Farr, Kirka, LaFlair, Morley Head NAC Football Awards
BY DAVE SHEA
The three top teams in the Northern Conference Football season produced the recipients of the major awards in the All-NAC Football Awards.
Gouverneur quarterback Caleb Farr was honored as the Most Valuable Offensive Player after leading the 7-0 Wildcats to a fourth straight undefeated league championship. Farr coordinated and triggered Gouverneur's rushing-oriented offense which led the NAC in scoring. He was a defensive back in Wildcats' swarming close-down defense which led the league in fewest points allowed.
Potsdam's Zach Kirka was honored by the NAC's coaches as the Most Valuable Defensive Player for his hyper activity at linebacker where he ranged all over the field making tackles. He also played quarterback on offense leading the Stoners to a 5-2 season.
OFA's Luc LaFlair was honored as the Lineman of the Year after excelling in the offensive and defensive lines. He was one of the team's leading tacklers and was equally effective as a run blocker and quarterback protector in the league's premier passing attack.
OFA's Stephen Morley was honored with the Don Petty Memorial Award as the Outstanding Football Player in Section 10 under the criteria of ability, sportsmanship and leadership. Coaches nominate candidates for the award and the recipient is chosen through a committee composed of coaches, officials and the media representatives.
OFA Coach Matt Tessmer called Morley the Devils' "Swiss Army Knife" for his ability to fill so many roles. During the course of the season he played running back, wide receiver, defensive back and place kicker. In his junior season he also stepped in at quarterback when OFA suffered the loss of three quarterbacks to injury.
Morley and LaFlair was a major parts of the leadership core in OFA's 6-1 season.
SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM
Gouverneur - Caleb Farr (NAC MVP Offense), Cayden Stowell, Jacob Shippee, Mitchell Tyler, Joseph Cummings and Nicholas Embry.
OFA: Luc LaFlair (NAC Outstanding Lineman), MeSean Johnson, Stephen Morley, Mark Barr, Jackson Jones.
SLC: Steven Horner, Cash Feeley, Ansen Weegar, Ethan LaRock.
Tupper Lake: Kodee Hill, Josh Smith.
SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM
Brock Cox (Gouv), Harry Powers (OF), Ryan LaPage (SLC).
OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS
Mitchell Shippee (G), Owen Warchol (OFA), Ryan Cox (SLC), Brandon Boudreau (Tupper Lake).
LARGE SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM
Potsdam: Zach Kirka (NAC MVP Defense), Will Varney, Stephen McCargar, KJ Sapp, Logan McCargar, Bobby Voss.
Watertown: Deante Hall, James Irvine, Trenton Robinson, Jaiden Ramsey, Kalub Conway.
Canton: Tyler VanBrocklin , Hunter Blauvelt, Ashton Cloce, Connor Ramsey.
Massena: Dominic Monacelli, Ian McDermott, Ethan Miller.
Malone: Payton Poirier, Trey LaGrave.
LARGE SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM
Nate Green (P), Jude Converse (Wat), Trey Bessette (C), Preston Guynup (Mass) and Keegan Monette (Mal).
Bendan Villnave (P), Joshua Tanner (Wat), Nate Pennyman-Given (C), Dylan Lazore (Mass), John-Michael Reardon (Mal).