Taylor Named Tiger Football MVP, Hughes Wins MVC Award

Zach Taylor and Heather Hughes
Tiger Football Award Winners
Tiger Football Cheerleader Award Winners
Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award: Sebastian Phillips with Edwards Family

Offensive, defensive, and kicking standout Zach Taylor, a senior, was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 DeKalb County High School Football Team during the annual Awards Banquet held Saturday night at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center building. The awards were sponsored by Liberty State Bank

The award was presented to Taylor by Coach Steve Trapp. Taylor helped lead the Tigers to an overall 8-3 record in 2011 including a home state play-off game. "He had statistics in almost every category that you can imagine," said Coach Trapp. "Kicking was definitely a weapon for us this year. He punted the ball. We didn't give up one punt return yard all year. Nobody caught a punt and returned it for one yard. A lot of that was him angling away and him executing the game plan we had. He did a great job in that category. And being able to kick field goals the way he did. In high school, it's definitely a weapon. He had four field goals of over forty yards with a long of forty seven yards and that is a huge weapon to have in high school. He had eight or ten touchbacks as well. But what he did on the offensive side of the ball and then what he did on the defensive side of the ball was a lot to talk about as well. He is definitely a player that deserves and has earned the MVP award," said Coach Trapp

Meanwhile, Heather Hughes, a senior, was named Most Valuable Cheerleader. The presentation was made by Cheer Coaches Amanda Fuller and Sonya House. "I am very proud of her as I am the whole squad. She is a wonderful cheerleader. You couldn't ask for a better girl. She is a 4.0 student and a wonderful person, very kind to others and extremely talented. For all those reasons she received the Most Valuable Cheerleader award," said Coach Fuller

Other individual Football Player Awards are as follows:

Offensive Player-Lucas Phillips
Offensive Lineman-Matt Boss
Offensive Back- Dylan Freeney
Receiver-Will Molander
Defensive Player-Sebastian Phillips
Defensive Lineman-Jake Odom
Linebacker-Cody Puckett
Defensive Back-Alex Hayes
Special Teams Player-Conner Apple
Most Improved-Spencer Stanfield
MVP-Zach Taylor
Coach Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award-Sebastian Phillips

Individual Cheer Awards are as follows:

Best Stunts-Heather Hughes
Most Spirited-Elizabeth Mason
Best Jumps- Johnna Roller
Best Dance-Taylor Cantrell
Most Improved-Darrian Turner
MVC-Heather Hughes
DEAR (Dedication, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Responsibility)-Kidman Puckett

(TOP Photo: 2011 DCHS Football Most Valuable Player Zach Taylor and Most Valuable Cheerleader Heather Hughes)

(Second Photo from Top: DCHS Football Winners: Seated- Dylan Freeney, Alex Hayes, Zach Taylor, Will Molander, Spencer Stanfield; Back Row- Lucas Phillips, Cody Puckett, Matt Boss, Jake Odom, Conner Apple, Sebastian Phillips)

(Third Photo from Top: DCHS Football Cheerleader Winners: Darrian Turner -Most Improved, Taylor Cantrell-Dance, Heather Hughes- MVC-Stunts, Johnna Roller- Jumps, Kidman Puckett-DEAR Award, Elizabeth Mason-Most Spirited)

(Bottom Photo: Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award Winner Sebastian Phillips (second from left) with wife and children of Clay, Abram, Tena, and Sarah Edwards)

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