Parrish takes Coach of the Year honors, Players of the Year named

By Andy Simmons and Casey Strickland; sports@southeastsun.com

Parrish takes Coach of the Year honors, Players of the Year named
Daleville head coach Josh Parrish has been honored as The Southeast Sun 2015 Coach of the Year.He helped lead the Warhawks to a 10-2 record in his second year at the helm, as well as a Class 3A, Region 2 title and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs.Besides the aforementioned accolades, Parrish’s offense averaged 31 points per game and amassed 270 yards per game on the ground.“It means a lot,” Parrish said of winning the award.“It means the young men that I am coaching every day are doing what us, the coaching staff, are asking them to do. There’s a lot of great coaches and it just comes down to whether or not the guys are doing what you ask them to do. It’s an honor for us and our coaching staff.”Parrish was quick to give credit to his staff, as well as his players.“It’s also a reflection on the assistant coaches,” Parrish said.“The head coach is only as good as his assistants. They work tireless hours and I couldn’t do anything without them.”Alex McNeal is The Southeast Sun/Daleville Sun-Courier Offensive Player of the Year.The Warhawks do-it-all guy was asked to fill a larger offensive role this year, and boy did he deliver.McNeal accounted for almost half of Daleville’s offensive touchdowns, accounting for 27 total on the year. He finished the year with 149 rushes for 1,443 yards and 11 catches for 312 yards.Although McNeal had over 1,700 all-purpose yards, he was quick to point out none of it was possible without the help of his offensive line.“It’s a privilege. We worked hard,” McNeal said.This marks the second year in a row that Daleville’s featured back has been selected to the Elite 11, with LaBrijian Bloodsaw garnering the honor last year.“I always try to follow behind him. He’s a great leader,” McNeal said.New Brockton’s Wyatt Moore is the Defensive Player of the Year.The senior said he learned a valuable lesson throughout New Brockton’s 9-2 season, which ended in the opening round of the Class 2A state playoffs.“Listening to the coaches pays off,” Moore said. “Listen to what they have to say. Most of the coaches we have here, they’ve been to the state championship. They know what it takes. Listening to them really works.”Moore registered 110 total tackles, with 84 assists and 16 tackles for loss. He had six quarterback hurries, four sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.“I feel like it was less of an individual impact for me this year,” Moore said. “Last year I had a better individual season, but this year was a better team season for us. Last year I had a lot more solo tackles. This year it was more assists, because everybody was flying around and getting to the ball.”The All-Around Player of the Year is New Brockton’s Clay Kelley.Kelley was a three-way player for the Gamecocks, and the ability to influence all three phases of the game is important to him.“It means a lot to me,” he said. “It means I’m doing everything I can for my teammates, helping out as much as I can and hopefully giving us the best chance to win the game.”In 11 games, Kelley had 50 rushes for 391 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. On defense he had 112 total tackles, including 59 solo and 12 for loss. He had four sacks, picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown. He also broke up six passes and had five quarterback pressures.On special teams, he returned 22 punts for 251 yards and a touchdown.“I know I worked hard in the offseason to be able to get this opportunity, and I’m glad I made the best of it,” Kelley said. “I just want to thank my teammates, coaches and everybody who at least gave me the opportunity to do it. I’m grateful.”
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