By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
They didn't get a chance to face one another this season in what would have been one of the season's marquis match-ups.
Danville linebacker Eric Haney, owner of his school's all-time record for tackles, did not face the Valley's top running back, Southern Columbia's Adam Feudale.
But today, the two senior standouts get to share top honors on the annual Daily Item All-Star football team.
Haney was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year and Feudale was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Haney's coach, Jim Keiser, is the Coach of the Year.
Feudale, in his first and only season as the Tigers' starting fullback, a position which gets most of the action in Southern's wing-T offense, made the most of his time. Despite sitting out large chunks of game time because the Tigers had large leads, the 5-foot-10, 215-pound fullback rushed for the Valley's rushing leader both in net yards and average per carry. He finished his final season with 1,552 yards on 154 attempts, a 10.1 average and 22 TDs. He was a first-team Heartland Athletic Conference Division III selection.
"I would like to say 'thank you' to all my teammates because ,without them, this honor would not be possible," Feudale said when told of his selection.
He added his thanks to the sports staff for choosing him, noting, "There are a lot of good players in our area, and it feels great to receive this honor."
Southern coach Jim Roth said that Feudale was not only a team captain, but an outstanding leader on this year's team.
"He was a complete running back, possessing strength, speed and moves," Roth said.
"An impressive quality he displayed was that he raised his level of play when we needed it and at the end of the season in the playoffs," roth said.