Clay, Pudlowski, Tate, Hill, McClure get top honors
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
The Brentwood High School and Brentwood Junior Eagles football teams held their postseason award banquets last week at the school district’s administrative office.
At the high school banquet on Monday, junior running back Jacob Clay received the Offensive MVP Award and senior linebacker Kyle Pudlowski got the Defensive MVP Award. At the Junior Eagles banquet on Wednesday, the eighth-grade team named Jordan Tate its MVP, Courtland Hill its offensive MVP and Quinn McClure its defensive MVP.
BHS head coach Keith Herring also announced that seniors Austin Koster and Ryan Short and sophomore Skylar Sappington were named Academic All-State. The awards go to starters who are in the top 10 percent of their class, have a GPA of 3.5 or above and an ACT score of at least 26. Koster also won the award last year.
Herring also revealed that the Eagles will play more hurry-up offense next season. He said it was effective when he used it in 2014.
“We’re not big but we’re athletic and so quick,” he said. “I think the faster tempo will gas our opponents.”
Donated items were auctioned off during the banquet to raise money for the Brentwood Football Booster Club. Big bids included $135 for a Rams helmet signed by James Laurinaitis and $35 for Sandy Short’s football-shaped cake made of cupcakes.
Booster club president Bill Koster announced that though his son will graduate this spring he will stay on and help the club for the 2015 season. He credited Gary Nelson for much of the work that’s been done for the club.
Herring thanked the booster club for its work, saying, “This is why Brentwood is the greatest place in the world to be.”
Special awards for high school team
Offensive MVP: Jacob Clay
Defensive MVP: Kyle Pudlowski
Most Improved Player: Kaylon Jenkins
Heart of an Eagle Award (“never takes a play off”): Tyler Pryor-Hall.
Purple and Gold Award (“for nonstarters who work their tail off”): David Camp, Corey Carroll
Purple Heart Award (“for those who struggled through injuries”): Joe Clay, Justice Harris, Ricky McQuay, Cal Snare.
Golden Eagle Award (for supporting the team): Gary Nelson
Special awards for eighth-grade team
Team MVP: Jordan Tate
Outstanding Offensive Player: Courtland Hill
Outstanding Defensive Player: Quinn McClure
Tough Man Award: Cameron Jenkins
Most Improved Player: Anthony Pacheco