By Glenn Hughes
The Charlton County Athletic Department held their Fall Sports Awards Program last Thursday at the high school gymnasium to honor the athletes of the 2018 Indian football team and the Maidens fast pitch softball team.
Principal Josh Howard got the program underway by welcoming everyone in attendance before handing things off to the team coaches.
The Charlton County cheerleaders were recognized, but they will receive their awards at the Winter Sports Program.
Assistant softball coach Thad Marchman presented the Maidens awards in lieu of Coach Mike Baxter, who was unable to attend due to illness. Honored for making the Region 2-A All Region First Team were Savannah Pollock, Lauren Allbritton, and Samantha Baxter. Recognized for making Second Team All region were freshmen Javonna Dykes and Emma Woolard.
Receiving senior plaques were Rebecca Clairday, Rachel Lepley, Kynlee O’Berry, Savannah Pollock, and Lauren Allbritton.
Newly named Indian head football coach Russ Murray presented the awards for the Tribe. Players received a plaque with all of their awards listed on it. Blake Taylor and Shaireik Vernon received the Team Weight Room Award and were recognized for being named to the Region 2-A All Academic Team. Tommy Layden and Travis Ray were also recognized for making the region 2-A All Academic Team.
Bryce Manning was honored for making the Region 2-A Second Team as a defensive lineman and making the All Academic squad. Quentin Kenney received the Team Most Improved Award while Conner Nelson received the Hang Tough Award and the B-Team MVP.
Braden Whittenburg took home the Team Special teams Award and the Team Weight Room Award. Keith Harris was recognized for making the Region 2-A All Freshmen Team and received the Team Outstanding Freshman Award.
Travon Green received the Champ Bailey Outstanding Defensive Back Award while Seaquon Clark received the team Outstanding Wide Receiver Award as well as being recognized for making the Region 2-A First team as a wide receiver.
Daniel Mack picked up the Team Defensive MVP Award, as well as the Team Leading Tackler Award and Team Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award. Mack was recognized as a Region 2-A First Team Defensive Lineman.
Caleal Burroughs was recognized for being named Region 2-A Second team Offensive Lineman while sharing the Tony Geoghagan Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award with Grayson Carter. Carter was a Region 2-A First team All Region selection and also a member of the Region 2-A All Academic team.
Lance Carter was a Region 2-A First Team selection and was named as the Team Defensive MVP as well as being named a Team Captain. He also received the Team Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award and the Weight Room Award.
Michael Elliott was a Region 2-A First Team selection as a linebacker and a Second Team pick as a running back. He was named as a team captain while being one of the Team Defensive MVP’s. He would win the Joe Hagins Outstanding Linebacker Award as well as the Team Outstanding Offensive Back Award and the Team Wight Room Award.
Brantley Sloan was a First Team All Region wide receiver as well as a member of the Region 2-A All Academic team. He was named as a Team Captain and received the Team Outstanding Wide receiver Award as well as the Weight Room Award.
The last player honored was Raykwon Anderson. Anderson was the Region 2-A Player of the Year and was named as a Team Captain. He received the Team Offensive MVP Award, the Team Outstanding Offensive Back Award and the Team Weight Room Award. Coach Murray also recognized Anderson for being named All State for all four years of his high school career.