This year’s Kanab High School football awards banquet was held on January 2. An amazing dinner of chicken fried chicken from Houston’s Trails End Restaurant kicked off the ceremony.

After dropping back down to 1A this year, Coach Bucky Orton had this to say to his players, “Congratulations on a great season. You guys did amazing. It’s the farthest we have gone in a couple of years. And I’m proud to be the head coach of such a great team.”

Seventeen awards were given at the ceremony, with eight going to the varsity and nine going to the JV.

Varsity honors went to eight Cowboy standouts: MVP-Merril Terry; Offensive Player of the Year-Hadin Jones; Defensive Player of the Year-Nate Bowman; Blocker of the Year-Dan Ramsay; Special Teams Player of the Year-Luke Crosby; Scout Team Player of the Year-Alex Foster; Most Improved Player-Madison Knape; and Most Inspirational Player-Chad Southwick.

Nine JV players earned post-season awards. Monte Glover and Brandon Southwick shared co-MVP honors. Layne Anderson received the Offensive Player of the Year award. Other awards were as follows; Defensive Player of the Year-Derrik Fox; Special Teams Player of the Year-Ernesto Escobar; Blocker of the Year-Morgan Barton; Scout Team Player of the Year-Dakota McDonald; Most Improved Player-Jordan Smith; and Most Inspirational Player-Dane Stewart.

In addition to the many awards, four members of the team were given a special award for being named to the 1A All-State Football First Team – Merrill Terry, Nate Bowman, Hadin Jones and Luke Crosby. Four members made the 1A All-State Second Team – Alex Foster, Aaron Foster, Jace Little and Dan Ramsay. Congratulations to all those who earned this outstanding achievement.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Coach Orton addressed the team one last time, “Thank you for a good year, gentlemen. Congratulations to you seniors and juniors who earned an all-state spot – all state means you are the best in 1A. To the younger guys, you were awesome! You never gave up and that’s all I can ask for in a team. We’ll see you next season. Seniors, you guys did an awesome job this year, but like we know, seasons come and seasons go. Your final season of high school football is over. You guys are about to start this great game called life. Sometimes you play by the rules, sometimes you don’t. I hope that as the football coach, I have taught you guys a life lesson. I hope you learned life lessons through the sports you played and use them for the rest of your lives. I will miss you guys, and I wish you good luck.”