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Bears focused on season opener against Daingerfield

The Gladewater Bears kick-off the 2015 season on Friday night against the Daingerfield Tigers at Jack V. Murphy Bear Stadium.  Expectations are high following an 11-2 season last year, despite the losses of All- American Daylon Mack to Texas A&M and All State players Thorn Berry, Isaac Espinosa and Duke Gordon all to graduation.   All the pre-season polls have them picked in the top five in Class 4A in the state.   

Returning for 2015 is a talented group of seniors and juniors who were major contributors to the Bears’ deep runs in the playoffs in 2013 and 2014. There are a few sophomores who will make an immediate impact on the team this year.

Gladewater athletic director and head football coach John Berry is “cautiously optimistic” about his team.  Based upon Gladewater’s performance in their two scrimmages, things are beginning to come together.  Gladewater performed better than both Class 5A teams Lindale and Pine Tree. About 400 folks turned out on Friday night to see the Bears dominate Pine Tree by scoring nine touchdowns and shutting out the Pirates.

 “First of all, no one got hurt, that is always a good thing,” Berry said. “Our kids got to see some different looks offensively and defensively from Pine Tree.  Our offense is looking good and I was proud of how they are lining up and knowing their assignments.  Our defense is growing. We are young there, but they were better than last week against Lindale.”

In his post-scrimmage remarks to the team Berry told the players, “After we watch film in the morning of this game, we put it behind us.  The rest of the week our focus is getting ready for Daingerfield.” 

Daingerfield is coming off an uncharacteristic 1-9 season.  The good news for Daingerfield is that they have eight offensive players returning on offense and five on defense.  Their top playmaker is senior Denzel Mims, a 6’3, 175 lbs. wide receiver, who has already committed to play for Baylor next season.  Mims is the current state champion in the Class 3A 200 meter dash.  Last year, he scored both touchdowns for the Tigers in their 34-13 loss to the Bears.  Keke Chism is a quarterback/wide receiver who is cut from the same mold as Mims is 6’3, 180 lbs. They will try to stretch the field against the young Gladewater defensive secondary. Defensively, Daingerfield is led by senior linebacker Justin Taylor.  He and the Tigers’ defense will have their hands full against the Bears’ dual threat offensive game plan.

Based upon what the Bears have done in their scrimmages, the Bears offense will cause opposing defensive coordinators sleepless nights.  The Bears have a fleet of running backs with seniors Justice Centers, Marcello Jackson, junior Darnel McKnight and sophomore Isaiah Davis to execute their powerful running attack.  Now they have the perfect complement, a deep-threat passing attack.  Seniors Caleb Williams, Blake Guthie and junior Cameron Callaway are sure handed “burners” at the receiver positions and sophomore quarterback Dadrian Strickland has the arm and accuracy to get them the ball. 

On the defensive side of the ball, senior Quanterius Strickland at 6’3 and 285 lbs. will try to fill the shoes of “Mack” as a defensive tackle.  Three year starter, linebacker Austin Blanco will fill the middle, once he is cleared to play after a summer injury. Jackson and McKnight will share some linebacker chores. Defensive back Austin Hawley, 6’1 195 lbs., along with some new faces in the defensive backfield will be tested by the Tigers. The Bears’ defensive coordinator, Barry Lindsey said, “We are getting better each week as our new folks learn their assignments.”

Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Jack V. Murphy Stadium.  New seating, sound system and expanded parking as well as other improvements are sure to make the Friday Night Football experience move enjoyable this season.

 

 

 

 

 

BEARS BACK IN BATTLE ON THE BORDER

It’s football time again in the Ark-La-Tex. And, one of the marquee sporting events in the region is set to take place from September 10-12 at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium. The 2015 Lander’s Dodge High School Football Showcase will feature some of the south’s top football players and programs through the three-day, seven-game event.

The showcase kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. with the St. Thomas More Cougars out of Lafayette  taking on the El Dorado, Ark. Wildcats. Both teams have participated in the Battle on the Border previously. STM head coach Jim Hightower is second only to John Curtis Christian coach J.T. Curtis on Louisiana’s all-time win list among coaches. El Dorado has won nine Arkansas state football titles, including four in the last six years in Class 6A.

Speaking of J.T. Curtis and the JCC Patriots, they will play the Shades Valley Mounties in the 6 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 11. J.T. Curtis, who is the all-time winningest coach in Louisiana football history with 530 wins, was recently inducted into the National Federation of High School’s Hall of Fame. The Patriots, who have won 26 state titles but lost, 17-14, to Jesuit in the Division I finals last year, have one of the top offensive lineman prospects in the country in 6’7”, 300 lb. tackle Willie Allen opening holes for their veer offense.

 

In the 2014 Battle on the Border, Shades Valley, which hails from Birmingham, Ala., had a huge 39-21 win over the Acadiana Wrecking Rams.  Acadiana would go on to win the Class 5A title in Louisiana, while the Mounties finished 9-3, losing out in the second round of playoffs.

