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 who flew a bit under the radar outside of his own teammates and coaches but is still a kid on whom KPGFootball is very high and someone we expect to burst out onto the scene for his senior season. This week we are focusing on Class of 2021’s Max Byrne. Byren plays for a Class 2A team regularly in the State Title hunt and a favorite most years to win both its region and district.
His performance well exceeded reasonable expectations in 2019 for Owensboro Catholic. In 2020, Byrne will be heavily counted on for leadership and performance and on both sides of the football for his senior year.
Max Byrne (above pictured) is a guy about whom one discovers very little attempting to research him online. He has a HUDL page but there aren’t any highlights on it and his height and weight aren’t listed anywhere online, at least where we could gain access to the information.
We can tell you his listed positions are FS (Free Safety) and WR (Wide Receiver). Now Byrne didn’t record a single reception in 2019 but we believe that won’t be the case in 2020.
Catholic has suffered losses at the skill positions, most notably its MaxPreps All-American QB (Drew Hartz) and several of Hartz’s top targets. Frankly the offensive need is there and Byrne will need to step up into the roll for his team.
We do know something about Byrne’s ability to rise up and give his team and teammates much needed play in crunch time. The free-safety led his team this past season, netting 30% of the team’s entire interception total, and returned his 3 picks some 38 yards. Byrne is a solid athlete who has benefitted from top-flight coaching and exhibits superior, fundamental game-play.
Max Byrne is just a fantastic high school football player who exhibits exemplary conduct on and off the field and who’s play and life habits are a credit to the sport of football. This is a kid who reminds our staff at KPGFootball of Trigg County’s outgoing LB, Cade Bleidt, who came out of nowhere to have an incredible senior year and garner AP All-State 2nd-Team recognition at year’s end.
Byrne could very likely follow this same path. Will he? I suppose we shall all just have to watch to learn the answer to that.
Congratulations to Max Byrne, both for his Revolutionary Play in 2019 and that which is to come in 2020, 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!