Whether it was winning multiple state championships, gaining recognition across Georgia or Tennessee as one of the best in their chosen sport or simply being a rare multisport athlete, the finalists for this year's Best of Preps Scrappy Moore Male Athlete of the Year award all have impressive resumés.
The winner will be announced during Wednesday's Best of Preps banquet, which returns to an in-person format at the Chattanooga Convention Center after two years as an online event due to the pandemic. Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 and the guest speaker will be University of Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, who this past season guided the program to its first national championship since 1980.
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The six finalists for this year's award are Cleveland's Tetoe Boyd, Calhoun's Dylan Faulkner, East Hamilton's Jeremiah Flemmons, Baylor's Henry Godbout, McCallie's William Riddle and Silverdale Baptist Academy's Brett Rogers.
Boyd finished off a 39-0 wrestling season with his second straight TSSAA Class AAA state title at 195 pounds. Also a football standout, last fall he ranked among the area's rushing leaders with 1,241 yards (8.0 per carry) and six touchdowns.
The 6-foot-8 Faulkner helped Calhoun's basketball team reach the GHSA Class AAAAA semifinals, averaging 21.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks for the season. The junior then won two track and field state titles, clearing 6 feet, 10 inches in the high jump and 15 feet in the pole vault. He also competed in the shot put at the state meet.
Flemmons, a 6-4, 195-pound receiver who has signed to play football at Austin Peay, earned the first state championship in any sport in East Hamilton's 13-year school history when he won track and field titles in the TSSAA Class AA high jump, triple jump and 110-meter hurdles during the Spring Fling. He had posted the top qualifying distances and times in those events in all classifications, and he also finished third in the long jump. In football, he totaled more than 1,100 yards of offense, spending time at running back and quarterback in addition to receiver.
Godbout, a University of Virginia signee, was named Tennessee's Division II-AA Mr. Baseball award winner after the 6-2, 185-pound shortstop and leadoff hitter batted .523 with 13 doubles, nine home runs, 33 RBIs and 32 runs scored to help Baylor, which had won three straight state titles, finish as one of the top four teams in DII-AA.
Riddle, an East Tennessee State University signee in football, led the Blue Tornado to state titles in that sport and lacrosse, earning all-state honors in both and helping each team finish the season nationally ranked. He threw for 3,075 yards (256.3 per game) and 43 touchdowns, and he was MVP of McCallie's BlueCross Bowl win along with being a Mr. Football finalist in DII-AAA. In lacrosse, he led the Blue Tornado in shot percentage with 31 goals and 15 assists on the way to a TSLA state championship.
Rogers was named all-state in both baseball and football, helping the Seahawks return to the state tournament in baseball for the first time in nine years. He batted .465 with 12 home runs, nine doubles, 28 stolen bases, 45 RBIs and 49 runs scored. In football, he totaled 2,556 yards and 32 touchdowns and was named the DII-AA East Region MVP after helping the Seahawks to nine wins and the second round of the state playoffs.