Perkins accepted the Cobb County Touchdown Club Player of the Year award on behalf of her son Mike Rogers, the Campbell standout who finished the regular season as Class AAAAAA’s leading rusher.
With Rogers unable to attend the banquet because or scheduling conflicts at work, Perkins spoke in his place and concluded her brief speech by saying, “Mike did all the work, but I get to keep the trophy.”
The Touchdown Club banquet was originally scheduled for Jan. 30, and Rogers changed his work schedule so he could attend, but it was postponed not once, but twice because of the recent snow storms.
This was just the latest addition to a long list of accolades for the Campbell standout, who will concentrate on playing safety when he heads to Central Florida in the fall.
Rogers played a major role on both sides of the ball in helping the Spartans to a 4-6 record, their best record since 2007. He rushed for 1,735 yards and 23 touchdowns on offense while compiling 85 tackles, forcing five fumbles and catching three interceptions. He was also busy on special teams as well, averaging 42.4 yards on kickoff returns with a touchdown and returned six punts for 156 yards and a score.
“He’s an awesome kid all the way around,” Perkins said of Rogers. “He is my very first child. Not only he is the first graduate of our family of men in an entire generation, he’s one of the first ones to go to college behind me. I’m very, very proud of him.”
Kell coach Derek Cook was tabbed as Touchdown Club Coach of the Year and his Longhorns were named Team of the Year after completing their second undefeated season in four years and making a historic run to the Class AAAAA state semifinals.
Cook, who is an offensive-minded coach, said during his acceptance speech that he and his staff recently met with former Harrison coach Bruce Cobleigh to pick up on a few things on how Cobleigh ran his offense.
“He’s a guru,” Cook said. “When I was a young assistant, I remember one year he’d be in the spread and he’d go 10-0. The next year, he’d be in a Wing-T and he’d go 10-0. So I sat down with him and picked his brain and he had some concepts in the passing game we wanted to explore.”
Hillgrove quarterback Elijah Ironside was named Offensive Player of the Year, and Marietta linebacker Tyrell Tomlin was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Ironside throwing for 41 touchdowns, 2,515 passing yards and 187 completions wasn’t expected. He has dealt with nagging injuries prior to his senior year. His coach and father Phil Ironside said the goal for him was to stay healthy because the Hawks didn’t have a backup quarterback.
“He didn’t have lofty goals,” Phil Ironside said. “He wasn’t expecting awards. He wanted to win more games than he lost and wanted to stay healthy. He comes up the first ballgame and he throws three touchdowns, come up against Walton and throws five touchdowns. (Against Campbell), he throws seven touchdowns.”
Marietta will have to find someone new to anchor its defense with Tomlin graduating this season.
The North Carolina signee set a school record 23 tackles in Marietta’s win over Harrison in the season finale to earn a spot in the Class AAAAAA state playoffs and finished the year with 109. He also had four interceptions.
Cobb County Touchdown Club 2013 Awards
Player of the Year — Mike Rogers, Campbell
Offensive Player of the Year — Elijah Ironside, Hillgrove
Defensive Player of the Year — Tyrell Tomlin, Marietta
Coach of the Year — Derek Cook, Kell
Offensive Lineman of the Year — Chuma Edoga, McEachern
Running Back of the Year — Richardre Bagley, Hillgrove
Receiver of the Year — Jordan Mathis, Marietta
Quarterback of the Year — Tyler Queen, North Cobb
Defensive Lineman of the Year — Jaylan Reid, Hillgrove
Linebacker of the Year — LeMarkus Bailey, Hillgrove
Defensive Back of the Year — Taylor Henkle, Kell
48-Minute Man of the Year — Joey Connors, Harrison
Offensive Assistant of the Year — Van Spence, McEachern
Offensive Assistant of the Year — Jonathan Gordon, Kell
Defensive Assistant of the Year — Ken Nix, Hillgrove
Team of the Year — Kell Longhorns
COBB COUNTY TOUCHDOWN CLUB ALL-COUNTY TEAM
Josh Adams, Harrison
Isaiah Borne, Marietta
Darrius Burton, Sprayberry
Max Kemper, Pope
Cameron Kowalewski, Hillgrove
Amir Moore, Allatoona
Daniel Oyola, KMHS
Eric Smith, Walton
Nathan Waller, Kell
Sam Wood, Lassiter
Kirvonte Benson, Marietta
Josh Bettistea, Allatoona
Taj Griffin, McEachern
Devontae Jackson, Wheeler
Dorian Walker, MPC
Julian Burris, Kell
Justin Denton, Hillgrove
Marlon Horne, Campbell
Quincy Perdue, Lassiter
Emoni Williams, MPC
Matt Eidson, Harrison
Davis Pidgeon, Walton
Trey Scott, McEachern
Will Anderson, Lassiter
Ty Clemons, McEachern
JaQuinton Alston-Thompson, Osborne
Bradley Chubb, Hillgrove
Ethan Elliott, Kell
Corey John, Lassiter
Justin Jones, South Cobb
Julian Rochester, McEachern
Dreyon Williams, Walton
Sky Dupree, Whitefield Academy
Glenn Frazier, McEachern
Ridge Gibson, Walton
Keith Hampton, Kell
Derrick Johnson, Sprayberry
Chad McClanahan, North Cobb
Gaiyon Reavish, Campbell
Nick Sbravati, MPC
Cam Albright, North Cobb
Allen Artis, Wheeler
Latrell Gibbs, North Cobb
Keegan Karim, Harrison
Jay Moxey, Kell
Chris Murphy, Lassiter
Rahmoi Parsons, McEachern
Ian Shannon, Marietta
Rodrigo Blankenship, Sprayberry
T.J. Rahming, McEachern