By Evan Grice
While the football season as a whole didn’t end the way the Piedmont Wildcats would have liked, there are several reasons to celebrate the accomplishments of many of the players.
As announced earlier this week, several Wildcat players landed on the All-District 4A-1 list, with two players receiving Player of the Year recognition.
Darrius Burris was named Running Back of the Year while Matt Capshaw was named Co-Defensive Lineman of the year along with Ryan Richert from Clinton.
Capshaw was a huge presence on the defensive side of the ball for the Wildcats, helping to a solid winning streak in the middle of the season, which saw the Piedmont defense allow less than 20 points throughout that span.
Capshaw also averaged at least two tackles per game during the season for the Wildcats on the defensive side of the ball.
For Burris, he capped off his senior season with a solid campaign for the Piedmont offense.
The speedy running back finished with 1,495 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final season as a Piedmont Wildcat player.
Burris also averaged more than 100 yards a game in every contest during the season for the Wildcats.
“To have two players recognized in a district as competitive as 4A-1 is a special accomplishment,” PHS head coach Craig Church said. “I’m proud of all of our seniors for what they have done. Darrius and Matt both had special seasons and careers as Piedmont Wildcat football players and this is very special for us.”
Piedmont landed four players on the All-District team, with Kyler Adams at guard, followed by Braden Beeby at defensive end. Blane Culp earned a spot at the linebacker position, with Jared Brown at defensive end.
Culp made his return to the Wildcats this season during the Woodward game after going through offseason shoulder surgery, which almost cost him the entire season, but instead was just limited to non-district games during the season.
Jared Brown was a solid player on kick returns and on the defensive side of the ball, collecting mulitple interceptions down the home stretch of the season for the Wildcats.
In addition, Brown had multiple kick returns this season which were more than 15 yards or more for the Wildcats, setting them up in solid field position during the course of the regular season.
Honorable mention went to Walker Girty, Brett Adams and Kyle Owens.