By Kevin Eickman
This past Sunday the 2018 Buccaneers football team held their annual awards banquet. As most award banquets are, this year’s rendition was bittersweet. While there were a great many accomplishments to be celebrated, it was also the final time the seniors would gather as part of the team.
“This senior class is very special to me. When I arrived here four years ago I asked a lot of these young men and they accepted the challenge.,” Head coach Shaun Strickland stated. “The list is long but when you take a look at all they were able to put out, guys like Ritchy Corvil a guy that is a two time all-state selection. A guy like Rahshawn Price who runs for over 2300 yards in his career, 1,000 this rea alone. You have to take a step back and applaud these guys. These are just two examples, I’m telling you right now every senior gave it their all and for that I am thankful.”
The following are the award winners for this season:
Offensive MVP, Raf Mejia. Mejia excelled in all aspects of the game. Quarterback, running back, fullback and punt returner.
Defensive MVP, Isais Tilghman. Tilghman is not just a force on the football field but is a high quality individual doing wonderful work with Special Olympics Delaware.
Look Team Player of the Year, Trevaughn Aiken. This award is presented to a person who gave their best for the team. Even though he was not a player, his daily commitment to helping Milford football improve was worthy of recognition.
Joseph Windle Rising Star Award, Mitch Leighty. This is presented to a player who’s star is on the rise, due to their hard work and commitment.
Rookie of the Year, Shawn Saxon. Over his freshman season, Saxon grew into a quality quarterback and leader. With each game not only did his grasp of the offense grow but his ability to rise to the occasion began to show as well.
Most Improved on Defense, Josiah Irvin and Dion Warner “Both these players committed themselves to being better football players this year. Their dedication and hard work showed up on the field and they improved all season long.” Coach Devin Mann stated.
Most Improved on Offense, Jacob Bryant. “This player learned and played all three different offensive line positions during the course of the season and ended up having to play them all due to depth issues. He carries a 3.6 GPA, so he is not only intelligent on the field but in the classroom as well.” Coach Steve Franklin said.
Special Teams Player of the Year, Jonathan Gaglione. “Jon was more than just a kicker for us, he was a weapon. He had a fantastic season and is worthy of high praise.” Coach Mann stated.
Specialist Player of the Year, Tyron Mifflin. Excelling as a punt returner, Mifflin returned three of the seven punts he returned for touchdowns. Once teams realized his dangerous return abilities, most teams chose to kick away from him.
12th Man Award, Bryce Wells. This award is presented to the player who was always first of the bench. During the season Wells was played at multiple positions whenever and wherever needed and played solidly when called upon.
Maroon and Gold Award, Zhyir Toledo. “Everything this player does on and off the field is about Milford pride. Whether it is on the field, the classroom or as a member of the band it is all about Buc Pride for him.” Stated Strickland.
Defensive Lineman of the Year, Anthony Diaz. Diaz continually excelled on the defensive line as a disruptive force and fierce competitor. Diaz was recognized as first team All-Conference in his junior season.
Offensive Lineman of the Year, Ritchy Corvil. Corvil was a force on a strong Buccaneer offensive line. In addition to leading a solid rushing attack, Corvil yielded no sacks on the season. Corvil was recognized as first team All-Conference and second team All-State.
Defensive MVP, Anthony Diaz. Diaz is also one of the top wrestlers in Delaware, competing in the 220 pound weight class.
Offensive MVP, Rahshawn Price. Price ran for over 1,000 yards in his senior season and is third on Milford’s all-time rushing list with 2,337 yards. Price finished his Buccaneer career with 19 touchdowns and an average of 10.1 yards per carry, tops in Milford history.
Keith Booze Award, Jabriah Luke. This award is presented to a player who dedicates themselves to a team first mentality. Not just during the season, but all year long. Demonstrating leadership both on and off the field.
Dave Bereowski Award, Kadin Bates. This award is presented to a player who played Pop Warner and continued their football career as a Buccaneer. “He never missed a game, never missed a practice and was a hardnosed gritty football player.” Coach Tim Fisher stated.
Iron Pirate Award, Caleb Watson. This award is presented to the player who carries himself with distinction both on and off the field. “Caleb made the choice to put of surgery so that he would be able to be there for his teammates during his senior season.” Strickland “It is one of the most unselfish acts I’ve ever seen and he is a true Buccaneer.”
Team MVP, Ritchy Corvil. “Ritchy has been a pleasure to coach and it has been fantastic to watch him develop as a player. His dedication to this team and his teammates is just outstanding.” Strickland concluded “He is as dedicated player as I have ever seen who simply goes out there and leads by example.”
Milford also placed 12 players on All-State academically (3.75 GPA), Four achieved Academic All-Conference (4.0 GPA), with a total of 19 players making Honor Roll.
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