Awards

LEON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AWARDS

 

BOBBY BENSEN - MVP AWARD

This is the oldest named award given by Leon High School football. Bobby Benson was a 1937 Leon High School graduate who died in his first year of college of pneumonia. The award was established by Mrs. Milford Wilfong, a Leon High School English teacher who thought so much of Bobby Benson as a student that she wanted to establish this award in his memory. Bobby Benson was one of the finest football players who ever played at Leon High School and he played for Leon's legendary Coach Amos Godby on Leon High's 1937 State Championship team. The football field at Leon is named in his honor.

 

RICKY NIXON DEFENSIVE BACK AWARD

This award is given in honor of Ricky Nixon who was a 1984 graduate of Leon High School. Ricky was a very tough defensive back for the Lions who played with a great deal of heart and loved Leon football. He died in a tragic car accident while returning to college, ironically, after coming home to watch a Leon/LincoLn football game.

 

BERNARD MILLER OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINE AWARD

Coach Miller began his coaching career at Leon High School and was very well respected not only by coaches and players, but also the community. He epitomized the best attributes in coaching; a positive role model, successful teacher, counselor, motivator and mentor. He died suddenly and tragically after a few years into his career at Leon High.

 

ALFROD-SESSIONS AWARD

This defensive award is given every year in memory of Jimmy Alford and Billy Sessions who died in a tragic car accident on their graduation night in 1963. The Class of 1963 established this award the following year. Jimmy Alford and Billy Sessions are remembered as fine young men who loved playing football for Leon High School.

 

CHAD WHETSEL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

This award is given annually to the Leon football player who demonstrates great sportsmanship on and off the field. This award is given in the memory of Chad, who died of cancer after a long and courageous battle while attending Leon High. It was in the last stage of this battle that Chad graduated with his class in 1989. Chad is remembered by all of us, for showing great courage and a positive attitude in the face of adversity.

 

SPODIE KINDERMAN 101% AWARD

This award is given once a year to the football player who truly gives 101% effort all of the time, for his teammates. Spodie was a bright young man who played football from 1979-1981. He typified what it meant to put everything you have into your efforts every day. Spodie fought hard, but died of cancer before his senior season. This award was established by Jim Dearth, M.D., who tended to Spodie through his illness.

 

THE GENE COX MEMORIAL AWARD

This award is sponsored by the Leon Football Hall of Fame and given in honor of the legendary Leon football coach, Gene Cox. Gene Cox coached at Leon for 28 years and won two state championships (1969, 1974). In 1987, he won his 259th game making him the state's all-time winning high school coach at the time. In 1977, Cox started the Leon Football Hall of Fame. The Leon County Schools Football Stadium is named in his honor. Cox was known for his strong work ethic, competitive spirit, character, demanding expectations, wisdom, fairness, and love of Leon football.

 

THE JIMMY HANNA MEMORIAL AWARD

This honor was created as a tribute to Jimmy Hanna, a 1960 Alumnus of Leon High School. Jimmy was an outstanding Leon linebacker in the late 1950's. Since those days, his life was one of devotion to God and family, and dedicated to helping young athletes become better people. The award is given every year following Spring practice to a football player who has given the most of himself during the Spring when no band was playing, no cheerleaders were cheering, and when there were no victories to be won.

 

VARSITY AWARDS

 

 

RICKY NIXON AWARD (DB)

2016 - Quyterrious Shaw

2015 - Quyterrious Shaw

2014 - Damien Crumitie

2013 - Barry Otieno

2012-Destin Parmer

2011 - Josh Haynes

2010 - Jacory Ivery

2009 - Dondreus Brown

2008 - K.J. Dowd

2007 - Jared McSayles

 

ALFROD SESSIONS AWARD (LB or DL)

2016 - Trey Laing

2015 - Henry Segura III

2014 - Gabe Beyer

2013 - Brandon Byrd

2012 - Holton Graham

2011 - Renzo Scott-Rouise

2010 - Jay Foster & John Dilks

2009 - Darryl Sanders

2008 - C.J. Mizell

2007 - Chris Blackburn

 

OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE BACK AWARD

2016 - James Peterson

2015 - James Peterson

2014 - Davontae Chapman

2013 - D'Anfernee McGriff

2012 - Reggie Florence

2011 - Taylor Scott

2010 - Tim Longmire

2009 - Eric Williams

2008 - Eric Williams

2007 - Austin Dantin

 

BERNARD MILLER AWARD (OL)

2016 - Jalon Sheffield

2015 - William Waddell

2014 - Kory Baker

2013 - Jarvis Williams

2012-Doug Waddell

2011 - Christiaan Davis

2010 - Trey Braun

2009 - Trey Braun

2008 - Eric Smith

2007 - Andrew Carter & Maurice Clayton

 

SPODIE KINDERMAN 101% AWARD

2016 - Jayod Sanders

2015 - De'Anthony O'Neill

2014 - Bradley Coogan & Warren Willis

2013 - Josh Cuencus

2011 - Landon Williams

2010 - Josh Haynes

2009 - Trey Braun

2008 - Chris Blackburn

2007 - Chris Blackburn

 

 

THE GENE COX MEMORIAL AWARD

2016 - Dorrell James

2015 - Gabe Beyer

2014 - Mac Carey

 

CHAD WHETZEL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

2016 - Justin Peter

2015 - Javier Ferrerr

2014 - Kory Baker

2013 - Josh Cuencus

2012-Josh Cuencus

2011 - Trevor Gilmore

2010 - Geoff Strickland 

2009 - James Dixon

2008 - James Dixon

2007 - Eric Smith

 

BOBBY BENSON MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD

2016 - Henry Segura

2015 - Gabe Beyer and Thyran Glasco

2014 - Davontae Chapman

2013 - D'Anfernee McGriff

2012 - Holton Graham

2011 - Christiaan Davis

2010 - Raleigh DeVore

2009 - Eric Willims

2008 - Eric Williams

2007 - Austin Dantin

 

COACHES' LION HEART AWARD

2016 - Noah Adkins

2015 - Sam Thomas and Jaylon Sheffield

2014 - Javon Williams

2013 - Destin Parmer

2012-Griffin Westcott

2011 - Dallas Walker

2010 - Chris Hill

2009 - Jordan Davis

2008 - Austin Dantin

2007 - Kareem Council

 

100 HIT CLUB PLAYERS

2015 - Henry Segura III, Jonathan Grant and Joey Grant

2014 - Damien Crumitie 139

2013 - Destin Parmer & Travis Dickey

2010 - Jay Foster (108)

2008 - Chris Blackurn, C.J. Mizell & K.J. Dowd

2007 - Chris Blackburn

 

SENIOR SCHOLAR ATHLETE

2016 - Justin Peter

2015 - Marcus Jordan

2014 - Bradley Coogan

2013 - Barry Otieno

2012-Tanner Chancy

2011 - Renzo jScott-Rouise

2010 - Britt Lewis & Trey Braun

2009 - Mack Helms

2008 - John Grant

2007 - Tyler Vickery

 

JUNIOR SCHOLAR ATHLETE

2016 - John Carey

2015 - Justin Peter

2014 - Donovan Doud

2013 - Bradley Coogen

2012-Barry Otieno

2011 - Tanner Chancy

2010 - Christian Levings

2009 - Britt Lewis

2008 - Brett Fain

2007 - Ross Allen

 

PERMANENT CAPTAINS of LIONS

2016 - Jalon Sheffield, Dorrell James, Tyran Glasco and Damien Jack Driggers

2015 - Javier Ferrerr, Gabe Beyer, William Waddell and Damien Crumitie

2014 - Mac Carey

2013 - Barry Otieno, Ryan Feely, Jarvis Williams & Destin Parmer

 

JV OFFENSIVE MVP

2016 - Lawson Meyer and Mitchell Guse

2014 - Michael Zhu

2013 - D'Anthony Oneill

 

JV DEFENSIVE MVP

2016 - Zyon Dawson

2014 - Kyler Estes and Shane Shively

2013 - John Hentz

 

JV ROAR TEAM SPIRIT AWARD

2016 - Darion Skipper

2014 - Emerson Viker and Edgar Mora

2013 - Kendrick Harris

 

JV TEAM MVP

2013 - Noah Adkins

 

 

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