Belton Tigers Football celebrates season with awards banquet

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The 2018 Belton Tiger Football team had great success in 2018, with a 7-4 record, including a 6-2 District 12-6A mark.
The program celebrated the success with an end of year banquet at the Belton Athletic Complex on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Belton athletic director Mike Morgan, head football coach Sam Skidmore, the coaching staff and athletic department support team collaborated for the 2018 awards banquet.
Thirty-two members of the team, which included players, videographers, equipment staff, and student trainers collected awards for District 12-6A Academic All District Team.
Several members of the team received All-State Academic Awards. Lars Northcutt received ELITE Academic All-State. Eric Perrier and Miles Pietsch were awarded Academic All-State First Team honors. Jawuan Howard, Christian Coffman, Samuel Ramirez, and Sidney Sherwood were awarded Academic All-State Second Team honors. Receiving Academic All-State Honorable Mentions were Connor Carothers, Christian Castillo, Tyler Cornwell, Samuel Garcia, Carson Harris, Denver Holman, and Isidro Martinez.
The team members honored for All-District 12-6A teams were given their awards at the banquet.
Carothers was presented with his District 12-6A Offensive MVP and First Team All-District Quarterback honors.
Wide receiver Anthony Brown, offensive linemen Chris Brown and Thomas Bowman, kicker/punter Logan Smith, and defensive end Devin Martinez were awarded with their District 12-6A First Team honors.
Those honored on the District 12-6A Second Team were wide receivers Denver Holman and Anthony Fairbanks, linebacker Jarrett Karnowski, cornerback Tre Berry, and safety Jason Stephens.
Holman also received District 12-6A Honorable Mention returner.
District 12-6A Honorable Mention awardees were running back Marques Aguilar, wide receiver Jose Perez, offensive linemen Jawaun Howard and Josh Maxwell, defensive ends Octavius Davis and Marco Moctezuma, cornerback Devyn Raper, linebackers Sam Ramirez and Patrick Frazho, and deep snapper Seth Hussey.
Then the team awards portion of the banquet got underway.
Senior Tre Berry was awarded the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Back.
Seniors Jarrett Karnowski and Patrick Frazho were selected as the team’s Most Valuable Linebackers.
Karnowski had a team-high 124 tackles, which includes 79 solo stops, and seven tackles for loss.
Frazho had 71 tackles, 46 of the solo variety, and had a key fumble recovery return against Copperas Cove.
Senior Octavius Davis was awarded the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Lineman.
Davis had 30 tackles, including 27 solo stops and had 10 tackles for loss.
The team’s Most Valuable Offensive Lineman Award was presented to sophomore Thomas Bowman.
Bowman graded out at 75 for the season with 50 knockdowns.
The trio of Denver Holman, Anthony Fairbanks, and Jose Perez were named the team’s Most Valuable Receivers.
Holman led the Tigers in all-purpose yardage (1,594), which included 49 receptions for 729 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Fairbanks had 40 catches for 613 yards and five touchdowns. His 15.3 yards per catch were tops among receivers with over 25 catches this season.
Perez had 28 catches for 359 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had five kickoff returns for 38 yards.
Max Castelli was awarded the Harry Allen Most Conscientious Tiger trophy.
Castelli was a mainstay on the scout team, helping the team in game preparations. He had three tackles in six games.
Carson Harris was selected for the Fighting Heart Award.
Having lost the season to his second ACL tear in the last three seasons, Harris provided leadership on and off the field for the Tigers. He was an inspiration to the team.
The Belton Journal Student Athlete of the Year was awarded to offensive lineman Eric Perrier.
Junior Logan Smith and senior Denver Holman were selected as Special Teams Most Valuable Players.
Smith was in the dual role of kicker and punter for the Tigers in 2018. He was 55-of-59 in point-after tries, 6-of-10 on field goals with long of 51 yards against Temple, 26 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs, punted 29 times for an average of 36.5 yards per punt, and had nine punts inside the 20-yard-line. His 51-yard field goal tied Jason Ward’s mark set in 1992.
Holman had 521 kick return yards, 284 punt return yards and four return touchdowns. His 84-yard punt return touchdown against Austin Westlake unseated Brett Stafford’s 80-yard return set back in 1982.
Senior wide receiver Anthony Brown was awarded the Tigers’ Offensive Most Valuable Player for the 2018 season.
Brown set a number of single-season and career records this season as a Tigers wide receiver. He set a single-season program record with 75 catches and 14 touchdowns, to go with 1,134 yards. Brown has the career touchdown mark of 21 scores, between 2017-2018.
The Harry Wilson Defensive Most Valuable Player Award was presented to senior defensive end Devin Martinez.
Martinez had 58 tackles, including 42 solos, and had 11 tackles for losses. He shared the team high with Octavius Davis with seven sacks.
Senior quarterback Connor Carothers was named the Belton Tigers’ Team Most Valuable Player for 2018.
Carothers, who missed the final three-and-a-half games of the season because of torn ligaments in his non-throwing shoulder, was a huge catalyst in all phases of the Belton offense and was a locker room leader on and off of the field.
In seven-and-a-half games, Carothers was 148-of-228 passing (66.7 completion percentage) for 2,116 passing yards, had 23 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He averaged 264.5 yards per game passing and averaged 18.5 yards per completion. On the ground, Carothers had 50 carries for 146 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Thomas Bowman (77) picks up a block against Rockwall during the bi-district playoff on Nov. 16.