Several local football players were recognized for their efforts on the field this season when the All-District 8-5A (Div. I) teams and superlatives were announced recently.
Leading the way for Montgomery County was Magnolia, the outright district champion. The Bulldogs, who finished 10-2 and advanced to the area playoffs, had three superlative winners.
Senior running back Mitch Hall was selected as the Co-Most Valuable Player, sharing the honor with College Station running back Roderick Brown. Hall rushed for 1,548 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.
Magnolia senior tackle and Texas A&M signee Matthew Wykoff was selected unanimously as the Offensive Lineman of the Year. Senior linebacker William Alexander was named the Defensive MVP after collecting 111 tackles (10 for loss), five sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble, one blocked kick and one defensive touchdown.
Coach Craig Martin was tapped as Coach of the Year after his team’s undefeated run through the district schedule.
New Caney, which also made the playoffs under first-year coach Travis Reeve, picked up two superlatives.
Senior C.J. Sanders, a Fresno State signee, was selected as the Utility Player of the Year. He finished the season with 56 tackles, 14 pass breakups and two forced fumbles on defense at his safety position. He also piled up 906 all-purpose yards and 11 total touchdowns.
Fellow senior Billy Williams was named Co-Specialist of the Year, sharing that honor with College Station kicker Dawson Schremp. Williams returned three punts for touchdowns this year.
Porter sophomore running back Josh Evans-Pickens was named Offensive Newcomer of the Year after collecting 1,307 all-purpose yards and 19 total touchdowns..
College Station junior quarterback Jett Huff was named Offensive MVP, and Cougars sophomore linebacker Harrison Robinson was named Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Lufkin senior defensive end Wilburn was named Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Magnolia had 14 first-team all-district selections: Travis Moore (QB), Ben Coligan (TE), Zac Wilson (C), Daniel Hinojosa (OL), John Mitcham (OL), Ernie Mendoza (K), Cedric Harris (DL), Carlos Ortiz (DL), Cade Mathieu (DE), Adam Fenn (DE), Eliel Sandoval (ILB), Garrison Hefner (DB), Nathan Hakes (DB) and Grady Harper (DB).
Second-team selections for the Bulldogs included Heston Kelly (WR), Jason Menedez (OL), Kiran Curtis (DL), Connor Jones (DE), John Alexander (OLB) and Korben Shields (DB).
First-team selections for New Caney included Kedrick Reescano (RB), Wyatt Hail (OL), and D’Juan Grant (DB). Second-team picks for the Eagles were Sebastian Garza (FB), Tyler Trout (TE), John Cantrell (OL), Tayte Baker (DL) and Kenny Williams (ILB).
First-team selections for Porter included Caleb Evans-Pickens (FB), Aurelio Alonzo (OL), Quincy Montgomery (DE), Charles Bosley (ILB) and Luke Cordle (DB). Second-team picks for the Spartans were Jace Russell (QB), Avry Porter-Campbell (RB), Jaylynn Briley (WR), Sam Garms (OL), Evan Williams (OL), Jose Lopez (DL), Raylen Davis (DE) and Mark Corona (DB).
First-team selections for Magnolia West included Brock Dalton (QB), Jeff Krop (WR/P) and Marcus Collins (TE). Second-team picks for the Mustangs included Hunter Bilbo (RB), Eric Bilbo (FB), Trey Leggett (WR), Hayden Jansky (DE), Kade Dunlap (ILB) and Jackson Blank (OLB).
Ariel Palacios (P) and Sam Gallaga (DE) were second-team picks for Caney Creek.
First-team selections for College Station included Marquise Collins (RB), Traylen Suel (WR), Dalton Carnes (WR), Cory Hendrix (OL), Connor Lingren (DL), Isaac Almaraz (DE), Jaxon Slanker (ILB), Bubba Carter (ILB) and Keshaun Cooper (DB). Second-team picks for the Cougars were Houston Thomas (WR), Cade Farrar (C), Owen Jebson (OL), Jo’Vaughn Holmes (DL), Caleb Skow (DE), Lucas Sampson (OLB), Byron Johnson (DB) and Zha’Mauryon Lofton (DB).
First-team picks for Lufkin included Samuel Flack (FB), A.J. Montgomery (WR), Bryce Owens (OL) and Julian Diaz (DB). Second-team picks for the Panthers were Jordan Moore (QB), Kelton Wright (WR) and Cristian Diaz (DB).
First-team picks for Waller included Marvin Lewis (RB), Deyvian Crawford (WR), Gus Rice (OL), Jario Garcia (DL), and Jamari Thompson (OLB). Second-team picks for the Bulldogs were Anthony Bruins (FB), Mason Sewart (WR), Caleb Martinez (OL), Kasen McLean (ILB) and Isaiah Blair (DB).
Devonte Roberston (OLB) was a first-team pick for Cleveland, while Fabian Walker (OL) earned a second-team nod.