November 17, 2011

Tigers Take Home Just Two First Team All-Conference Awards Despite Second Place Finish

Despite finishing second in the Tri-Rivers Conference standings in 2011, Scotland County was only awarded two of the 22 top player awards when the league announced its all conference honors this week.

As expected, conference champions Milan, dominated the first team awards. The Wildcats running back Cooper Bankus was named the league's most valuable player, and John Dabney received coach of the year honors after his team went 10-1 on the year and 5-0 in the TRC.

Bankus was joined on the first team offense by teammates Cordi Fordyce at tight end and linemen Alex Oder and Zack Doak.

The lone Tiger to earn first team honors on offense was wide receiver Harley Stone.

Harley Stone was named to the Tri-Rivers Conference first team offense as a wide receiver. The versatile Stone played tight end, running back and quarterback for the Tigers in addition to being the team's leading pass catcher.

Rounding out the first team offense were Schuyler County's Dakota Schmitter at running back and Tad Anderson at receiver; Putnam County's Brett Thomas at quarterback and lineman Dakota Valentine; Knox County's Jon Harder at lineman and North Shelby's Wade Kemp at lineman.

Milan had five first team award winners on the other side of the ball, led by unanimous selection Mason Thompson at defensive tackle. Fordyce was tagged at defensive end along with Bankus at linebacker. Milan players Aaron Richardson and Mason Clark were honored at linebacker and defensive back respectively.

Scotland County's lone first team player was defensive back Brock Bondurant, a unanimous pick at the position along with Knox County's Leighton McCabe. His Eagles teammate, Harder, was tabbed a first teamer at linebacker. Putnam County had two award winners in Valentine at defensive end and Joel Hinkle at linebacker. Schuyler County's Garrett Wilson rounded out the first team at defensive tackle.

Brock Bondurant was named to the TRC first team defense as a safety and also earned second team honors at quarterback.

First team honors went to Fordyce at punter, Stone at kicker and McCabe as return specialist.

Receiving second team all conference honors on offense were Bondurant and McCabe at quarterback; running backs Brad Hisel of Milan and Donovan Edwards of Knox County; receivers Damien Gilworth of Putnam County and Sharri Edwards of Knox County; and linemen Taylor Rader of Scotland County, Wilson of Schuyler County, Riley Wood of Putnam County and Nathan McCabe and Chapin Mendenhall of Milan.

The second team defense featured a number of Tigers including defensive linemen William Masden, Rader and Jed Troutman; and Stone at linebacker.

Rounding out the squad were: Oder of Milan at defensive line, Kemp of North Shelby at linebacker, Schmitter and Joey Antal of Schuyler County at linebackers, Thomas of Putnam County at defensive back, Michael Orr of North Shelby, Marcus Shipley of Milan and Dalton Shively of Schuyler County at defensive backs.

Stone was named the second team punter while Raul Palacios of Milan was second team kicker and Hisel of Milan took home second team return specialist honors.

Milan won the conference title with a perfect 5-0 mark. The Tigers finished in second place with a 4-1 mark followed by Schuyler County (3-2), Putnam County (2-3), Knox County (1-4) and North Shelby (0-5).

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