At one time it was rare for any Cougar football player to earn post season honors. Now as the Price era moves on it has become the standard. Fresh off yet another playoff berth the post season awards have started rolling in.
Zach Rutherford, a Murphy Fair preseason All-State selection, had a great year at quarterback and was named District Co Offensive Player of the year, an honor he shares with Oak Ridge’s Johnny Stewart. Rutherford was dominant as the general of the Cougar offense.
Rutherford’s favorite target was Shawn Marcum. This rapport propelled Marcum into the district’s Wide Receiver of the Year honors. Marcum set multiple records over the course of the season hauling in Rutherford’s passes, including the single season reception record.
Not to be left out was Cougar tight end Elijah Phillips. While Marcum was the favorite receiver for Rutherford on the outside it was the giant Phillips who went over the middle to both catch passes and make opposing linebackers pay the price.
Though these are the first post season honors to come in they certainly will not be the last.