C.C.H.S. FALL SPORTS AWARDS PROGRAM
2020 FOOTBALL AWARDS CEREMONY
“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne, no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.”
“There’s an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.”
—John F. Kennedy-1961
Change is very difficult for all of us to contend with. This group of young men lost their coach late in the year last spring and I am sure they were wondering what lies ahead. Coming of a 2-8 season, now facing a new head coach, possibly new assistants, a new program and to make matters worse a pandemic which will limit the ability to learn whatever new system brought into the football program. I cannot image how difficult it was for boys who loved football to decide if they were going to weather the storm or take a walk. Central football has had a great deal of success over the years with a great tradition of being able to compete with any team they might face.
The good news is that as things unfolded and I was given the opportunity by the school board, superintendent and principal to get one more opportunity to coach Central football, I was excited but very apprehensive on how the boys and the community would react. The day I was hired is when I began working for Central football. The first goal was to select a high school and junior high staff that knows football and knows how to teach football. I have been blessed as I had been negotiating with coaches and when the decision was made the staff was ready and the work of putting the team together would begin. This team would deal with adversity all season long but never once lost the focus of what they wanted to gain by playing this season.
This football team did many great things this season. First, we had an outstanding senior class that led the team all season long. Boys came regularly to practice and practiced hard almost every day. Our staff is committed first to fundamentals of play so boys were constantly reminded on basic football and the boys responded and we became a good football team. We made our team slogan “better”, we wanted to end each practice and each game better than we were the day or game before. This team had to win late in games several times and the boys responded. We ended the season 5-3 [a winning season], placed 3rd in the conference and ended the season as sectional runner-up losing to the defending state champions in a close contest. Wow! What a year to build on. Great seniors who bought in with an outstanding group of juniors who see how things need to run that will become great seniors next year and an outstanding group of sophomores. We only had 2 freshmen make it through the season and I am proud of both of them. Our first goal at the high school level is our team roster. We need more players and that will be our focus during the off season. Our second goal is to become bigger faster and stronger. The weight room must be a priority if we are to compete with the 2A schools in our conference…and we will!
This team had a great season and played with a great deal of character all season long. Central football represented our community with integrity, the team demonstrated respect for each other, coaches and opponents. We have a great deal of positives to build on as we move forward.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Our football team played with character all season and when things did not go well and we lost in the Sectional this group of young men demonstrated poise and dignity. It is my honor to begin tonight’s football segment of the awards program.
1. My wife! Judy never has missed a game and she has always been my hero throughout our 43 years together!
2. My coach’s wives and families for the sacrifice you must endure while your husband’s coach. I expect a great deal and I am thankful you allow your husbands to work with me.
3. Mr. Roberts is always there to help me take care of many of the organizational things that have to be done and we are very fortunate to have him and all he brings to Central Athletics. I do not have time to go over all that he does, but I believe one of the most difficult jobs in the corporation is Athletic Director and I feel we are blessed to have Mr. Roberts here at Central.
4. Next I wish to thank all of our parents for all the money you spend and your loyal
backing of our team. One of the most important reasons why I love working here and coached at Clinton Central is because of parents that are caring and concerned, but allow us to coach the boys toward success. There is a great deal of sacrifice that goes with having a son/daughter in our football program and each of you parents are an important part of the ongoing success we have here.
Our Mom’s Club did a great job working with me and organizing special events during the season. I wish to thank all of you that gave money, food, and time throughout the season for the team. I would like to specially thank Libby Smith and Lyn Salem for their time and organization skills to lead this season. I say this every year, it is impossible to replace leadership that is outstanding, it only gives others an opportunity to lead the next year. The senior moms were here on several Thursday evening with a team meal. The team and coaches appreciate all that you did during the season and thank you!
I know that there is so much more, but, those that gave the time did not do it for any recognition, we did it because we love our “Bulldogs.”
4. Michael Griffy and Richey Sports Equipment for all the dummies and repairs during the season. We can never thank you for everything as Granddad, Max Richey started helping the football program in 1988 and the family has continued the tradition. Thank you!
5. Blaine Barrett has done a great deal to help this season as well as Travis Robinson and Chad Perkins. These men along with Scott Mennen and Ken Jones have energized our Junior High program in the right direction!
6. It takes a lot of people to make football work properly and I wish to thank all of you with a blanket thank you. I don’t want to spend the evening just on thank yous so I thank all of you for everything you did to make this year special. I think our football parents are incredible and I really mean that. I also think our football community is great. This is the greatest football community that I have ever been associated with. Parents, I know it is very expensive to have your sons involved in sports today but it is always worthwhile. My final message to parents, family, and community please do not change, we have a great fan base, as strong as any school in the area and it is great to see our filling up our bleachers the best we could this season. Central fans are loud, loyal, proud, have high expectations and always practice good sportsmanship. Your expectations each week are no less than mine and that is victory.
7. I would like to recognize the young men who were ball boys during the season. Kaleb Griffy, Kaleb Robinson, Amrin Barrett, Creed Mennen all worked our sidelines each week. On Friday evenings these young people do a great job from taking care of the balls and dispensing water to the players. Thank you for helping us boys.
III. Coaches and Support Staff.
I would like to thank Dr. Daniel Kraft for all he does to help our student athletes when injuries occur.
We are very lucky to have Dr. Kraft as our Team physician.
We appreciate all that you do!
I would like to thank Ashley Anderson for all she contributes here at Central as our Athletic Trainer. Ashley works hard and she does an outstanding job. Ashley has two student trainers that also help in many other ways. Megan Webb and Shelby Wolfe did a great job with all the extra responsibility to help keep our program be safe and with all the COVID-19 protocol. Ashley did such an outstanding job making it safe for our team to practice and play safely each and every day. Thank you Ashley and thank you Megan and Shelby.