 

The 8 p.m. game on Sept. 12 features a powerhouse matchup between the West Monroe Rebels and the Lufkin Panthers. The Rebels upset No. 1-seed Byrd before losing to Destrehan in the Class 5A state playoffs a year ago. Lufkin posted a 6-5 record in 2014, losing a rematch against the Longview Lobos, 43-42, in the first round of the Texas UIL 5A, Div. 1 playoffs.

Four games are on the docket for Saturday, Sept. 12 beginning at 11 a.m. with the Parkway Panthers versus the Gladewater, Texas Bears. The Panthers feature a high-powered offense led by Louisiana Tech commitment, quarterback Keondre Wudtee. The 6’4”, 181 lb. Wudtee has one of ESPN’s 300 top players to throw the ball to in receiver C.J. Morgan. Morgan, who is committed to Mississippi State, is a two-way player for the Panthers but is listed as a cornerback on most recruiting lists.

Gladewater will be making its second appearance in the Battle on the Border. The Bears lost, 42-21, to St. Thomas More in the 2014 Battle on the Border. Gladewater wouldn’t lose again until the third round of the UIL 4A Div. 2 playoffs when it fell to eventual state champion Gilmer, 41-35.

Warren Easton, one of the oldest public schools in New Orleans, will be making its first appearance in the showcase when the Eagles face off against the Evangel Eagles at 2 p.m. Warren Easton had one of the top wide receiver prospects in the nation last year in Tyron Johnson, who’s now at LSU, and again this year the Eagles feature a top pass catcher in Clyde Leflore-Chriss.  Evangel participated in the inaugural Battle on the Border and makes its return in 2015. Wide receiver Corey Henderson, a Tennessee commitment, hopes to help the Eagles fare better this time around.

Also making their first appearance in the showcase is the Maumelle, Ark. Hornets, who will battle the defending Class 4A State Champion Neville Tigers at 5 p.m. The Tigers from Monroe are expected to be one of the top teams in the state, and feature one of the country’s top defensive lineman prospects in 6’3”, 305 lb., tackle Rashard Lawrence.

The showcase finale is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and features two perennial powerhouse programs in the Longview, Texas Lobos and the Byrd Yellow Jackets. The two schools combined records over the last two seasons are 43-8, including a perfect 6-0 (Byrd 4-0, Longview 2-0) in Battle on Border games.

The Lander’s Dodge Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase is a premier local sports event.  Tickets for the Battle on the Border start at $10 for advanced general admission, and one ticket is good for all seven games.

 

 

It’s football time again fans!

Football game rescheduled, homecoming still Friday

Gladewater ISD NEWS:

Homecoming activates will be held tonight in the GHS gym at 6:55 p.m.

 

 

The Homecoming game against Atlanta has been rescheduled to Saturday Sept. 21st at 2 p.m. in Bear Stadium due to inclement weather.

UNION GROVE ATHLETES EARN STATE HONORS

Kassidy Kruse has been named to the 2014-15 TEXAS GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATIONTRACK & FIELD ACADEMIC ALL-STATE TEAM and Cheyenne and Summer Grubbs have been named to the 2014-15 TEXAS GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATIONTRACK & FIELD ALL-STATE TEAM.

The 2014-15 TEXAS GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATIONTRACK & FIELD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR are:

1A-2A-3A-4A -  Erin Williams of Rogers High School coached by Loyd Morgan, Coach and 5A-6A -  Taylor Bennett of Klein Collins High School coached by Jennifer Gegogeine.

The 2014-15 TEXAS GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATIONTRACK & FIELD COACHES OF THE YEAR are:

1A-2A-3A-4A – Linda Richter of  Cameron Yoe High School and 5A-6A – Shannon Utley of Summit High School.

All State Football Team Selections

Texas Sports Writers Association picks players of year

CLASS A:

BRYAN, Texas (AP) —Stamford's Hagen Hutchinson and Munday's Dee Paul who led their teams to state championships  head up the 62nd Annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association's Class A All-State Football Team.

Quarterback Hutchinson was the offensive player of the year. The 184-pound senior passed for 3,038 yards with 45 touchdowns for the Division I state champs. 

Defensive back Paul was the defensive player of the year. The 165-pound senior had eight interceptions with four defensive touchdowns for the Division II state champs. Paul, who also played quarterback, made the first team as an athlete after throwing for 1,579 yards and rushing for 1,960, accounting for 55 touchdowns.

Here's the 62nd Annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association's Class A All-State Football Team.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Guards - Victor Acevedo, Stratford, 6-0, 200, sr. and Troy Holdman, Sundown, 5-11, 250, sr.

Tackles - Tanner Jones, Alto, 6-1, 290, sr. and Logan Groves, Munday, 5-9, 239, sr.

Center - B.J. Araujo, Munday, 5-7, 183, sr.

