GAINESVILLE — More than a month after the completion of Gainesville’s most successful season in nearly a decade, the Leopards have amassed almost every honor possible.
That trend won’t change with the Register’s 2012 All-Cooke County Football team as the Leopards took 10 honors, including two superlatives on the list the best football players out of the area’s seven schools.
Taking the top honor was Gainesville junior running back Adam Berryman, who was selected as the Player of the Year.
Berryman ran for 1,705 yards and 25 touchdowns on the year in helping the Leopards to a 11-1 record and the Class 3A Division I state quarterfinals for the first time since 2005. He ran for at least 150 yards in seven of the final nine games of the season.
Gainesville’s Keith Hall took the Coach of the Year award after turning around the Leopards from 2-8 a year ago to an undefeated district championship.
Callisburg’s Clay McKenzie took the county’s Offensive Most Valuable Player award after an outstanding season that saw him win the District 8-2A Most Valuable Player award and tally more than 2,000 yards of total offense.
McKenzie, the definition of a football athlete, played time at running back, quarterback, wide receiver and even kicked for the Wildcats. He finished the year with 1,719 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing for another 502 yards.
Muenster’s Cole Walterscheid was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player after a season that saw him collect seven sacks, four blocked kicks and 52 tackles. He was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press Sports Editors and was a first-team All-District 8-1A Division II.
Sacred Heart freshman Kason Reeves was named the county’s Newcomer of the Year. The strong-armed frosh quarterback threw for more than 1,500 yards in helping the Tigers to a 7-4 season.