Kuhn voted Panthers’ Most Valuable Player

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Senior Cody Kuhn was voted the Plymouth Panthers’ Most Valuable Player for the 2016 season by his teammates.

Kuhn was named to the All- East Central Conference first-team offense at the athlete/utility position as a wide receiver and running back. He also made first-team defense at outside linebacker.

“Cody is a great athlete and was very versatile for us on offense and defense this season,” said PHS head coach Dan Knaus.

Kuhn led the Panthers in rushing touchdowns with 18 and scoring with 108 points and was second on the PHS team in rushing yards with 833. He also had a team-high 29 receptions and was second in receiving yards at 277.

On defense, Kuhn made 27 solo tackles and 22 assisted, had six tackles for losses, two quarterback sacks and one interception.

The Panthers’ other award winners include: senior inside linebacker Erik Ohman and senior defensive back Gavin Falk, Co- Most Valuable Defensive Players; junior tailback Derek Novotny, Most Valuable Offensive Player; senior guard/defensive end Derek Schweiger, Most Valuable Lineman; and junior wide receiver/ linebacker Mackade Mella, Most Improved.

Kuhn, Ohman, Schweiger and senior Joe Chandler were voted permanent team captains by the Panthers who also voted on the other awards.

Hard work paid off for the Panthers last season as they earned a share of the ECC championship with Kewaskum and Berlin, all with 6-1 records. PHS finished 8-3 overall and qualified for the state playoffs for an impressive 15th straight year.

The Panthers whipped Greendale, 31-7, in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs before falling to Kewaskum in the second round, 14-6. Plymouth’s only ECC loss was to Kewaskum, 10-7.

“I was very happy with the season overall. We accomplished many goals that we set out to achieve. Anytime you win or share a conference championship it’s been a successful season,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.

Knaus noted the keys to the team’s strong season.

“We stayed very healthy this season and the kids worked hard in the off-season to prepare themselves. We played as a team and enjoyed working hard for each other,” he recalled.

The coach pointed out the season’s highlights: “Beating New Berlin Eisenhower [34-28] to start the season off. They finished 6-1 in their conference [winning a share of it] and were a very solid team, and beating Berlin [28-0] after losing to them the last two seasons.”

Novotny led PHS in rushing this past season with 847 yards. Falk quarterbacked the team and passed for 852 yards and three TDs. Senior wideout Alex Shutter had a team-high 292 receiving yards on 15 catches and led in TD receptions with two.

Ohman led the defense in total tackles with 78, including a teamleading 39 solos. Mella was second in solos and total tackles with 38 and 76, respectively.

Falk intercepted a PHS-record 11 passes.

The off-season will be crucial for the 2017 Panther team.

“We always hope to reload rather then regroup. If the kids work hard in the off-season and do all the little extra things we feel we can be successful,” said Knaus.


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