Tight end - Dustin Barton, Sabinal, 6-2, 206, sr.

Spit ends -  James Washington, Stamford, 6-0, 175, jr. and Brandon Green, Burton, 6-5, 201, sr.

Quarterback - Hagen Hutchinson, Stamford, 6-2, 184, sr.

Athlete  - Dee Paul, Munday, 6-0, 165, sr.

Running backs - Jacolby Whitaker, Alto, 6-0, 190, jr.;  Hunter Ammons, Mount Enterprise, 5-11, 185, sr. ; and Terry Gilbreath, Wellington, 5-10, 170, jr.

Place-kicker - Rodney Ortiz, San Saba, 5-6, 166, jr.

Offensive Player of the Year:  Hagen Hutchinson, Stamford, 6-2, 184, sr.

Co-Coaches of the year: Patrick Corcoran, Munday and Wayne Hutchinson, Stamford.

 

Defense

Linemen - Jake Myers, Munday, 6-0, 185, sr.; Trent Andrews, Bosqueville, 6-1, 275, jr.;  L.J. Collier, Munday, 6-3, 240, jr.; and  Shannon Cordell, Mart, 6-1, 190, jr.

Linebackers - Eric Wiatrek, Falls City, 5-5, 115, jr.; Harrison Hull, Bremond, 5-10, 185, jr.;  Collin Nail, Mart, 5-10, 200, soph.; and  R.J. Bell, Bosqueville, 5-10, 215, sr.

Backs  - Dee Paul, Munday, 6-0, 165, sr.; Joe Cruz, Alto, 5-10, 180, sr.;  Marvin Cox, Italy, 5-9, 165, sr.; and  Juwan Mathis, Burton, 5-10, 155, sr.

Punter -Rio Schmidt, Mason, 5-10, 185, sr.

Kick returner -Dee Paul, Munday, 6-0, 165, sr.

Defensive Player of the Year: Dee Paul, Munday, 6-0, 165, sr.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Guards - Trent Andrews, Bosqueville, 6-1, 275,  jr.  and Kyle Zavala, Mason, 6-0, 245, soph.

Tackles - Rob Montgomery, Albany, 6-3 ,305, sr. and Ja'Braylin Thomas, Weimar, 6-6, 320, sr.

Center - Tyler Neatherlin, Stamford, 6-4, 260,  jr.

Tight end - Andy Flusche, Muenster, 6-3, 230, jr.

Spit ends - Travis Hammer, Panhandle, 5-10, 170, sr. and Jared Reagan, Booker, 5-10, 160, soph.

Quarterback - Hunter Lile, Booker, 5-9, 168, soph.

Athlete – De'Nerian Thomas, Mart, 5-9, 160, soph.

Running backs -  Roddrick Taylor, Munday, 5-11, 165, sr.; D'Marcus Cosby, Mart, 5-10, 160 , fr. ; and Demontrae Finney, Honey Grove, 6-1, 175, sr.

Place-kicker - Hunter Klement, Muenster, 6-3, 180, sr.

Defense

Linemen - Denzel Williams, Tenaha, jr. ;  Sam Gibson, Burton, 6-4, 275, sr.;  Draven Denison, Bremond, 6-2, 250, sr.;  Fabian Gomez,  Thorndale, 6-2, 260, sr.

Linebackers -Hunter Cabral, West Sabine, 5-10, 170, jr.; Ryheem Walker, Italy, 6-1, 210, sr.; Tyrone Dockins, Munday, 5-9, 240, sr.;  Jeremy Gover, Springlake-Earth, 6-5 ,210, sr.

Backs - Dalton Mathis, Stamford, 5-10, 146, sr.; Brandon Green, Burton, 6-5, 201, sr.;  Wyatt Hairgrove, Joaquin, 5-11, 163, sr. ; Quentin Bryant, Mart, 6-1, 180, sr.;  Isuro Rivas, Brackett, jr.

Punter - Dawson Halfmann, Miles, 6-0, 170, sr.

Kick returner - Ty'Aundra Taylor, San Augustine, 5-8, 165, sr.

THIRD TEAM

Offense

Guards - Derek Mankins, Windthorst, 6-5, 290, sr. and Edgar Tellez, Wellington, 6-0, 205, jr.

Tackles - Roy Alaniz, Stamford, 5-8, 275, sr. and Colby Wilganowski, Bremond, 6-2, 220,  jr.

Center -Jeffery Collins, Wellington, 165, soph.

Tight end - Caleb Herring, Maud 6-2, 255, sr.

Spit ends - Keontas Davis, Tenaha, jr. and River Hall, Hamlin; 5-8, 155, sr.

Quarterback - Klark Ashmore, Wellington, 6-0, 180, jr.

Athlete – Chance Barlow, D'Hanis, 6-1, 185, sr.

