Steven Shine, surprisingly omitted from the All-Kanawha Valley team, was named to 1st team All-MSAC. A senior, Shine was 4th on the Redskins in tackles and tied for the team lead in sacks.
Joining Shine on the 1st team was sophomore Christian Hill. Hill had a great year for Hurricane amassing over 1600 yards rushing.
Named to the 2nd Team were Hurricane's LB Payton Lunsford and Curon Cordon.
Lunsford, a senior lead the Redskins in tackles with 145 and was tied for 1st in tackles for loss with 18.
Cordon, also a senior, was once again (as he was on the All-Kanawha Valley team) honored as a defensive back, although his biggest contributions were on the offensive side of the ball. (Perhaps demonstrating how odd post season accolades can be).
Speaking of odd, as we move on to honorable mention I pause to wonder about 3 players not deemed worthy of 1st or 2nd team honors. Dakota Williams was a force all season at WR. Just ask championship game qualifier Spring Valley, who he burned for 3 TDS. His nearly 900 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns had MSAC defenses game planning to try to stop him, yet he was not honored as one of the top 6 receivers in the conference???
Linebacker J.T. Cooper finished the season with 125 tackles, 6 sacks, and 18 tackles for loss. Apparently not enough to be among the top 8 linebackers in the MSAC.
And although Williams and Cooper got some honorable mention "love", what about Kicker Tim McCutchen who made All-Kanawha Valley based on 8 FGs and a perfect 40-40 on PATS, but was nowhere to be found on ALL-MSAC.
As for Special Honorable Mention the best feel good story was the naming of Kystoff Kudlak. A junior, Kudlak playing a TE/H-back position quietly did yeoman's work helping the offensive line open holes for Hill all season long.
Dakota Williams also received Special Honorable mention.
Rounding out All-MSAC was honorable mention nods to J.T. Cooper and Cole Runion. Runion a senior center was the glue to an offensive line that exceeded expectations and help produce one of the best seasons a Redskins' running back has ever experienced.
Notes: The annual Hurricane Redskins Football banquet is today at 2pm.
A bit of Redskin football history was made in 2017. Hurricane's victory over Spring Valley marked the 1st time any Redskin team has beaten a team that made it to the AAA Championship game.