BHS, Junior Eagles Name MVPs at Banquets

Purple and gold football trophies fill a table at the Brentwood Junior Eagles football banquet last Thursday at the Brentwood School District Administrative Center. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Purple and gold football trophies fill a table at the Brentwood Junior Eagles football banquet last Wednesday at the Brentwood School District Administrative Office. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Clay, Pudlowski, Tate, Hill, McClure get top honors

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

The Brentwood High School and Brentwood Junior Eagles football teams held their postseason award banquets last week at the school district’s administrative office.

Jacob Clay (left) and Kyle Pudlowski celebrate a Clay touchdown at the preseason football jamboree at Windsor High School last August. Last week Clay was named the team's offensive MVP and Pudlowski the defensive MVP.
Jacob Clay (left) and Kyle Pudlowski celebrate a Clay touchdown at the preseason football jamboree at Windsor High School last August. Last Monday at the football banquet Clay was named the team’s offensive MVP and Pudlowski the defensive MVP.
Eighth grade head football coach John Sappington congratulates Cameron Jenkins for receiving the Tough Man Award.
Eighth-grade football coach John Sappington congratulates Cameron Jenkins for receiving the Tough Man Award at the Brentwood Junior Eagles football banquet on Wednesday.
Eighth-grader Courtland Hill smiles after receiving the Outstanding Offensive Player Award. He plays quarterback.
Eighth-grader Courtland Hill smiles after receiving the Outstanding Offensive Player Award. He plays quarterback.

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

Eighth-grader Jordan Tate receives the Team MVP Award from coaches John Sappington (left) and Fred Brown.
Eighth-grader Jordan Tate receives the Team MVP Award from coaches John Sappington (left) and Fred Brown.
Quinn McClure receives the Outstanding Defensive Player Award for the eighth-grade team.
Quinn McClure receives the Outstanding Defensive Player Award for the eighth-grade team.
The Junior Eagles coaching staff is (from left) John Sappington, Tom Magee, Fred "Hollywood" Brown and Ben Peters. Not present was Ethan Griesemer.
The Junior Eagles coaching staff is (from left) John Sappington, Tom Magee, Fred “Hollywood” Brown and Ben Peters. Not present was Ethan Griesemer.
Seventh-grade coach Tom Magee smiles as Greg Hill pauses to let photographers take his picture after he receives his trophy.
Seventh-grade coach Tom Magee smiles as Greg Hill pauses to let photographers take his picture after he receives his trophy.
John Sappington recaps the eighth-grade team's season.
John Sappington recaps the eighth-grade team’s season.
While handing out awards for the seventh-graders, coach Ben Peters shares a memory of each player.
While handing out awards for the seventh-grade team, coach Ben Peters shares a memory of each player.
Keith Herring takes bids during an auction to raise funds for the Brentwood Booster Club.
Keith Herring takes bids during an auction to raise funds for the Brentwood Booster Club at the BHS football banquet last Monday.
Brentwood Booster Club President Bill Koster auctions a bottle of Christina Pudlowski's homemade barbecue sauce.
Brentwood Booster Club President Bill Koster auctions a bottle of Kristine Pudlowski’s homemade barbecue sauce.
Assistant coach Robert Findley auctions a dessert item.
Assistant coach Robert Findley auctions a dessert item.
The BHS football banquet was held last Wednesday at the Brentwood School District Administrative Office.
The BHS football banquet was held last Monday at the Brentwood School District Administrative Office.
Team trainer Haley O'Neal is recognized by coaches, including Jeff Manestar (left) and Robert Findley. Said head coach Keith Herring, "Haley is by far the best team trainer I've been around in 29 years."
Team trainer Haley O’Neal is recognized by coaches, including Jeff Manestar (left) and Robert Findley. Said head coach Keith Herring, “Haley is by far the best team trainer I’ve been around in 29 years.”
Keith Herring receives a gag gift of hair coloring from senior football players (from left) Tyler Pryor-Hall, Kyle Pudlowski, Reid Nelson and Jim Smith.
Keith Herring receives a gag gift of hair coloring from senior football players, who include (from left) Tyler Pryor-Hall, Reid Nelson and Wes Sappington.
The seniors' gift for line coach Tom Pitcher, presented here by Austin Koster, is a t-shirt containing a quote players said they heard many times from Pitcher.
The seniors’ gift for line coach Tom Pitcher, presented here by Austin Koster, is a t-shirt containing a quote players said they heard many times from Pitcher.

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