Running backs -  Rio Schmidt, Mason, 5-10, 185, sr.; Chavis Gregory, Tenaha, 5-10, 210, jr. ; (tie) Seth Shanklin, Rocksprings, 5-10, 165, sr.; and  Devonya Bell, Detroit, 5-11, 175, sr.

Place-kicker - Oscar Chavez, De Leon, soph.

Defense

Linemen – J.J. Casarez, McCamey, 5-9, 185, sr.; Dylan Cheatham, Falls City, 5-9, 150, sr.; Tyler Wilson, Bremond, sr. ; Keontae Smith, Stamford, sr.

Linebackers - Lorenzo Young, Timpson, 5-8, 175, sr.; De'Aaron Rowland, Tenaha,6-1, 235, sr.; Daniel  Medina, Stamford, 5-8, 150, sr.; and Andy Flusche, Muenster, 6-3, 230, jr.

Backs -Elijah Ramon, Springlake-Earth, 5-8, 155, soph.; Abraham Villarreal, New Deal, 5-9, 175, sr.; Shadow Sanders, Carlisle, 5-9, 160, sr.; and Trevor Burchett, Santa Maria, Sop

Punter -Nick Cheatwood, Joaquin, 5-11, 183, sr.

Kick returner -Austin Camber, Falls City, 5-5, 115, jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Offense

GUARDS

Cagen Chaney, Iraan, 6-0, 290, sr.; Justin Curtis, Bovina, 6-1, 190, sr.; Zack Justice, Sabinal, 6-1, 200, sr.; Luis Limon, Gorman, 5-11, 275, sr.; Tyler Maxwell, Anson, 6-0, 250, soph.; Javier Rocha, Albany,  jr.; Ryan Raney, Wolfe City, 6-2, 280, sr.

TACKLES

Jacob Chapa, Bruni, 6-0, 252, sr.; Chris De La Rosa, Goldthwaite, 6-1, 210, sr.; Daniel Falcon, Brackett, 5-6, 195, sr. ; Sam Gibson, Burton, 6-4, 275, sr.; Christian Howard, New Deal, 6-2, 330, jr.; Will Malek, Ganado, 6-1, 275, jr.; Drigo Martinez, Mason, 5-10, 255,  jr.; Johnathon Mortashed, Iola, sr.; Jacob Price, Honey Grove, 6-4, 265, jr.; Shane Roberson, Springlake-Earth, 6-5, 280, jr.; Emmitt Salinas, Ben Bolt, 5-10, 230, sr.; Jeremy Williams, West Sabine, 6-0, 280, jr.

CENTERS

Aaron Foster, Honey Grove, 6-1, 210, sr.; Jacob Kyle, Mart, sr.

TIGHT ENDS

Michael Garcia, Ganado, 5-11, 260, sr.; Drake Jones, Leon, 6-2, 215, sr.; Smith McLelland, Tahoka, 6-5, 215, sr.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Damian DeSantiago, Booker, 5-8, 168, sr.; Brandon Heard, Quanah, 5-11, 155, sr. ; Dylan Hightower, Chico , 5-10, 195, sr. ; Dominique Messer, Milano, sr.; Brady Montgomery, Wellington, 5-10, 180, sr.

QUARTERBACKS

Jake Bumguardner, Albany, 6-0, 175, sr. ; Jake Chester, Sudan, 5-10, 150, sr. ; CJ Collins, Bosqueville, 6-4, 185, jr. ; Tyler Hall, Panhandle, 6-3, 175, jr. ; Juwan Mathis, Burton, 5-10, 155, sr. ; Hayden Martinez, Iola, soph. ; Lane Rossi, Hale Center, 6-3, 170, jr. ; Cameron Soto, Falls City, 5-9, 150, sr.

RUNNING BACKS

DeBray Bonner, Woodsboro, 5-11, 180, sr. ; Alex Chavoya, Stratford, 5-10, 170, sr. ; Richard Conkleton, Maud, 6-0, 195, sr.; Brandon Garcia, San Angelo Texas Leadership, 5-9, 195, jr. ; Wesley Guzman, Three Rivers, 5-9, 185, sr. ; Wyatt Hairgrove, Joaquin, 5-10, 150, sr. ; Jakyle Harris, Weimar, jr. ; KeShawn Hood, Tahoka, 5-8, 190, sr. ; Tony Hubbard, San Augustine, 5-10, 180, sr. ; Blake Hutchins, Cross Plains, 6-0, 200, sr. ; Danial Steels, Frost, 6-2, 205, sr. ; Ryheem Walker, Italy, 6-1, 210, sr.

PLACE-KICKERS

Jake Bumguardner, Albany, sr. ; Rio Schmidt, Mason, 5-10, 185, sr.

