Having football talent like Chris Allen on hand is exactly how Paducah Tilghman has ascended back among the elites in the 3A classification in Kentucky. This is a football player who understands how to apply pressure to opposing QBs.Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member KPGFootball
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 who enters his senior season among the very best pass-rushers in the entire 3A classification. Today we are featuring Chris Allen from Paducah’s Tilghman High School.
Allen’s performance in ’21, his junior season, exceeded all reasonable expectations for the Blue Tornado. Allen will be heavily counted on this coming year if Paducah Tilghman is to win the championship for which it fell just short last season. Allen’s high school is located just down the road from three splendid Independence Bank branches, one on 3143 Broadway, one on 2711 New Holt Road (Pictured), and one on 3312 Lone Oak Road.
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Paducah Tilghman kind of came out of “left field” to challenge for the title in 3A over the course of the ’21 season. Matter of fact, the final’s opponent, the Belfry Pirates, can make the same claim.
After a 20-0 loss to 6A Henderson County in late September, the Blue Tornado found themselves 1-4 on the year. Tilghman rebounded from that start to run its record to 8-6 entering the championship game against an 8-6 Belfry team.
Interestingly, the two teams were (RPI) ranked as being the 14th (Belfry) and 15th (Tilghman) best teams in the classification entering the playoffs. Needless to say, we know of no other time number 14 has ever played number 15 for the championship in the 3A classification, at least not since Kentucky went to six classes over four.
Key in the team’s resurgence was the play of ’23’s Chris Allen. Allen registered 65-tackles on the year. Allen also was the leader with TFL’s (14) and among the leaders in QB-sacks (2.5). Allen contributed an interception, 2-FFs, and a FR on top of everything else.
Get this…the pass rushing specialist who plays so much football in the opponent’s offensive backfield also sports a 3.8 GPA. Now all of those are numbers we can fully support.
Congratulations to Chris Allen, both for his Revolutionary Play in 2021 and that which is to come in 2022, all of which has earned him this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, our 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!