TexasHSFootball.com’s All State Title Week Team

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Photo via John Glaser, TexasHSFootball.com

 

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Disclaimer: There were many excellent players at the title games, and a lot of them had excellent performances. However, these are the ones that we feel like were the best out of all the great performances. 

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks

Shawn Robinson – DeSoto

December 17, 2016 - Texas UIL 6A Div. II State Championship game between DeSoto and Cibolo Steele at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 17, 2016 – Texas UIL 6A Div. II State Championship game between DeSoto and Cibolo Steele at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

The DeSoto gunslinger was a beast through the air and the ground. He isn’t merely the best player on the best team either, he was insanely impressive, and he made some incredible throws in the first half.

Honorable Mentions: Charlie Brewer (Lake Travis), Jeremiah Crawford (Mineola), Roshauud Paul (Bremond), and Gaige Lamb (Calallen)

Running Backs

Brenden Brady – Cibolo Steele

Photo via Gordon Deloach, TexasHSFootball.com
Photo via Gordon Deloach, TexasHSFootball.com

The back epitomized the strength of a Steele team that never quit in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Also, that catch and run on the sidelines might have been the best touchdown of the entire title week.

Colson Stovall – Gunter

December 15, 2016 - Texas UIL 3A Div. II State Championship game between Gunter and Boling at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 15, 2016 – Texas UIL 3A Div. II State Championship game between Gunter and Boling at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

The senior from Gunter was dominant out of that Tiger offense. His tough running against a huge Boling defense (and his 4 touchdowns) helped propel Gunter to a title win.

Honorable Mentions: Jase McClellan (Aledo), Alec Brown (Calallen), Walker Tippie (Richland Springs), Garrett Dutschmann (Crawford) and Keaontay Ingram (Carthage)

Wide Receivers

DeWaylon Ingram – Carthage

December 16, 2016 - Texas UIL 4A Div. I State Championship game between Wylie and Carthage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 16, 2016 – Texas UIL 4A Div. I State Championship game between Wylie and Carthage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

 

The junior found the end zone once, hauling down four passes for a game-high 67 yards.

Maleek Barkley – Lake Travis

December 17, 2016 - Texas UIL 6A Div. I State Championship game between The Woodlands and Lake Travis at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 17, 2016 – Texas UIL 6A Div. I State Championship game between The Woodlands and Lake Travis at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

Barkley found the end zone on 1/3rd of his catches against The Woodlands, going for 138 yards.

Laviska Shenault Jr. – DeSoto

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Photo via Gordon DeLoach, TexasHSfootball.com

Shenault was a big play machine, moving the chains several times for the Eagles. He also ripped off a huge reception for a touchdown.

Gatlin Martin – Abilene Wylie

December 16, 2016 - Texas UIL 4A Div. I State Championship game between Wylie and Carthage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 16, 2016 – Texas UIL 4A Div. I State Championship game between Abilene Wylie and Carthage at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

Martin only caught two passes on the day. It’s a good thing those two went for scores, including a tiptoeing catch on the sideline.

Honorable Mention: KD Nixon (DeSoto), Logan Bridges (Aledo), Keion Hancock (West Orange-Stark), Xavier Johnson (Temple)

Offensive Line

Xavier Newman – Center (DeSoto)

Kade Parmelly – Guard (Abilene Wylie) 

Edward Ingram – Guard (DeSoto)

Chuck Filiaga – Tackle (Aledo)

Thomas Shelmire – Tackle (Highland Park)

Shelmire paved the way for a Highland Park offense that got the best of an excellent Temple pass rush several times. Wylie’s Kade Parmelly was the emotional leader of a team that many argue overachieved this season. DeSoto’s interior linemen were the architects of a vicious read-option and quarterback trap game. Chuck Filiaga kept Aledo QB Dillon Davis standing up all night long.

