’24 two-way lineman from Calhoun’s McLean County High quality ball player
Like so many players who have toiled for the Cougars, from Calhoun, before him; Coby Dant is a guy who plays well above what anyone would expect. Dant has excelled this year for his team, being among the leaders in tackles, leading the team in TFLs, sacks, forced fumbles, and anchoring an offensive front which has been instrumental in the team’s 7-2 mark through nine (9)-games and 4-1 district worksheet. It can be hard to garner much press attention in Calhoun, but we endeavor to find Kentucky’s best players of the high school game wherever they may be found. This guy, here, numbers among them.HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Calpreps.com Predicts-Neutral field:  McLean County (Calhoun, KY) 42 (97%),  Marshall County (Benton, KY) 12 (3%)
Calhoun, KY: There is no better time than the present to anoint another Independence Bank Revolutionary 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 through the first nine (9) games of this season and who will be vitally important to the Cougars’ success as we continue to travel down 2023’s path towards the championships. Today, we are focusing on Class of 2024, OL/DL, from Calhoun’s McLean County High School, Coby Dant.
Dant’s McLean County High School is just 7.9 miles down KY 136 East from one of the finer branches in the Independence Bank family. The Livermore Branch (pictured below right) is located on 614 Henton Street, Livermore, KY 42352.
In addition to being an all-state caliber football player, Dant is a tremendous powerlifter on the high school team
Coby Dant is a very pleasant and unassuming looking young man. He has a brilliant smile which conceals the fact he is a holy terror on the playing field for his McLean County Cougars.
First of all, McLean County was realigned into Class 3A from 2A a year ago and the team has quickly asserted itself as one of the better teams in the first district at that level. The first district is a six-team outfit and McLean finds itself slotted in the second position following an excellent regular season (7-2, 4-1 going into tonight).
Union County, undefeated headed into tonight’s game with Greenwood (5A), is the class of the district, if not the commonwealth, at this level of competition. After that, McLean holds the runner-up’s post.
Dant has registered 55-tackles on the year in spite of playing the interior defensive line and drawing mostly double teams. Dant leads the defense with 10-TFLs, 4-QB sacks, and one (1)-FF. Dant has recovered a fumble this year and is also a leader in that statistical category along with the others above mentioned.
Offensively, Dant has done some “heavy lifting” up front. McLean has pounded the ground for over 2,400-yards with a game to go on 357-carries with 35-of those crossing the goal line.
Zach Wagner, the Cougars well-tenured head football coach, has built a powerhouse program there at McLean. His schemes fit well with his personnel and his program is disciplined and executes precisely and consistently.
McLean travels to Benton, Kentucky to play a 3-6, 5A squad in Marshall County. Marshall has won a few games this year but will miss out on the coming playoffs. As for its chances against the visiting Cougars; well, they don’t appear ready for that kind of smoke.
In start contrast, McLean will draw a tough assignment when it begins its playoff journey. The Cougars get the Scotties from Glasgow, Kentucky.
Glasgow gets a 7-2 Somerset team tonight so they will enter next week’s game with an 8-2 or 7-3 mark either way you cut it. Having to play an 8-2 McLean squad in Calhoun will be no easy task.
Matter of fact, the Scotties will figure to be three to four point favorites when the two teams meet in round one. However, I wouldn’t count out Wagner’s ball club just yet.
People are always counting out the Cougars, the “little team that could.” However, with players like Dant, they won’t get any pity-party from us.
Calpreps.com Predicts-Neutral field  Glasgow (KY) 28 (65%),  McLean County (Calhoun, KY) 21 (35%)
Congratulations to Coby Dant for his Revolutionary Play over the regular season 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 Friday Night Fletch, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!