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 (Connor Cooper, 2021) who, quite frankly, deftly and efficiently ran the Purples offense into the Champion’s Circle at this past weekend’s State 5A titled game. His leadership and steady play led to the program’s 7th title over a traditional, 5A powerhouse in Owensboro (Senior) High School.
Cooper’s Bowling Green High School is right down the road from three Independence Bank branches. First, there is the Fairview Avenue Branch, 977 Fairview Avenue; second, and one of our favorites, is the Freedom Square Branch, 1950 Scottsville Road; and third is the Nashville Road Branch located on 2415 Nashville Road all three of which are in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Go on down and see our friends at either one or, perhaps all three, of these Independence Bank locations. Give them both the opportunity and privilege to earn your business. Let them demonstrate to you what makes Independence Bank the best in the banking business and the fastest growing financial institution in Kentucky.
In the Class 5A Championship, Conner Cooper (2021) rushed for one of the team’s two touchdowns to lead Bowling Green High School’s football-program to a 17-7 victory over Owensboro (Senior) High School this past Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington. Bowling Green (10-2) captured its seventh state championship, all coming since 1995.
Cooper’s performance running the offense was super efficient and not fairly reflected by in-game statistics. In a game where neither offense did much, Cooper found a way to do just enough to provide his team the edge it sorely needed.
Cooper completed 11 of 17 passes for 83 yards and also carried 10 times for 43 yards. Two former winners of this same award, one from each team, joined Cooper in contributing outstanding efforts.
Bridger Knee (DE, 2022) polished off a year which would see him, in 12 games of action, register 10-sacks, 80-tackles, 17-tackles for loss, 27-QB hurries, and 2-forced fumbles. Knee had six-tackles in Saturday’s championship game.
Austin Gough (2021), for Owensboro, was defensively all over the field for the Red Devils in a losing cause. We had Gough with 15-tackles.
One college scout there to watch both Cooper and Gough, told us about “[Gough]…was everywhere, [we] think [Gough] made every tackle.” Pretty high praise, and an impression in which we share.
This same scout we accessed came away equally impressed with Cooper. About Cooper, he told us, “Conner Cooper is an animal for BG…” We think this guy was on the money on both evaluations.
For the season, Cooper completed 142 of his 243-passing attempts for 1,769-yards with 13-TDs against 6-interceptions. He also was the team’s second leading rusher, running it 90-times from scrimmage for 471-yards and 7 rushing TDs.
Congratulations to Connor Cooper for his Revolutionary Play which has earned him this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky…your friends at Independence Bank.
This is HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding all of you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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