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Speaking before a large gathering in the York Comprehensive High School auditorium, head football coach Bobby Carroll lauded team members during the annual football awards ceremony.
The second-year YCHS coach praised Cougar team members for success on the gridiron and in the classroom. “We’re proud of the academic success of so many of our football players,” said Carroll.
He alluded to a 10-2 season that included big wins at perennial powers Gaffney and South Pointe. “We scored 487 points this season and held our opponents to 145,” noted Carroll.
The YCHS head coach issued special praise to the seniors for their contributions to the heralded football turnaround in Cougar Country. Carroll said the emphasis is to build the football program at all levels, from middle school to varsity.
The Cougar mentor issued a special thank you to the team’s avid support base, not the least of which is the York Touchdown Club.
“The support we receive from the York Touchdown Club, everything they do for us, is amazing,” he said.
Carroll emphasized that football is very much a team sport.
“Football is not an individual sport,” he stressed. “So we do not give out individual awards.”
Among the awards presented during the annual ceremony were captains’ recognition to Lee Wright, Spencer Carroll, Shamal Sanders, Beau Nunn and Lamin Yansaneh. Recognized as members of the all-region team were Wright, Carroll, Nunn, Yansaneh and Ryan Moore.
All-Area recognition included: Wright, Player of the Year; Rominique Mobley and Ty Currence, defense; Nunn, offense; Carroll, Moore, Yansaneh, Daurice Simpson, Chad Hill, honorable mention.
Wright also was recognized as a Shrine Bowl selectee as well as the Charlotte Touchdown Club’s prestigious Bronko Nagurski Award.
Nunn was recognized as a North-South All-Star participant and Ben Jones received the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award for highest GPA.
Recognized for selling the most discount coupons as part of the football team’s community fundraiser was Matt Herring for this year and Thomas Broom last year.
Jayvee football Cougar Pride awards were presented to DeShaw Andrews, Patch Edwards, Ethan Whitesides and Kyron Schrouder.
Ninth-grade Cougar Pride awards went to Brandon Garvin, Caleb Clayton, Harrison Childers and Jeremiah Moore.
Carroll said many of the senior football players will have the opportunity to take their game to the next level, and the coaches are doing their part. “We’ve sent out more video highlights than in my previous 29 years of coaching,” he said.
Shifting his focus to next season, Carroll said student-athletes need to be in the weight room, regardless of the sport.
“It makes them better athletes makes them healthier,” he noted. “Anyone wanting to join the football players in offseason workouts can contact one of the coaches.”