White House football banquet honors the 2016 players and season
By Kris Freeman for White House Football
WHITE HOUSE – The Blue Devils celebrated the 2016 football season with an end-of-the-year banquet on Sunday, Nov. 13.
The team celebrated the accomplishments of eight senior football players, two senior managers and two senior film crew students – Connor Holder, Dalton Hornal, Hunter Brown, Preston Long, Dawson Bumbalough, Austin Hoffman, Danny Stout, Austin Rutherford, Ashleigh Rutherford, Ashton Huffines, Noah Cook and Ryan Stout.
Banquet awards were voted upon by teammates, except for the academic award which is based upon G.P.A. The award winners were:
- Keyvan Dickerson (#28) – Eric Blaylock Sportsmanship Award
- Seth Bumbalough (#2) – Sully Award
- Dawson Bumbalough (#60) – Gourley Award
- Ezra Bates (#85) – Scout Team Award
- Ashleigh Rutherford – Academic Award
- Misty Hargis – George C. Nash Citizens Award
- Bubba Ridings – White House Quarterback Club Award
Position Award winners:
Seniors Connor Holder (#1) and Danny Stout (#89) were named permanent team captains.
Junior wide receiver and defensive back Seth Bumbalough was named the Most Valuable Player. Seth caught seven passes for 253 yards and a touchdown, rushed seven times for 19 yards, returned 14 kicks for 266 yards and five punts for 111 yards, playing nearly every down as one of the most versatile players on the field. He was third on the team with 61 tackles including two for losses and led the team with seven pass break ups and one interception for 40 yards with one fumble caused. He had 578 all-purpose yards and even completed a pass on a two-point conversion.
Senior tailback Preston Long (#34) won the Offensive Back Award. He led the team with 474 yards rushing on 115 carries and three touchdowns before a season-ending collarbone injury against Pearl-Cohn in week eight. He finished with 986 yards for his career rushing.
Senior Austin Hoffman (#68) was the Offensive Lineman Award. The Blue Devils rushed for 1,012 yards and passed for 1,247. Hoffman as a junior was named to the postseason All-Region 5-4A team and honored by The News Examiner, but awaits postseason awards in 2016.
Senior Danny Stout (#89) was the Defensive Lineman Award. Carried off the field for precautionary injury in his final game against Maplewood in week 10, the defensive end and tight end caught seven passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns but made his biggest impact in the passing game on defense. He had 31 tackles including 17 solos and six tackles for losses with three sacks (two solo and two half-sacks). He also had a fumble recovery, a fumble caused and a pass knocked down.
Senior Connor Holder (#1) was the Defensive Back Award winner with 49 tackles on defense at free safety with one pass break up and one interception. Holder led the team with 16 receptions on offense for 191 yards and one touchdown and also led the team in kick return average with three returns for 81 yards.
Four freshmen were honored during the banquet, helping lead the Devils to a 5-3 season. The Offensive Player of the Year was Will Blackburn (#27); the Defensive Player of the Year was Avery O’Bryan (#54); the freshman captain was Curtis Palmer (#84) and the Most Valuable Player was Logan Neufeld (#13). Neufeld and O’Bryan also saw significant playing time for the varsity team. Neufeld caught nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns for the varsity team and O’Bryan had 10 tackles plus a tackle for loss.