Top footballers honored at awards banquet

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From left to right, Coach Brian McGowan, offense of line coach; Coach Joe McGowen, offensive coordinator; Coach Pat McGowan, head coach and defensive coordinator; Jeff Walls, JV head coach; Larry Daniels, DB coach and JV defensive coordinator coach; Derek Calloway, wide receiver coach, show off their awards at the Hamilton High School Bobcat Football Awards Banquet. Missing from the photo is Coach Nic Yeomans, the defensive line coach. Diane Sieker photo

The Hamilton Bobcat Football Awards Banquet honored the school’s top athletes at the Anza Community Hall Friday, Nov. 15.

Both junior varsity and varsity players were presented awards from their team coaches.

Families, friends, school staff and fans attended the event, which included a dinner complete with desserts.

“The season did not go as planned for the Hamilton Bobcat football team,” head coach Patrick McGowan said. “However, there were major improvements and everything seems to be going in the right direction for the team. There were incredible individual performances throughout the season. For example, Ethan Evans (11) ended third in league for passing yards while only playing half the season. Running back Dakota Lassen (1) led the team in rushing yards with nearly 1,000 yards on the year and 11 touchdowns. Wide receiver Adam Carrillo (8) led the team in receiving yards with nearly 800 yards and 9 touchdowns. Middle linebacker Luis Martinez (12) led the team in tackles with 63 on the year. Luis Martinez is also the only All-League athlete from the Hamilton team.”

Heartfelt speeches made by the coaches complimented each player, boasting of their accomplishments and dedication to the team and the game.

“One of the things is that our entire program has is what we call the three apps – faith, family, and football,” coach Jeff Walls said. “These, along with focusing on character, leadership and academic growth make the program great. This is our top-tier focus, along with hard work and good character. As far as the JV team is concerned, it’s always an honor for me to be part of these athletes’ lives and their development. We had a great season as far as growth is concerned and I completely look forward to this next year and the seasons to come.”

Many of the players maintained a 4.0 GPA while practicing and playing during the season.

There were 10 varsity awards and three junior varsity awards presented at the banquet. The junior varsity defensive MVP went to freshman Lucas Blackmore (28). The junior varsity offensive MVP went to sophomore Rene Hernandez (3). The overall junior varsity MVP went to freshman Brandon Lopez (5). The varsity Rookie of the Year award went to freshman Mason Wells (74). Varsity Most Improved went to sophomore Zack Vollan (75). Varsity Best Defensive Skilled Player went to sophomore Ethan Scott (20) and the varsity Best Offensive Skilled Player went to junior Michael McCalister (19). Varsity Best Defensive Lineman went to sophomore Aurelius Orozco (70) and varsity Best Offensive Lineman went to junior Logan Miller (73). The Special Teams MVP went to sophomore Hunter Blackmore (32), the Defensive MVP went to senior Adam Carrillo (8) and the Offensive MVP went to senior Dakota Lassen (1). The Bobcat of the Year award, for representing the program in the best way possible, was awarded to Luis Martinez (12).

Team members presented flowers to their parents and families, while the coaches also received gifts from the team.

Team mother Heather Spier and her husband Eric were honored for their dedication to the boys.

“The Bobcats are a young team,” McGowan said. “But there are significant improvements. While the loss of the few seniors will hurt, the team looks to bounce back even harder and faster next season. I personally cannot wait until it is Friday Night Lights season again.”

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.