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Chapman named Red Zone player of the year

Mike Morrissummit daily news
Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc

FARMER’S KORNER – In naming Cameron Chapman the football team’s Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year, Summit High School head coach Dylan Hollingsworth described the senior as the foundation of the Tigers defense.”He was the cornerstone the defense was built around,” the coach said. “That’s not to say we didn’t have other players step up and do great things, but we built that defense around him.”

Chapman’s senior teammates Jordan McCarthy and Adam Rochford, the team’s defensive ends, finished the year tied for third in the state with nine sacks apiece; Hollingsworth said that outside pressure forced other teams up the middle, where Chapman was waiting. The strategy was no mistake – the linebacker finished the year with 91 total and 52 solo tackles, the team’s highest tally.”I based (the award) on what he had he done for the team throughout his career here at Summit as a leader, as a captain, as someone working hard,” Hollingsworth said.

Hampered by injuries, including a broken hand and a bad back, Chapman not only played in each game, Hollingsworth said, but played every minute of every game.”Mostly I tried to lead by example, but sometimes I had to get vocal, too,” Chapman said of his role as team co-captain.

The Red Zone award honors performance under pressure, but Chapman said he always tried to act like the games were the same as practices to avoid getting too nervous. Still, Hollingsworth said that the defensive stalwart made key tackles in key situations time and again.Chapman always tried to make sure the team was focused and working hard, he said, but made sure they enjoyed playing football while they were at it.

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