PHS honors football standouts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015


The Pleasant Home Eagles took time this week to recognize their 2015 football team at their annual fall sports banquet.


Players were given awards in several different categories throughout the evening.


Senior fullback, Reid Adams, was selected as the team’s offensive MVP. Adams was a workhorse the Eagle offense this season, as he racked up 1, 156 yards and 18 touchdowns.


“Reid was what I would call our workhorse,” Pleasant Home head coach Chris Mason said. “He would carry the ball 20 to 30 times a game, maybe more. He was the guy would could count on to get our tough yards. This year he was coming off a knee injury that kept him out for most of last season and he hit the weights really hard when he came back. That was the thing that I was most impressed by and I think a lot of the team was. His work ethic in the weight room allowed him to build up his endurance, which was good because he is the type of player that if we run 60 plays, he wants 60 touches. He made the biggest jump of any one on team this year.”


Defensive MVP went to senior linebacker Hunter Price. Price wreaked havoc on the opposing offenses, piling up 50 tackles and three blocked field goals.


“Hunter led the team in tackles this year, and if you would have told him that two years ago he wouldn’t have believed that was possible,” Mason said. “He has tremendous work ethic and he would just constantly fly to the football. He is a student of the game and that is what made him so good was how he studied the game. He wasn’t going to overpower anyone, but he made his plays by being in the right place at the right time. His work ethic took him from an average player and made him great.”


Adams and Price also received the “Captains Award”.


Freshman Josh Ruth was awarded the “Mr. Hustle Award” for the extra effort he put forth every time he stepped on the field. At linebacker, Ruth accounted for 47 tackles, three sacks and nine tackles for losses.


“Josh Ruth is a player,” Mason said. “He isn’t a big kid, but he will hit you like a 200-pounder. Everything you ask him to do, he does with a smile and gives it everything he has. He is student of the game and probably the most skilled player on the team. He is truly a football player and look forward to seeing how he grows as a kid and a football player.”


Other awards given out were the  “Most Improved Player”, received by Enrico Bovino, and the “J.J. Seice Award”, received by Tanas Mallon.


“Rico is just a little guy, but he has a motor that runs 100 mph,” Mason said. “Last year, he was still learning the cornerback position and teams picked on him a lot, but this season he really played like a much bigger player and teams realized that they couldn’t just try to pick on him. He is one of those guys you really like to have on your team because you know when you put him out there that he has his side of the field taken care of.”

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