“I was ecstatic,” Dewberry said. “I knew I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches’ support. It was good to have someone from our school get the award because of the things we had to overcome this summer and since we haven’t been good the past few years.”
“It was a really neat thing because I didn’t even have to nominate him,” Eagle’s Landing coach Joe Teknipp said. “The other coaches did and it was unanimous. It was exciting an exciting thing that his hard work paid off and the other coaches took notice.”
This past season, Dewberry had 2,012 passing yards with 21 touchdowns and 471 rushing yards and 11 TD for the 8-3 Golden Eagles.
“He was a very special player for us this year,” Teknipp said. “He did a lot of things for us. He is one of those special kids who you are excited to coach because he can make something happen at any point in the game.”
Dewberry also helped Eagle’s Landing set a school record for wins and earn its first playoff appearance since 2008.
“We had a lot of seniors and it was good for us to go out with a bang especially knowing how bad the team was the past few years and making the community happy,” Dewberry said.
“It starts with that whole senior group,” Teknipp said. “They were the first class that stuck together as a unit the whole way through. I don’t think any of them transferred or moved out of town. They all stuck it out. They believed in the system we were putting in and they worked through adversity.”
Now, Dewberry is trying to decide whether he will play as a defensive back at Samford, Presbyterian, Eastern Illinois or some other program.
“Whatever college gets him is getting a dynamic playmaker,” Teknipp said. “He looks like he is doing things effortlessly out there. As a coach at any level, that is what you are looking for — a kid who does things naturally.”