By Ed Greif
The Cumberland County High School football team was presented with letter awards and special awards during at its annual awards banquet Nov. 17 at the Cumberland County Community Complex.
Head coach Ted McCaslin recognized his coaching staff — Marty Davis (running back/linebackers), Don Haston (defensive backs/quarterbacks), Tim Smith (running back/kinebackers), Blake Allen (wide receivers), Alec Haston (offensive coordinator/offensive line), Stuart Bowen (defensive coordinator/defensive line), volunteer coach Andrew Phipps (Jacks and Dogs/special teams) and Jeff Monday (spirtual leader).
"We have 21 seniors and are sending them out on a winning note. The 22-point win over Warren County was the perfect way to end the season," said McCaslin, who completed his second year as head coach and fifth overall at CCHS. "We have peaks and valleys and ups and downs. Let winning be an obsession. They have commitments every day and have a desire to succeed.
Four of the Jet players were named to the All-District team and will receive their awards at the league dinner Dec. 6. Colton Dykes and Chace Marshall were first team, while Jordan Buckner and Seth Randall were second team, after helping CCHS finish 2-8 overall and 1-4 in the district.
Allen presented the scholar athlete award to Matt Vaughn for having a 4.0 GPA.
"Matt is a great kid," said Allen.
Bowen presented the Most Improve Defensive Player Award to Zac Smith, who had 50 total tackles, including seven for minus yardage.
"We had to figure a way to get him on the field. He made the defense work in the middle," said Allen.
Zakk King was the offensive Most Improved. He had 25 catches for 347 yards with three TDs.
Marty Davis presented the Newcomer Award to Tyler Cantrell, who had 111 total tackles, including nine tackles for minus yardage.
"I had no idea what he could do. We found a special place for him to be," said the veteran assistant coach.
Alec Haston presented Jordan Buckner the Offensive MVP Award. He completed 146 of 271 passes for 1,856 yards with 17 touchdowns and 12 PICs, and rushed for 165 yards on 64 carries with two touchdowns.
"We had to put the football in his hands to win," said Alec Haston.
Phipps and Bowen presented the Defensive MVP Awards to Seth Randall and Chace Marshall.
"This was too close to call," Phipps. Seth is a player and made big plays for us."
Added Bowen, "Chace led the district in tackles. He was one of the most dependable kids on the team."
Randall had two kickoff returns for 20 yards and 72 total tackles, forced two fumbles, had one fumble recovery and two interceptions, while Marshall led the team with 122 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for minus yardage.
Don Haston presented Dykes the team MVP Award.
"He was a difference maker for us," Don Haston said.
Dykes had 47 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, seven interceptions and 11 pass break-ups, and caught 37 passes for 663 yards with eight touchdowns, two kick returns for 38 yards and 701 all-purpose yards.
McCaslin presented Coaches Awards for giving 100 percent on and off the field to Tyler Norris and Tyler Hoskins, while Paul Hill received the Jet Award for "giving it all to the team. Paul never missed a practice or a game and was never late."
Managers/trainers Samantha Nielson, Olivia Nye, Sada Atkins and Kristy Carter also received special recognition.
Seniors Eric Telles, Zakk King, Derrick Sherrill, Colton Dykes, A.J. Dick, Dillon Reineking, Caleb Charles, Dorian Holt, Tyler Norris, Dusty Lewis, Trey McCloud, Chace Marshall, Dustin Boles, Dylan Oakes, Kyle Perry, Paul Hill, Marshall Nye, Michael Davis, Zach Smith, Tyler Hoskins and Reed Shaw all received framed game jerseys, aiong with their lettermen awards.
Juniors Buckner, Tyler Cantrell, Heath Swallows, Kenny (the Jet) Brewer, Matthew Vaughn, James Vallecillo, Gentry Brown, Tyler Weaver, Alex Canterbury and Justin McElroy received letters, bars and/or pins.
Those same awards were presented to sophomores Nolan McClain, Tyler Howard, Nathan Blaylock, Seth Randall, Joe Brown, Dalton Davis, Jordan Richards, Kobe Cox, David Kutchey, Caleb Jones, Ty Tabor, Seth Hardeman, Tyler Hancock, Danny Hicks, Cody Threet, David Scavo and Phu Tran.
Freshmen Sam Bates, Alex Boles, Trsitan Partridge, Caleb Green, Michael Miller, Jrodan Hulvey, Hunter Patterson, Dylan Wyatt, James Zplinicki, Ryan Bolin, Cody Yates, Devyne Tempteton, Kyle McElhaney, Wolfgang Brockman and Devon Schwencke received letters, pins and participation plaques, which were also given to the seniors, juniors and sophomores.