Bruins honor football aces

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By Robert Howey

The Lancaster High School football team saluted top performers for solid play during the Bruins’ 2017 season at the annual LHS awards night Tuesday in the school’s auditorium.

Lancaster, 3-7 under fourth-year head coach Bobby Collins, had four players reap All-Region III-AAAA grid honors.

The Lancaster High all-league quartet included junior quarterback Kemarkio Cloud, sophomore defensive lineman Immanuel Bush, senior defensive end Blake Payne and senior offensive lineman Keavius Barnes.

Barnes, a North-South All-Star game selection, was honored as the Bruins Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. The Bruins’ three-year starter graded 92 percent this season.

Cloud, who ran for 912 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and led the offense, was presented the Most Outstanding Offensive Back Award.

Bush, a sophomore who anchored the LHS defensive trenches, was honored as Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman. Payne, a four-year starter, was presented the team’s Coaches Award.

“Blake and Keavius have had outstanding careers for us,” LHS coach Bobby Collins said. “Cloud and Bush came on to play well this season and we’re glad they are back next season.”

The annual Scotty Munn Award, given in memory of the late Bruins quarterback who died in a 1976 auto accident, was presented to junior defensive back NyKeveon.Lowery.

“NyKeveon is a blue-collar player who comes to practice with a good attitude,” Collins said. “He works hard in the weight room and on the field to make himself and his teammates better. I’m proud he’s part of our program.”

Two senior players, who played well at multiple positions, were honored. Ben Rivers, who played fullback and linebacker, was honored for his durable play with the Ironman Award.

Receiver and running back Desmond Stowers garnered the Captain’s Award.

Four underclassmen were cited for their play. Sophomore linebacker Will Burton reaped the Most Outstanding Linebacker Award, while junior wide receiver Zach Truesdale was honored as the Most Outstanding Receiver.

Junior receiver Christian Woodard earned the Most Improved Player Award.

Zyon Duncan, a junior defensive back, was presented the Most Valuable Defensive Back Award with three interceptions on the season.

A trio of junior varsity players were saluted for their play.

Ra-qwan Talford was named the MVP Back, while Ricky Stevenson was selected the MVP Lineman.

Kendric Watts was tabbed as the Junior Bruins Skill MVP.

Collins also honored retiring Bruins assistant coach Ricky Brown, who has worked with the Bruins football program since 1985. Brown has also served as an assistant coach in the annual North-South All-Star game.

During his LHS coaching career, Brown has also coached track, worked with the softball program and coached junior varsity basketball.

“Coach Brown is one of the most knowledgeable coaches I’ve worked with in my career,” Collins said. “He has been an integral part of our coaching staff through the years. He does a great job molding young men and women.

“I hate he’s leaving our program, and we will miss him,” Collins said.

“I wish him the best and we’re glad he’s been a part of our football program.”