At a banquet at Franklin County High School Jan. 7, the team saluted a class of 15 graduating seniors, honoring them for spearheading a season that propelled them into the playoffs for the first time.
Seniors honored with letters were
#3 tight end Alex Hardy
#6 linebacker and running back Colton Evans
#7 defensive end and running back Micah McLeod
#8 cornerback and running back Ethan Riley
#9 linebacker Fisher Edwards
#13 wide receiver Caden Smith
#19 wide receiver and defensive back Simon Brathwaite
#22 linebacker and running back Rufus Townsend
#29 linebacker and running back Bailey Segree
#51 offensive lineman Bryce Kent
#56 offensive lineman and defensive end Tonnor Segree
#64 defensive lineman Tyrell Green
#72 defensive lineman Cameron Wynn
#76 offensive lineman Hunter Kelley
#78 defensive lineman Duncan Whaley
Tonnor Segree and Townsend shared defensive Most Valuable Player honors, and both will be representing Franklin County in the Georgia-Florida All-Star game in Thomasville, Georgia this Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Seahawk coach Tony Yeomans will be head coach of the Florida team.
Overall, Townsend had 383 tackles over the last three years, including 125 tackles this past season. Segree this season had 56 tackles, with seven sacks, one interception and two touchdowns.
Offensive Most Valuable Player honors went to sophomore Lamarius Martin. Who came back from a broken collarbone to finish the season.
“Monk ran the ball, threw the ball, he gave us the spark he needed to,” said Yeomans. “He did everything for us, cornerback, quarterback, wingback. you name it, he played it.”
The team’s overall MVP was junior Javon Pride, who finished the season with 764 receiving yards, six interceptions and 10 touchdowns. Included in those stats were 212 yards receiving in the team’s playoff game against Sneads.
“He was a leader for us, he came up with the big play,” said Yeomans. “We’ll have our whole set of skill guys back next year.
“We had a lot of adversity, with more injuries I’ve ever been around, but they never quit fighting,” he said.
He credited them with being the winningest senior class in the history of the school. “They got a taste of the playoffs for the first time in school history,” Yeomans said. “That’s something they can take with them the rest of their lives.”
The coach said spring practices start the last week of April, and that they’ll probably play Bozeman and North Bay Haven in a spring jamboree.
“We have a good group of young kids coming up,” Yeomans said. “We got to get more physical.”
At the banquet, the team also presented plaques to Dana Whaley and BJ Kent for their many years of service to the booster club.
“They’re going to be a tremendous loss,” Yeomans said. “I hope they stick around and help.”