Poteete and Hale Receive MVP Awards at DCHS Football Banquet

Senior Quarterback Hunter Poteete was named the 2009 DCHS Football Most Valuable Player at Saturday night’s awards banquet.
Poteete, one of the mid-state’s most outstanding quarterbacks, helped guide the Tigers to an overall 7-5 season, which ended in the second round of the TSSAA playoffs in November against Maplewood.
Tiger Coach Steve Trapp says Poteete is a special player. “He just had an excellent career. He’s just an all around good kid and it shows in the kind of athlete he is. This year he was thirty something yards short of three thousand yards. The last two seasons he’s just been remarkable as far as the numbers he has put up. Over seven thousand career yards, that’s in the top five is the TSSAA. He has twelve or thirteen records in the top five as a passer in the state of Tennessee. That’s just remarkable. I never thought anything like that would happen here at DeKalb County but it’s just an attribute to what he puts into it and the type of person he is.”
Meanwhile, DCHS senior, April Hale was named Most Valuable Cheerleader for the 2009 football season. Hale was a senior captain and a four-year member of the cheerleading squad.
In addition to MVP honors for Poteete, Coach Trapp announced during the banquet that the home Jersies of both Poteete and Senior Receiver Abram Edwards are being retired, not their numbers, just their Jersies.
Coach Trapp says both Poteete and Edwards deserve this honor.”For 2008 and 2009 Hunter and Abram have made multiple All-State Teams. They’ve been recognized as two of the greatest players in DeKalb County football history. But they would be the first to admit that they couldn’t accomplish anything without their teammates. We’re retiring their home Jersies, not the numbers, so we’ll still see number ten and number one running around out there. But as far as the Jersies they wore out there in front of the home crowd on Friday nights, we plan on hanging those Jersies up in the new fieldhouse to give all the new players and future players of DeKalb County football the opportunity to see two special young men who were two special athletes for DeKalb County football.”
Other football awards were as follows:
Best Offensive Player: Abram Edwards
Best Defensive Player: Kevin Kijanski
Best Offensive Lineman: Tony Schellinburger
Best Defensive Lineman: Devin Thomas
Best Offensive Back: Tyler Weatherby
Best Defensive Back: Matt Giles
Best Receiver: Travon Johnson
Best Linebacker: Matt Collier
Best Special Teams Player :Shane Salley and Zach Taylor
Most Improved: Gage Brown
Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award: Abram Edwards
Other cheerleading awards were as follows:
Best Stunts: Heather Hughes
Most Spirited: Quincie Winchester
Best Jumps: Johnna Roller
Best Dance: Johnna Roller
Most Improved: Grace Webb
(Dedication, Excellence, Attitude, Responsibility) D.E.A.R. Award: Erin Colwell
The annual DCHS Football banquet was held Saturday night at Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church.

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