Glenville, WV – On Sunday, December 12th the Glenville State College Pioneer football team held their annual banquet as they honored the 2011 season and all the Pioneer seniors.
Head Coach David Hutchison addressed players and parents on how grateful he was to coach at Glenville State and to coach their kids.
“This past year was unbelievable,” stated Hutchison; he also went on to thank Dr. Barr and Betsy Barr for giving him the opportunity to coach at GSC.
The first award handed out was for Offensive Scout. This year there were two winners as Richard Solan and Tyler Gardenier both received the award.
Next was Defensive Scout award given to Jamar Crockett. Jamar is a 6’0, 240 pound sophomore that has a very bright future for the Pioneers.
Offensive Newcomer went to Steffen Colon; the junior quarterback played in seven games this year. He threw for 785 yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensive Newcomer winner was sophomore defensive end Gary Henderson. Henderson racked up 44 tackles in 2011 along with two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and returned one for a touchdown.
The Academic Achievement Award went to sophomore defensive end Kyle Warner. Warner had 40 tackles this year, along with two sacks, and an interception.
The Coaches Award went to offensive lineman Steve McNair and defensive lineman Matt Porter. McNair is the only senior on the offensive line and had a great career at GSC and will be missed next year. Porter also a senior was a big strength on the Pioneers defense this year as he recorded 52 tackles, three sack, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble.
The Specialist of the Year went to senior Josh Jenkins. Jenkins played on every special team for GSC this year; he also handled the long snapping duties. He had five tackles and a huge punt return for a touchdown against Concord.
The Special Teams MVP was award to senior wide receiver and kick returner Jakharie Murphy. The 5’9, 175 pound speedster had 12 punt returns for 164 yards, he also had 23 kick returns for 558 yards and a 96 yard touchdown return against Charleston.
The Offensive MVP award went to junior running back Joe Mesadieu, he rushed for 1,173 yards and six touchdowns. Joe will return next year for his senior season for GSC.
The Defensive MVP award went to junior defensive end James Washington. Washington had a break out year in 2011; he was the third leading tackler on the team, racking up 55 tackles, 12 of them going for a loss while he also recorded a team best and tied a Glenville State record with 10 sacks this season.
The final award, Team MVP was award to senior wide receiver Jordan Griffin. Griffin hauled in 75 balls this year, third in the WVIAC, for 841 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.
“These are a tremendous group of young men and I will miss all of the seniors very much,” Coach Hutchison said.
We would like to congratulate all the members of the 2011 football team, along with all of the award winners, and wish the seniors the best of luck in the their future.