Members of the 2013 Red Oak varsity football team were honored during the team’s annual banquet Saturday night.
The night of recognition, held at Red Oak High School was sponsored by the Red Oak Quarterback Club.
While recognizing the team’s accomplishments, master of ceremonies, quarterback coach David Young, discussed the trials of the season.
“Everybody knew this was going to be a tough season. The season’s success came down to the last four games,” Young said. “With all the adversities of key player injuries, this team fought hard and never gave up.”
The coach said these tribulations this year helped the players learn a lot.
“Football teaches us life lessons. Decisions we make not only affect us, but others as well,” Young said. “All in all, I see a group of young men that fought hard and are proud to call themselves Red Oak Hawks.”
Young then introduced all the senior players and recognized the players who received all district awards.
Each of the position coaches presented their picks for the best in their positions throughout the season. The football awards concluded with the MVP recipients being named.
Special teams coach Adam Prachyl named Iam Tyra the special team MVP.
Deante Williams was named the offensive MVP by coach Matt Jordan.
The defensive MVP award went to Garrett Davis.
The two top awards, the Fighting Hawk award and overall MVP were both presented by Young.
The Fighting Hawk awards went to Colton Shields.
The Overall MVP was shared by two players this year. The recipients were linebacker, Joe Stier and quarterback Logan Thompson.
“Both of these players were exemplary players and team leaders throughout the season,” Young said.
The last presentation of the evening went to former head coach Mike Shields.
Tom Bugg, on behalf of the quarterback club, presented Shields with an engraved watch thanking him for the contributions to the Red Oak Hawks.
“Coach Shields has led the Hawks to several championships and has led the team to two regional quarters,” Bugg said. “We thank him for his contributions here at Red Oak.”
Shields wanted to thank his team and friends that helped him succeed in Red Oak.
“This is the best team in the district that a quarterback club could support,” Shields said. “It’s been a great season and the progress these kids have made is so great. These guys did the best job ever this year even with all the injuries.”
Shields ended the ceremony by discussing his decision to take the head coaching job at Terrell.
“It was a tough decision,” Shields said. “But the timing was good for me as a coach and for the family.”