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’25 QB from Paducah’s Tilghman High posting obnoxious numbers

Jack James just keeps playing better and better. His Tilghman “Blue Tornado” are 8-0 and appear headed on a collision course for the other “4A Big Boys,” like Boyle County, Franklin County, Covington Catholic, and Corbin High. What Tilghman and James did to Warren East last Friday night should incur criminal liability. Talk about your beat-downs; 70-20. C’mon on man! Tilghman has Calloway County tonight and there is no telling how out of hand this score might get if Coach Thompson doesn’t reign in the thoroughbreds a bit. As the Old Miss Rebels used to cry-out from the grandstands to their Hall of Fame football coach from 1947-1970, “Put in the third team, Johnny Vaught!”

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
James is hitting video-game like production here recently and really all season long

Paducah, KY: 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.

Independence Bank has a goal of achieving everyday excellence, and this week we are focusing on a player whose performance exceeded expectations through the first eight games of this season and who will be vitally important to the Blue Tornado’s success as we continue to travel down 2023’s path towards the championships. Today, we are focusing on Class of 2025, QB, from Paducah’s Tilghman High School, Jack James.

James’ Tilghman High is located just down the road from three Paducah area branches. One is on 3413 Broadway Street, the other is on 2711 New Holt Road (featured branch today), and the third is on 3312 Lone Oak Road. Get on by those branches today and discover what makes our people, products, and services revolutionary in the Kentucky financial industry.

Jack James is not just awesome in the passing game but is adept at using his mobility to pick up key yardage or avoid pressure

I first saw Jack James play as a true freshman. James didn’t do too badly that year. James led Paducah to the title game, threw for over 2,800-yards with 35 thrown TDs. Pretty impressive numbers for a freshman, wouldn’t you say?

2711 New Holt Road

James has been more impressive this season, as one might expect. James, a junior, now has his ball-club sitting 8-0 and sailing toward a perfect regular season with an upcoming playoff run which might be headed toward Kroger Field.

This season, James has completed 148 of his 219-passing attempts. His completion percentage is .67579909 or right below 68%.

James has thrown for 2,355-yards on the year, or right at 294.4-yards per outing. That is rather significant because Tilghman has run a lot of clock against opponents this year and we are unsure how many fourth quarters James even gets to play.

James has thrown 30-TDs, this season; and, for his career, James has passed Hunter Cantwell as the program’s all time leader for passing TDs. We did mention the kid is only a junior, right?

James is the team’s second leading rusher

KHSAA statistical website

James is the team’s second leading rusher. James has gained over 200-yards rushing and registered 5-rushing TDs. James can use his mobility, speed, and shiftiness to avoid pressure or break defensive containment, pressing the edge with the jets.

Last Friday night, James had a “Madden-NFL Football” type evening. James completed 24 of his 29-passing attempts, for 429-yards, with eight (8) TDs, and no INTs.

Even more importantly The Blue Tornado raised its record to 8-0 and secured the top seed in the district for the upcoming playoffs. With the classification’s third highest RPI, behind only Franklin County and Covington Catholic, it may be a few rounds before The Blue Tornado has to break out the old bus.

Paducah Tilghman has the roster pieces to play with any team in the commonwealth at any level of play

Friday Night Fletch

None of James’ exploits have been the least bit unexpected. If you came into this year not knowing of Jack James and, the caliber player he is at the QB position in the ’25 class, that says more about you than it does about him.

WPSD in Paducah yearly posts its Top 10 Players of Gridiron Glory. This year, James was number five on that list. The list is meant to represent the best high school players in the station’s coverage area.

Paducah Tilghman is historically among the winningest teams in KHSAA history. The Blue Tornado went through some tough-sledding for a few years but old programs go through such periods.

The Kentucky high school game is better when teams like Paducah Tilghman flourish. Well, PTHS is flourishing.

The high school game in Kentucky flourishes when its marquee programs prosper

Friday Night Fletch

Tilghman finishes this regular season with Calloway and Russellville. Calloway is 2-6 and among the lowest regarded teams in 4A with one of the commonwealth’s lowest RPIs. Russellville is 1-7 with its lone win being a 38-0 shellacking of lowly Ballard Memorial.

Both of these teams will hurt Paducah’s RPI. Russellville will really hurt because they are four spots from dead last in 1A, Kentucky’s lowest competitive classification. That aside, Tilghman can beat either team with its middle school squad.

Calpreps.com predicts Tilghman has a 99% chance of finishing the regular season 10-0 and has "The Blue Tornado" beating both Calloway and Ballard Memorial by 60+ points 

One thing is for certain, or it seems so to us. James will put up some filthy numbers these next two outings; even if he is fated to play approximately four of these last eight quarters.

Congratulations to Jack James for his Revolutionary Play over the first eight (8) games of this season 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 Friday Night Fletch, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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