BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - The 34th annual Frank Loria Awards Dinner commemorates the Notre Dame legend and Virginia Tech All-American. The Irish class of 1964 graduate exemplified not just a great player, but what a great person stands for as well.
After having his life cut way too short in the Marshall plane crash of 1970, the Columbian Club remembers his name by honoring the best high school football players in Harrison County.
In all, 31 athletes hailing from it's six academic institutions took home all-county honors. The players were treated to a fabulous video montage composed by 5 News Sports Director, Joe Brocato and they got to hear from Governor Jim Justice who's had a hand in plenty of extra curricular activities involving young athletes throughout his life.
Bridgeport head coach Josh Nicewarner once again was named Harrison County's Coach of the Year, but he was unable to attend due to a family matter.
The Loria Lineman of the Year honor went to South Harrison's Corey Fowler who blocked for this year's Frank Loria Award recipient, Camden Barnette.
After sharing the same locker room and glory with one another, it was only fitting the two bring home some extra brass to polish.
"It was pretty special. Corey (Fowler) definitely carried our line this year. He made it easy for us to gain yards and win as much as we did. It feels really good to bring it home, not only for me, but for the school, too," said Barnette. "There hasn't been many from our school to win this award and I just feel glad that I'm one of the people that have."
"I love that I've had running backs to depend on that make me look that good," said Fowler. "It's definitely up there near the top-five. It's just a great feeling. It's nice to win a trophy."
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