YORK — York Comprehensive High School football players received special recognition last month during a football banquet in the school auditorium.
Football coach Bobby Carroll spoke in glowing terms of the Cougar players for answering the challenge after losing 10 starters from last season’s defensive unit.
“It’s amazing that we finished 10-3,” Carroll said. “This is a great group of guys to be around.”
Carroll issued a special thank you to the York Touchdown Club.
“We appreciate all the Touchdown Club does for our team throughout the season, especially the Thursday afternoon meals,” he said. “They do not compete with the athletic booster club.”
While Carroll said he is proud of the Cougars’ third consecutive 10-win season, he spoke emphatically, maintaining that the goals are higher.
“Our goal every year is to win the state championship,” he said.
Having been a part of state title-clinching games at South Pointe and Northwestern high schools, Carroll knows where it all begins.
“State championships are won in the weight room, from now until August,” said Carroll.
During the varsity football awards ceremony, captain’s awards were presented to Ryan Moore, Markell Castle, Josh McCoy and Lawrence Adams.
Scout Team Player of the Year awards recipients included Dominique Joseph, Steven Davis and Nick Sturgill.
Cougar Impact awards were presented to Moore and Buddy Anderson, with Thomas Broom receiving the academic award.
Jayvee football Cougar Pride recipients were Harrison Childers, Caleb Clayton, Deivonne Chalk, Sturgill and John Moorefield.
Ninth-grade Cougar Pride awards were presented to Wally Wilmore, Paul Moore, Joe Vion Matthews, Shandon Cobb and Danny Warren.
Dustin McNeely received the Extra Mile award from head trainer Mike Smith.
Moore, Castle, McCoy, Deshaw Andrews, Daurice Simpson and Ryan Ennis were named to the all-region team.