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 in 2019 was noteworthy, especially for a young big on a stocked roster of senior talent. Just you wait and see what the young man does this coming season. We believe you will be exceedingly impressed. Today, we are focusing on the class of 2022’s Chris Hill from Madisonville North-Hopkins High School located in Madisonville, Kentucky right down the road from Independence Bank branches located on 1776 North Main Street and 629 East Center Street respectively.
Jay Burgett’s Maroons were 11-3 in 2019 and played in the semi-finals after winning both the district and regional championships. Though they lost a ton of senior talent from off of that team, preseason prognostications still have them very well regarded overall and in their classification.
For instance, CalPreps.com’s computer algorithm, known to be accurate, has the Maroons as the 40th-best football team in Kentucky, regardless of classification. They are ranked number 7 in 4A, picked to win District 1, and projected to go 7-2 in the upcoming regular season.
Of the nine games slated to be played this regular season, the Maroons are heavily favored in all but three. Madisonville will get 9-points against Mayfield, will be a “pick-em” with Hopkinsville, and will give Logan County a tad over 5. The odds-makers have them giving one of their opponents (we choose not to name) 72-points. Wow, some youngsters will get some playing time that week we would wager.
Chris Hill played in 10-games in 2019 as a sophomore. Hill is 6-3 and weighs 257-pounds and made the majority of his impactful plays on the defensive side where he recored both a tackle for loss (TFL) and a quarterback sack in spite of the limited opportunities.
That is a real testament to the type of linemen the Maroons had upfront on both sides of the line of scrimmage in 2019. Not many programs had players like Chris Hill fighting just to get on the field.
Hill plays on both sides of the line of scrimmage and will be heavily counted on to solidify a football team which will be without many of its playmakers from a year ago. Still, even with the graduation losses, the computer still expects the Maroons to be among the best football teams in Kentucky in its classification and a team which is projected to make a deep run in the playoffs.
In order to do any of the above, Jay Burgett’s team will lean heavily on players like Chris Hill to make us forget about players like Jordan Vaughn and Blake Moody. That is a heavy responsibility. For players like Chris Hill, with the gifts and attributes he’s been given, it ain’t no hill for a stepper!
Congratulations to Chris Hill for his Revolutionary Play still yet to fully surface which has earned for 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 Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!