North Hopkins RB, Marquezz Hightower, is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week @markezz_25 @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @KanyonJohnson9 @All_American_Me @840WHAS

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Marquezz Hightower is the little brother of a RB who led Kentucky in rushing yards his senior year before matriculating to Eastern Kentucky University to play football there. Hightower is easily among the top five RBs in the ’26 class if he isn’t the very top. Hightower helped lead his Maroons to an 8-3 finish but North Hopkins, or just “North” as they are referenced around Madisonville, is looking for a bit more in ’24. That would make a catchy slogan. Feel free to use it, Coach Price!

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
On the field for North Hopkins may be the only place Hightower is No. 2

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Previously won the Revolutionary Player of the Week

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.   

Today we honor a ’26 RB who led the team in rushing TDs, tied for the lead in receiving TDs, scored a pair of 2-pointers on special teams, and who has clocked a 4.5-second, 40-yard dash with a 35-inch vertical at 190-pounds. This young man is among the very best RBs in Kentucky in the ’26 class if he isn’t the best. Today we honor Markezz Hightower from Madisonville’s-North Hopkins High.

Madisonville-North Hopkins High is located just down the road from Independence Bank branches located on 1776 North Main Street and our featured branch today, the one on 629 East Center Street respectively.

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Marquezz Hightower has some “eye-popping” statistical outlay apart from his prodigious on-field production. Hightower is 5’10,” 190-pounds, runs the 40 in 4.5-seconds, verticals 35-inches, bench presses close to three (3)-bills (290), and reps the HS rep weight of 185-pounds, 15 times.

His on-field production was no less awe-inspiring. Hightower gained 1,206-yards from the scrimmage line as a sophomore playing 5A football, carrying it 153-times with 19-carries crossing the goal-line. Hightower caught 21-passes for 293-yards swinging out of the backfield, with four (4)-receiving TDs, tied for the club lead.

Hightower was the leading scorer. He tallied 142-points in 11-games with scores coming by land, air, and via the two-pointer on special teams. We call those multi-phases threats.

Hightower led the team in scoring, crossing the goal line via the ground (19-times), via the air (four-times), and on specials, via the two-pointer (twice), for 142-total points

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Hightower is the little brother of Jariah Hightower. The “elder” Hightower gained over three-thousand yards his senior year before matriculating to EKU to play football for the Colonels.

Can Marquezz mimic this level of production? Is he as good as big-brother?

It seems trite to say it, but Marquezz may be even better. If you ask Jariah, he would probably give the nod to “little brother” as he is Marquez’s “biggest fan.”

We can sit here all day and debate this. Jariah was the bigger of the two and (perhaps) more powerful running inside. Marquezz is the faster of the two and more of a threat to gain third-level separation.

It is all academic anyway. Suffice it to say, when you align a “Hightower” in your backfield, be he Marquezz or Jariah; you may expect, and will certainly get, All-State production, effort, and results.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron, 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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