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Centaurs Pass Out Honors at Football Banquet

 

December 19, 2019

George Laase

Some of Culver City's All-League players take a picture at the banquet last Monday. Front row from left to right, lineman Aaron Salas, running back Mekhi Evans-Bey, defensive back Khary Crump and receiver Chris Miller. Middle row from left to right, receiver Tanner Duve, quarterback Zevi Eckhaus, linebacker Isaiah Williams and receiver and defensive back Emari Pait. Back row. lineman Dylan Nichols.

Sports banquets are held to celebrate the past season. Whether the season was good or bad everyone gets together to give each other a pat on back. Culver City's 2019 football banquet was special because the football program tried to acknowledge everyone who had a part in making the season a success.

"I thought it turn out nice," said head coach Jahmal Wright. "We took time and acknowledged everybody that helped us have a successful season. A banquet is a celebration so we wanted to acknowledge everybody who had a part in our season." Culver City finished the season at 12-1 and made it to the CIF semifinals. They were also Ocean League champions.

Banquets are also an opportunity to get together one final time. "The main message we want to get across is this is the last time the team will be in the room together," Wright said. "We want to have fun and we want it to be a memorable experience for everyone."

The highlight of the evening was having two players win the Most Valuable Player award. Junior quarterback Zevi Eckhaus and senior receiver Chris Miller both had outstanding seasons. Eckhaus threw for 4,474 yards and 59 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. Miller caught 81 passes for 1,521 yards and 24 touchdowns Those numbers are incredible at any level. Miller was also a force on defense as a defensive back.

The good thing for Culver City football is Eckhaus will be returning for his senior year. "The ultimate goal is to win a championship," said Eckhaus last Monday night. "With that being said we are in December so right now we are putting in the work and that's working on the weekends and throughout the week. We are working in the weight room, putting in the work on the track and trying to become better athletes and better football players."

George Laase

Culver City high school's Co-Most Valuable Players, quarterback Zevi Eckhaus, left, and wide out and defensive back Chris Miller pose for the camera at the football banquet last Monday night.

Some of the football players will be playing other sports in 2020 and one of them is one of the best baseball players in the school, Tanner Duve. Tanner was an outstanding receiver and he plays center field for the baseball team.

"I try to bring the same winning attitude to the baseball team from the football team," said Duve who has a brother who played on the freshman football team this year. "A lot of the physical conditioning, strength wise and speed wise I get from football helps me in baseball. I always start off a little rusty in baseball but I just keep working."

From the feeling at the banquet the Centaurs will be hungry again next season. "Our only focus is to bring a championship to this school," said Eckhaus. "We want to win one more championship before we get out of here. That's our main focus." Culver City won the CIF championship last year.

 

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