The Clarence Cannon Conference football coaches showed how close a group of rivals can actually be.
During the annual all-conference meeting, the coaches decided to honor the late Jamar White with the 2019 CCC Coach of the Year honor. White, a former standout athlete at Monroe City, served as an assistant coach with the Panthers before he was killed in an automobile accident Oct. 19.
Several of the players White mentored received postseason plaudits as well.
Monroe City senior running back Keenan Batsell and senior lineman Max Hays were named to the first-team offense, while senior outside linebacker Dalton McAfee was named to the first-team defense.
Second-team selections on offense were McAfee at tight end, senior Danny Dennison on the offensive line and senior Antwuan Battle as an all-purpose back. Sophomore defensive back Joshua Talton was a second-team selection on defense, and junior Aaron Plumb was the second-team return specialist.
Monroe City freshman linebacker Ceaton Pennewell received honorable mention.
Palmyra was well represented on both sides of the ball.
Junior tight end Abe Haerr was a first-team pick, while senior running back Dakota Compton and senior lineman Kole Dietrich were second-team picks. On defense, senior defensive back Cooper Hinkle was a first-team selection, while junior lineman Weston King, senior outside linebacker Mason Scholl and junior linebacker Peyton Timbrook were second-team picks.
Palmyra senior linebacker Dylan Redd was an honorable mention selection.
The CCC Offensive Player of the Year was Clark County running back Caleb Lapsley, and he was one of several Indians to earn All-CCC honors. Lapsley was joined on the first-team offense by senior lineman Trevor Schorr, while first-team defensive selections included senior lineman Nick Gray, senior linebacker Spencer Gregory, Schorr at linebacker and Lapsley at defensive back.
Second-team selections for Clark County included senior Jaden Bethel along the offensive line and junior Gabe Hunziker at defensive back. Senior linebacker Tanner Elam received honorable mention.
Highland wide receiver Dylan Schroeder was a first-team selection, while Cougars senior Elijah Mead was a second-team pick at linebacker. Senior defensive back Blayne Meady received honorable mention.
South Shelby senior Cason Wilt received first-team honors as an offensive lineman and a linebacker, while Cardinals senior Daniel Burke earned second-team honors as a running back and defensive back. enior defensive lineman Mason Shuler and senior linebacker Guy Timbrook were second-team picks, and senior Luke Woutzke was an honorable-mention linebacker.
The CCC Defensive Player of the Year was Centralia senior lineman Trevor Bodine.
Pirates dominate All-NCMC picks
The Hannibal football team's undefeated run through the North Central Missouri Conference resulted in a high percentage of its starters receiving All-NCMC honors.
Offensively, the Pirates had four players earn first-team honors.
Damien French, a junior, was a first-team running back. Heading this week's district championship, French has 1,504 yards rushing with 23 touchdowns and a 6.2 yards-per-carry average. He is joined by senior offensive linemen Caleb Allen and Mark Flores, who have paved the way for an offense that averages 35.1 points and 367 yards per game and 6.2 yards per play.
Sophomore quarterback Courtland Watson was a first-team at-large selection. Watson has 673 yards rushing with nine touchdowns and has completed 96 of 178 passes for 1,297 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Defensively, the Pirates had three first-team selections.
Senior defensive tackle Dante Reading has 62 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Senior linebacker Hunter Gibbons has 56 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Junior defensive back Drake Dudley has 39 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Dudley also has 18 punt returns averaging 21.3 yards with two taken back for touchdowns. He has a 70-yard kick return for a touchdown as well.
Second-team selections on offense included senior wide receiver Preston Bennett, sophomore tight end Tyler Hardy, senior lineman Ethan Bross and sophomore lineman Kanye Washington. Second-team selections on defense were sophomore lineman Brady Zimmerman, junior linebacker Daylan Reading, senior linebacker Kadin Morgan and sophomore defensive back Kaiser Greenwell.
Lackey, Wilson make first-team
Two starters on the Quincy High School football team's defense -- senior lineman J.C. Lackey and senior linebacker Nate Wilson -- were named to the All-Western Big Six Conference first team. The Blue Devils had no one selected to the first-team offense despite a record-setting aerial attack.
Senior quarterback Lucas Reis, senior wide receivers Scott Sprick and Drake Tournear and senior running back Adonte Crider were second-team selections along with senior lineman Dion Washington.
Reis completed 149 of 239 passes for 1,680 with 23 touchdowns and three interceptions. Tournear caught 43 passes for 415 yards, while Sprick had 39 catches for 443 yards. Crider finished with 522 yards rushing, 234 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
Senior linebacker Grant James was a second-team selection. Reis also was a second-team pick at punter.
Junior linebacker Drae Humphrey received honorable mention.
Seven Blue Devils earn All-WB6
The Quincy High School boys soccer team, which finished second in the Western Big Six Conference after winning its first six games, had seven players honored with all-conference honors.
Senior midfielder Jack Bartley and junior forward Andrew VanderMaiden were first-team All-WB6 selections. Bartley had five goals and four assists, while VanderMaiden finished with 12 goals and six assists. Senior defender Blake Peter and junior goalkeeper Frank Heck were second-team selections after helping the Blue Devils post
Senior defenders Nick Kelley and Ben Terwelp and senior forward Bromley Brown received honorable mention.
Wolf tabbed first-team All-WB6
Quincy High School senior opposite side hitter Lexi Wolf earned first-team All-Western Big Six Conference and was the Blue Devils' only representative on the first or second team. Senior middle blocker Emma Sparrow and senior setter DeOnna Douglas received honorable mention.