Collin Patterson was named Most Valuable Player of the 2007 DeKalb County High School Football Team during the annual Awards Banquet held Thursday night at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church.
The award was presented to Patterson by Coach Steve Trapp, who spoke with WJLE after the program. " Collin did a lot of good things for us. He played a pivotal role in our offense. He was kind of Poteete's outlet. Poteete kept a lot of plays going in scrambling around. He could always find #7 out there and a lot of things he (Patterson) did for us he adlibed, breaking off his routes, coming back and finding a hole. He's just got a high football IQ on both sides of the football. He just had a great senior year for us. Patterson had 43 receptions, which was number one in our region. He had 563 yards. He had close to 80 tackles on defense, two picks, a couple of tackles for losses. He was up there in the top of a lot of our statistics. He wasn't designated as one of our four team captains but he was definitely a leader for this football team."
Meanwhile, Jackie Gibbs was named Most Valuable Cheerleader. The presentation was made by Cheer Coach Amanda Fuller. " Our Most Valuable Cheerleader is just awesome. She's everything you would expect a cheerleader to be in a tiny little package. She can stunt. She can tumble. She can dance. She can cheer and she's done it all of her life."
Other individual Football Player Awards are as follows:
Offensive Player- Hunter Poteete
Offensive Lineman- Mykel Cantrell
Offensive Back- Matthew Lawrence
Receiver- Abram Edwards
Defensive Player- Corey Cripps
Defensive Lineman- Dustin Bogle
Linebacker- Brent Collier
Defensive Back- J.J. Herriott
Special Teams Player- Juan Ruiz and Tyler Woods
Most Improved- Steven McCormick
MVP- Collin Patterson
Tiger Pride Award- Adam Emerson
Individual Cheer Awards are as follows:
Best Stunts- Nique Tubbs
Most Spirited- Gerianna Wilson
Best Jumps- Jackie Gibbs
Best Dance- Macy Felts
Most Improved- MaKayla Poss
MVC- Jackie Gibbs
DEAR (Dedication, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Responsibility)- Avarie Maynard
Although the Tigers finished 2-8 this season Coach Trapp believes the team made significant progress. "As the season progressed, we definitely started clicking and doing some things offensively. Again, it was just things that has hurt us in the past, hurt us this year. A bad thing would happen and we kind of got knocked back by it, but we seemed to rebound more from it this year. We were competitive in every game. Statistically, we were just as good as the team that won our region. The only thing that hurt, we were 2-8. It's just developing a winning attitude, believing that you're going to win when you step out on the field, getting ultimate support from everybody that's around the organization. That's what we need to work on and that's what we're going to continue to work on."