Chargers celebrate progress in football
The Brandon-Evansville football team celebrated a season that saw a young team continue to make strides on the field this year by handing out it awards to the players responsible for that.
Aaron Lund was named the Chargers' Lineman of the Year for his standout play at the defensive end position. Lund anchored the defensive line with 60 solo tackles, 14 assists and five sacks. He also ran the ball for 421 yards on offense.
Lund joined Levi Hintermeister as the two players named All-Pheasant Conference. Hintermeister averaged more than 12 solo and four assisted tackles per game at linebacker for the Chargers.
Tyson Meissner was named the team's Back of the Year. Meissner was Brandon-Evansville's leading rusher from the quarterback position with 451 yards and seven touchdowns. He also threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns. As a safety, he led the defense with four interceptions.
The Special Teams Player of the Year went to Travis Lund. He played all special teams for the Chargers and finished with a 22-yard average on kick returns and 21.3-yard average on punt returns. Travis Lund was also one of three players named honorable mention all conference. Adam Wagner and Teagan Overturf joined him on that list.
Tom Anderson rounded out the list of winners at the banquet with the Dallas Hanson Hustle and Desire Award. Anderson exhibited the kind of play his coaches were looking for at both the offensive and defensive tackle positions.
The Chargers had just five seniors and four juniors on this year's team. That meant added responsibilities for a sophomore class that stepped up to the challenge of playing varsity football.
"[They] matured and gained valuable playing time, helping the Chargers to become a competitive team," head coach Greg Lanners said. "The Charger program will hope to build on the progress made over this season. Although outsized, outnumbered and less experienced than every team they played this past year, the Chargers played with great enthusiasm and heart - encouraging optimism for the 2010 season."
Brandon-Evansville finished the season with a 3-6 record and two very close losses in the final four games.
The Chargers will return 17 of the 22 letter winners from this season. They will lose the senior leadership of Travis Lund, Adam Wagner, Teddy Wood, Malachi Anderson and Tom Anderson. All five will be lost to graduation next spring.
"They provided great leadership, maturity and solid play all year long," Lanners said. "They will be missed on and off the field. The coaches are very appreciative of their efforts and strong commitment to the program."
FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
ALL CONFERENCE - Levi Hintermeister, Aaron Lund; HONORABLE MENTION - Adam Wagner, Travis Lund, Teagan Overturf
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS - Lineman of the Year - Aaron Lund, DE; Back of the Year - Tyson Meissner - QB/S; Special Teams Player of the Year - Travis Lund; Dallas Hanson Hustle and Desire Award - Tom Anderson, OT/DT