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Falcon Club Honors Central VA Football's Finest

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Some of the top players in Central Virginia were honored Sunday, as the Falcon Club hosted its 58th annual awards banquet at Elks Lodge #389.

The Falcon Club gave out a special "Courage Award" this year to Woodberry Forest quarterback Jacob Rainey.

Rainey returned to the field this season after an injury last year resulted in partial amputation of his right leg.

Now the once highly rated prospect has been announced as a Preferred Walk-On at UVA for next season.

"It's nice because I completed my goal," says Rainey. "My goal was to play Division I football, and coach London is giving me that opportunity, so I'm excited to get out there with the guys. Everyone has just supported me the whole time throughout the injury, so it just keeps coming full circle from all the people that have supported me the whole time. It's still coming around, so it was nice, and I am so thankful for it."

Western Albemarle junior quarterback Kent Henry was named the Most Valuable Player for the public schools.

"I had a lot of good coaching from all of my coaching staff," says Henry. "Everybody on the team really gave it their all, and it allowed me to do this."

Blue Ridge senior defensive back/running back Shawn Steen is the private school MVP.

Steen says, "I was competing to get that award against the #1 quarterback in the nation (Christian Hackenberg)."

"I don't even know how I won this award," Steen added, in disbelief. "It's unreal."

Fork Union Military Academy QB and Penn State commitment Christian Hackenberg was the private school MVP at the awards ceremony last year.

All of the players selected as Falcon Club Players of the Week throughout the season were honored at this year's ceremony.

UVA offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was the guest speaker, and NBC 29'S very own Sports Director Marty Hudtloff was the Master of Ceremonies.

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