With the high school football season ending, the Lakewood program is already making its mark in the offseason, winning several awards given in the Northwest Conference (NWC).
After finishing the season with a record of 9-2 and as one of the top-eight 2A teams in the state, the Cougars are taking home Head Coach of the Year and Co-Most Valuable Player honors.
“It’s a huge honor, especially when it comes from your peers. I get the name on the award, but all the credit goes to my coaching staff and my players that make it all possible. I think the thing that makes our program special is that we really care about the kids and make sure we emphasize that we are a family,” said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Teeter.
Coach Teeter will be taking home his fourth Coach of the Year award of his career, following his two Cascade Conference Coach of the Year trophies in 2010 and 2011, as well as his previous NWC Coach of the Year from 2017. Teeter was also honored as the Seahawks High School Coach of the Week this season, which is his fourth time receiving the award.
The Cougars had an incredible year as they finished third in total team yards for their school history with 2,772 rushing yards and 1,360 passing yards for a total of 4,132 yards. They also finished as the fourth best scoring offense in Lakewood history with 358 total points.
“Last year I had my exit interview with Coach Teeter, and he told me my goal for the next season was to get MVP of the league. We didn’t talk about it much this year, but in the back of my mind I knew I wanted it and we were able to get it. I’ve been here my whole life, everyone cares about each other and I couldn’t imagine growing up anywhere else,” said Cougars’ quarterback Jared Taylor.
Taylor will be taking home Co-MVP honors as he finishes a historic season and career for the Cougars. This season he finished with 156 rushing attempts for 1,333 yards and 18 touchdowns, as well as attacking through the air with 94 completions for 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns. His total of 2,495 yards and 33 touchdowns places him in second for total yards in a season in school history, one spot above his 2018 season. His rushing numbers also put him at second for rushing touchdowns in a season and fourth for rushing yards.
Jared finishes his career at Lakewood as one of the best offensive players in school history as he finishes in third for total career yards with 5,790 total yards and 71 touchdowns. His total splits up as 326 carries for 2,214 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground, two receptions for 34 receiving yards, and 300 completions for 3,542 passing yards and 43 touchdowns through the air. His explosive offensive play puts him as the Cougars’ third all-time rushing yards and passing yards leader. He also finishes in third place for completions, passing touchdowns and completion percentage with 56.39%.