By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Four players who helped the Quinlan Ford Panthers make school history in football this season earned top honors on the All-District 14-3A team.
The 8-4 Panthers became the first Ford football team to win district and bi-district championships in the same season.
“I am proud of this year’s team for accomplishing their two primary goals of winning a district championship and starting a level of tradition that the school and community can be proud of,” said Ford coach Todd Wallace. “We hope to continue that level of tradition and build on it. The only way to do this is through consistency and hard work at all levels. This group will always be a special group and have a special place in my heart.”
Ford senior running back-outside linebacker James Silkey earned the most valuable player award for 14-3A. Silkey rushed for 1,482 yards and a team-best 20 touchdowns on 208 carries, plus was in on 65 tackles on defense, including 29 solos.
Ford senior running back Taylor Sikorsky claimed the offensive player of the year award in 14-3A after leading the Panthers in rushing with 1,772 yards and 16 touchdowns on 188 carries. Sikorsky also caught five passes for 143 yards and three scores.
Ford senior tackle Joseph Stieferman, a 6-3, 260-pounder, earned the offensive lineman of the year award.
Quinlan’s senior defensive tackle Trey Ewing claimed the defensive lineman of the year honor. Ewing finished with 57 tackles and three sacks.
Ford also put fullback Jon Humphries and center Colton Mosley on the first offense and tackle Bryan Schultz, end Jerry McNeil and Humphries at linebacker on the first defense.
“This year’s football team exemplified what high school athletics should be about,” said Ford athletic director Phil Kempson. “They were a group of hard working young men that played with character and class. The result of this hard work was a successful football season and an experience they will remember for a lifetime.”
Rains outside linebacker Chase Hill and safety Jesse Hudson represented the Wildcats on the first defense.