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SIX COUGARS MAKE FIRST TEAM ALL-RIVER RIDGE/

PEAK, MILLER RECEIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION 

By DAN CALLAHAN
SWT Sports Writer 
 
When you have a 12-1 football season and win a district and region championship, good things happen in the aftermath and the post-season honors have started rolling in for the Pulaski County Cougar football team.
Pulaski County won the River Ridge District title with a perfect 5-0 league record and voting by the district coaches landed two Cougars on the first-team offensive unit, senior tackle Josh Miller and senior running back Nubian Peak. Peak, who was also on the offensive unit as the second- team kick return specialist, was named the “Offensive Player of the Year’’ in the RRD. Peak was named to the All-RRD team for the second consecutive season and finished his career at Pulaski County with a senior season that saw him lead the Cougars in rushing with 1,536 yards, score 22 touchdowns, and score 136 points, all team highs.
Defensively, Pulaski County had far and away the most impressive unit in the region and placed four on the first- team all-RRD squad. Those were senior tackle Josh Miller, senior end Brandon Hazzard, junior linebacker Tahrick Peak, and senior safety Zane Quesenberry. Josh Miller was also named the “Defensive Lineman of the Year.’’ Miller, in addition to registering 19 pancake blocks on offense, had nine tackles for lost yardage, and three fumble recoveries. Hazzard had two fumble recoveries, 13 tackles for lost yardage and deflected four pass attempts. Tahrick Peak led the Cougars in tackles, averaging better than a dozen per game, and Quesenberry picked off eight passes.
There were four Cougars named to the second unit offensive team. They were senior guard Ralph Miller, senior fullback Seth Parris, Quesenberry at wide receiver, and Peak as the kick return specialist. Four players also received honorable mention. They were senior guard Cam Bailey, junior tackle Josh Lambert, junior quarterback Luke Watson, and senior wideout Antwyn Calfee.
The RRD “Back of the Year’’ was Hidden Valley’s Matt Aiken, and the “Offensive Lineman of the Year’’ was Blacksburg’s Dale Davis.
Pulaski County also placed four players on the defensive second unit. They were senior tackle Jared Cole, senior linebacker C.J. Burleson, senior linebacker E.J. Dobbins, and Calfee at cornerback.
The RRD “Defensive Player of the Year’’ was Christiansburg junior linebacker Zack Weller, and the “Defensive Back of the Year’’ was Aiken again.
Cougars continued to find spots on the All-Region Four team as well. Two Cougars made the All-Region offensive unit. They were Nubian Peak at running back and Josh Miller at tackle. “Offensive Player of the Year’’ in Region Four was Patrick County running back John Harris.
Three Cougars made the Region Four defensive unit. They were Hazzard at end, Josh Miller at tackle, making it two straight seasons as a first-team all-region performer on both offense and defense for the Cougar senior, and Quesenberry in the secondary. The “Defensive Player of the Year’’ in Region Four was Bassett tackle Andrew Miller.
Somewhat surprisingly, there were no Pulaski County players named to the second unit region offensive or defensive units.
Pulaski County’s Jack Turner was named as both the River Ridge District and Region Four “Coach of the Year.’’
“Well, I guess when you win the district and the region you get the honor, and I am certainly thankful, but more than anything I’m thankful to my players and coaching staff. We had a great team at Pulaski County. I wish we could have played just one more game, but the kids accomplished so much and came so far over the past three years. The entire coaching staff did a great job and everybody worked so hard. I’m very proud of our program right now, and I will always remember this past season and not only how good they were as football players, but how rewarding it was to get to coach some really outstanding young men. This team will always be a great memory for me,’’ said Turner.

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SIX COUGARS MAKE FIRST TEAM ALL-RIVER RIDGE/

PEAK, MILLER RECEIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION 

By DAN CALLAHAN
SWT Sports Writer 
 
When you have a 12-1 football season and win a district and region championship, good things happen in the aftermath and the post-season honors have started rolling in for the Pulaski County Cougar football team.
Pulaski County won the River Ridge District title with a perfect 5-0 league record and voting by the district coaches landed two Cougars on the first-team offensive unit, senior tackle Josh Miller and senior running back Nubian Peak. Peak, who was also on the offensive unit as the second- team kick return specialist, was named the “Offensive Player of the Year’’ in the RRD. Peak was named to the All-RRD team for the second consecutive season and finished his career at Pulaski County with a senior season that saw him lead the Cougars in rushing with 1,536 yards, score 22 touchdowns, and score 136 points, all team highs.
Defensively, Pulaski County had far and away the most impressive unit in the region and placed four on the first- team all-RRD squad. Those were senior tackle Josh Miller, senior end Brandon Hazzard, junior linebacker Tahrick Peak, and senior safety Zane Quesenberry. Josh Miller was also named the “Defensive Lineman of the Year.’’ Miller, in addition to registering 19 pancake blocks on offense, had nine tackles for lost yardage, and three fumble recoveries. Hazzard had two fumble recoveries, 13 tackles for lost yardage and deflected four pass attempts. Tahrick Peak led the Cougars in tackles, averaging better than a dozen per game, and Quesenberry picked off eight passes.
There were four Cougars named to the second unit offensive team. They were senior guard Ralph Miller, senior fullback Seth Parris, Quesenberry at wide receiver, and Peak as the kick return specialist. Four players also received honorable mention. They were senior guard Cam Bailey, junior tackle Josh Lambert, junior quarterback Luke Watson, and senior wideout Antwyn Calfee.
The RRD “Back of the Year’’ was Hidden Valley’s Matt Aiken, and the “Offensive Lineman of the Year’’ was Blacksburg’s Dale Davis.
Pulaski County also placed four players on the defensive second unit. They were senior tackle Jared Cole, senior linebacker C.J. Burleson, senior linebacker E.J. Dobbins, and Calfee at cornerback.
The RRD “Defensive Player of the Year’’ was Christiansburg junior linebacker Zack Weller, and the “Defensive Back of the Year’’ was Aiken again.
Cougars continued to find spots on the All-Region Four team as well. Two Cougars made the All-Region offensive unit. They were Nubian Peak at running back and Josh Miller at tackle. “Offensive Player of the Year’’ in Region Four was Patrick County running back John Harris.
Three Cougars made the Region Four defensive unit. They were Hazzard at end, Josh Miller at tackle, making it two straight seasons as a first-team all-region performer on both offense and defense for the Cougar senior, and Quesenberry in the secondary. The “Defensive Player of the Year’’ in Region Four was Bassett tackle Andrew Miller.
Somewhat surprisingly, there were no Pulaski County players named to the second unit region offensive or defensive units.
Pulaski County’s Jack Turner was named as both the River Ridge District and Region Four “Coach of the Year.’’
“Well, I guess when you win the district and the region you get the honor, and I am certainly thankful, but more than anything I’m thankful to my players and coaching staff. We had a great team at Pulaski County. I wish we could have played just one more game, but the kids accomplished so much and came so far over the past three years. The entire coaching staff did a great job and everybody worked so hard. I’m very proud of our program right now, and I will always remember this past season and not only how good they were as football players, but how rewarding it was to get to coach some really outstanding young men. This team will always be a great memory for me,’’ said Turner.

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