@EsleyCornelius1 from @gomccracken is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @MaxPreps @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Esley Cornelius is a powerful, explosive, low-pad-level, ‘twitchy,’ monster along that Mustang front who uses his leverage and quickness to gap an offensive front and create interior mismatches favoring his defense. He’s a college player.

Fletcher Long, Chief Scout and Editorial Board Member, KPGFootball
Lone Oak Branch

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 both the McCracken County High School and the Paducah community’s expectations. We are focusing on one of the premier nose guards/DTs who played this past season in all of the 6A classification in ’23’s Esley Cornelius from Paducah’s McCracken County High.

Cornelius is certain to be headed to the next level to continue to showcase his talents on the college stage. McCracken County High School is right down the road from three famous Independence Bank branches. One is the Lone Oak Branch pictured above right and located at 3312 Lone Oak Road. The other two are located on 3143 Broadway Street and 2711 New Holt Road respectively. 

Get on by and see our friends and thank them for the provision of this coverage. Find out what makes their people, service and products revolutionary in the financial services industry!

Esley Cornelius reminds us of other former high school greats who have gone on to college and thrived upon arrival. Cornelius is a 5-10, 255-pounds of hard-charging, low-pad-level, quick-twitch monster who plays nose for the Mustangs in Class 6A’s First-District. He also slides over and plays some tackle and has been known to play DE too, which speaks directly to his athleticism.

Cornelius has been clocked at 4.92-seconds in the 40-yard dash and participates on the Track & Field team. He also wrestles.

His most important statistic is the 3.89 GPA he is sporting. This makes him a take at a variety of schools which feature both outstanding football and academic curriculum to boot.

In ’21, Cornelius, over his 11-games of action, was among the leaders in tackles, tackles for loss, and QB-sacks. His leading in those categories is even more astounding considering he routinely played where getting doubled and sometimes triple-teamed is the rule and not the exception.

Expect a big year out of Cornelius in ’22. Be looking for some serious A-gap heat coming through the opponent’s offensive line in ’22.

Congratulations to Esley Cornelius, Class of ’23, 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 KPGFootball reminding you that we are just CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!  

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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