EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - This past weekend began with great hope for a semi-state appearance for the city of Evansville.
However, it ended with all three Pocket City teams bowing out. Still, it was one of the most entertaining seasons in years.
On Monday, all seven Evansville schools gathered at the Evansville Downtown Quarterback Club for the 78th annual All-City awards ceremony.
The big award winners included a surprise as Tor'Jon Evans, the Central Bears' freshman phenom, who rushed for more than 1,600 yards this season. Evans became the first freshman, in the club's history, ever to win player of the year.
"This means a lot to me," said Evans, after winning player of the year. "Basically, for my teammates, how far we came. And it was disappointing that we ended so early, but this award means a lot to me as a freshman. That means I can do more, as a sophomore, junior and senior year. That's what I can do."
Reitz Panthers' Head Coach Andy Hape won the honor of being named the 2016 coach of the year. This is the first coach of the year award Hape has earned since becoming the Panthers' head coach.
"There's a lot of good football coaches in here, and to be honored and recognized amongst them, it's a big deal," said Coach Hape. "But, this goes to our assistant coaches, and it goes to our players. I think head coaches get too much credit sometimes because it comes down to their assistant coaches and their players, who still have to implement the game plan."
The Reitz Panthers and the Central Bears had the most players on the all-city team as each team had five players.