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Prep Football Awards: The 2012 Lancies

REMEMBER THAT? WE DO.

BY NATHAN WARTERS

THE FREE LANCE-STAR

It’s the time of year to sit down with the family and share a bountiful meal of tofurkey and turtle stew. Wait, those aren’t staple dishes in your home at Thanksgiving? Well, you’re missing out.

It’s also the time of year to laugh out loud and share the enjoyment of the Lancie Awards, honoring the best of the high school football season. We’ve got a new emcee this year, yours truly, and I vow to keep the fun going.

The entire sports staff here at The Free Lance–Star was polled to provide the most comprehensive list of winners. If you disagree with any of them, feel free to throw a challenge flag. We won’t be reversing any calls, however.

So without further ado, for your reading pleasure, here are the 2012 Lancies.

Photo by Dave Ellis / The Free Lance-Star

PICTURE OF THE YEAR

ONE HECK OF A GRAB

The Free Lance-Star has a really excellent photography staff, and they take really excellent photos … so narrowing it down to just one picture of the year is tough.

Director of Photography Dave Ellis took this picture of Courtland’s Chris Carpenter making a diving catch at the end of the first half against Louisa. Not only was it a great photograph, it also was a key moment of the game–Carpenter’s 40-yard touchdown sparked Courtland’s second-half runaway in a 35-6 victory.

Photo by Robert A. Martin / The Free Lance-Star

GAME OF THE YEAR

KING GEORGE 34, GRAFTON 28

The Foxes held off a furious rally by the Clippers to win their first home playoff game in 11 years. King George’s Jordi Estes (pictured) had an interception.

Runner-up: In a battle of two Group AAA heavyweights, North Stafford prevailed in overtime on Battlefield’s home turf.

COOLEST NAME

KWESIE DADZIE, NORTH STAFFORD

PA announcers often butchered his name. It’s pronounced “Kwezzy,” not “queasy,” but that was the feeling the running back gave many opposing defenses.

Runners-up: Keyshawn Johnson (Caroline), Dwayne Baltimore (Colonial Forge), DaVonte Christmas (Riverbend), Darion Romeo (Culpeper).

Photo by Dave Ellis / The Free Lance-Star

PERSERVERANCE AWARD

JAMES MONROE

James Monroe lost two starting quarterbacks, an all-state defensive back and a starting tailback to injuries and still won 10 games and a share of the Battlefield District title. The Yellow Jackets are one win away from their second straight Region I, Division 3 championship.

LONGEST NAME

TODD DESGROSSEILLIERS

He has a name that would make Marty Schottenheimer proud. Thank goodness the Eagles don’t stitch names on the backs of their jerseys, because Desgrosseilliers’ would leave no space for a number.

BEST STAT LINE

LOUISA QB ZAC JACKSON

Jackson had a hand in all five of the Lions’ touchdowns in a win over previously unbeaten Western Albemarle in the regular-season finale. He passed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 10 seconds to go.

Runners-up: North Stafford WR Brandon Ravenel vs. Stafford (14 catches, 173 yards, 4 TDs), and Massaponax RB/DB Joey Foster vs. Colonial Forge (165 rushing yards and touchdowns of 54, 78 and 10 yards on eight carries, as well as a 65-yard interception return for a score).

Photo by Peter Cihelka / The Free Lance-Star

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A GAME

KING GEORGE

Fans came in droves to see games at King George’s sparkling new stadium, and the Foxes didn’t disappoint, with a 6–0 home record.

Runner-up: Maury Stadium.

BEST CONCESSIONS

COLONIAL BEACH

Drifters fans aren’t munching on only hot dogs and soft pretzels. Colonial Beach has a unique menu that includes spaghetti, crab cakes and egg salad sandwiches.

Runners-up: Washington & Lee (crab cake sandwich) and Riverbend (Bear-B-Que sandwich).

STRANGEST PLAY OF THE YEAR

Massaponax’s Keith Phelps punted the ball into the helmet of blocker Vinny Mihota late in a game against North Stafford. The ball bounced back into the end zone, where Mihota recovered it and returned it to the 2-yard line. North Stafford scored and won, 24–23.

Photo by Robert A. Martin / The Free Lance-Star

WAY TO PROVE US WRONG

Because it is, of course, all about the comfort of sports writers. The nod goes to Stafford, where a huge box always has plenty of space and great visibility.

Runner-up: Mountain View

EVERY WHICH WAY

In North Stafford’s 57–0 win over Orange, the Wolverines scored touchdowns six different ways (run, pass, punt return, kick return, interception return and fumble return). They also recorded a safety. The only way they didn’t score was via field goal.

MOSTLY ONE WAY

Colonial Beach and Lancaster combined for 14 touchdowns in the Drifters’ 66–36 win, 13 of them on running plays.

WHAT A SHOE OFF

Courtland’s Kyle Talley had a game-changing 85-yard interception return for a touchdown against Chancellor in the playoffs with just one shoe. He lost his shoe before he picked off the pass and raced untouched for the score.

MR. INDISPENSABLE

BROOKE POINT’S TYUS WHITE

He’s Mr. Everything for the Black–Hawks, starring as wide receiver, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner.

Runner-up: King George’s Corey Henderson, who is not only the quarterback of the Foxes’ offense but also the quarterback of the defense at middle linebacker.

Photo By Robert A. Martin / The Free Lance-Star

WATCH OUT FOR NEXT SEASON …

RIVERBEND BEARS

The Bears improved from 2–8 last season to 5–5 in Tony DeMarco’s first year as coach, and Riverbend’s JV and freshmen teams both went undefeated. The future looks bright for the Bears. Runner-up: Massaponax returns a lot of juniors from this year’s team, including Commonwealth District defensive player of the year Vinny Mihota, a Virginia Tech commit.

For the record: Our 2011 “Watch Out For Award” went to Mountain View receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who had a great year leading the Wildcats to this Saturday’s Northwest Region, Division 5 championship game. And in 2010, we gave the award to James Monroe. The Jackets played for the Division 3 state championship the following year.

BEST MASCOT

BUBBA THE LION

C’mon, who can compete with Louisa’s live lion mascot?

Photo by Reza Marvashti / The Free Lance-Star

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL AWARD

BROOKE POINT

Brooke Point came back from a 1–5 start to make the playoffs for the eighth straight year. The Black–Hawks then won a region playoff game for the third time

in four years.

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