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McKinney named 2017 Class A Mr. Football Award winner

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By Taylor Crombie

Coalfield senior quarterback Parker McKinney received the 2017 Tennesee Titans Class A Mr. Football award Monday afternoon at Nissan Stadium for his accomplishments during the season.

“This is an awesome honor,” McKinney said after receiving the award. “This is an individual award, but it was my teammates and coaches that got me here.”

McKinney is the second Yellow Jacket to receive the Mr. Football award in its 33-year history. Zach Stewart won in both 2013 and 2014 when it was split by position. Brandon Moore of Fayetteville High School and Kade Pearson of Huntingdon High School were also considered for the 2017 award.

“What a great day it is for Parker McKinney, Coalfield football, our school and our community,” Coalfield head coach Keith Henry said. “What an honor to have a Mr. Football again. What a joy it has been to coach him for four years and what a great future he has still ahead.”

The Eastern Kentucky commit finished his high school career with the Coalfield Yellow Jackets with 9,265 yards and 111 touchdowns passing, and 1,634 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing. His 143 touchdowns put him in second place behind on the state list behind Kyle Akin of Trinity Christian Academy, who currently holds the record at 146. His 10,899 combined yards rushing and passing are also good for third on the state list.

He recorded a career high 3,002 yards passing and 165 completions in his senior season.

McKinney made it to at least the second round of the playoffs in each of his four season with the Yellow Jackets.

Despite injuring his ankle during Coalfield’s second drive in the 2017 Class A Quarterfinal game against the Greenback Cherokees, McKinney remained in the game and threw for 313 yards passing on 22 completions with a touchdown.

Henry is quick to remind that McKinney’s athletic ability isn’t the only thing that he brings to the table. His character and leadership have been equally as impressive through his four years at Coalfield.

“He’s been such a great leader and such a great part of our football program,” he said. “There’s not enough good words to say; he’s a phenomenal young man. We’ll miss him very much, but we look forward to seeing him be a success in life and the next level.”

2017 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Winners

Division I

Class A- Parker McKinney, Coalfield High School.

Class 2A- Gavin Stanfield, Waverly Central High School.

Class 3A- Kalyn Grandberry, Raleigh Egypyt High School.

Class 4A- Cade

Ballard, Greenville High School.

Class 5A- Cade Mays, Knoxville Catholic High School.

Class 6A- Savion Davis, Riverdale High School.

Division II

Class A- Brant Lawless, Nashville Christian School.

Class 2A- Eric Gray, Lausanne Collegiate School.

Class 3A- Bill Norton, Christian Brothers High School.

Kicker of the Year

Gabe Boring, Bledsoe County High School.