2013 Football Season Capped with Annual Awards BanquetPosted January 28, 2014
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2013 FOOTBALL SEASON CAPPED WITH ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Marshall, Mo. (January 28, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College football team wrapped up its 2013 season with its annual Awards Night on Monday evening. The football coaching staff recognized the numerous award-winning Viking football players, and the 2013 season that saw the program win a third-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference championship, appear in the NAIA Football Championship Quarterfinals, achieve a 9-3 overall record and finish the season ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll.
Those honored at the event included Senior Defensive Back Tyler Davis (St. Louis, Mo.) who was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player, Junior Quarterback Bruce Reyes (Beaumont, Texas) who was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player, Junior Wide Receiver Jarrell Davis (Merced, Calif.) who was named the Most Valuable Special Teams Player and Junior Defensive Lineman Ty Phillips (East St. Louis, Mo.) who was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
In addition to his team MVP award, Phillips was also honored as the 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and 2013 AFCA All-American and was a first team all-conference selection.
Twenty-one other Vikings were also honored during the ceremony for being selected to the HAAC all-conference team including first team selections Junior Offensive Lineman Roy Wolfrum (Wentzville, Mo.), Junior Defensive Back Michael Barnes (Beaumont, Texas), Senior Defensive Back Phillip Fowler (San Diego, Calif.), Senior Defensive Lineman Leon Jackson (Merced, Calif.), Senior Linebacker Danny Reyes (Hesperia, Calif.) and Tyler Davis.
Also honored during the ceremony were the HAAC Player of the Week Award winners including Junior Kicker Daniel Mouro (Hilmar, Calif.), Leon Jackson and Ty Phillips.
“This was a very successful season for our program, and our players deserve to be recognized for all their work during the past year,” said Head Football Coach Paul Troth. “The coaching staff is proud of the accomplishments the team achieved this season, and hope those returning can continue the momentum we’ve built over the past few years.”
Other award winners include Senior Defensive Lineman Veylin Stedham (Inglewood, Calif.) who was named the Volney Ashford Most Improved Player, Senior Tight End Zach Thomas (Sweet Springs, Mo.) who was named the Jerry Arnett Most Unselfish Player and Leon Jackson who was named the Ted Chittwood Memorial Homecoming Award winner. Two junior varsity players received recognition for their work during the season as Ramzie Cooper was named the Junior Varsity Offensive MVP and Daniel Heimann Junior Varsity Defensive MVP.
The 2013 senior class was also recognized for its accomplishments over the past four years. The Vikings have gone 38-8 overall, with an .826 winning percentage, captured three-straight conference championships and made three NAIA FCS appearances during that span.
“This year’s senior class has been one of the most successful in program history,” said Troth. “They have been a good group of guys both on the field and off the field, and have represented the program well.”
About Missouri Valley College
Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are agribusiness, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.