El Dorado High varsity football, coming off its first playoff appearance in 26 years, celebrated its team success as the Cougars held their year-end banquet recently.
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Highlighting the awards ceremony, Cougar running back Logan Kirby was named the team’s MVP.
Cougars Colby Harrington, Daniel Rivera, Jeremiah Romero, Derek Delfino and Dominic Morgan earned the “Big Cat” award. Eight players were named to the 1,000-pound club: Rivera, Harrington, Brice Buford, Gage Raley, Sam Osterhout, Alex LeBaron, Donovan Mayer and Morgan.
Named Most Improved was Austin Danker. Special teams Player of the Year was Tyler Clanin. Offensive Player of the Year was Zach Culp. Defensive Player of the Year went to Romero.
Scholar athletes who had a 3.5 or higher grade point average were: Soren Shepherd, 4.0; Rivera, 3.95; Jason Prince, 3.89; Eric Abbot, 3.82; Romero, 3.83; Conor Villines, 3.58; Nathan Hicks, 3.57; Cody Miller, 3.54; and Jake de la Pena, 3.50.
Earning The Bleeding Blue award was Rivera.