The 2011 football season came to an official end on Thursday night as they team awards banquet was held at Point Plaza Hotel in Newport News.
Honors and awards were announced to a crowd of friends and family members along with many from the Apprentice School faculty and staff.
The following were award winners for the 2011 football season:
Offensive Rookie of the Year Devante Watson
Started the majority of the season at center and did a solid job handling a tough position as the lead on the offensive line. He is a freshman electrician apprentice from Holly Hill, S.C.
Offensive Player of the Year Paul Morgan
He threw for 528 yards with a season-best 123 yards against Salisbury University in the season opener. Morgan developed into a dual-threat quarterback during the year as he ran for a season best 114 yards in a home win against Southern Virginia. He is a sophomore electrician from Fairburn, Georgia.
Defensive Rookie of the Year Teyquan Mayfield
He saw action in every game as a freshman and started three in the defensive secondary. Mayfield had three tackles against Campbell, Greensboro and Wesley. He is a shipfitter apprentice from Virginia Beach, Va.
Defensive Player of the Year Johnathan Jones
He topped the team in tackles (78), fumble recoveries (3) and tied for second in sacks (2.5). Jones had career-high 13 tackles against Campbell and was in double figures in three games and had two more with nine tackles. He is a junior shipfitter apprentice from Winter Springs, Florida
Special Teams Player of the Year Blake Penix
Penix was a strong-legged addition to the team who handled most kicking duties this year as he averaged 36 yards per punt, 52 yards per kickoff and was 4-of-7 on field goals. He is a freshman electrician apprentice from Jesup, Georgia.
Sept recorded 38 tackles while playing in every game at either a linebacker or defensive back. He had seven tackles and a sack in home win against Southern Va. Sept is a welder apprentice from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Peterson started every game as a senior and earned second team All-Atlantic Central FB Conference honors as a junior. He was the veteran on a young offensive line. Peterson is an electrician apprentice from Va. Beach, Virginia.
Builder Award Aaron Finley
This award is given to the student-athlete that has demonstrated the true meaning of being a Builder in his apprenticeship and on the football field.
Finley started every game this year in the defensive secondary – and was fourth on team in tackles (51), had 3.5 tackles for a loss, and topped the team with two interceptions and six pass breakups. He is a junior electrician apprentice from Douglasville, Georgia.