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January 12, 2010

Corsicana Football Banquet: Tigers ring in old and new

There was something old and something new about Monday night’s Tiger Football Banquet.

The old — senior Cody Evans won the Tigers team Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight season.

The new — coach Phil Castles was the MC of his first banquet, and focused on team, something he did all fall as the Tigers won their first playoff game since 2005 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Castles handed out four “Captains Awards” to Clay Carroll, Shane Fletcher, Bryant Jackson and Cameron Cutrer. The four players had to earn the award by staying at the top of the “Elite Group” the entire season by not missing practice.

Cutrer, a junior quarterback, managed to stay in the No. 1 spot the entire season.

“That’s never happened in the five seasons we’ve been doing this (at Corsicana, Chapel Hill and Elysian Fields),” Castles said.

Evans was an easy pick for team MVP. He rushed for 1,666 yards and had his best game of the season in the Tigers’ playoff victory over West Mesquite, setting two school records with 44 carries and 267 yards and recovering two onside kicks in the final minutes.

Cutrer was the Offensive MVP after leading the Golden Circle in passing yards. Junior linebacker Martin Davis was the Defensive MVP after finishing the season with 132 tackles.

Seniors Bryant Jackson and Ben Caton were the co-Offensive Linemen of the Year. Junior defensive end Ike Hunter was the Outstanding Defensive Lineman.

Senior Javonti Hines, who made several big plays for the Tigers, was the Outstanding Receiver. Senior Jakolby Polk, one of top cover cornerbacks in District 16-4A, was the Outstanding Defensive Back.

The Jim Acree Tiger Heart award was given to senior Ricky Hall. The Wilson Griffin Character Award was awarded to senior linebacker Coby Duren. The Outstanding Scholar went to senior Justin McCollom.

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