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A thrilling 42-38 win over Slippery Rock put a bow on an exciting season of Pioneers football. Even at 7-4, the Pioneers fell short of the playoffs and will ride into the off-season as spectators again. But with any season come the end-of-season awards, the best players and moments from the 2010 football season.

C.W. Post’s team MVP is not the most obvious player, but he did make the biggest positive impact of the season. Senior Ken Reid started the year as the starting tight end but moved to left tackle mid-year due to injuries. Reid did an excellent job of protecting quarterback Eric Anderwkavich’s blind side and displayed a great deal of class by switching positions. Moving from one spot to another is never easy, but Reid made the seamless transition and was selfless enough to do it in the first place.

The Offensive Player of the Year is wide receiver Darnel Williams. With 963 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year, Williams proved to be one of the best receivers in the PSAC. Spectacular plays aside, there were countless times where Williams would make a clutch reception to keep a drive going. He made the most catches and is tied for the most touchdown receptions in the PSAC.

On the defensive side, the player of the year is junior linebacker Billy O’Connor. O’Connor is a player that is in on every play, hustling to the ball and always giving 100 percent. He finished the year as the PSAC’s leading tackler with 125 stops.

The Most Improved Player award has to go to linebacker Ronnie Modik. He displayed a noticeable improvement from Game 1 to the final whistle in week 11. He did not begin the year as a starter, but injuries to the team combined with hard work moved Modik into the starting lineup and he never looked back. He became an omnipresent defensive force and even recorded the game-sealing interception in the season’s final game against Slippery Rock, where he recorded 20 tackles earning him PSAC Defensive Player of the Week; however, he shares this honor with Kutztown’s Alex DiNolfi.

The Freshman of the Year award is split between two players. Halfback Anthony Brunetti stepped in as Post’s feature back in the absence of the injured Thomas Beverly. Brunetti’s best performance was his 4 touchdown game against Cheyney. Wide Receiver Joe Botti provided a viable option opposite Darnel Williams in the passing game. His break out game was his 227-yard, 2 touchdown game against Kutztown.

The Senior of the Year has to go to quarterback Eric Anderwkavich. He fought through ankle and rib injuries and a slow start to become an efficient player for Post. He finished with 2,605 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 769 yards.

 

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