A look back at the Corn Bible Crusaders football season

Spencer Boese stiff-arms a defender from Burns-Flat. Also pictured from CBA is Matthew Mann. Photo courtesy Corn Bible Academy.

Seven of the 12 Corn Bible Academy football players for the 2016 season were recognized with all district honors. These all district honors are nominated by the coaches and voted on by all of the district coaches.

Two of the seniors have already been selected by the coaches to attend the Eight-Man All-Star Game to be held this summer in Miami, OK. Three other seniors were selected to be alternates to the Eight-Man All-Star game.

“We are so proud of each player’s individual accomplishments this year,” head coach Todd Smith said. “However, what we are most proud of is the fact that these awards were given not because you sought after individual recognition, but rather that you put the team goals before your individual goals. This is truly why the motto you picked for your season “Brothers” fit our football team this year.

“Each of you sacrificed through very tough workouts and tough circumstances with only 12 players all year so that the team could achieve success. We, as coaches, believe that this is the greatest recognition that could be given to our team, and because of that, all of our athletes deserve to be recognized.

“Thank you for living out the directions given to us by our coach and Savior Jesus when He said to humble yourselves and put others interests above your own. We are very proud of you, and we will always be brothers.”

Most Valuable Player for District C2 and Eight-Man All-Star———————————Spencer Boese

Defensive Lineman of the Year and Eight-Man All-Star—————————————James Vercellotti

Eight-Man All-Star alternate quarter back and All-District linebacker———————-Dylan Schmidt

Eight-Man All-Star alternate line and First Team All-District tight end———————–Dakota Clayton

Eight-Man All-Star alternate line and First Team All-District center————————–Carter Smith

First Team All-District linebacker——————————————————————Garrison Reimer

First Team All-District defensive back————————————————————Andre’ Miller

Honorable mention defensive back———————————————————–Matthew Mann

Honorable mention offensive line————————————————————-Cody Schmidt

Counselor for the All Star game————————————————————-Coach Todd Smith

The rest of the 2016 team of brothers: Layne Gwartney, Boston Terrell, and Joe Martinez

Defensive Coordinator: Coach Asa Zoschke

Assistant Coach: Brendon Schmidt

Volunteer Assistant: Nathan Grube

Big thank you to Sinor EMS for providing the ambulance service for all of the games.

Special thanks to Dr. Mark Mann for assisting with athletic training and medical issues.

Thanks to Bret Russell of Crossfit 447 in Clinton for helping with conditioning.

Video: Daniel Rempel

Stats: Alli Russell, Cassidy Listak, Halle Penner, and Regan Wherritt

Water: Morgan Potter, Ashlie Bradford, and Brendon Miller

Thanks to the Cheerleaders for the snacks you give to the team and for your support at the games.

Thanks to the pep band and volunteers who helped with it.

Also big thanks to April Javorsky for running the high school concession stand and Howard Bartel for cooking the Burgers and Brats. And thanks to Anne Lambeth for running the junior high concession.

Thanks to Earl Sawatzky the voice of the crusaders, and Lucas Schmidt for running the clock for home games. Thanks to the moms who cooked meals for us on Thursdays and/or provided sandwiches for us on away games. And thanks to the chain gang Robert Boese, Gavin Miller, Wesley Vercellotti, Loren Dick and Don Troyer. Thanks also to Clair Redcay for doing such a great job with the field.

Thank you to all those who helped with gate, concession stand workers, and many others I may have forgotten.

Most importantly we want to thank our Savior Jesus Christ for his protection throughout this season. Our prayer is that any awards and recognition that we receive goes to Him and that we have honored Him with our best effort this football season.


Story written by Todd Smith, head football coach of the Corn Bible Academy Crusaders

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