PHS coach, player honored at Quarterback Club Awards
Parkview High School head football coach Ben Daugherty and Parkview senior Blake Delacruz were both recognized at the 2018 Quarterback Club Awards on Monday, Oct. 29.
Coach Daugherty received the Wayne Reed Memorial Coach of the Year award, which recognizes an outstanding football coach in the Springfield area. Daugherty was hired as head coach for the Parkview football team earlier this year.
"I love these kids," said Daugherty. "I've got their back and they've got mine. This is a team award, as far as I'm concerned."
A member of Daugherty's football team was also recognized. Senior running back Blake Delacruz received the Bill Wainwright Senior All-City MVP award for an outstanding season. "He's a fantastic kid and works hard, not just on the field but also in the classroom," said Daugherty. "He's leaving a legacy at Parkview, and I couldn't be prouder of him."
The Springfield Quarterback Tip-Off Club, founded in the 1950s, provides a platform for Springfield area football coaches to share and celebrate successes on and off the field for their players each week. And each year, Springfield area sports reporters who cover high school football vote on the winners of four awards.