By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
It came down to a four-player race when deciding on who to pick for the 2012 Times-Tribune Football Player of the Year.
Knox Central's Jeffrey Canady, Williamsburg's Dylan Sizemore and Jacob Jeffers along with North Laurel's Michael Nelson each put up impressive numbers, but in the end, the award went to Canady again for the second straight year.
Canady also captured the Punter of the Year honors along with the Offensive Player of the Year award and Running Back of the Year. He ran for 2,013 yards on the ground while finishing with 257 receiving yards while reaching the end zone 31 times. He also finished with more than 500 yards in the return game and had two interceptions and 77 tackles on defense.
But that's not all.
He also averaged 48 yards a punt while leaving Knox Central holding records in rushing (career), receiving (career), interceptions (career), points scored (career) and single game records in rushing and points scored.
Canady's brother, Hayden, was named Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year.
Canady joins former South Laurel quarterback Ricky Bowling as the only two-time winners of the Player of the Year award, while Corbin's Matthew Taylor, Lynn Camp’s Jimmy Chaffin and Joe Roskopf, Whitley County co-winners Cody Jones and Jason Powers and Williamsburg’s Ryan Moses have also won the Player of the Year award.
Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron won the Coach of the Year award for the third straight season while Whitley County's Zack Mills was named Newcomer of the Year.
Knox Central made it a clean sweep on the defensive side of the ball as Armani Wardlaw was named Defensive Lineman of the Year while teammate Matt Barger captured the Defensive Back of the Year honors.
On offense, Williamsburg quarterback Dalton Sizemore won the Quarterback of the Year award for the second straight season and teammate Jacob Jeffers won the Offensive Lineman Player of the Year award. Whitley County's Boston Bryant was named Fullback of the Year for the second straight year. Williamsburg's Corey Shelton took home Receiver of the Year honors and North Laurel's Keaton Kennedy was named Kicker of the Year for the second straight season.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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