WINTERSVILLE - The Indian Creek football team held its annual awards banquet Nov. 25 at St. Florian Hall to celebrate the Redskins accomplishments during the 2012 season.
Sponsored by the boosters, awards were presented to individual players along with honoring the team's, and in particular the seniors', outstanding season.
"The boosters do a great job for us with the banquet," said Indian Creek head football coach Andrew Connor. "They give out game awards and they do really great job with the entire event. We show a video of season highlights and then a video of the seniors.
"For our seniors we show baby pics, pics with their family, and they share their career goals and what they are going to miss most about Indian Creek."
The 2012 season was a historic one for the Redskins as they finished with nine victories - which tied a school record - and set a school record with a second consecutive playoff appearance.
"You go back and start off the year in January and think about the amount of adversity we faced," said Connor. "It started off with the car accident.
"We found out about how hard they work. We talk about our program being a family and I thought they were a family as the year went on.
They did everything together. I think they really showed their true character overcoming the real life challenges they had to face."
Connor also deflected praise for his team's success to his assistant coaches.
"I appreciated the most dedicated staff a head coach could ask for," he said.
The team, which won the OVAC Class 5A title and finished second in the Buckeye 8, was led by a group of 18 seniors. Connor looks at those young men - Monty McClelland, Alex Young, Frankie Kamarec, Tyler Sharpe, Ricky Hinerman, Matt Furda, Alex LaRue, Darren Gribble, Logan Woods, Merik Ludewig, Montel McClelland, Jake Mamula, Levi Flesher, Bobby Lenko, Ken Horvath, Shane Winland, Devin Cook, Drew Sullivan - as a group that not only led his football team, but also brought the community closer together with their performance football field.
"The biggest thing about this year is the seniors have led us to two straight playoff berths. You could see how everyone was excited from the kids, to the school, to the community. You could see how everyone pulled together.
"See a lot more red and gold in the community today. That's a credit to our senior class."
Awards were presented to the offensive and defensive players of the game for each match up from this season.
Young, the Redskins' quarterback, was presented with the Joe Fortunato award for the player who received the most player of the game awards throughout the season. Young also earned the Dr. Butterfield award as the Redskins' MVP from the Edison game as voted on by the Wildcats' players and was honored for reaching the 1,000 yards passing plateau.
"I think Alex ended up being a great leader for us," said Connor. "More importantly he was an unselfish leader. He did whatever we needed to do to help us win."
Montel McClelland honored as Indian Creek's all-time career sacks leader with 22 over his time in red and gold.
"Basically we asked him to be our wide side end and he plays relentless football," said Connor. "Not only did he have 22 sacks, but this year alone he had 24 hurries. He helped make our defense special over the past couple seasons."