Ocean City Today

Decatur football players awarded

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 14, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Tah'Jeem Woodland

(Dec. 15, 2017) Several Stephen Decatur football players received awards from Coach Bob Knox as well as the Bayside Conference for their performances during the 2017 season.

Senior captain Tah’Jeem Woodland was presented the team MVP Offense Award as well as the overall MVP Award.

He received First Team All-Bayside honors for slotback and punt return. This season, his first playing for Decatur, Woodland rushed 136 times, racking up 1,446 yards to lead the team. He had 23 touchdowns, seven of which were punt returns.

He scored six touchdowns in games against both Snow Hill and Washington this year.

Knox said Woodland was a “silent leader” and gave it everything he had when he stepped on the field.

“He’s a fast kid and he takes advantage of his speed,” Knox said. “He’s an electric player … Other coaches have said they had to come up with a plan to stop him from beating them because how dangerous he is … Him having the ball in his hands was the best thing we did all year.”

Junior captain Sam Todd (offensive tackle) also scored a spot on the Bayside Conference First Team.

Junior Cameron Bradshaw earned the team’s Defensive MVP Award. He was named to the Bayside Conference Second Team for safety. Bradshaw led the team in tackles with 83.

Senior captain Justin Manganiello received Second Team accolades for linebacker. He was second in tackles for Decatur, recording 65. Manganiello was also second in rushes. He ran the ball 89 times for 347 yards.

“He was a three-year starter and two-time captain who switched from offense to defense this year,” Knox said.

Freshman Zion Shockley (defensive end) was also presented Second Team honors. He led Decatur in sacks, with seven.

Some of the other team awards Knox presented at the end of the season included Sportsmanship (senior captain Dominic Klebe), Special Teams (senior John Ford), Tough Guy of the Year sponsored by Atlantic Physical Therapy (Manganiello) and the A.M. Jackson Award (senior Shea Griffin).

Decatur finished the season with a 4-6 record.

“We have a good amount of kids returning and we’re looking to take another step forward [next season],” Knox said.


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