The Mid-Prairie High School football banquet was canceled due to state-mandated restrictions on gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is the evening’s program in full, as submitted to The News by head football coach Pete Cavanagh.
The Mid-Prairie Football staff would like to say thank you to the following people...
Newspaper Coverage (The News) - Paul Bowker
Radio – Zach Ulin, KCII Radio
Announcer – Larry Tebockhorst
Game Management – Chain crew
Filmer – Cameron Pickard and Madison Kelly
Statistician – Nate Carlson
Meals - Illa Miller
Administration – Mr. Hotz, Mr. Strickland
Middle School Coaches – Dylan Walther, Dylan Wertz and Dain Jepson, Daniel Hershberger
Coaches wives and families
Parents and Families – for washing clothes, meals after home games, cheering at the game - Fundraiser - really appreciate the all the parents who focused on positive and supported the team and coaches unconditionally
Kalonial Lawn Care- Jared Miller and staff
Training Staff - Performance Therapies
Strength Coach/Physical Therapist - Jeff Swartzendruber
Players - for all their hard work and sacrifice
Head Coach Pete Cavanagh would like to thank all the assistant coaches who went through a lot this year, coaching through a pandemic is not easy. The coaches sacrificed a lot of time during the summer and the season for these young men. These coaches care for these guys and pour everything into the season. They focus on developing the character of the players. The assistant coaches this season were Jeff Murphy, Daren Lambert, Kevin Cortum, Justin Barthelmen, Aaron Coghlin, Brian Hervey and Derek Yoder.
JV Season Recap - 3-2: Our JV team played very well at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year. We had 19 freshmen and 8 sophomores and 2 juniors that played JV. These guys battled through quarantine, inexperience, and injury to win games over Sigourney Keota, Iowa City Regina, and West Burlington ND.
Varsity Season Recap - 4-4
It was a tough year for a lot of reasons and didn’t finish how we wanted but I am going to focus on the positive…
10 wins by this senior class last two seasons - best since 2016.
3-1, finished second in our district.
Teams we lost to have a combined record of 30-9.
We have 10 different players recognized for All-District.
We have 13 players who finished on academic All-District team.
Team average GPA was 3.10.
Our kicker made all extra points this season.
We averaged 380 yards of offense per game and 30.7 points per game.
Averaged 6.9 yards per play - #5 in 2A.
We had 2 shutouts on the year.
We raised over $10,000 this year with fundraising letters.
Got to play 6 home games this year - only one of those in a rainstorm.
We got an opportunity to play 8 football games this fall.
Academic All District Awards:
3.25 cumulative GPA and on Varsity Team - Jackson Pennington, Justice Jones, Jarrett Hoffman, Will Cavanagh, Jack Zahradnek, Collin Miller, Braden Hartley, Grady Gingerich, Kayden Reinier, Nathan Quinby, Ben Meader, Clarke Latcham, Luke Boyse
2020 Golden Hawk Awards
Offensive Most Valuable Player: Kayden Reinier
Defensive Most Valuable Player: Josh Wallington, Justice Jones
Special Teams Most Valuable Player: Jake Swartzendruber
Attitude and Effort: Joe Allred, Michael Kelly, Nathan Quinby
Lineman of the Year: Gannon Callahan
12th Man of the Year: Tyler Helmuth, Ben Meader
Addison Powell Student Athlete Award: Clarke Latcham
Practice Player of the Year: Zane Fisher, Stone Peck
Nick Peck Weightlifter of the Year: Joe Allred
2020 Captains: Vinnie Bowlin, Kayden Reinier, Josh Walllington