(Nov. 23, 2018) About a dozen Stephen Decatur football players received Bayside South Conference awards for their performance during the season.
Captains, junior Devin Waters and senior Connor Carpenter were presented Bayside South Second Team accolades for offense.
Receiving Bayside South Second Team defensive recognition were Waters, and seniors Cameron Bradshaw, a team captain, and Ty’Quan Briddell.
Bayside South Honorable Mention distinction went to seniors Jhymir Blake, Gavin Bunting and Shamar Briddell, juniors John Church, DJ Taylor, DeCameron McAfee and Ethan Kalchthaler, sophomore London Drummond and freshman Ashten Snelsire.
Waters led the team on offense this season. He racked up 1,073 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in eight games. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry and led the team in rushing. He was also fourth in tackles (71).
His teammates voted him the offensive MVP.
“He was just resilient,” Decatur Coach Bob Knox said. “Most running backs play one side of the ball and [Waters] played both sides (offense and defense), and gave it all he had. We look forward to him being even better next year.”
Drummond was second with 579 yards. He scored eight touchdowns and averaged 7.5 yards per carry in 10 games.
The defensive MVP award went to Ty’Quan Briddell. He was the leading tackler on the defensive line. He finished third overall on the team with 77 tackles.
Carpenter was awarded overall team MVP.
“Ty’Quan and Connor just kept getting better and better as the season went on,” Knox said.
The MVP for special teams was Blake.
Bradshaw led the Decatur defense from the safety position. He had 85 tackles this season.
Carpenter recorded 80 tackles.
McAfee led the team in sacks (six) and tackles for a loss (12).
Bradshaw, Shamar Briddell and senior captain Daletez Smith took home Coaches Awards.
Atlantic Physical Therapy’s Tough Guy of the Year award was presented to Carpenter, who Knox said played the last five games with an injured shoulder “and never asked to come out of the game.”
The AM Jackson Award is presented to the most well-rounded players both in the classroom, on the field and in the community. It was awarded to senior Richie Oates.
Several seniors will play in the Eastern Shore Bowl All-Star game featuring North vs. South Bayside players on Sunday, Dec. 9 in Cambridge at noon. Decatur athletes who will compete are Shamar and Ty’Quan Briddell, Blake, Smith, Bradshaw and brothers, seniors Parker and Patrick Schultz.
Decatur finished the season with a 3-7 record.
“[The season] didn’t go as expected. I thought we’d be a little better than that,” Knox said.
On the plus side, Knox said, “It was a pleasure to coach the kids, especially the seniors.”
A number of main contributors will be graduating – four offensive linemen, all of the team’s wide receivers, three of the four defensive backs and one defensive lineman, Knox said.
“That’s a lot, but hopefully we will fill in the gaps with the younger kids coming in,” he said.
The JV team had a successful season, finishing 8-2, Knox added.
“We look forward to a lot of them being the heart of the team next year,” he said.