By Kevin Eickman
As the clock ticked down on the 2016 Milford football season, it was a sad reality that they would not be moving on in the playoffs as they fell to Wilmington Friends 8-7. While the loss was devastating, it did little to tarnish the accomplishments of the Buccaneers. This past Thursday, they held their annual awards ceremony, to recognize the top performers of this years squad. The varsity award winners for the 2016 Buccaneers are:
Ritchy Corvil, sophomore, Rookie of the Year: “Rich showed tremendous growth after graduating from the scout team last season. I believe that there is a great deal more of potential that he has and we are looking forward to continue to grow next season,” Coach Steve Franklin said.
Nick Carlino, senior, Defensive Most Improved Player: “This was a player who we saw the potential from last season. As the off-season went on, we became more excited about the potential he had. His work and dedication took him from being a role player to being a full time starter and second team All-Conference selection,” Franklin stated.
Marcus Correa, senior, Offensive Most Improved Player: “This was a player that accepted his roll and took it upon himself to give everything he had to get better. He turned out to be second team All-Conference at wide receiver. We are so proud of this young man and wish him nothing but success going forward,” coach Jerrel Allen stated.
Kaje Tiggs-Reynolds, senior, Special Teams Player of the Year: “Kaje was a player that did everything we asked of him on special teams. Cover, kick, whatever, he was always willing to do what was needed to help out,” coach Ryan Deeny said.
Zach Johnson, senior, 12th Man Award: “It didn’t matter where we asked him to play, he just did it and gave it everything he had. He was a great player to coach who always gave you everything that he had.” coach Shaun Strickland stated.
Chris Sampson, senior, Maroon and Gold Award: “This goes out to a player I didn’t know that much about coming into the season, but he turned in a highlight reel catch against Red Lion. From that moment on I knew we had to find a place for him,” Allen stated.
Vanus Little, senior, Defensive Lineman of the Year: “I kind of rode this kid a bit, but he always brought his best. We would joke back and forth, but when I looked at the film his play really stood out from the rest. He ended the season with 84 tackles as a down lineman in one season, that’s very impressive,” coach Justin Strickland stated.
Greggory Clark, senior, Offensive Lineman of the Year: “He is a kid that just seems to get better every play and some of the stuff he does is just incredible. His leadership will be missed. To have a player go out and have 11 knockdowns in one games is just amazing,” Shaun Strickland said.
Ryan Jones, senior, Defensive Player of the Year: “Ryan would watch film with me and was an extension of the coaching staff on the field. He finishes his career as the second leading tackler in Milford history (319), a very impressive feat,” coach Nick Brannan said.
William Kimmel, senior and David Bowman, junior, Co-Offensive Players of the Year: “Kimmel committed himself to the quarterback position during the off-season and as a result his play improved a great deal. He is a leader on and off the field and a huge reason that we had the success we did this past season,” Shaun Strickland said. “DJ was huge for us this season. He missed three games due to injury and when he came back he only had one hand. With all of that he still managed over 900 yards for us.”
Rahsawn Price, sophomore, Keith Booze Award: “This is an award for a player who is not only dedicated to the team during the season, but buys into the process of making himself a better player throughout the year,” Deeny stated.
William Kimmel, senior, Dave Berezowsiki Award: This award is presented to a player who played football at a high level, starting from Pop Warner, through high school.
Dominyc Hovington, senior, Iron Pirate Award: “This player is as tough as nails, doesn’t miss any games. Dom Hovington encapsulates toughness in a way most young men should strive for. He his humble in his actions and mighty with what he does on the field,” Brannan said. “Even in the classroom, Dom excels in there as well.”
Brion Murray, senior, Team Most Valuable Player: “When you take a look at the talent that this team had, it is incredibly hard to select an MVP. We had to beg him to come out and play for us and the first time I saw him I couldn’t believe it. There was this kids, all arms and legs flying all over the field. He had a real nose for the ball,” coach Time Fisher said. “First team All-Conference on both offense and defense. Second team All-State and just a joy to be around.”
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