FYN Sports Post Season Football Awards and Outstanding Players

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Our team here at FYN Sports got together at the end of this years “spring” North Carolina High School football season and voted on our end of year awards. Players were chosen based not just on their stats alone, but also on their contributions to their team that may not show up in the stat book. We have had a blast covering North Carolina football this year, and hope to continue on with some of the relationships we have made in the fall. Thanks to everyone who watched and supported our broadcasts and read our articles. Our sole mission is to highlight and promote student athletes in a positive way, and below we have highlighted the “best of the best” with our post season awards.

Player of The Year: Nathan Collins- Robbinsville

Collins was 24-1 as the starting Quarterback for the Black Knights. He filled up the stat sheet all year, throwing for over 700 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rushing for 683 yards and 10 touchdowns. He led his team to 2 SMC titles, 2 Western Regional Championship appearances and 1 State Championship Title.

Offensive Player of The Year: Kellen Rumfelt- Murphy

Rumfelt was on a mission to prove himself this year, and he did just that. He threw for 1,234 yards and 9 touchdowns while leading his Bulldogs to the NCHSAA 1A State Championship. In that State championship game, Rumfelt threw for over 200 yards and a TD in the first half, helping his team come away with a 14-7 victory.

Defensive Player of The Year: Drew Martin- Andrews

Martin was a key component to helping his Wildcats post their best record since 2011. He led his team in tackles and was the motor of the defense. A historic season for Andrews was jumpstarted by the play of Drew Martin.

Coach of The Year: David Gentry- Murphy

Gentry led his Bulldogs to yet another State Championship ring, the 9th under his reign as Head Coach. Gentry’s coaching record speaks for itself. The Hall of Fame coach and all time North Carolina wins record holder needs no introduction.

“Newcomers” of The Year:

The “Newcomers” of The Year are players who are in their first year on Varsity who are making a splash and contributing to their team significantly already.

Cuttler Adams, Kage Williams, Brock Adams, Carlos Lopez- Robbinsville

Taylor McClure, Asher Brown- Hayesville

Ty Laney, Cole Laney, John Ledford- Murphy

Drew Martin, Isaac Weaver, Donovan Bateman- Andrews

Kaden Trantham- Cherokee

Gabe Lillard, Elijah Watty- Swain


Outstanding Quarterback:

Nathan Collins- Robbinsville

Kellen Rumfelt- Murphy

Outstanding Running Back-

Lex Hooper- Robbinsville

Ray Rathburn- Murphy

Gavin Wilson- Andrews


Outstanding Wide Receiver-

Payton McCracken- Murphy

Tyler Anderson- Hayesville


Outstanding Offensive Lineman-

Yousef Mugharbil- Murphy

Ethan Taylor- Hayesville

Candler Edwards- Robbinsville

Carlos Wesley- Robbinsville

Aaron Dereberry- Andrews

Outstanding Defensive Back-

Payton McCracken- Murphy

Juan Allen- Murphy

Taylor McClure- Hayesville

Cuttler Adams- Robbinsville


Outstanding Linebacker-

Ray Rathburn- Murphy

Landon Jordan- Murphy

Drew Martin- Andrews


Outstanding Defensive Lineman-

Rossi Wachacha- Robbinsville

Carlos Wesley- Robbinsville

Benjamin Wachacha- Robbinsville

Rashad Davis- Murphy

Outstanding Athlete-

Kage Williams- Robbinsville

Blake McClure- Hayesville

Isaac Weaver- Andrews

Don Bradley- Cherokee

Carson Taylor- Swain

Outstanding Kicker- 

Cody Kline- Robbinsville

Annie-Kate Dalton- Murphy



NCHSAA: Athletes playing indoor sports required to wear masks

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When you enter a High School gym in North Carolina, things will look a lot different than what you have become accustomed to if you have been to sporting events in Tennessee or Georgia.

Not only will the coaches and fans be wearing masks, now the players will be wearing them too.

In an email sent out yesterday to North Carolina High School Athletic Association members, the association announced that players are required to wear face masks during practices and contests, beginning Monday.

Previously, athletes were not required to wear masks when they were actively competing or practicing.

The NCHSAA also said a student with a medical condition that would not allow them to wear a face mask during competition would need medical clearance from a licensed doctor.

Que Tucker, the NCHSAA commisioner wrote in the email:

“NCHSAA staff members have received additional reports of volleyball teams being quarantined, which we know will impact their first contests next week. Collectively we must do everything we can to mitigate against the continuing spread of COVID-19, and it is our belief that the above steps will assist those efforts.”

This decision has been a long time coming, and I would expect it to overflow into sports and activities that are not just inside.

The NCHSAA has already made it known that North Carolina High School sporting events will only be allowed 25 fans total. Most schools are only allowing home team parents.


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