First ‘Schmidy Awards’ honor best in local prep footballWritten by Chris Schmidbauer | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It is hard to believe that the 2010 high school football season has ended for most of Northwest Ohio. Only a handful of teams earned a spot in the state playoffs, which means the majority of teams that hit the field this past fall have come to the end of their football odyssey.
I have followed the season from the opening kickoff at the end of August to the final whistle at the end of October. I saw some magnificent plays, some gut-wrenching moments and some things that brought a tear to my eye.
Every publication seems to have an awards program that honors the season’s best, and I took it upon myself to start my own awards:
I understand that I could sit from my perch at the top of the sports page and tell you who I think should win the following awards. But I want the Schmidys to also be a voice for you, the fans. I am not the only one who watched high school football this year. So I want your opinion, too. There are five awards to decide for the inaugural Schmidys, and each of the awards has five contenders. Without further ado, here are the nominees.
Walks on Water Award: Awarded to the best player in Northwest Ohio or the most valuable player for the 2010 season.
- Jody Webb, RB, Whitmer
- Caleb Goings, RB, Central
- Jake Schneider, QB, Maumee
- Kyle Nutter, RB, Genoa
- Nick Rightnowar, QB, Toledo Christian
The Iron Curtain Award: Awarded to the best defensive unit in 2010.
- St. John’s Jesuit
The John Doe Award: Awarded to the best player no one talked about this season.
- Jake Wawrzyniak, RB, St. Francis
- Alex Palicki, QB, Whitmer
- Shannon Geren, RB, Edon
- Damond Powell, WR, Rogers
- Steve Slocum, WR, Perrysburg
The Specialist Award: Awarded to the best kicker.
- Brandon Smith, St. John’s Jesuit
- Patrick Wesolowski, Central
- Jake Olman, Maumee
- Tyler Pickard, Genoa
- Eric Ziems, Toledo Christian
The All Heart Award: Awarded to the team that played through tough odds.
- Lake Flyers: played after devastating tornado in June
- Woodward Polar Bears: continue to fight despite not winning a game again in 2010
- Danbury Lakers: played with a roster of just 16 players
- Scott Bulldogs: played the entire season on the road due to renovation of Scott High School
- Otsego Knights: Won first game since 2008 over Elmwood and ended up winning three games.
The winners will be announced in the Nov. 21 issue.
Chris Schmidbauer is sports editor for Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at cschmid email@example.com. He is also the co-host of the “Odd Couple Sports Show” on Fox Sports Radio 1230 WCWA and can be heard every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon. He can also be seen weekly on the “Friday Night Frenzy Tailgate Show” on NBC 24’s America One.