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 QB who really was more of a RB in the Colonel system. This guy knocked it out of the park in only 8-games of action in 2020.
Today we are recognizing the outstanding play of Ben Dalton, Class of ’21, from Henderson County High School in Henderson, Kentucky. Dalton was the leading rusher for his team, notwithstanding being the QB, and led the team in TDs rushing too. For a team which leaned on the run like the Class 6A Colonels, leading them in rushing is really saying something.
Dalton’s Henderson County High School is not too far from 3 Independence Bank branches in Henderson, Kentucky. One of on 1100 Barrett Boulevard, one is on 2610 Zion Road in the Gardenside Shopping Center. Still, a third in on 76 South Green Street. 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.
We have no idea where Ben Dalton will eventually end up collegiately. Additionally we have no idea whether he will play in college. We do know he is “that good.”
Ben’s high-school career, according to an article we read online from The Gleener and written by Mike Lawrence, had a hard time commencing. According to Lawrence, Dalton, literally days before he was to make his varsity debut starting at corner, suffered a severe hamstring injury causing him to miss his entire sophomore Fall.
His junior year, again according to The Gleener‘s article, Dalton returned from off injury to start at cornerback and shared time at QB near the end of the season. He suffered a concussion the middle of that year.
Dalton’s senior year, 2020, was a season we didn’t know would get played. This trepidation was shared across Kentucky.
Luckily we got the season in, though abbreviated, for Dalton and plenty of other ’21s. The uncertainty, and the lack of junior offseason camps and combines, hurt the fortunes of many prospects hoping to gain football related “college rides.”
When Dalton got the chance to shine in 2020, shine he certainly did. Dalton led Henderson County to a 7-2 mark, with one of the two losses being a 2nd round COVID-19 forfeit to a team it had beaten in Paducah just a few weeks earlier (McCracken County) and an opening loss to a Hopkinsville team the Colonels might well have handle had they had gotten the Tigers later in the year.
Dalton had 134-carries for 958-yards, averaging 119.8-yards per outing. Dalton scored 10-rushing TDs, threw for five (5) more, and was second on the team in scoring, accounting for 14.8 points per game. Remember, the scoring tally on a thrown TD gets credited to the receiver, not the QB.
Basically, Dalton had a hand in the vast majority of the points scored in 2020 by his team. What more can any team ask of any player aligned under center?
Congratulations to Ben Dalton, for his Revolutionary Play in 2020 and we hope he gets an opportunity, and he certainly deserves one, to show us what he can do on Saturdays, next Fall. We are proud to award Dalton this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, your friends at Independence Bank.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!