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 the McClean County, Kentucky community’s expectations. We are focusing on the class of 2021, RB/DB, Connor Baldwin, from McClean County, Kentucky.
Connor will be a senior in 2020 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 Connor’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…
You could write for weeks on all of the significant things accomplished by Coach Zach Wagner’s Cougar squad in 2019. They were the 10th-District Champions and the 3rd-Region Runners-up. They finished 8-5 and set several team records along the way.
They rushed for more yards than in any one prior season (4,102). They tallied the most total yards than ever before (4,640). They scored more points than in any one prior season (437).
It was quite a year. Wow, what an understatement!
One guy who had quite the year, and was surprisingly left off both the 2019 Northwest Kentucky All-Conference team and the Messenger-Inquirer‘s All-Area team was RB/DB Connor Baldwin. We aren’t throwing stones at either team as the kids honored were very deserving. We believe these two teams missed on this one player.
That happens with every, all-anything team ever picked and published. It is quite literally impossible to get them all. We find there are more deserving players than positions on the team being recognized. We wager Baldwin will be on both teams following this upcoming senior year.
Baldwin had a lot of traffic in front on him in a backfield loaded with experience producers seeking carries in a crowded backfield. With guys like Peyton Caraway and Andrew Munster back there, to whom else would you hand the football if it were your team?
Still, Baldwin got handed the football 74-times in the 13 games. He made the most of the opportunities with 411-yards and 4 rushing TDs.
Defensively, Baldwin had a monster year. He was second on the team with 108-total tackles, recovered a fumble, and was selected at the end of the year banquet as the Cougars’ outstanding DB.
Little wonder why Baldwin would be so outstanding on the football field. This year, prior to the viral-shutdown, Baldwin was second in his weight-class at the Southern Indiana Bench Press and Squat Championships.
Simply put, Baldwin will be the third returning offensive scorer on the roster in 2020 behind returners Andrew Munster (who we have before featured many times) and Matthew Miller (who we are sure we will feature in the future). Baldwin is the team’s second leading, returning tackler from a season ago behind only Munster.
The Cougars will need Connor Baldwin to have even a sliver of the amount of success it enjoyed in 2019. Good thing he will be right where one may always find him…ready to go…ready to perform.
Congratulations to Connor Baldwin 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!