By Kris Freeman for White House Football
NASHVILLE — The 2015 All-Region 5-4A Team was honored at the Wildhorse Saloon on Monday, Dec. 7th following the conclusion of the 2015 football season.
The Region-champion Pearl-Cohn Firebirds advanced to the Class 4-A Bluegrass Bowl, holding the team until the completion of the season for every squad in the region of six teams. Region 5-4A features Pearl-Cohn, Springfield, Maplewood, Portland, White House and Macon County.
Logan Trimmer from White House earned his second consecutive Most Versatile Award as a senior. He was also recognized for the same award as a junior in 2014 in District 9-AA. Trimmer was the leading receiver for the Blue Devils with 20 receptions for 313 yards, two touchdowns, and also led the team in scoring with 62 points. He kicked 12-of-19 field goals and 14-of-15 extra points.
Trimmer punted 33 times for 1,108 yards with a long of 60 and seven kicks inside the 20 for an average of 33.58 yards per kick. He kicked off 38 times for 2,137 yards and 21 touchbacks. Playing nearly every snap on the field for White House, Trimmer also was fifth on the team with 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks and nine tackles for losses. He broke up three passes and caused a fumble and hurried the quarterback five times.
He was joined by five at-large members of the Blue Devils on the team.
Junior offensive lineman Austin Hoffman helped lead the injury-riddled Blue Devils to 230.6 yards per game. Hoffman helped the Devils grind out the football in a traditional run-oriented offense, keeping the ball on average 26 minutes per game and converting 67 percent of fourth downs in short yardage situations.
Senior linebacker and offensive center James Whitby made the team as the leading tackler for White House. He made 95 stops with one sack and nine tackles for losses, and broke up one pass.
Senior linebacker Denis Schaffer was third on the team with 72 tackles including 10 for loss, with three pass break-ups, two fumbles caused and one interception. On offense at receiver, Schaffer caught nine passes for 114 yards and rushed one time for six yards.
Senior all-purpose athlete Luke Hopkins excelled for White House at four positions, including receiver and quarterback on offense, holder on special teams and safety on defense. He completed 18-of-38 for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception as a quarterback, but still was the team’s second-leading receiver with 16 catches for 340 yards and two scores. He rushed 30 times for 58 yards and one touchdown. On defense, he was sixth on the team in tackles with 49, had three tackles for losses and three passes broken up, and also intercepted two passes.
Senior Steven Rankin was projected to be among the top quarterbacks in Region 5-4A with a talented group of signal callers including Pearl-Cohn and Macon County, but the start to the season was tough with an injury limiting his time throughout the first half of the year.
Rankin still made the All-Region team by completing 40-of-96 passes for 603 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed 35 times and scored one touchdown.
The All-Region team is selected by coaches of the region from the six partner schools.
Pearl-Cohn head coach Tony Brunetti was the Coach of the Year and Pearl-Cohn quarterback Jimmy Ferrell was the Most Valuable Player.