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 at Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky who made the absolute most out of limited chances. This week we are highlighting the play of Class of 2021’s Evan Elder (on Twitter, @evanelder17).
Elder’s Louisville Trinity High School is not too far from the famous St. Matthews Square branch of Independence Bank. St. Matthews Square is on 3901 Shelbyville Road in Louisville. Get on by and visit the most rapidly growing bank in the commonwealth of Kentucky, Independence Bank. Independence Bank has started a revolution in the banking industry.
Evan Elder has recently committed to play collegiately at Centre College for Coach Andy Frye and his staff in Danville, Kentucky. Kids committing to Centre College to play any sport, or just to attend, answers the question (for the curious) about whether the kid is a good student.
Elder is no different. Elder is taking with him to Centre College a 4.0 GPA and a selection to the Academic All-State team. Of course, Elder will be arriving with way more than brains.
The 6-0, 220-pound, heat-seeking missile of a linebacker composed of granite, arrives in Danville after having won 3-6A football crowns. Evan Elder also arrives with a bench press well north of 300, a squat approaching 500-pounds, and a 40-yard dash routinely time in the high 4.7-4.8 range.
At Centre he is projected to play ILB. Elder has the football IQ and skill set to play at OLB as easily.
Regardless of where deployed, in 2020 the all-state candidate was 5th on the team in total tackles and among the leaders in both tackles for loss and QB-sacks. You have to consider, Elder (like many on Trinity’s first-team) sat out a ton of quarters. Trinity ran the clock on 6 of its 10-opponents including a 5A State Champion Trinity beat 42-7 on October 30 at home.
That is no knock on BG either. Trinity beat Moeller (Cincinnati), St. Xavier, Male, Ballard, and Dixie Heights by similar margins.
Elder led a defense which surrendered 48-points over 10-games and allowed 26-yards rushing over that same span. Many believe it was the finest defensive football team we have ever enjoyed watching in the history of KHSAA football.
We can’t say for sure whether it was the finest Kentucky high-school defense of all time. Trinity, because of COVID-19 restrictions, didn’t get to play some of the nationally ranked teams it routinely schedules. However, we can tell you this; Trinity’s defense, with Elder patrolling the second level, was mighty stout against its in-commonwealth competition and the one team from Cincinnati it routed.
Congratulations to Evan Elder, for his Revolutionary Play in 2020 and we can’t wait to see what he might do on Saturdays next Fall, all of 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!