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Most recently, the Fox varsity and junior varsity football staff honored their most outstanding players. Although the season yielded a varsity record of 2-8, 0-5, the Foxes have built a foundation that was pioneered by the following players: Jericho James – Hammer Award, Outstanding Linebacker, Most Valuable Player; Denver Harris – Most improved Offensive Lineman; Outstanding Special Teams Player – Joe Walton; Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Jared Vann; Most Improved Defensive Player – C.J. Calloway; Coaches Award – Daniel Pearson.
The future of any successful football program is in the hands of the feeder system. Varsity players to look for in 2009 are: Trey Grahm – Outstanding Defensive Player; Most Improved Offensive Lineman – Travis Kline; Coaches Award – Kordell Strauss; Most Valuable Player – Wayne Wyatt.
Battlefield District honors were awarded to the following varsity players: Jericho James – 1st Team Linebacker, 2nd Team Running Back; Dylan Phillips – Honorable Mention Offensive Line; Ryan Deshazo- Honorable Mention Defensive Back/Linebacker; Schuyler Ayers – Honorable Mention Kicker; Jared Vann – Honorable Mention Defensive Line.
James rushed for 703 yards on 148 carries, while scoring seven touchdowns. He was also named in the Honorable Mention category for All-Region Linebacker. The graduating senior completed the season with 71 tackles and seven sacks. Vann also impacted the Fox defensive scheme with 45 tackles, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
The Foxes will have a more experienced team with 18 players returning from the varsity squad and nine players from the junior varsity with the potential to move up. Depending on their varsity potential, 16 junior varsity players will be returning to their program. The Fox junior varsity finished with a record of 2-8.
Elated with the future for his team, varsity head coach John Bryant said, “I am proud of all the kids who finished the season and believed in the team—and not in individualism.”
With Eastern View entering the Battlefield District next season, and State Champion James Monroe graduating a host of seniors, life in area football could become interesting. Stay tuned!