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Tanner Wright isn't an unknown by any stretch. Still, what he did in the biggest regular season game of the year...

Senior RB/SS from Somerset has his Indians ‘feeling’ a championship run

Tanner Wright is a ’23 kid who does most of his high school, Friday night work at RB. He also plays SS on defense. He had an incredible game in the Don Franklin Bowl this past weekend as his Indians moved the record to 9-0 and dealt Pulaski County (8-2) its second loss of the season.

Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout, KPGFootball

If you are surprised by anything Tanner Wright does on a high school football field, you haven’t been reading us. We awarded him the Mingua Beef Jerky Company‘s most prized weekly distinction, the Protein-packed Performer of the Week prize package way back in January of 2021.

Here’s the link to that article. Check it out, we aren’t making this stuff up as we go along you know.

Mr. Wright is still doing everything right.

HB Lyon, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

You will be glad to know, particularly if you are an Indian fan (Southwestern High School; Somerset, KY), that Mr. Wright is still doing everything right.

At the Don Franklin Bowl this year, his performance couldn’t have been any more finely tuned. First, let us set the table.

Southwestern was entering the game undefeated and highly ranked. Pulaski had a 3-point loss to Corbin (9-0) on the résumé but that was its only blemish. Pulaski was highly ranked, like Southwestern, in both the Associated Press (AP) weekly poll and the KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).

Both of these teams are 5A powers. Both of these teams are exceedingly well coached (Pulaski, John Hines; Southwestern, Jason Foley). Both of these teams are expected to make deep runs in the upcoming playoffs.

This past Friday night, in the Don Franklin Bowl, Wright put the Indians on his back and delivered. On his way to victory lane, Wright gained 217-yards rushing on 25-carries with 3-rushing TD’s.

Write led the ball club in scoring (18-points). The team only scored 31.

Wright is a 5’10,” 190-pounder who carries a 3.3 GPA and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5-seconds. He has made the All-State football team and is a 3X All-District selection.

“I’m just not feeling it, Coach.”

Words not spoken around the Southwestern High Football Team

There is a saying out in popular culture about “feeling it.” Most of the time we are hearing words to the effect, “I’m just not feeling it, Coach.”

Well, we aren’t hearing those words from Wright or any of his Southwestern teammates. They are all feeling this upcoming opportunity. They are all feeling this winning streak they are riding. They are all feeling this run to Kroger Field being contemplated or planned.

With how Tanner Wright is running the football these days, to tell you the truth, we’re sort of feeling it too.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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About Henry Lyon 1146 Articles
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.

1 Comment

  1. Everything you said about Tanner is correct… He’s an amazing student, athlete, and more importantly… an amazing person and teammate. If he played anywhere else in the state he’s a Mr Football front runner. BUT… He plays for THE SOUTHWESTERN WARRIORS. Not Indians.

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