---- — The Friends of Football group has awarded four Cooperstown players with their CCS Hawkeye Helmet Iron Man Award.
The four winners of the awards for 2013 were seniors Joe Harmon, Lucas Lyons, Cullen Rathbone and Dakota Terell.
Harmon played running back and defensive back. “He is an unselfish player, and a consummate team player,” assistant coach Joe Booan said. “While smaller in stature, he packs a big hit. He is a scholar athlete. I had the privilege of coaching this young man in our Pee Wee football program many years ago. He is a special athletic talent and an exceptional young man. We all know that he will go on to do great things.”
Lyons was also a running back and defensive back. “There is no one on the field that wants to win more,” Booan said. “He is described by his coaches as a role model, a fierce competitor and a passionate leader.”
Rathbone played fullback and linebacker. “This young man never gives up,” Booan said. “On defense, he chased down the opposition from any side of the field. When he blocked, he opened up holes. When he ran the ball, he delivered punishing hits. Standing up on the tower, some 50 yards away, I could hear his hits.”
Terell played on the offensive and defensive lines. “A student of the game, (he) played every down on both sides of the ball, and was a very tough competitor,” Booan said. “He played several years of the sport, suffered a terrible injury that kept him from playing for a couple seasons, then came back his senior year to play.”
The helmets were made by the ONC BOCES Building Trades program.