It’s quite an accomplishment to be named the Offensive or Defensive Player of the Year for your particular conference or league, but for them to be one and the same person, that’s something completely different.
Riverside’s Connor Cotterman did just that as he was named the Player of the Year on both sides of the ball Northwest Central Conference 2015 all-league team which was released Nov. 3.
It’s hard to argue with the results. Cotterman rushed the ball 146 times for 1530 yards for an impressive 10.5 yard-per-carry. He rushed for over 100 yards in nine of ten Riverside games, scored a whopping 21 touchdowns, and led the league in scoring with 174 points, 36 of those via Cotterman’s right foot.
Cotterman was just a much a force on the defensive side of the ball. He averaged over nine tackles per game, 56 of which were solo affairs.
Riverside head coach Tim McGill earned the honors as the NWCC Coach of the Year. After taking over a program that didn’t win a sanctioned game for two straight years, McGill led the Pirates to a 9-1 record, an NWCC title, and a home playoff game in just his third year at the helm at Riverside.
Other Pirates who made the first team all-conference squad include offensive guard Hunter Kreglow and center Trey Long, who were responsible for opening the holes for Cotterman’s antics, while defensive lineman Gaven Anderson and defensive back Shawn Crawford were selected to the first-team all-NWCC on defense.
Cotterman and his teammates remain in action this season as they Pirates host a first-round OHSAA football tournament game in DeGraff Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the Ada Bulldogs.