trojans beware! Enjoy the feature. HB.
It is very hard to gauge accurately the accomplishments of the guys who play along the scrimmage line, on offense or defense. We are committed to the effort because Mingua Beef Jerky and KPGFootball recognize that winning football begins right there, on the scrimmage lines. We want to make sure we are giving those guys their fair due. Mingua Beef Jerky prizes players who work hard to make the team succeed whether the player himself gets appropriately credited or not. Such was the case Thursday night in Union. County’s opening win over Webster County in the first round of the playoffs. Union County’s Montrell Garnett had an extraordinary performance, though in an out of the ordinary sort of way. Nevertheless, we believe you will find his contributions more than deserving. We did. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week as we do all of this again. HB.
We used to run this as a weekly series. It never did well enough getting views for the editorial board to recommend its continuation. Still, I just couldn’t help myself this week. I had to do it. Here are four games where the underdogs seem virtually sure of covering what Calpreps has determined to be the spread. Enjoy the analysis. HB.
The Murray High Tigers travel to take on a Mayfield team it sent packing from the playoff in ’20 and which it beat on October 22. Will history repeat itself or will Mayfield, once again, advance to the Regional Championship game? Hard to say. One thing easy to say is this…Coach Darren Bowling is doing one Hell of a job. Enjoy the feature. HB.
Enjoy this news series we are sort of test running at the end of the football season entitled “Looking both backward and forward…” In this series we review Centre’s past performance while looking ahead to what is upcoming. This coming Saturday, a trip to Mount Berry, Georgia. That’s no pleasure cruise. HB.
Chase Brasher from Hopkins County Central came up huge for the Storm when his team most needed it. Fighting for their collective playoff lives, the Class 4A, first-district team insured its inclusion with a win over McLean County which bolstered its RPI and secured the 3rd-seed in the playoffs which begin for the Storm tonight in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The opponent is the always tough, athletic, and well coached Hoptown Tigers. Enjoy the feature and get by and see our friends at Independence Bank. Independence Bank has revolutionized the banking industry with its superior service and products. HB.
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Sometimes the winner of this award doesn’t have the “stand alone numbers” one generally sees from his position group. However, Mingua Beef Jerky also prizes players who invent ways to make things happen even when the opposing defense is trying desperately to take away from that player what he generally contributes. Such was the case Friday night in the Mingua Beef Jerky Bowl. Boyle County’s Jagger Gillis had an extraordinary performance, though in an out of the ordinary sort of way. Nevertheless, we believe you will find his contributions more than deserving. We did. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week as we do all of this again. HB.
Enjoy this news series we are sort of test running at the end of the football season entitled “Looking both backward and forward…” In this series we review Centre’s past performance while looking ahead to what is upcoming. Enjoy.
We have been seeing this prospect around many college sidelines on visits here this Fall. When you look at his “body of work” it is easy to see why he is so pursued and sought after as a next level guy. He is the son of a revered and famous former head football coach too which only adds to his luster from our vantage point. This guy here has a ton of tremendous football still in his future, wherever that future “plays out.” Enjoy the feature. HB.
The regular season’s over guys. It ended last night. As old Coach Albert at Towson State used to say, “The hay’s in the barn.” Now, let’s go get paid! HB.