Cougar senior voted Defensive Player of the Year for second straight season
By D.N. PENNELL, Jr.
For the second consecutive season, the NW 3A/4A Conference football coaches have voted Alexander Central’s Isaac Chapman as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Chapman’s award along with the NWC’s All-Conference Teams were announced on Saturday morning, following Watauga’s third-round playoff loss to Weddington.
Chapman and nine of his ACHS teammate were selected to the All-League team after the Cougars’ 8-2 campaign this fall. ACHS finished third in the league behind Watauga and Freedom.
The Cougars garnering All-Conference accolades included Chapman and fellow seniors Lucas Walker, Tray Lackey, Marterion Howell, Tevin Clark, Jordan Brown, and Nick McNeely. Juniors Josh Miller, AJ Miller, and Jaden Houston also earned All-Conference recognition.
This season, Chapman led the Cougars in tackles for loss and sacks. In addition to being a two-time winner of the league’s top defender award, the defensive lineman has been selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas later this month in Spartanburg, SC. He will also represent ACHS in the Blue/Gray Bowl in Tampa, Florida in January.
Freedom High School’s Jayden Birchfield was voted the League’s Offensive Player of the Year, while Special Teams Player of the Year honors went to Hickory kicker Harrison Boston. Watauga High School claimed the NWC’s top two awards with Jackson Greene claiming Player of the Year honors and Ryan Habich capturing the Coach of the Year Award.