Belfry seniors Sani Warren and Hayden Hatfield were named to the Louisville Courier Journal All-State football teams announced this past week.
Senior running back Trenity Carr and sophomore punter Devin Wellman received honorable mention on the elite squad for the Bluegrass State.
Warren was selected as a first team all-state cornerback, while Hatfield was named to the third team as a defensive lineman.
The Journal said this about Warren: “A cornerback, he had 31 tackles and four interceptions for the Class 3-A state champions and was a contributor on Belfry’s three previous state runners-up, part of one of the rare programs that played the maximum of 60 high school games over four years.”
Warren also started at quarterback the past two seasons for the Pirates.
Hatfield was the leading tackler for Coach Philip Haywood’s squad this past season. He recorded 161 tackles in the 2013 season, 35 solos and 126 assisted stops for Belfry.
“I’m really happy for them. This is a great honor for those young men,” Haywood said. “For Sani, getting enough votes for first team is indeed an honor. It is voted on by the coaches. I think he certainly deserved it.”
“He got it for defense, but on offense he did so many things for us,” Haywood said of Warren. “Overall – it was his leadership. He made everyone around him better. He was never worried about individual stats, but he always wanted to do what he could for the team.”
As for Hatfield, Haywood said, “He is one of the best we ever had at his position.”
“Hayden was an amazing defensive lineman. Especially since many considered him undersized at 6’0”, 175 pounds. But, that is what we like at defensive tackle. He could not only run people down, but if they ran at him he could also make the stop,” Haywood added.
“He had a motor that never stopped. I think he led the team in tackles about every game,” Haywood said of Hatfield.
“It is truly a blessing from God and it took a lot of work and none of it would be possible without my teammates, our great coaching staff and my family,” Warren said when contacted about the honor. “I also want to congratulate my other teammates that made the all-state team as well.”
Hatfield was also very pleased with his accomplishment.
“Honestly, it feels great. I mean I never thought I’d ever be an all-stater. I’m completely honored. I never could have without my coaches, community and teammates being behind me all the way. I thank them for that because now I can look back and say as a senior in high school where we won the state championship. The lord has truly blessed me this is a dream come true,” Hatfield said.