HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Wilson of Hickory Ridge nominated for the NFL’s Shula Award | Newest headlines
Hickory Ridge football coach Jupiter Wilson is nominated for the NFL’s Don Shula Award.
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C. EVER HORTON
HARRISBURG – Due to a COVID crisis and a pure conference schedule with games in the spring, Hickory Ridge soccer coach Jupiter Wilson had a pretty impressive 2021 season.
With two winning streaks, Wilson led the Ragin ‘Bulls to a playoff appearance for the second time in a row last season.
On Wednesday, Wilson was rewarded for his efforts by being selected by the Carolina Panthers as one of 32 nominees for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award 2021.
According to the NFL Communications Department, coaches across the country were recognized by their local NFL teams for the prestigious award – named after the late Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the most victorious coach in NFL history – “for the exemplary care that they have achieved “recognized for student athletes.”
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Two finalists will be selected and a winner will be announced this summer. Nike, a Presenting Partner, and the NFL Foundation will award the Don Shula Award winner $ 12,500, while the winner’s high school football program will receive $ 17,500.
The second finalist will receive $ 7,500 while the associated high school soccer program will receive $ 12,500. In addition, the other 30 finalists will each receive $ 1,000.
Last season, Hickory Ridge finished with a 5–3 record last season, including a 5–2 mark in the Southwestern 4A Conference.