DEFENSE

LINEMEN

Zain Byers, Italy, 5-10, 240,  jr. ; Daniel Falcon, Brackett, 5-6, 195, sr. ; Michael Garcia, Ganado, 5-11, 260, sr.; Mason Goodwin, Seymour, 5-9, 235, sr.; Eric Gonzalez, Bruni , 6-0, 175, sr. ; Dylan Havlak, Miles, 6-3, 220, sr. ; Roman Leal, Ganado, 5-11, 290, sr.; D.J. Lipstraw, Honey Grove, 5-10, 200, jr. ; Josh Molina, McCamey, 5-9, 175,  jr. ; Diego Montoya, San Saba, 6-0, 325, sr. ; Lance Norman, Anson, 6-2, 185, jr. ; Jaggar Parrish, Goldthwaite, 5-10, 200, jr. ; Emmitt Salinas, Ben Bolt, 5-10, 230, sr. ; Robert Samaniego, Sabinal, 6-0, 215, soph.; Michael Serna, Sundown, 5-10, 240, sr.; Ty Shaw, Sudan, 6-0, 175, jr. ; Seth Taplin, Albany, 5-11, 170,  sr. ; Edgar Tellez, Wellington, 6-0, 205, jr. ; Matthew Tittle, Hamlin, 6-2, 230,  jr. ; Cole Walterscheid, Muenster, 6-6, 220, jr.; Austin Williams, Quanah, 6-1, 183,, sr. ; Kyle Zavala, Mason, 6-0, 245, soph.

LINEBACKERS

Ray Parmer, Tahoka, 5-10, 215, jr. ; Ty McLemore, Stamford, 5-11, 195, jr. ; Dewayne Castorena, Munday, 5-5, 152, sr.; Ryder Cude, Munday, 5-8, 145, sr. ; Wheeler Allen, Iraan 5-11, 190,  sr. ; Clay Allphin, Carlisle, 5-10, 220, sr. ; Cody Adams, Simms Bowie, 5-10, 152, jr. ; Hunter Ammons, Mt. Enterprise, 5-11, 185, sr.; Joel Baltazar, Agua Dulce, soph.; Lucas Banker, Honey Grove, 6-1, 210, jr. ; Gabriel Blankenau, Valley View, 5-9, 190, sr.; Colton Benam, Falls City, 5-8, 160, sr.; X.A. Brown, San Augustine, sr.; Davis Carter, Seymour, jr. ; Miguel Castillo, Mason, 5-9, 145, soph.;  Luis Castillo, Mason, 5-11, 165, sSoph. ; Steven Chalambaga, Van Horn, 5-7, 195 ,sr. ; Draven Denison, Bremond, jr. ; Devin Ervin, Detroit, 5-11, 190, sr. ; Jarvis Giles, San Augustine,  sr. ; Ivan Gonzalez, Ben Bolt, 5-9, 195, sr. ; Brandon Heard, Quanah, 6-0, 165, sr.; Collin Heidenheimer, Anson, 5-10, 185, sr. ; Don Holly, Cayuga, 6-2, 220,  sr. ; Brayan Jacquez, Sundown, 5-10, 140, sr. ; Blaze Lynn, Electra. 5-8, 180, sr. ; Chase Lutes, Stratford, 5-10, 200, jr. ; Kade Fannin, Forsan, jr. ; Michael Kline, Kerens, 6-0, 210, Sr.; Kenny Kocian, Ganado, 5-10, 245, sr. ; Matt Medina, Sabinal, 5-9, 185, jr.; Dominique Messer, Milano, sr.; Sam Millsap, Iola, sr.; Cristan Pachicano, Stamford, 5-7, 140, sr.; Charlie Resindez, Brackett, sr. ; Maurice Sanchez, Sundown, 5-5, 160,  jr.

Jacob Stafford, Shiner, 6-1 215, jr. ; Brandon Stewart, Hico, 5-10, 155, soph. ; Brannon Stegemoeller, Hamlin, 5-9, 190. soph. ; Michael Taylor, Alto, 6-1, 230, sr. ; Quinton Thompson, Goldthwaite, 6-0, 170, sr. ; Alan Wheeler, Iraan, 5-10, 185, sr.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

James Bradford, Shelbyville, 5-10, 170, sr. ; Trevor Burchett, Forsan, 5-7, 151, sr. ; Alex Chavoya, Stratford, 5-10, 170, sr. ; Lane Cobbs, Mart, sr.; Austin Bird, Lindsay, jr. ; Isaih Garcia, Anson, jr. ; Tanner Gillispie, Seymour, sr. ; Bubba Greer, McCamey, 6-0, 155. sr.; River Hall, Hamlin, 5-8, 155, sr.; Hagen Hutchinson, Stamford, 6-2, 184, sr. ; Zack Johnson, Claude, jr.; John Kay, Iola, sr.; Lane Livingston, Seymour, sr. ; Cameron Montgomery, Seymour, sr.; Kaleb Reese, Ralls, 5-10, 175, jr.; Riley Richardson, Wink, sr.; Jacolby Simpson, Grapeland, 6-2, 180, jr. ; Will Vaughn, Joaquin, 6-4, 215, sr.; Clay Vesely, Ganado, 5-11, 165, jr.

