’24 WR/DB combo guy finding ways to make his team succeed
Russ Crowe invariably draws comparisons to a very popular movie star (Russell Crowe) for whom he may well be named, for all we know. This particular Crowe is an exceedingly athletic, two-way performer for a Kentucky 6A football program. You don’t see too many guys going “both ways” in “big boy” high school football around the commonwealth. Crowe does it. Crowe does it effectively. The 6,” 170-pounder is probably a college safety. We can’t rule out his staying at WR, either wide or in the slot, at the next level. It seems to us there will be a “next level” for him.HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Cecilia, Kentucky: There is no better time than the present to anoint another Independence Bank Player of the Week. Independence Bank is proud to sponsor a weekly article highlighting players in the areas where Independence Bank flourishes who embody the same type of revolutionary service to their respective football teams which has made Independence Bank unique and special in the banking industry.
Independence Bank has a goal of achieving everyday excellence, and this week we are focusing on a player whose performance both has and continues to exceed both the Daviess County High and Owensboro community’s expectations. Today, we are focusing on ’24, WR/DB, Russ Crowe from Daviess County High School.
Daviess County High School is located right down the road from 3 Independence Bank branches on 2425 Frederica Street (pictured below right), 2465 W. Parrish Avenue, and 3228 KY-54, respectively. Get on by and visit the most rapidly growing bank in the commonwealth of Kentucky, Independence Bank. Independence Bank has started a revolution in the banking industry.
Independence Bank has started a revolution in the banking industry
I don’t think many of you realize what a tremendous effort it took for Daviess County to get by North Hardin in the first round of the playoffs. North entered the game with a terrible record; and, on paper at least, many assumed Daviess County might be favored.
That was not the case. North Hardin was heavily favored to win that game in round one.
We have talked many times on our radio podcast, “Friday Night Kentucky,” that there is a huge difference between a terrible team and a team with a terrible record. North Hardin, owing to its self reported violation of KHSAA rules during the ’23 season, had a terrible record. In spite of this, Brent Thompson’s Trojans were a long way from being a terrible team.
For starters, Daviess County had played North Hardin back on September 8. While the Panthers were awarded the victory; on the field, North actually won the football game handily (45-16).
When the two came on for a rematch, we believed North Hardin would win the second game and handily. Not so fast there, “Kemosabe.”
Daviess County, on the strength of a tremendous two-way effort from its senior WR/DB, Russ Crowe, was able to prevail, 24-21. Daviess County moved its record to 6-5 and travels to Cecelia, KY tonight to play a Central Hardin squad likewise sitting at 6-5.
Crowe,...registered 10-tackles, 2-TFLs, and an INT with 31-IRNYs...and caught 4-passes for 39-yards and a TD KHSAA Statistical Website
Crowe, a 6,” 170-pounder, registered 10-tackles, 2-TFLs, and an INT with 31-IRNYs. Crowe also caught 4-passes for 39-yards and a TD in a game where every score was important.
For the year, Crowe is 3rd on the team in receptions, 2nd in TDs, and the club’s 4th-leading scorer. Defensively, Crowe is among the Panthers’ leading tacklers, among the leaders in TFLs, PBU’s, and INTs (3). Crowe also has a “pick six,” tied for the club lead in that category.
As for how tonight might turn out, the two teams have a pair of common opponents. Central Hardin beat Christian County 60-0 in round one while Daviess County beat the Colonels 24-16 on October 6. As for North Hardin, North beat Daviess County on the field, 45-16 in the regular season and beat Central Hardin, 22-15, also in the regular season. Both games would later be awarded to Daviess and Central Hardin by forfeit.
In the playoffs, were it was decided on the field, there was a vastly different result. Daviess County won on the scoreboard, 24-21 a week ago. Central Hardin won’t get the opportunity to reverse the regular season, on-field, outcome.
As for the first round of the playoffs, to quote the late actor and corporate pitch-man, John Houseman, Daviess County beat North the old fashioned way last Friday Night..the Panthers EARNED it!
Congratulations to Russ Crowe for his Revolutionary Play which has earned this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky…your friends at Independence Bank.
CalPreps.com predicts, on a neutral field: Central Hardin (Cecilia, KY) 24 (87%), Daviess County (Owensboro, KY) 7 (13%)
This is “Friday Night Fletch,” reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!