2011-11-24 / Sports

FR Football Players Recognized

Pictured, left: sophomore Hunter Horton, sophomore Kyle Schoen, senior Rielly Barnett and sophomore Matthew Lutz. Pictured, left: sophomore Hunter Horton, sophomore Kyle Schoen, senior Rielly Barnett and sophomore Matthew Lutz. Southern Huntington football season officially ended for 2011 at the annual players banquet sponsored by the Southern Football Boosters Club. New this year was the fact that four Forbes student athletes participated as members of the 2011 Southern Huntington football team. These students were given that opportunity in early 2011 through a PIAA co-op rule change that made possible this agreement between Forbes and Southern, allowing Forbes to offer football for the first time.

During the awards ceremony head coach Ryan Garlock said that the coop worked very well, and he encouraged other interested Forbes Road kids to join the team in 2012. Forbes Road athletic directors Brown Cutchall and Southern Huntingdon athletic director Phil Spec worked together to make sure the co-op ran smoothly, and it did.

The school board of each district also are to be commended and thanked as to how quickly and smoothly the idea of a football co-op turned into a reality.

Forbes Road senior offensive guard and defensive tackle Rielly Barnett was award a Southern Huntington senior letter and also given his jersey, a replica Southern helmet and a team photo. Coach Garlock spoke very highly of Barnett’s hard work; coming into the program as a senior rookie with so much to learn in just one year. He thanked Barnett for his efforts and congratulated him on a solid season.

Forbes Road sophomore split end and safety Kyle Schoen was one of the few Rocket sophomores to earn a varsity letter for football in 2011. Schoen was also recognized as Southern’s “Most Improved Player in 2011” along with junior defensive end David Pierce.

Senior quarterback Jacob Dean was award Rocket Most Valuable Player. Nathan Patterson was Special Teams MVP, Trenton Collins received Rookie of the Year honors, and Scott Carbaugh earned Practice Player of the year. Most of the 11 Southern seniors this year received a host of local awards and ICC recognition. Coach Garlock recognized these seniors because most played as starters on both sides of the ball all year.

After a full meal and prayer Garlock thanked all the players, parents, football boosters, local businesses and everyone who helped with the season. The Boosters Club announced that its big goal for 2012 is to replace the Rocket scoreboard.

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