Boys Varsity Football
Senior Mitchell Burton was recognized as MVP of the Columbus North football team for 2016 at the team’s season-ending gathering on Wednesday evening (Nov. 16).
In addition, senior David Redding, senior Tucker Payne and senior Coleman Tennyson received other special awards for a squad that finished 9-2 and in placed second in Conference Indiana. Others cited included senior Harley Huser, senior Tanner Payne, senior Mark Salle-Tabor and sophomore Trenton Kelley, while Burton, Huser, Redding and senior Alex Downin were recognized as team captains.
The 6-3, 190-pound Burton, the team’s MVP for the third consecutive season, rushed for 1,698 yards and 22 touchdowns to pace the Bull Dogs’ attack. The yardage total was fourth in CNHS single-season history and his 25 overall TDs, including two on receptions and one on a return, was a season record. Burton’s career rushing total of 3,992 is the second best in school annals, behind only 4,233 by Alex Turner in 2005-07. Burton’s 55 career touchdowns are a school record.
Burton also was chosen as the team’s most valuable offensive back/receiver, while Redding was picked as the team’s most valuable offensive lineman. Tucker Payne was honored as the most valuable linebacker/defensive back, while Tennyson was cited as the most valuable defensive lineman for the third consecutive season.
Redding, a 6-5, 285-pound tackle, was the top blocker for a sqaud that set a season school record for points per game (41.2) and was fourth best in season annals for total offense per game (357.5). Tucker Payne, a 5-9, 205-pound linebacker, led the team with 99 tackles, including two tackles for loss, along with one interception, three passes broken up and one blocked punt.
Tennyson, a 6-2, 290-pound defensive tackle, produced 75 tackles on the front line, including 15 tackles for loss. He also had two sacks, six QB hurries, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick. Tennyson moved his career TFL count to 24, second on the school’s all-time list, behind only the 27 by Christian McDonald in 2003-04.
Huser, a 6-0, 170-pound safety, receiver and return man, was recognized with the Bull Dog Award, which honors a player who displays outstanding attitude, effort and dedication. Huser totaled 91 tackles with five tackles for loss, four interceptions, four passes broken up, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. He also had 11 receptions for 172 yards and a touchdown.
In addition, Huser posted a school-record 20.6 average on 19 punt returns, including three touchdowns, and a 24.1 average on nine kick returns. One of his punt returns was a school-record 87-yard TD.
Tanner Payne was the-recipient of the John Skobel Scholarship, an award that goes to a four-year dedicated player who also has financial need; Salle-Tabor was winner of the Tom Orr Award, which goes to a player with a passion beyond athletics; and Kelley was recognized with the JV Bull Dog Award.
Tanner Payne, a 6-1, 220-pound tight end, caught eight passes for 37 yards while also blocking for an offense that set a school record for points per game and was fourth best for total offense per game. The 5-10, 160-pound Salle-Tabor was a standout kicker and punter, converting 52-of-56 extra points, 7-of-11 field goals, producing 25 touchbacks on 74 kickoffs and averaging 37.7 yards with nine inside the 20-yard line on 22 punts. Kelley was the quarterback for an 8-1 JV team and also served as the varsity backup.
Also, Hunter Huser was chosen Freshman Bull Dog Award winner, while Darius Bennett was the recipient of the Freshman Scholar-Athlete Award.
Burton, junior J.D. Harris, Huser, senior Triston Perry, Redding, Salle-Tabor and Tennyson were recognized as first-team all-Conference Indiana selections. Junior Jaylen Flemmons, senior Daniel Hill, Tucker Payne and senior Spencer West were cited as honorable mention all-CI picks.
Harris, a 5-11, 165-pound defensive back-receiver, totaled 28 tackles with three TFLs, five interceptions, eight PBUs and a blocked kick. He also caught eight passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns as well and producing a 15.3 average on six punt returns.
Perry finished his season by completing 152-of-243 passes for 1,825 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also ran 39 times for 45 yards and four TDs. For his career, he completed 318-of-551 passes for 4,090 yards and 44 TDs. The career yardage figure is second in CN history, behind only 5,519 yard by Mike Hladik in 2005-07.
Flemmons, a 6-2, 195-pound receiver, had 38 receptions for 465 yards and eight touchdowns, while Hill, a 6-1, 240-pound center, joined Redding as a key blocker for the Bull Dogs’ strong offense. West, a 6-1, 210-pound defensive end, tallied 38 tackles with three TFLs, three sacks, five hurries and one forced fumble.
Four seniors – offensive lineman Cameron Corbin, Tanner Payne, Redding and defensive end Joseph Suverkrup – were recognized as academic all-state. For that honor, a player must be a starter or key sub with a 3.4 or better grade-point average and either a 1660 on the SAT or a 24 on the ACT.
Players receiving varsity letters were: seniors Kaito Ariishi, Mitchell Burton, Grant Byers, Cameron Corbin, Dante Davis, Alex Downin, Tim Farrell, Misa Garcia, James Garrett, Daniel Hill, Harley Huser, Evan Linville, Tyler Mendez, Blake Patrick, Tanner Payne, Tucker Payne, Triston Perry, David Redding, Mark Salle-Tabor, Joseph Suverkrup, Coleman Tennyson, Spencer West and Hunter Wolford; juniors Logan Abbott, Tristan Bailey, Cortez Bandy, Andrew Chapman, Noah Earl, Jaylen Flemmons, J.D. Harris, Damon Hunter Jr., Brigham Kleinhenz, Caleb Larrison, Will Robbins, Nick Tungett, Trey Vincent and Drew Wilson; sophomores Noah Algee, Michael Johnson, Trenton Kelley, Langston Lunsford, Jalen Paswater, D’Andre Scruggs, Konner Stahl and Tayran Wells; and freshman Mitchell Collier.
Recognized with varsity letters as managers were senior Clayton McGaha and sophomore Kaleb Etter. Those cited as student trainers were senior Sidney Fields and sophomore Harley Penson.
Those recognized as JV players were juniors Kamran Ahmad, Davin Greenlee, Matthew Hartman, Gabe Hutton, Peyton Pike and Cortez Villa; and sophomores Riley Ables, Kalub Caffee, Chauntavious Davis, Dylan England, Brayden Ford, Edgar Garcia, Elijah Hadley, Jackson Kerber, Sylas Kuhfahl, Kirklin Kuntz, Dominique Murray, Leonardo Ortiz, Daniel Poe, Will Redding, Nick Smith, Jacob Sutton, Denzell Thomas and Jacob Wilcoxon.
Players cited from the freshman team were Giovani Alejandro, Matt Bailey, Adam Behling, Darius Bennett, Adam Chapman, Jacob Colis, Daltyn Coryea, John Dale, Jackson Davis, Daymien Dewitt, Vincent Fischer, Tyler Fish, Oliver Fisher, Dalton Greathouse, Zerek Greathouse, Nick Holt, Hunter Huser, Nash Johnson, Daveed Jolley, Dalton Kirk, Jackson Lay, Ben Lehman, Luke McDonald, Montez Mitchell, David O’Campo, Jackson Payne, Fredy Perez, Spencer Rivera, Landon Robbins, Alex Russell, Levi Seniour, Jack Tanner, Jacob Tharp, Justin Verwers and Nate Woods.