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 who has come through for his team, every time his performance has been critically needed and called upon. This week we are focusing on Class of 2021, WR/DB, Daniel Yates.
Yates’ Webster County High School is 14.5 miles down KY-132 S from the Sebree Branch which services all of Webster County. The Sebree Branch of Independence Bank is located on 308 U.S. Highway 41 in neighboring Sebree, Kentucky, right next to Dixon where Webster County High School sets up shop.
Go on down and see our friends at Independence Bank. Give them both the opportunity and privilege to earn your business. Let them demonstrate to you what makes Independence Bank the best in the banking business and the fastest growing financial institution in Kentucky.
Daniel Yates has been tearing it up on both sides of the football for the Webster County Trojans. There are few players who can boast of the production he had in 2019, both offensively and defensively.
His defensive production is a good news/bad news scenario. We will explain that in just a moment. First, for the numbers, consider the following:
The WR, who doubles at corner, was the second-leading receiver on the team and the team’s top returner at the position in the Fall of 2020. He had 38-receptions for 528-yards with 3 TDs receiving in 2019.
Defensively, at corner, he led the defense in 2019 with 117-tackles, 7 TFLs, and 5 QB-sacks. Matter of fact, he led or was tied for the lead in all three critical categories.
The “bad news” is no coach wants his corner-back to be leading the team in tackles. It doesn’t look too good that the opposing ball-carrier is getting to the 3rd level of his defense that frequently.
The “good news” is, it is better to tackle the ball-carrier at the defensive third-level than not at all. It also tells recruiters Yates isn’t the least bit shy about coming up and putting the hit on ball-carriers. This, of course, is buttressed by his statistics for “tackles for loss” and QB-sacks.
Yates makes a lot of plays in the backfield and around the line of scrimmage for a third level guy. He must run really well (more good news).
When you’re building a program, we can’t begin to tell you how important having incoming seniors who have produced on the field for you, like Yates (and Wilson), is to your progression. It is critical, ask any coach you want.
Webster County has critical pieces returning which promise the Trojan appear poised to climb the ladder both in their classification and, particularly, their district. If I were Paducah Tilghman or Trigg County, I wouldn’t take this game too lightly.
As discussed in the Mason Wilson piece last week, the team is improving year after year. The Trojans are being exceedingly well coached. Coach LaGrange and staff have built a roster, for 2020, which should see them “take the next progressive step.”
Congratulations, Daniel Yates, both for your Revolutionary Play in 2019 and that which is to come in 2020, all of which has earned you this week’s recognition. Go out there and show them of what you’re made, Daniel…your friends at the Sebree Branch will all be watching!
For the rest of you reading this, go see our friends at the fastest growing bank in the commonwealth of Kentucky who owe that growth to the men, women, and revolutionary financial products available for its banking customers. Go down and see our friends at your local 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!