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 the Cougars’ and McClean County, Kentucky community’s expectations. We are focusing on the class of 2020, OL/LB, Noah Knight, from McClean County, Kentucky, whose McClean County High School is approximately 7.9 miles from Calhoun, traveling down KY-136E, in neighboring Livermore, Kentucky, from an Independence Bank branch located on 614 Henton Street.
McLean County High School won the 2018 Kentucky State Powerlifting Championship out of 24 teams competing and over 400 lifters. They parlayed this achievement into an 8-4 finish in 2018 on the football field; finding the offseason acquisition of power, strength, and explosion in the weight program quite useful on the football field.
Among the different weight divisions, McLean boasted several individual State Champions. One of the classes in which a McLean lifter was crowned was the 175-pound class. It’s champion was Noah Knight, who (provided he weights similarly this year) will have the opportunity to defend his championship March 16th in E-Town, Kentucky.
On the football field, Knight, though only 175 pounds, doubled as an OL and a linebacker. It would be at linebacker where Knight would have his most statistically-supported impact on his team’s much improved, on-field, fortunes (McLean was 4-7 in 2017; 8-4 in 2018). At LB, “Old No. 66” would tally 103 tackles for the Cougars using his (in competition) bench press of 245 pounds and power-clean of 255 pounds to scrape up and down the line of scrimmage and make plays all over the field. Knight would end the year the Cougars’ leading tackler.
Offensively, Knight would help anchor an offensive front which paved the way for the Cougars to gain 4,036 rushing yards in 561 attempts and score 52 TDs on the ground for the season. That’s nearly 7.2 yards rushing, per carry, on the year (for the whole team) and over 4 rushing TDs scored a game. That is what a team’s winning a State Powerlifting Championship can mean to a program. That’s just lining up and blowing the opponent off the football. Football is an easy game when your ground attack can yield you statistics anywhere near as prolific as these.
Congratulations to Noah Knight from the McClean County High School in Calhoun, Kentucky 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 F.W. Long reporting for KPGFootball reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
If you enjoyed this article and wish to gain full-access to the site, then subscribe monthly to Kentucky Prep Gridiron by following the prompts!