PUNTERS

Hunter French, Valley View, sr.; Hunter Mraz, Shiner, jr.; Dylan Woods, Kerens, 6-0, 180, sr.

KICK RETURNERS

Demontrae Finney, Honey Grove, 6-1, 175, sr.; Bill Nolte, Sudan, 5-10, 150, sr.; Dearius Poindexter, Hale Center, 6-4, 175, sr. ; Patrick Walker, Grapeland, 6-2, 180, jr.

 

CLASS AA

BRYAN, Texas (AP) - New Boston's Damien Haskins and Cameron's Somari Wright head up the 62nd annual Texas Sports Writers Association's Class 2A All-State Football Team.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Haskins rushed for 3,207 yards and 52 touchdowns. He has signed with Oregon State.

The 6-1, 204-pound Wright led 15-0 Cameron to the Division I state title. The junior linebacker had 235 tackles with 15 quarterback pressures.

Here's the 62nd annual Texas Sports Writers Association's Class 2A All-State Football Team:

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Guards - Mac Gideon, East Bernard, 6-0, 210, sr., and Wesley Shipp, Refugio, 5-11, 215, sr.

Tackles - Noah Pennell, Corsicana Mildred, 5-10, 230, sr., and Willie Evans, Daingerfield, 6-4, 340, jr.

Center - Miles Muzik, East Bernard, 5-11, 205, sr.

Tight end - Chase Goldwater, Grandview, 6-4, 255, jr.

Spit ends - Colby Lee, Grandview, 6-1, 201, jr., and Marcus Thompson, Refugio, 6-2, 185, sr.

Quarterback - Jason Kopriva, Cameron, 6-0, 180, jr.

Athlete - Ty Slanina, East Bernard, 6-0, 185, sr.

Running backs - Damien Haskins, New Boston, 5-11, 215, sr.; Darius Floyd, Franklin, 6-0, 170, sr.; and Draylon Sterling, Corsicana Mildred, 6-0, 175, jr.

Placekicker - Derrick Rucka, East Bernard, 5-9, 155, jr.

Offensive player of the year: Damien Haskins, New Boston, 5-11, 215, sr.

Defense

Linemen - De'Andre Glover, Hempstead, 6-2, 215, sr.; Randle Lane, Cameron, 6-0, 205, sr.; Edgar Luna, Cameron, 6-3, 270, sr.; Anthony Hadnot, Newton, 5-11, 215, jr.

Linebackers - Cody Rosales, East Bernard, 6-1, 185, jr.; Calvin Bryant, Daingerfield, 5-10, 180, jr.; Somari Wright, Cameron, 6-1, 204, jr.; and Corey Jenkins, Newton, 6-0, 205, sr.

Backs - Jeremy Ballard, Corsicana Mildred, 6-0, 165, sr.; Grant Aschenbeck, East Bernard, 6-2, 190, jr.; Tyler Sapp, Cameron, 6-0, 163, sr.; and LaQuinton Sargent, Hempstead, 5-0, 170, sr.

Punter - Jason Kopriva, Cameron, 6-0, 180, jr.

Kick returner - Mikechell Potts, Arp, 5-6, 160, sr.

Defensive Player of the Year: Somari Wright, Cameron, 6-1, 204, jr.

Coach of the Year: Jerry Long, East Benard.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Guards - Wesley Holmes, New Boston, 6-1, 285, jr., and Fernando Rodriguez, Dangerfield, 6-2, 295, sr.

Tackles - Michael Walling, Wall, 6-6, 240, sr., and Kyre Lewis, Hughes Springs, 6-1, 300, jr.

Center - Tyler Vrazel, Cameron, 6-3, 200, sr.

Tight end - Lucas Askew, Harmony, 6-6, 215, sr., and Edward Cardoza, Nocona, 5-11, 186, sr.

Spit ends - Edwin Mims, Daingerfield, 5-10, 175, sr., and Boston Hudson, Canadian, 6-0, 150, jr.

Quarterback - Travis Quintanilla, Refugio, 5-10, 180, jr.

Athlete - Nic Shimonek, Corsicana Mildred, 6-4, 205, sr.

Running backs - Grant Eubank, Wall, 5-8, 165, sr.; Jeffery Wilson, Elkhart, 6-1, 190, jr. ; and (tie) Glenn Roberts, East Chambers, 5-8, 175, sr., and Tate Fenoglio, Nocona, 5-10, 171, sr.

Placekicker - Devin O'Sullivan, Corsicana Mildred, 6-0, 180. jr.

Defense

Linemen - Jordan Darr, East Bernard, 6-1, 225, sr.; Devon LaFrance, Refugio, 6-3, 205, jr.; Justin Lawler, Pottsboro, 6-5, 220, sr.; Damon Evans, Sonora, 5-11, 190, sr.

