ROGERSVILLE –– Cherokee’s 6-5 football team was honored for its hard work and dedication at a ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
This was the last football awards ceremony for long-time Head Coach Mike Sivert. He reflected on his coaching career.
“I’m going to make this as brief as I can, but I’ve got a lot of things to talk about,” Sivert noted. “I felt like we had a very good year. I enjoyed it a lot, but there’s not a lot about coaching that I’ve not enjoyed all through the years.
Sivert just got back from visiting his father, James, who is 90 years old. James was a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee when Mike was born. James was on a trip to Tuscaloosa as the Vols played Alabama.
“He coached for 31 years at Memphis Tech and two years at Memphis East,” Sivert said. “I grew up at his feet. I remember going to his biology class when my first sister was being born. From then on, he was looking after me and teaching.”
James was very influential in his life, he said. "He never talked me into going into coaching or teaching, but into something that made some money," Sivert added.
Back to the awards, each member of the football team was given a long-sleeved playoff shirt with his or her name on it. Managers, trainers and other personnel were also given playoff shirts. In addition, team chaplain Jason Royston and his son Sammy were also presented with playoff shirts.
Awards were given in the following categories:
Outstanding Offensive Lineman: John Livesay.
Iron Man Award: Huston Hamilton.
School Record Holder: Matthew Seals for a 42-yard field goal.
Most Improved Player: J.T. Brooks. The sophomore quarterback was 59-115 for 744 yards this past season.
Sacks Leader: Jacob Linkous. The defensive end had 10 quarter- back sacks, 30 individual tackles and 19 assists.
Outstanding Defensive Player: Andrew Buttry. The linebacker had 54 individual tackles, 44 assists and eight tackles thrown for loss.
Leading Rusher: Jeremiah Bragg. The junior had 162 rushes for 825 yards.
Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Lucas Miskus. He had 31 individual tackles, 39 assists and five and a half quarterback sacks.
Leading Receiver: Mylan Brewer. The senior had 20 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns, both against Sullivan South.
Jack Bevill was named winner of the 2015 Mobuck Headhunter Award. The linebacker had 86 individual tackles, 41 assists, two interceptions, seven and a half quarterback sacks and 20 tackles for loss behind the line of scrimmage. “He worked hard, gained 15 pounds and put the strength on. He didn’t talk about doing it, he busted it and got the job done,” Sivert said.
Teagan Trent earned Most Valuable Player honors. The senior had 64 individual tackles, four interceptions, forced three fumbles, threw the running back for loss six times behind the line of scrimmage from free safety, had nine receptions for 161 yards on offense, nine punt returns for 103 yards, 13 kickoff returns for 282 yards, carried 83 times for 653 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 33 assisted tackles, two fumble recoveries and seven knock- downs.