Class of 2021’s James Haerle of McLean County HS is this week’s Independence Bank, Revolutionary POW

Haerle, No. 50

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 2021, LG, James Haerle, from McClean County, Kentucky.

James is a junior at McLean County High School which is only 10 minutes away from an Independence Bank branch in Livermore, Kentucky. That branch is located 7.9-miles down KY-136 E from Haerle’s McLean County High School on 614 Henton Street.

Go on by there and see our friends at Independence Bank today and tell them you appreciate their supporting the fine student athletes in the areas where they do business. Now, as for this week’s recipient…

Head Coach Zach Wagner has done a tremendous job coaching McLean County HS to annual competitiveness both in the 2nd district and the 2A classification. The Cougars are routinely home for round one under Wagner, and this year, won the district with a stirring victory on the road at Owensboro Catholic, 37-36. To go from 0-3, to winning 8 of the next 10 to finish 8-5, was a truly remarkable couching job by the head man and staff.

Any novice football fan would tell you the Cougars run the football. In 2019, they gained 4,102 yards from scrimmage in 643-carries, with 57 rushing TDs behind the three-headed monster of Landen Capps, Andrew Munster, and Peyton Caraway.

Capps and Caraway are out of eligibility. Munster, a 2021 prospect we have before featured, returns. As a junior, Munster gained 959-yards on 173-carries with 17-rushing TDs. He wasn’t even the leading rusher, if that give you an idea of the ability of the guys upfront as Capps exceeded 1,000 yards rushing on the season and both Munster and Caraway were darn-near the threshold themselves.

So how do the Cougars do it, seemingly, year after year? Well, at least some credit should be apportioned toward the offensive line, of which James Haerle is a valued member.

Haerle played in 12 of the Cougars’ thirteen games, and to be fair, he’s a fine defensive lineman too (34-tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QB-sack, and 1 FR). We have chosen to honor him today for his work along the line from left guard.

You have to win the line of scrimmage to have playoff success, especially in Kentucky. Now, the Cougars have talented runners, for sure, as past recipients of this particular award practically dot the Cougar backfield. Without the guys upfront, like James Haerle at left guard, none of the backfield stars would have the same level of success.

Congratulations to James Haerle 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 Coach HB Lyon, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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