Senior lineman John Carney took top honors last Wednesday night at the Smith-Cotton football program’s annual end-of-season banquet in the high school cafeteria.

Carney received the William “Bill” Noland Football Scholarship as the team’s most valuable player. A three-year starter for the Tigers on the offensive line, Carney was selected to the All-West Central Conference team for the second time and was an All-District pick, as well.

“John was the guy that we knew we could count on week in and week out,” said S-C Head Coach Ryan Boyer. “He has started on the offensive line since his sophomore year. It was an honor to watch John grow and mature into the leader he has become.”

Junior Brice Pannier received the Ralph “Stub” Dow Award as the outstanding back. A running back and middle linebacker, Pannier was named to the All-West Central Conference and All-District teams. Boyer said Brice's abilities at linebacker and running back “are unmatched.  He did such a great job of being a leader on both sides of the ball this season.”

Senior Noah Cooper won the Charles Van Dyne Memorial Award, given to the outstanding lineman. “This season (Cooper) was a physical force on the offensive line for us,” Boyer said.

Top special teams player went to senior kicker Blake Grupe, who was 33-of-34 on extra points and 9-of-10 on field goals this season. He also received all-conference, all-district and second team all-state honors, as well as earning Academic All-State status.

Senior Jake Brown was the Iron Man and senior Chaz Satnan was named the top scout team player. Boyer said Brown “was a great leader for us, both vocally and by example,” while Satnan “did a great job for us deep snapping for four years at the varsity level.  Along with this he helped our team get better each day by pushing his teammates.”

In the top photo: CARNEY: Smith-Cotton football senior offensive lineman John Carney received the William “Bill” Noland Football Scholarship as the team’s most valuable player.