Containing this sophomore RB proved ‘too much’ for Central opponents this year
Every year, the good folks at Independence Bank like for us to recognize a special player who may have had the best season among all of the kids we have covered leading up to and throughout the ’22 high school football season. This particular player is one who won our weekly award and not too log ago. Cortez Stone, (Stone) is an extraordinary talent who toils for the Yellow Jackets in its talent laden backfield helping to engineer a largely ground based offensive attack.Fletcher W. Long, Head of the Scouting Division, KPGFootball
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.
Today we honor one of the top RB’s in any graduating class which participated in this previous KHSAA fall football season, and probably THE top RB in the ’25 graduating class across Kentucky. Cortez Stone took his Yellow Jackets from Central High (Louisville) pretty darn far this season and, with him back for two more tours, figures to take the Yellow Jackets even further before he is through. Today we specifically honor Cortez Stone from Louisville, Kentucky’s Central High as the Independence Bank, Revolutionary Player of the Year for 2022.
Central High is located just down the road from two Louisville area Independence Bank branches. The feature branch today is the one in St. Matthews Square located at 3901 Shelbyville Road and pictured below this very paragraph. We also have a branch located on 1900 Colonel Sanders Lane both in Louisville-proper.
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Cortez Stone carried the football 271-times this past season and 26 of those carries were for TD’s. That works out to scoring a TD every 10.65 or so carries. Stone gained 2,191-yards on the season. That computes to close to 8-yards a tote (7.90974729).
Now Stone plays for a team which hasn’t quite figured out the art of the “forward pass” as the Yellow Jackets use that particular weapon about as often as the old “Single-Wing” teams from the 40’s and 50’s. That aside, Stone was second on the team in receptions (10) and gained 177-yards receiving with a receiving TD to his credit.
Central made it to the semis this year and finished up strong (9-5) after getting off to a slow start. The Yellow Jackets got out of the gate 2-4 before winning 7 of its last 8 coming down the stretch.
You know, it isn’t how one starts which ultimately matters; it is how they finish. That is what will be ultimately remembered.
Stone also got stronger as the year progressed. Stone gained 229-yards from scrimmage in round two against North Oldham. Stone gained another 363-yards from scrimmage in the Regional Championship game against Logan County.
Stone scored 166 of the team’s 348-points it put up on the scoreboard this season. That comes out to nearly 48% of the scoring all year long came from this one player. If that doesn’t make one a Player of the Year for some outfit somewhere, then we would have to wonder just what Herculean task one would have to perform to be thusly honored?
We saved perhaps his finest attribute for last. Stone carries a 3.7 GPA. Now that is getting it done, Stone!
Congratulations to Cortez Stone for his “Revolutionary Play” over the course of the 2022 Fall Football Season. We maintain his overall performance over the entire season taken as a body of work as a whole easily earned this magnificent sophomore this season’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, our 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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