DRAFFENVILLE-Honoring this year's 2011-2012 Marshall County High School football seniors and reflecting on the past season took center stage at the football banquet held at Marshall County High School Sunday afternoon as coaches, players, cheerleaders, family and friends all gathered to honor the student athletes and their achievements. A program that had deteriorated to a 1-9 season in 2009, has thrived under the direction of Head Coach Ron Barnard in his second season at the helm of the football program. The 2011 Marshals finished with a 6-5 record, the first winning season since 2007.
After a catered banquet in the school cafeteria, the event moved to the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center where Quarterback Club officers and many others from the field crew to the parents were singled out for their efforts in support of the football program.
Coach Barnard was awarded for the second straight year as the District One Class 6A Coach of the Year and recognized his outstanding coaching staff as the reason behind the award. Coach Barnard was also the recipient of the Joe Russell Distinguished Leadership Award, which is presented by football officials of the West Kentucky Conference to the head coach who most exemplifies the three fundamental components of the National Federation which are Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity, having instilled these attitudes in their staff and players. This is the second year in a row that Coach Barnard has received this honor, which he also gave credit to his staff and players for the award.
Cheerleader coaches Debbie Bushart, Larissa Hobbs and Melissa Gunn introduced the junior varsity and varsity squads and gave special recognition to this years two seniors, Tori Taylor and Jansen Barrett.
Coach Barnard emphasizes "team" to his players and therefor forgoes individual awards saying, "In Marshall County football, if you have a helmet on, you are a Most Valuable Player." Coach Barnard introduced his freshman, sophomore and junior classes awarding letters and bars to those who have earned that honor. The senior class was introduced one at a time with a special story or comment from the coach as to the kind of player and more importantly, the kind of men they had become and each was presented with a personalized orange Marshall County Football blanket.
Eight Marshall County players were chosen for the All-WKC Conference team including seniors Chase Buchanan, Nathan Anderson, Levi Sanders, Noah Willett, Logan Taylor and Brian Dueker. Junior players selected were Casey White and Noah Steele. Casey White was named first team defense for big schools (4A-6A) and Levi Sanders was named first team offensive line for big schools.
Coach Barnard was selected as the Defensive Coordinator for the Kentucky All-Star football game that was played on December 11, 2011 at St. Xavier High School and was elected President of the WKC Coaches Association by his peers. His term will begin in February. Photo Gallery