Hay Springs Football players receive post season honors

Pictured are the Hay Springs Hawks football players who received honors this season. Front row L-R: Kolten Marx, Joey Johnson, Riley Abbott. Back row L-R: Jordan Encinia, Jordan Houser, Seth Nowak, Stevin Horrocks. Pictured are the Hay Springs Hawks football players who received honors this season. Front row L-R: Kolten Marx, Joey Johnson, Riley Abbott. Back row L-R: Jordan Encinia, Jordan Houser, Seth Nowak, Stevin Horrocks. Photo submitted

The Hay Springs football team capped off a stellar season with several players honored with post season accolades. Leading the way for the Hawks is senior Stevin Horrocks who received the most points in the All District D2-10 voting and was selected as the defensive MVP. Also receiving All District first team votes were senior Joey Johnson, senior Jordan Houser, junior Seth Nowak, and junior Riley Abbott. Junior Kolten Marx and junior Jordan Encinia received Honorable Mention honors. Jordan Encinia also received the Special Team MVP.

All conference players receiving honors are Stevin Horrocks, Joey Johnson, Jordan Houser and Seth Nowak. Honorable mention include Riley Abbott and Kolten Marx. Riley Abbot was also honored with All State Honorable mention.

Hawks head coach Jason Funk stated, “I am very proud of this group of young men, they worked extremely hard this year and I am very excited for next season! We return five starters for next year, and if we continue to improve we should be very competitive.” 

The Hay Springs football team ended the 2013 season with a 7-3 record. The Hawks as a team led the district in rushing offense with 2,214 yards, with 238.0 yards per game on the ground. The team was 3rd in passing offense with 655 yards in the air and second behind Leyton in total offense with 2,897 yards. Horrocks lead the district in rushing yards with 1,128 with an astounding 7.2 yards per carry and scoring 23 TD’s. Horrocks was also second in the region (panhandle 8-man teams) in rushing and third in scoring. Junior Jordan Encinia was 3rd in the region in punting with a 32.6 yard average. Senior quarterback Joey Johnson was third in passing. 

Defensive leaders for the Hawks were Horrock with a total of 72 tackles followed by Joey Johnson with 59, Levi Ray with 54 and Riley Abbott with 48. Seth Nowak lead the team with 6.5 QB sacks, followed by Nate Letcher with 3. The team was lead in interceptions by Jordan Encinia with 3, followed by Austin Reed and Levi Ray with 2.

Coach Funk stated, “I would like to thank my assistant coaches that were a huge blessing and valuable asset to me. They are: Coleton Willard, Nick Prado, Jonathan Houser and Keith Kelly.”

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