Boys Varsity Football
Junior Trenton Kelley was recognized as MVP of the Columbus North football team for 2017 at the team’s season-ending gathering on Tuesday evening (Nov. 14).
In addition, senior Jaylen Flemmons, senior Logan Abbott, senior Nick Tungett, senior Brigham Kleinhenz and senior J.D. Harris received other special awards for a squad that finished 9-2 and in placed second in Conference Indiana. Others cited included Kleinhenz, senior Damon Hunter Jr., senior Matthew Hartman, junior Riley Ables, freshman Carter Ward and freshman Cody Ruble. Also, Abbott, Harris, Kleinhenz and senior Noah Earl were recognized as team captains.
The 6-5, 200-pound Kelley threw for 2,233 yards and tied a CN season record with 25 touchdown passes to pace the Bull Dogs’ attack. The yardage total was the third-best in CN season annals, and he had two individual games – 307 yards against Terre Haute South and 304 yards against Columbus East – that were second- and third-best CN single games.
Flemmons was chosen the team’s valuable offensive back/receiver, while Abbott was picked as the team’s most valuable offensive lineman. Tungett was cited s the most valuable defensive lineman, while Kleinhenz and Harris shared the most valuable linebacker/defensive back award.
The 6-3, 200-pound Flemmons caught 55 passes for 995 yards and 13 TDs, the yardage figure setting a school season record and the reception total being the second best for a season. The 55 catches also pushed his career total to 93 receptions, a career school record.
Abbott, a 6-2, 250-pound lineman, was the top blocker for a squad that set a season school record for yards passing in a season (2,556) and was third for total offense per game (367.6), points scored (395) and points per game (35.9).
The 5-11, 220-pound Tungett totaled 38 solo tackles, 19 assists, five tackles for loss, two sacks and two QB pressures. Kleinhenz, a 6-0, 190-pound linebacker, recorded 108 solos, 46 assists, 16 TFLs, three sacks, five passes broken up and one blocked punt. The solo count was second best for a single season and the TFL total tied for second best in a CN season. His 152 career solos is third and his career 20 TFLs tied for fifth in the program’s all-time list.
Harris, a 5-11, 170-pound cornerback, had 24 total tackles with six interceptions and nine PBUs. The picks moved his career total to 14, an all-time best. He also caught 18 passes for 252 yards and two TDs, returned nine kickoffs for a 27.0-yard average and 24 punts for a 9.0-yard average. He had a 96-yard kick return against Franklin Central that tied a CN record for longest return.
Kleinhenz also was recognized with the Bull Dog Award, which honors a player who displays outstanding attitude, effort and dedication.
Hunter was the recipient of the John Skobel Scholarship, an award that goes to a four-year dedicated player who also has financial need; Hartman was winner of the Tom Orr Award, which goes to a player with a passion beyond athletics; and Ables was recognized with the JV Bull Dog Award.
Hunter, a 5-11, 165-pound safety, netted 59 solos, 26 assists, seven TFLs, two interceptions and four PBUs, while Hartman served as a team manager. Ables, a 5-11, 155-pound safety, was an impact defender for the JV and totaled 16 tackles and one PBU in varsity action.
Ward was chosen Freshman Bull Dog Award winner, while Ruble was the recipient of the Freshman Scholar-Athlete Award.
Kelley, Flemmons, Abbott, Kleinhenz and Harris recognized as first-team all-Conference Indiana selections. Tungett, Hunter, Earl, senior Tristan Bailey and junior Tay Wells were cited as honorable mention all-CI picks.
Earl, a 6-0, 195-pound linebacker, had 36 solos and 34 assists plus three TFLs, two PBUs and one fumble recovery. Bailey, a 6-4, 185-pound receiver, made 40 catches for 601 yards and eight TDs. Wells, a 6-1, 210-pound linebacker, had 62 solos, 40 assists, three TFLs, three sacks, one interception and four QB pressures.
Three seniors – Abbott, defensive back Kamran Ahmad and punter-kicker Drew Wilson – 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 1110 on two parts of the SAT or a 24 on the ACT.
Players receiving varsity letters were: seniors Logan Abbott, Kamran Ahmad, Tristan Bailey, Cortez Bandy, Andrew Chapman, Austin Cooper, Noah Earl, Jaylen Flemmons, Davin Greenlee, J.D. Harris, Damon Hunter Jr., Gabe Hutton, Brigham Kleinhenz, Caleb Larrison, Will Robbins, Tanner Tran, Nick Tungett, Cortez Villa and Drew Wilson;
juniors Riley Ables, Noah Algee, Michael Johnson, Trenton Kelley, Langston Lunsford, Dominique Murray, Jalen Paswater, Will Redding, D’Andre Scruggs, Konner Stahl and Tay Wells; sophomores
Giovani Alejandro, Mitchel Collier, Hunter Huser, Daveed Jolley, Dalton Kirk, Montez Mitchell, Jackson Payne and Landon Robbins; and freshman Preston Terrell.
Recognized with varsity letters as managers were senior Matthew Hartman and junior Haven Andis. Those cited as student trainers were junior Bailey Lofton, sophomores Kennedy Engelau, Jessica McAninch and Corterra Bandy, and freshman Shaelynn Scruggs.
Those recognized as JV players were juniors Kalub Caffee, Chauntavious Davis, Dylan England, Bradley Gutierrez, Jackson Kerber, Avery Newman, Daniel Ramirez, Luke Riley, Nick Smith and Jacob Sutton; and sophomores Matt Bailey, Adam Behling, Daltyn Coryea, Jon Dale, Jackson Davis, Zerek Greathouse, Nick Holt, Nash Johnson, Jackson Lay, Luke McDonald, David O’Campo, Spencer Rivera, Ethan Rogers, Alex Russell, Levi Seniour, Collin Weber, Rashan Wells and Nate Woods.
Players cited from the freshman team were Nate Austerman, D’metri Bailey, Luke Bless, Mason Branstetter, Nate Brown, Caleb Dooley, Reed Duncan, Martin Figueroa, John Frazee, Kyle Greathouse, Keegan Hill, Arvin Holt, Blake Huffman, Jamal King, Royce Lofton, Hayden McDaniel, Garrett McKim, J.J. Montgomery, Marcus Murray, Eshawn Patel, Matthew Pearson, K.T. Rawula, Cody Ruble, Adam Schwartz, Elijah Sebastian, Tyler Stevens, Carter Ward, Charley Winick and Isaac Woodruff.
Student-trainers for the JV and freshman teams were freshmen Haylee Acton, Jazmyn Harris and Meghan Waggoner.