QB Club names prep players of the year
The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced the winners of its 2015 awards.
Malik Cunningham from Park Crossing High School has been selected as the Public School Player of the Year. Nathan Rourke from Edgewood Academy and Robert Adams from Trinity Presbyterian School have been selected as co-winners of the Private School Player of the Year Award.
Coach Tyrone Rogers from Robert E. Lee High School has been selected as the winner of the Dr. Jim Maloy Coach of the Year Award. The awards will be presented at the Club’s Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Former Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden will be the featured speaker
Park Crossing, coached by Smitty Grider, was the Region Champion in Class 6A, Region 2, and finished with a 6-1 region record and 8-3 overall record.
Rourke, a senior quarterback, passed for 3,779 yards and 59 touchdowns with a 75 percent completion rate. Rourke threw only three interceptions in 13 games. Rourke also rushed for 377 yards and 7 touchdowns, leading the Wildcats to the AISA Class AA title.
Coach Bobby Carr led the Wildcats to a 13-0 record. Edgewood holds the nation’s longest winning streak at 71 games and has won six state titles in a row.
Adams, a senior all-purpose player, had 70 receptions for 1,178 yards and 21 touchdowns and averaged 16.8 yards per catch. Adams also scored two touchdowns as the quarterback in the wildcat formation. He also played defensive back and had 15 solo tackles, 13 assists, and one blocked PAT. He also was the team’s punter and kicker, and made 33 of 36 PATs.
Trinity, coached by Randy Ragsdale, finished runner-up in its Region in Class 4A, Region 2 with a 6-1 region record and an 8-4 overall record.
The Dr. Jim Maloy Coach of the Year Award is given each year to a river region coach “who demonstrates success on the field and an encouragement of sportsmanship, academics, and a positive influence for the pursuit of excellence in all areas of their student athlete’s life.” Coach Rogers led Lee to an 8-4 record and to the quarterfinal round of the AHSAA Class 7A playoffs. Rogers, a Lee alumn, has completed his fourth season as head coach.
The Quarterback Club welcomes guests at the Awards Banquet. However, guests must make an advance reservation and pay $30 at the door.
To make a guest reservation, please call Perry Hooper, Jr. at 409-3119 or Ben McNeill at 303-3166. For more information, visit the Club’s website at www.mgmqbackclub.org