Ladies and Gentlemen our coaching staff did a great job this season as they implemented a new offense and defense for the players. One of the many reasons why we will have continued success is that we have been able to put together a coaching staff that has great chemistry together. Each member of the staff have effectively added their personality and skill to make this program successful. History has proven that great leadership is attributed to delegating responsibility and not allowing egos to stifle the direction or the end. We have a loyal dedicated staff which I am extremely proud to be a part of. Ladies and Gentlemen this staff has collectively a 129 years of coaching high school football! Wow! 129 years of coaching high school football!
This group of men work year round for football. We have an experienced, loyal, determined staff. Men, this community is very proud of you and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of such a special group. Thank you for all that you do.
Coach Aaron Salem, a 10 year veteran, coaching wide receivers and defensive backs.
Coach Nick Atkins-Harris, a 6 year veteran, coaching offensive and defensive line.
Coach Jeff Parker, a 20 year veteran, Special Teams Coordinator, coaching offensive halfbacks and defensive linebackers.
Coach Jeremy Kennedy, a 15 year veteran, Defensive Coordinator, coaching Tight Ends and Defensive Secondary, and Scout defensive Coordinator.
Coach Marvin Boswell, a 37 year veteran, Offensive Coordinator, coaching offensive line, Scout offensive Coordinator.
WOULD OUR 3 FRESHMEN MEMBERS OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM COME FORWARD.
Amelia Harker 1st year varsity award manager
Douglas Newton Participation award OL/DL
Alex Schultz Participation award FL/DB
BOYS STAY UP HERE UNTIL ALL UNDERCLASSMEN HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED
WOULD OUR SOPHOMORE MEMBERS OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM COME FORWARD.
Cael Albaugh 2nd year varsity award OG/OLB
Camden Coverdale Participation award HB/ILB
Leo DeLeon 1st year varsity award QB/S
Carly Gorman Participation award FL/DB
Connor Lunsford 1st year varsity award TE/S
Hayden Pratt 1st year varsity award FL/S
Brandon Premeaux 2nd year varsity award OT/NT
Daiden Taulbee 2nd year varsity award HB/CB
Ethan Walker 2nd year varsity award HB/ILB
WOULD OUR JUNIOR MEMBERS OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM COME FORWARD.
Jaylon Brock Participation award OG/DT
Keegan Burnette 1st year varsity award FL/S
Jaden Faucett 1st year varsity award C/ILB
Zander Hall 2nd year varsity award TE/S
Matthew Harker 2nd year varsity award HB/OLB
Tyler Rayl 2nd year varsity award OT/ILB
Zach Warthan Participation award OG/DT
UNDERCLASSMEN SPECIAL AWARDS
All Hoosier Heartland Conference 1st team
Honorable Mention Hoosier Heartland Conference
IFCA All State Nominations
TYLER RAYL OL/ILB
ZANDER HALL DB
AP All State Nominations
TYLER RAYL ILB
ZANDER HALL DB
BRANDON PREMEAUX OL
To our underclassmen: I challenge our young players to build on the successes we had this season and apply them toward an off-season in preparation, work ethic, attendance, and weight room performance unparalleled to any we have had here and go out next fall and make a statement on the football field.
THANK YOU BOYS AND YOU CAN RETURN TO THE BLEACHERS
WOULD OUR SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM PLEASE COME FORWARD.
Fife Deck 1st year varsity award FL/DB
Jacob Hall 3rd year varsity award Fl/CB
Logan Harris 2nd year varsity award TE/OLB
Riston Quick 3rd year varsity award C/DT
Anthony Ransford 3rd year varsity award HB/NT
Jacob Ransford 3rd year varsity award OT/DT
Wyatt Royer 2nd year varsity award OT/DT
Hunter Salem 3rd year varsity award OG/DT
Owen Smith 4th year varsity award QB/OLB
SENIOR SPECIAL AWARDS
• All Hoosier Heartland Conference 1st team
• Honorable Mention Hoosier Heartland Conference
• Academic All Hoosier Heartland Conference
INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC ALL STATE
IFCA All State Nominations
ANTHONY RANSFORD HB
HUNTER SALEM OL/DT
OWEN SMITH OLB
AP All State Nominations
ANTHONY RANSFORD HB
HUNTER SALEM OL/DT
OWEN SMITH OLB
YOU MEN HAVE A GREAT DEAL TO BE PROUD ABOUT AND WE WILL TRULY MISS EACH OF YOU. THANK YOU SENIOR PARENTS FOR BEING THERE AND THANK YOU MEN FOR BELIEVING AND BEING A PART OF THE CLINTON CENTRAL FOOTBALL PROGRAM. You are able to leave here with a winning season and put our program back on track. YOU ARE NOW ALUMNI-Senior fare well! To our community, players, and parents thank you for allowing me to be your head football coach again as I finished my 21 year as head coach at Central. Here at Clinton Central we have built a solid football tradition in which we can all be proud. I love our school, I love our students and athletes, and I love being a football coach. One final thought from a great football coach that I have always taken to heart…Paul “Bear” Bryant. “If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win!”
Thank you for your patience tonight and at this time I turn the microphone over to the seniors.
2 MINUTES TOPS!
GIVE YOUR NAME
THANK YOUR PARENTS
GIVE A HIGHLIGHT OF SEASON
GIVE A BRIEF MESSAGE TO UNDERCLASSMEN