Player of the year: Mac Whalen
School: Heathwood Hall
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What he did: Rushed for 1,126 yards and 23 touchdowns and completed 174 passes for 2,317 yards and 15 touchdowns with 15 interceptions for state finalist Highlanders
You said in summer practice that you felt rusty. How do you go from that to playing in the state championship? "It took six games to get that first passing touchdown. I was just, I had to take some time to adjust, trust my offensive line. We were able to win games without the passing game, but it was a lot better once that part came around."
What was the highlight of the season? "That game at Hammond, that field goal at the end. I'll remember that forever."
What is the best thing about being a senior? "Having a half day every Friday is pretty awesome."
Who is your biggest inspiration? "Lance Armstrong is probably the tops in my book. To win seven tours and go through all he did."
Who taught you how to play football? "I think I kind of taught myself how to throw the football. My coaches have helped me get it right."
What do you like to do with your free time? "Free time?"
SCISA - THE TEAM
QB Mac Whalen, Heathwood Hall
2,317 yards, 15 TDs passing; 1,126, 23 TDs rushing
OL Kris Simmons, Hammond
Anchored a line that averaged 380 yards of offense per game
OL Merrell Grant, Ben Lippen
Shrine Bowl participant
OL Billy Solomon, Cardinal Newman
Graded out at 87 percent, 17 knockdown blocks
OL Belton Amaker, Heathwood Hall
Made seven sacks
OL Bosie Morris, Heathwood Hall
Graded out at 88 percent
RB BJ Bennett, Hammond
Rushed for 1,272 yards, 13 TDs on 200 carries
WR Aaron Walters, Hammond
64 catches for 1,217 yards, 19 TDs
WR Will Roseborough, Ben Lippen
30 catches for 540 yards, 3 TDs
WR Taylor Wilson, Ben Lippen
58 catches for 894 yards, 5 TDs
P/K Tuck Benefield, Ben Lippen
6-of-9 on field-goal attempts, 38-of-39 on extra points