Linebackers - Tanner Norman, Elysian Fields, 6-0, 200, jr.; Alex Coronado, Refugio, 6-1, 195, jr. ; Trevor Long, East Bernard, 6-5, 205, jr.; and Tyler Loven, White Oak, 5-10, 200, sr. 153

Backs - Javolick Garrett, Tatum, 6-1, 185, sr.; Chad McKinney, Hughes Springs, 5-11, 170, jr.; Hayden Hill, Nocona, 5-11, 166, sr.; and Corey Smith, Daingerfield, 5-10, 165, jr.

Punter - Ryan Payne, Centerville, 5-10, 170, sr.

Kick returner - D.J. Dean, Newton, 5-11, 180, sr.

THIRD TEAM

Offense

Guards - Alejandro Montano, Eastland, 5-8, 245, sr., and (tie) Ronnie Marsh, Winona, 6-0, 205, sr., and Darius Whiting, Tatum, 6-1, 265, sr.

Tackles - Jordan Mattox, Newton, 6-0, 265, jr., and Jesse Salgado, Nocona, 5-11, 212, sr.

Center - (tie) Kadarrian Chism, Hughes Springs, 5-9, 222, sr., and Ryan Johnson, Muleshoe, 5-10, 225, sr.

Tight end - Devan Cavazos, Crane, 6-2, 190, sr.

Spit ends - Aaron Mitchell, Teague, soph., and Jansen McCurdy, White Oak, 5-11, 180, jr.

Quarterback - (tie) Ben Arbuckle, Canadian, 6-3, 175, jr., and Trevor Spear, Elysian Fields, 5-11, 185, sr.

Athlete - Michael Roberson, Arp, 5-8, 170, sr.

Running backs - Kevin Shorter, Newton, 6-1, 187, jr.; Luis Lopez, San Diego, 5-9, 215, sr.; Keaton Denio, Cameron, 5-9, 175, sr. ; Jose Dominguez, Buffalo, 5-7, 180, sr.

Placekicker - Michael Evan, Cameron, 5-10, 175, jr.

Defense

Linemen - Teidrick Smith, Hallettsville, 6-1, 225, sr.; Thomas Finigmow, Corsicana Mildred, 5-9, 210, sr.; Troy Murphy, Hallettsville, 6-2, 250, sr.; and Corey Jenkins, Newton, 6-0, 205, sr.

Linebackers - Bradley Dills, Leonard, 6-2, 175, sr.; Garrett Gibson, Gladewater Union Grove, 6-1, 223, jr. ; and Ty Tolleson, Lone Oak, 5-8, 165, sr.

Backs - Logan Meuth, Lexington, 5-10, 165, sr.; Zane Barge, Elysian Fields, 5-10, 175, sr.; Shawn Hooks, Daingerfield, 5-6, 150, sr. ; and Jamarcus Johnson, Hearne, 5-10, 180, sr.

Punter - Jacob Fielden, 5-11, 160, Big Sandy Harmony, jr.

Kick returner - Draylon Sterling, Corsicana Mildred, 6-0, 175, jr.

 

CLASS AAA:

Offensive player of the year — (tie) Kadarius Baker, Navasota, 5-9, 189, Sr.; and Tyler Jones, Stephenville, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Defensive player of the year — (tie) Cole Hunt, El Campo, 6-7, 235, Sr. and Jordan Wells, Navasota, 6-0, 230, Jr.

Coach of the year — Lee Fedora, Navasota

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Guards — Max Jones, Stephenville, 6-2, 255, Jr. and Tyler Jorden, Bellville, 6-3, 270, Sr.

Tackles — Bryan Manley, Stephenville, 6-4, 295, Sr. and Trey Martin, El Campo, 6-3, 270, Sr.

Center — Brian Bormann, Geronimo Navarro, 6-0, 250, Sr.

Tight end — Cooper Cole, Fairfield, 6-1, 190, Sr.

Spit ends — Austin Collins, Navasota, 5-10, 175, Sr. and Brice Gunter, Stephenville, 6-3, 190, Sr.

Quarterback — Kadarius Baker, Navasota, 5-9, 189, Sr.

Athlete — Tyler Jones, Stephenville, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Running backs — Jordan Fraga, Devine, 5-7, 165, Sr.; Jarek Black, Shallowater, 5-10, 210, Jr.; and K.J. Garrett, Center, 5-9, 182, Sr.

Place-kicker — Michael Martinez, Navasota, So.

Defense

Linemen — Chase Varnado, Stephenville, 6-1, 225, Sr.; Jordan Wells, Navasota, 6-0, 230, Jr.; Cole Hunt, El Campo, 6-7, 235, Sr.; Ladarrin Anthony, Kilgore, 5-11, 225, Jr.

Linebackers — Josh Walker, Gilmer, 6-1, 220, Jr. ; Jaylyin Minor, Navasota, Sr.; Dustin Savensky, Navasota, Sr.; Brett Prihoda, El Campo, 6-0, 205, Sr.

