The McLean County High School football team hosted their 2021 season banquet on December 9.
The team enjoyed a meal with coaches and families in high school before several awards were given out to recognize this season’s accomplishments. Letterman jackets were also given to players who won them last season.
The team posted a 4-6 record and ranked No. 1 for average sacks per game in class 2A, with 31 sacks in 10 games.
Head Coach Zach Wagner holds the most coaching wins in school history with 48.
A new school record was set this season for the longest passing and receiving for a touchdown. Ayden Rice pitched to Elijah Baldwin for a 91-yard game. Brodie Cline tied the school record for most touchdown passes in a single game with three. Brady Dame also tied the school record for most touchdown receptions in a single game with three.
The following awards were presented to the players: Best Running Back: Lucas Mauzy; Best wide receiver: Brady Dame; Best offensive lineman: Cameron Dukes; Best Defensive Lineman: Wes Wells; Top Linebacker: Noah Coleman; Best Defensive Back: Elijah Baldwin; Best Special Teams: Edwin Millay; Pancake Prize: 1st Cameron Dukes, 2nd Lucas Mauzy; Most Improved: Preston Morris; Team MVP: Wes Wells; and Bill Scott Award: Tyler Harberson.
The following players have received a college letter this season: Brodie Cline, James Haerle, Brady Dame, Ayden Rice, Isaiah Algood, Will Taylor, Edwin Millay, Zach Clayton, Elijah Baldwin, Nolan Blade, Preston Morris, Caleb Stein, Colton Free, Noah Coleman, Cody Wilson, Ethan Crowe, Tyler Harberson, Cole Crumbaker, Cameron Dukes, Wes Wells, Coby Dant, Whit Searcy, Ethan Todd, Drake Walker, Landen Goodwin, Phoenix Stevens, Jacob Capps and Lucas Mauzy.
Several playoff awards were also noted locally over the 2021 season for the Cougars. Cameron Dukes was named to Messenger-Inquirer’s all-sector first team for the offensive line. Brady Dame was named to Messenger-Inquirer All-Area second team for wide receiver. Wes Wells was named to Messenger-Inquirer All-Area second team for the defensive line.
Dame was named in the offensive of 102.7 The Game ESPN Owensboro first team. Wes Wells has been named to the second defense for the 102.7 The Game ESPN Owensboro team. Cameron Dukes and Lucas Mauzy received an honorable mention in offense, and James Haerle received an honorable mention in defense for 102.7 The Game ESPN Owensboro.
After a short break over the holidays, the Cougars will return to off-season work this week to begin preparation for next season. Weightlifting is in full swing and plans to attend regional competitions from next month.