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Clements was the best pass rusher in Kentucky’s ’23 class of prospects

Saadiq Clements didn’t garner as much press from us as he deserved. Of course, being among the highest regarded prospects in the commonwealth meant ours was the only publication which didn’t cover his every step. That aside, the Louisville signee has the frame, length, strength, and explosion to dominate in college at end or inside at tackle along the defensive front. He’s a tremendous athlete and an even better football player. 

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball‘s Chief of the Scouting Division

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 the top pass rusher in the entire commonwealth of Kentucky. This ’23 prospect posted incredible numbers this season playing for one of the best teams at Kentucky’s highest classification of competition, Saadiq Clements from Henderson, Kentucky’s Henderson County High School. 

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Saadiq Clements was a Force majeure this past season for the Henderson County Colonels in Class 6A, District 1. You may not be familiar with that term, as it is a term of art in contract law, but it had a meaning before the law stole it.

A “Force majeure” means greater force in French. It references an event which is an act of God like a hurricane or a tornado.

That would be an accurate description of what Clements represented to opposing “would be” blockers this past season for his 10-3 Colonels. If teams were empowered to stop the all-out, onslaught of Clements’ charge into the offensive backfield this past season, we didn’t see much evidence of it.

Clements registered 62-tackles, 10.5 TFL’s, 21-QB-sacks, and 3-FF’s.

KHSAA Statistical Website

Clements, all 6’5,” 280-pounds of him, registered 62-tackles in spite of being the emphasis, all year, of every opponent’s scouting report. He registered 10.5 TFL’s and an incredible 21-QB-sacks. That fails to even encompass his 3-FF’s.

Remember, the heavy emphasis in Kentucky high school football is to “pound the rock” or run the football. Look no further than Clements’ own roster for evidence of this.

The Colonels leading receiver this past season (Jackson Pendergraft) caught 18-passes for 327-yards and 4-TD’s. At the same time, its leading rusher (Jordan Wright) gained nearly 1,300 yards in 163-carries with 17-TD’s scored from scrimmage.

Photo: Stan Sussina/ The Gleaner

See what we mean? Twenty-one (21) QB-sacks, under such circumstances, is a Force majeure. One would almost have to be a literal tornado to register that many sacks in only one season.

Clements has had a big off-season, thus far, with indications the plaudits have only just begun. In addition to winning this prestigious award and signing with the Louisville Cardinals, Clements was selected first-team All-State by both the Coaches (Courier-Journal) and KPGFootball.

The Associated Press has yet to open its nominations but we expect he will be heavily favored to be on the other big-boy team too once it posts. We know of at least one voter impressed enough to put the Human Tornado on its ballot!

Congratulations to Saadiq Clements for his “Revolutionary Play” over the course of his career and particularly during the previous season and good luck to him at his next stop playing for the Louisville Cardinals in the FBS, power 5. We maintain his play this past year easily earned this magnificent senior 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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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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