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Football Coach of the Year: Elwood Townsend, Douglass

Football Coach of the Year: Elwood Townsend, Douglass

Elwood Townsend

Douglass

In his fourth year as head coach, Townsend led the Ducks to the most impressive turnaround of the season, taking a 3-7 team from a year ago and molding a 7-4 playoff team that lost only to a state champion and two state semifinalists.

The Ducks qualified for the regional playoffs for only the second time in school history, and they suffered their losses by a total of 16 points -- to No. 6 and Class 1A champion Dunbar, 8-6; No. 7 Milford Mill, 18-16; and No. 11 Edmondson, 14-6, in the regular season and then 14-10 in the Class 2A North regional semifinal.

"What made it all the more special is that...

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