Indian Football Banquet Held

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe Stephens County High School football team officially puts a close on its season.

The team held its annual year-end banquet and awards ceremony last Thursday night at StephensCountyHigh School.

Stephens County Head Coach Travis Noland said that the banquet provides a good opportunity for the team to get together and look back at the season.

“I was pleased with the crowd,” said Noland.  “It is a hard time right here at Christmas to get everybody, but it was nice to come and honor our team.”

During the banquet, Junior Varsity football players were recognized and Varsity players received certificates of participation, while this year’s seniors received plaques.

Stephens County High School finished 5-6 this season, taking fourth place in Region 8-AAAA and losing to Marist in the first round of the AAAA state football playoffs.

This season marked the 17th time in 18 years and 26th time in 28 years that StephensCounty has made postseason play in football.

Noland said the team accomplished that with a very small senior class.

“We had nine seniors,” said Noland.  “They will be missed.  They set a good example for the guys about fighting through adversity and overcoming obstacles and they were a fun group to coach.”

During the banquet, AM 630 WNEG presented its Player of the Year award.  This year’s award was shared by two players, senior linemen Devan Ferreira and Thomas Lowery.

Meanwhile, the Trigger Thomason “Strive and Drive” award went to senior running back Sapario Reese.

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