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Ash chosen MVP of Columbus North football team
November 15, 2012Columbus North High School
Senior Shaquille Ash was recognized as MVP of the Columbus North football team for 2012 at the team's season-ending banquet on Thursday evening (Nov. 15).
In addition, Ash, senior Solomon Knight, senior Zak Ruehman, senior Thomas Shoaf and senior Jesse Tompkins received other special awards for a squad that finished 6-6.
Ash, a linebacker, was cited with team MVP accolades after setting a pair of single-season defensive record. The 5-10, 200-pounder set an all-time school best with 112 solo tackles and established another season mark with 170 defensive points.
The solo tackles number eclipsed the previous mark of 105 solos by Jared Brock in 1989, while Ash's defensive points edged the earlier standard of 169 set by Stephen Whited in 2005. Included in Ash's tackle total were seven tackles for loss and two sacks. He also contributed two interceptions, two forced fumbles, six passes broken up and one quarterback pressure.
Ash also was chosen as the team's most valuable linebacker/defensive back, while Knight was picked the team's most valuable defensive lineman. Shoaf was selected the most valuable offensive lineman, while Tompkins was the most valuable offensive back/receiver.
Knight produced 44 tackles on 30 solos and 14 assists while adding four QB pressures, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Shoaf, who has committed to attend Brigham Young University, was a top lineman for an offense that totaled 298.3 yards per game. Tompkins was the team's leading rusher, netting 822 yards and 10 touchdowns on 162 carries despite missing several games because of injury.
Ruehman, another offensive lineman, was recognized with the Bull Dog Award, which honors a player who displays outstanding attitude, effort and dedication.
Others cited at the banquet included senior Luis Cambron, senior Andrew Easton and freshman Mitchell Kelley, while Ash, Ruehman and senior Taylor Summa were lauded as team captains.
Cambron was presented the John Skobel Scholarship, an award that goes to a four-year dedicated player who also has financial need; Easton was winner of the Tom Orr Award, which goes to a player with a passion beyond athletics; and Kelley was recognized with the JV Bull Dog Award.
Cambron is another offensive lineman, Easton was a reserve linebacker and Kelley was the JV team's starting quarterback. Summa was a triple-threat by collecting 15 receptions for 232 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver, making 66 tackles with two interceptions and three PBUs on defense and adding 1,086 yards and two TDs in return yardage (970 yards on 36 kick returns, 116 yards on 13 punt returns).
One of Summa's kick-return TDs was a school-record-setting 96-yarder against Franklin Central.
Also, Tyler Wang was chosen Freshman Bull Dog Award winner, while Collin Hatchett was the recipient of the Freshman Scholar-Athlete Award.
Ash, Shoaf and Summa were recognized as first-team all-Conference Indiana selections. Knight, Cambron, senior Ethan Brown, senior Skyler Farmer and junior Luke Teague were cited as honorable mention all-CI picks.
Brown is another offensive lineman, while Farmer was a tight end who had 19 receptions for a team-leading 394 yards and two touchdowns. Against Bloomington North, Farmer had 152 yards in receptions, the fourth-highest single game total in CN annals.
Teague played linebacker and produced 51 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, the fifth-highest total for a season in that category. He also added 10 QB pressures, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery.
One other statistical item of note was senior Jamaal Halliburton's 287-yard rushing total against Perry Meridian. That was the second-best rushing game ever for a Columbus North player, behind only the record of 342 yards set by Kobi Cook against Columbus East in 2010.
Players receiving varsity letters were: seniors Shaquille Ash, Ethan Brown, Luis Cambron, Alex Cornn, Andrew Easton, Skyler Farmer, Joseph Gedeon, Jamaal Halliburton, Tori Jackson, Solomon Knight, Conner Marshall, Shannon McDonald, Zak Ruehman, Thomas Shoaf, Taylor Summa and Jesse Tompkins; juniors Jacob Barnett, Tyson Clark, Kenny King, Logan Lunsford, Ethan Smith, Trevor Shutters, Luke Teague and Michael Vogel; and sophomores Jonathan Byers, Evan Finke, Ezra Followell, Nick Grady, Jacob Hamblin, Josh Holt, Justin Huser, Weston Moore, Clay Roberts, Kaleb Steele, Jonathan Thompson, Jonathon Weaver and Brandon Woods.
Those recognized as JV players were juniors Tyler Combs, Logan Fox, Roarke Moody, Jared Newkirk, Mason Newkirk, Jacob Prewitt, Randall Rothrock and Jaset Wells; sophomores Sayre Ariishi, Barrett Branum, Tate Dillman, Collin Ebel, Caleb Hawes, Shawn Hendershot, Dylan Hurt, Clay Johnson, Levi Johnson, Jake Kelley, Sean Kirchman, Cameron Miller, Nick Millspaugh, Brage Polk, Quinten Rork, Nick Sharp, Caleb Snider and Gunnar Tays; and freshman Mitchell Kelley.
Players cited from the freshman team were Justin Abbott, Bryce Ables, Alex Algee, Blaine Allman, Wyatt Barkes, Kendrick Clark, Lenny Cuatzo, Sean Dasovich, Alex Davidson, Steven DeDomenic, Cesar DeLuna, Tony Denson, Josiah Edwards, Mitchell Essex, Jacob Graham, Collin Hatchett, Dylan Holbrook, Varson Jackson, Blake Jeffries, Anthony Kuhfahl, Brendan Larrison, Brice McDaniel, Dondre Mitchell, Mason Mitchell, Zarek Moffatt, Drew Schoeberl, Mitchell Schumacher, Devon Stewart, Marcus Tengelitsch, Tyler Thompson, Keagan Walsh, Tyler Wang, Gohan Valenzuela, Drew VanDeventer and Sam Argueta Ventura.