They could not have been probably the most skilled gamers on their rosters this 12 months, however that didn’t cease Central Hardin’s Andrew Hobbs and North Hardin’s AJ Rugerio from making an influence on their respective groups.
Each gamers acquired recognition for his or her work this 12 months with particular person awards as a part of The Information-Enterprise Coaches All-Space Staff.
Hobbs, as an offensive lineman for the Bruins, was chosen because the Offensive Sophomore of the 12 months, selecting up 15 factors. North Hardin’s Tre Alexander and Elizabethtown’s Trey Prather tied for second place with 14 factors every.
“Simply gotta give the glory to God. I look to Him day by day and thank Him for the chance that I’ve to return out right here and do that,” Hobbs stated. “This can be a loopy 12 months, so I’ve simply gotta give thanks for the chance that I had this 12 months and thank my teammates for being there and pushing me tougher and my coach for being a great coach and placing me on the sphere and trusting me for the chance. It’s an honor to be chosen.”
Rugerio, who was among the many Trojans’ leaders in forcing fumbles and recovering fumbles with 5 and two, respectively, took the highest spot in Defensive Sophomore of the 12 months voting with 18 factors. Central Hardin’s Adam Hobbs adopted in second place with 13 factors. Elizabethtown’s Trey Durbin got here in third place with 12 factors.
Rugerio additionally returned one in all his fumble recoveries for a landing and completed the season with 30 tackles and 5 sacks.
“It’s an honor to get chosen for this and it’s superior,” Rugerio stated. “My coaches are actually to thank for this, as a result of they taught me all the things I do know and how you can play.”
Hobbs had dressed for varsity final season as a freshman, however didn’t see a lot enjoying time. This was Rugerio’s first season enjoying varsity. As such, this was the primary season that each gamers have been capable of play the bigger function they did with their groups.
Hobbs and Rugerio attributed their early successes to their coaches serving to lead them in the best route and trusting in them to excel of their roles.
Hobbs was wanting ahead to attending to proceed enjoying an vital function subsequent 12 months as a junior, beneath hopefully extra conventional situations.
“I simply need to have the chance to play,” Hobbs stated. “Hopefully COVID might be gone and we’ll be capable to get on the sphere and win a pair video games and see my teammates succeed.”
Rugerio hopes to proceed rising as a participant throughout his time with North Hardin and hopes to assist the crew attain new heights within the postseason shifting ahead.
“A objective for myself might be simply to get so much higher. I’ve received two extra years of highschool soccer forward of me and I’m actually gonna try to get so much higher,” Rugerio stated. “The crew, we had a great season and all, however clearly we didn’t get the place we wished, which was State. An excellent season means so much, however we don’t need that. We would like a legendary season, we would like the state and we would like a hoop.”