Freshman from Madisonville redefining our expectations for RB’s at his stage of development
Markezz Hightower came into the season having just won the MVP of the Kentucky-Tennessee Future Stars Classic. Anyone who knows anything about the Future Stars program can’t confess amazement when a former Future Star finds immediate success on the varsity gridiron as a 9th-grader. Who are we kidding? Happens all the time. However, no one could have predicted this level of success for Markezz Hightower who is a freshman running the football like a much older player.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball’s Senior Scout
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 defensive lineman who figures to slide inside to nose should he sign with a team which runs an odd front or to the one-technique should the team which signs him run an even front. Today we are featuring a ’26 RB from Madisonville, Kentucky’s North-Hopkins High named Markezz Hightower.
This freshman RB has his Maroons standing at 4-2 with people openly wondering whether this team may be able to pull off a 1st-District Championship this year in the 4A classification. Tonight’s road game at Hopkinsville will go a ways toward clearing up that particular picture.
Marquezz Hightower’s performances this season have exceeded all reasonable expectations for his team and has resulted in some audacious numbers being stockpiled through the first six games and especially in light of this player being a freshman. How good of a year Hightower may end up statistically producing in the end is anyone’s guess.
Madisonville North-Hopkins High is located just down the road from two Madison area Independence Bank branches. The feature branch today is the one located on 629 E Center Street. We also have a branch located on 1776 N Main Street both in the corporal limits of Madisonville, Kentucky.
Get on by and visit either of these fine branches today. Discover what makes Independence Bank’s people, products, and services revolutionary in the financial services industry.
Madisonville North-Hopkins stands at 4-2 on the season. If the Maroons can push the record to 5-2 tonight in Hopkinsville, it would make a district 2nd-seed, with a home playoff game in the first round, virtually in the bag with a chance to gain a 1-seed with a win next week at Logan County.
Madisonville’s only two losses were to Union County (28-6) and to Daviess County (28-13). Union County is one of the top rated teams, Kentucky-wide, in the 3A classification. Daviess County is one of the higher regarded teams, Kentucky-wide, in the 6A classification.
Losing to either is understandable. Playing with either is pretty commendable. Playing with both…Good for you!
Last week, Hightower, a freshman RB, gained 124-yards in 14-rushing attempts with a TD. Hightower caught a pass for 12-yards, scored 8-points on the night, and helped lead his ball club to a 67-7 drubbing of Class 4A, first-District foe, Calloway County.
This Friday night the sledding gets a bit harder. Hopkinsville, though 2-4 on the year, has played a “Murderer’s Row” schedule and has the athletes to compete with pretty much anyone around these parts.
The Maroons will need a big game from its freshman RB. Good thing the freshman RB in question is Hightower.
So far this season, Hightower’s inaugural, in six (6)-games, Markezz has gained 689-yards in 106-carries (6.5-yards per carry) with 5-Rushing TD’s (tied for the team lead with Anias Mitchell, QB). Hightower has additionally caught 5-balls, one of which scored.
Hightower is the team’s leading scorer thus far. Hightower has scored TD’s rushing, receiving, and on special teams, housing a two-pointer in the all-important conversion game.
Congratulations to Marquezz Hightower for his “Revolutionary Play” through the first six games and that which is to come the remainder of the ’22 season, all of which has earned this magnificent freshman RB and player this week’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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