In a lot of ways the Lakers’ 2019 season came down to a tale of two games!
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 exceeded expectations in 2019 and who will be vitally important to Calloway County’s success in 2020. Today, we are focusing on Class of 2022, QB, Kanyon Franklin from Murray, Kentucky’s Class 4A football team, the Calloway County Lakers.
Franklin’s Calloway County High School Lakers are located right down the road from an Independence Bank branch on 1304 Chestnut Street in Murray, Kentucky. Go and visit the most rapidly growing bank in the commonwealth of Kentucky, Independence Bank. Independence Bank has started a revolution in the banking industry.
Calloway County had a tough year in the always tough First-District. With perennial power Hopkinsville High School always looming and with Madisonville North-Hopkins and upstart, Logan County, now also routinely challenging for supremacy, it leaves little room at the Inn for either Hopkins County Central or Calloway County it seems.
That aside, last year’s mark of 1-10 isn’t really indicative of the enormous strides the Lakers make in 2019. The progression can be measured, we believe, in two games against the same opponent.
On September 27 of last year, the Tigers drained the Lake(rs), so to speak, by a score of 43-0 at home. However, in November of the same year, during the first round of the playoffs, the Lakers, again within the corporal limits of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, came out decidedly better.
Yeah, they still lost, but this time it was 28-20 with the Tigers barely escaping with its post-season lives. Laker fans, and the Calloway County community would like to see more efforts like that.
Hopkinsville was as good as any team on the schedule. If the Lakers can push the Tigers in the playoffs, it stands to reason they can compete with the rest of the competition they will face as well.
If that is going to be the case, the Lakers will have to rely heavily, in 2020, on rising junior QB, Kanyon Franklin. Franklin was an “on-again, off-again” starter in 2019. The problem is the other half of that two-headed monster, the one who played QB against Hoptown on November 8, 2019 and nearly led them to “the surprise upset” of the first round of the playoffs, is about to unpack his bags at his freshman dormitory.
Franklin was quite good at times in 2019 and certainly is the type athlete which is considered a plus at the QB-slot for any team in any classification. He was 53 for 110 in 2019 passing for 651-yards to lead the team, even over the departed senior with whom he shared snaps.
For the Lakers to take the next logical step of progression toward District-1 competitiveness, they need Franklin to come along and perform commensurate with his athletic promise and ability. If the Lakers improve in 2020, from the 1-10 thy were in 2019, it will be squarely on the shoulders of its budding star-QB entering his junior year of competition.
Congratulations to Kanyon Franklin, both for his Revolutionary Play in 2019 and that which is to come in 2020, all of which has earned him this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Why don’t you come by, really soon, and see 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!