Mabel-Canton football players earn awards
Thursday, November 29, 2012 4:27 AM
The Southeast Conference has released its All-Conference Football Team for 2012, and three Mabel-Canton Cougars have earned spots on the rolls.
Junior Hunter Johnson not only made the All-SEC team, he was also named Most Valuable Player in team voting. Checking in at offensive back/linebacker, Johnson led the team in rushing with 1,568 yards on 201 carries. That's a healthy 7.8 yards per carry average. He scored 134 points (21 touchdowns and three points after runs), far and away the leader in that category. Johnson also returned 23 kickoffs for 352 yards, another team-leading statistic. In addition, Johnson was named Most Valuable Offensive Back.
Junior Noah Manning also made the All-Conference team. He played offensive/defensive back, and was second in rushing with 114 carries for 624 yards. Manning scored 38 points on the season, throwing and catching a couple of passes along the way. He punted when called upon, and returned three. Manning also returned 17 kickoffs for 263 yards. His defensive exploits include a team-high five interceptions for 141 yards. Manning also won the Hardest Worker Award in team balloting.
Sophomore Donnie Lind won Honorable Mention on the All-SEC team. He played offensive lineman/defensive back. Lind was the leading receiver for the Cougars, snagging 17 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He scored 30 points. Lind even had a sack on defense. He also won the Most Valuable Offensive Lineman Award in team voting.
Classmate Keyser Wenthold won the Most Improved Player Award. At offensive/defensive back, he carried the ball 37 times for 328 yards, and scored 20 points. Wenthold returned two kickoffs for 100 yards, recovered a fumble and grabbed three interceptions.
The Most Valuable Defensive Lineman Award went to the lone senior on this year's squad, Logan Henry.
The Scout Player of the Year Award went to freshman lineman Josh Vatland.