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Marblehead VFW Danbury Football Banquet

Jonathon McClellan, Top Lineman, Tyler Dray, Sportsmanship award and Top Back, Cody German. Pictured along with the award winners are Bob Peroni, Marblehead VFW Post Commander and Danbury head football coach, Bryan Dudash.

The 68th Danbury Laker annual football banquet was held at the Marblehead Post 7572 on Saturday evening, Nov. 9. Commander Robert Peroni welcomed the team, their guests and coaches, their support staff, school-board member John Paul Dress and Principal Mike Cole.

The Blessing was given by Lu Hamit and dinner followed.

After dinner Danbury Athletic Director, Drew Davie, commended the coaches and players for the strides forward they have made as a team. Mr. Davie also thanked the veterans for their services and sacrifices made.

Head coach Bryan Dudash also thanked the veterans for their service. He told of the scoring record that was set by the team in their first game this year against Open Door Christian School of Elyria, as Danbury scored a record 63 points. He also mentioned that the five seniors on this team were also on the team when they only had 11 members and almost lost the football program three years ago. Their perseverance and dedication saved the program and players are very excited about the future. Coach Dudash also mentioned that Jon McClellan has joined the U. S. Marines.

Commander Peroni and Mr. Hamit presented senior football pictures that were taken by John Kozak to Cody German, Jim Chamberlin, Jon McClellan, Tyler Dray and Cooper Eller.

Trophies were then presented to Cody German for outstanding Back, Jon McClellan for outstanding Lineman and the Sportsmanship trophy to Tyler Dray.

Commander Peroni commended John Kosa for his many years of community service and Mary Ann Monak for her many years of dedicated publicity work. He also mentioned the long-standing state record of an 83-yard pass by member Dan Monak, who also had a 104 yard interception return in 1951. 

Dinner was provided by Grandma’s Backyard BBQ and served by the Mens and Womens Auxiliary under the direction of President Deb Garrard.

Benediction by Lu Hamit closed the banquet.

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