Backs — Austin Collins, Navasota, 5-10, 175, Sr.; Bryian Bolton, Carthage, 5-10, 165, So.; Connor Wilson, Argyle, 6-2, 195, Jr.; Benny Colbert, Kilgore, 5-10, 185, Jr.

Punter — Kam Williams, Greenwood, 6-3, 200, Sr.

Kick returner — Jadon Boatright, Liberty Hill, 5-11, 165, Sr.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Guards — Kevin Hobbs, Brownwood, 6-3, 285, Sr. and (tie) Riley Olson, Abilene Wylie, 6-4, 295, Sr. and Brady English, Gilmer, 6-2, 255, Sr.

Tackles — Jake Raulerson, Celina, 6-5, 250, Sr. and Mark Benavides, Port Isabel, 6-3, 240, Jr.

Center — Jordan Deagen, Argyle, 6-2, 290, Sr.

Tight end — Jaidon Parrish, Gilmer, 6-0, 195, Jr.

Spit ends — Solomon McGinty, Navasota, 6-1, 180, Sr. and Tee Goree, Carthage, 6-2, 175, Jr.

Quarterback — Ben Davis, Graham, 5-11, 170, Jr.

Athlete — Cole Edmiston, Gatesville, 5-11, 176, Sr.

Running backs — Cecil Johnson, Gonzales, 5-8, 165, Sr.; Corion Webster, Atlanta, 6-0, 200, Sr.; Nick Ralston, Argyle, 6-0, 200, So.

Place-kicker — William Mann, Henderson, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Defense

Linemen — Isaiah Golden, Carthage, 6-3, 305, Sr.; Bo Brady, Henderson, 6-1, 195, Sr.; Jonah Noah, Stephenville, 6-1, 215, Jr.; Exavier Fluellen, Gilmer, 6-0, 265, Sr.

Linebackers — Elijah Crosby, Gatesville, 6-0, 205, Sr.; Joe Lynch, West Orange-Stark, 5-11, 192, Sr.; A.J. Davis, Kilgore, 6-0, 220, Sr.; Brantley Cole, Gatesville, Sr.

Backs — Travis White, Krum, 6-0, 165, Sr.; Davion Hall, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, 6-4, 200, Jr.; Ivory Brown, Palestine, 6-1, 185, Sr.; Niko Garza, Ferris, 5-7, 140, Jr.

Punter — Brandon Hasseltine, Ingleside, 6-0, 170, Jr.

Kick returner — Ian Sadler, Argyle, 5-11, 185, Sr.

THIRD TEAM

Offense

Guards — Clay Wiley, Kilgore, 6-1, 287, Jr. and Devin Torres, Vernon, 6-2, 220, Sr.

Tackles — Tyler Fore, Graham, 6-3, 225, Sr. and Nick Siler, Henderson, 6-4, 260, Sr.

Center — (tie) Trevor Rumbelow, Bullard 6-0, 220, Sr. and Joe Brandenburg, Monahans, 6-2, 220, Sr.

Tight end — Zach Monreal, Devine, 6-3, 240, Sr.

Spit ends — Matthew Barnes, Groesbeck, 6-2, 217, Sr. and Bryce Reeves, Graham, 6-1, 175, Jr.

Quarterback — Taylor Grant, Abilene Wylie, 5-11, 185, Sr.

Athlete — (tie) Demun Mercer, La Marque, 6-2, 180, Sr. and Kam Williams, Midland Greenwood, 6-3, 200, Sr.

Running backs — Tevin Pipkin, Carthage, 5-10, 175, Jr.; Chance Kelley, Paris North Lamar, 5-9, 175, Sr.; and Adam Berryman, Gainesville, 5-8, 176, Jr.

Place-kicker — Sebastian Corrales, Gatesville, 5-11, 165, Sr.

Defense

Linemen — Mack Monson, Brownwood, 6-2, 205, Sr.; Sid Moore, Van, 6-1, 265, Sr.; Leo Sanchez, Melissa, 6-0, 180, 6-0, 165, Sr.; and Lawrence Montegut, La Marque, 6-1, 210, Sr.

Linebackers — K.J. Cumby, Athens, 6-0, 210, Jr.; Brett Wade, Kennedale, 6-1, 225, Sr.; Travon Blanchard, West Orange-Stark, 6-2, 185, Sr.; and James David, Rockdale, 6-3, 225, Jr.

Backs — Jerrod Mahan, Graham, 6-2, 170, Sr.; Jesse Montgomery, Dallas Madison, 6-1, 185, Sr.; Luis Aguilera, Port Isabel, 5-10, 170, Sr.; and Cal Wood, Bellville, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Punter — Dakota Smith, Paris, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Kick returner — Preston Brown, Stephenville, 5-10, 175, Sr.; Patrick Brown, Henderson, 5-10, 180, Sr.