2020 Regional All-Stars football
The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal are honoring our area's top high school athletes and coaches in more than 20 high school sports and in our seven schools in our coverage area.
Each week, we're reveal our selections leading up to the Regional All-Stars event on June 23 at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park.
Student-athletes will be recognized from Mount Anthony Union High School, Burr and Burton Academy, Arlington Memorial High School, Long Trail School, Stratton Mountain School, and Hoosick Falls and Cambridge Central schools in New York.
Honorees receive a free ticket to the event and others can buy tickets for $29 each at benningtonbanner.com/2020regionalallstars
Most Valuable Player
Joey McCoy, Burr and Burton
McCoy led BBA to its first-ever Division I state championship in 2019, doing it with his arm and his legs. Through the air, the senior quarterback completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,561 yards, 37 touchdowns and three interceptions. On the ground, McCoy led the team with 762 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns as Burr and Burton averaged almost 50 points a game.
In the championship game against St. Johnsbury, he threw for more than 500 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns.
He was just as strong statistically on defense, leading the Bulldogs in tackles with 88 and defending a team-high 10 passes. He was also second overall with three interceptions.
McCoy was named as the Gatorade Player of the Year in Vermont and was a finalist for the national Gatorade award as well.
Offensive player of the year
John Morgantini, Burr and Burton
Morgantini had a season for the ages in Vermont football in 2019. Playing receiver in Burr and Burton's spread offense, he caught 64 passes for a record 1,335 yards and 23 touchdowns. His per catch average was 20.9 yards a reception as McCoy targeted Morgantini almost 100 times during the year.
Defensive player of the year
Logan Morgan, Burr and Burton
Morgan had a nose for the ball all year long from his linebacker position. Morgan had 69 tackles, the second-highest total on the team, and led the team with six interceptions, returning four for touchdowns — two in the same game against Mount Mansfield.
In the state championship game against St. Johnsbury, Morgan had an interception to stop a comeback attempt.
Coach of the year
Tom McCoy, Burr and Burton
McCoy took over for long-time coach Jason Thomas and had the task of moving up to Vermont's biggest division as a first-year coach, but McCoy passed the test with flying colors, leading the Bulldogs to a 10-1 record and the team's first-ever Division I state crown.
The team's only loss came to St. Johnsbury in October and by the end of the season, McCoy led the team to the championship in a 47-20 win over the Hilltoppers.
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