High School Defensive Most Valuable Player Rio Gonzalez and High School Special Teams Most Valuable Player Dakota Fuller. Photos by Tammy Hayes and Rosemary Bovard.
From left: Keith Oeffinger Mental Attitude Award winner Collin Bovard; Middle School Defensive Most Valuable Player Pete Records; Keith Oeffinger Mental Attitude Award winner Will Pike; Middle School Offensive Most Valuable Player Mikey Gatto; and High School Offensive Most Valuable Player Kollin Hayes.
Last Wednesday night, Switzerland County held its first ever Awards Banquet to celebrate the inaugural season of Pacer football. Coach Ryan Jesop and his staff were very happy to see so many families and players attend, along with many community members who helped make the dream of football in Switzerland County a reality. The coach expressed a special thanks to Mr. Scott Detraz and the four players from Milan's football team who came down to speak to the student-athletes about how football has impacted their lives both on and off the field. The highlight of the night was the dedication of the football program's "Mental Attitude Award", which honors the memory of a great Switzerland County competitor and community member, Keith Oeffinger. Superintendent Mike Jones spoke about his memories of Keith, and awarded middle school player Collin Bovard and high school player Will Pike the honor of being the first recipients.