DEFENSE

Defensive Backs

Luke James – Sweetwater

Photo via Kristen Taylor, TexasHSFootball.com
Photo via Kristen Taylor, TexasHSFootball.com

The undersized James played excellently with West Orange-Stark’s size all night, and returned a fumble 96 yards for a touchdown.

Alex Walzel – Highland Park

December 17, 2016 - Texas UIL 5A Div. I State Championship game between Highland Park and Temple at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 17, 2016 – Texas UIL 5A Div. I State Championship game between Highland Park and Temple at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

The senior didn’t just hang with Temple, he was an instrumental part of shutting down a high-flying offense.

Monto President – Temple

Photo via Twitter/ @MontoPresident
Photo via Twitter/ @MontoPresident

President is young, and he has some bright years ahead of him. The young man was a big part of holding John Stephen Jones mostly in check, and picked him off as well.

John Gaddis – Calallen

December 16, 2016 - Texas UIL 5A Div. II State Championship game between Aledo and Calallen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 16, 2016 – Texas UIL 5A Div. II State Championship game between Aledo and Calallen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

The Calallen defense held a powerful Aledo offense down most of the night, and the senior’s coverage definitely shook up the Aledo passing game. His interception return for 30 yards wasn’t half bad either.

Honorable Mention: Wyatt Harris (Aledo), Mekhi Colbert (Carthage), Mason Graham (Carthage), Vernon Jackson (Boling), Payton Lowe (Gunter), Malick Phillips (West Orange-Stark).

Linebackers

Hunter Mobley – Sweetwater

December 16, 2016 - Texas UIL 4A Div. II State Championship game between West Orange-Stark vs Sweetwater at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 16, 2016 – Texas UIL 4A Div. II State Championship game between West Orange-Stark vs Sweetwater at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

The senior had 12.5 tackles on the night, and there was at least one West Orange-Stark drive that he ended single-handedly.

Kobie Herring – Refugio

December 15, 2016 - Texas UIL 3A Div. I State Championship game between Crawford and Refugio at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 15, 2016 – Texas UIL 3A Div. I State Championship game between Crawford and Refugio at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

Herring and Refugio triumphed in the best game of the week against Crawford. 5 tackles, .5 sacks, and 1.5 tackles for loss isn’t a bad stat line at all.

Jacy Ivory – Cibolo Steele

Photo via John Glaser, TexasHSFootball.com
Photo via John Glaser, TexasHSFootball.com

Ivory had a whopping 14 tackles against offensive powerhouse DeSoto. Even more amazingly, 12 were solo tackles. That’s 12 solo tackles against the hardest team to tackle in the state.

Honorable Mention: Bennett Brock (Highland Park), Ashton Brock (DeSoto), Aidan Estrada (Lake Travis), Koby Smith (Crawford), Lucas Steinkamp (Crawford), Heath Thomas (Calallen).

Defensive Line

Henry Enoch – Yoakum

December 15, 2016 - Texas UIL 3A Div. I State Championship game between Mineola and Yoakum at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 15, 2016 – Texas UIL 3A Div. I State Championship game between Mineola and Yoakum at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

There’s no way to talk about defensive line play without starting with Enoch. He was a monster for the Bulldogs this season, and he played a very strong title game.

Mandel Turner-King – West Orange-Stark

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Photo via Kristen Taylor, TexasHSFootball.com

If you’re wondering where the Mustangs would fit in on this board, it’s here. They completely overmatched Sweetwater up front.

James Williams – Aledo

December 16, 2016 - Texas UIL 5A Div. II State Championship game between Aledo and Calallen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)
December 16, 2016 – Texas UIL 5A Div. II State Championship game between Aledo and Calallen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser/texashsfootball.com)

The stout Bearcat owned the middle of the defense against a physical bunch from Calallen.

AJ Gulley – Temple

Photo via wildcatstrong.com
Photo via wildcatstrong.com

You could seemingly always find number 13 in blue and white in the Highland Park backfield. His disruption and his hitting were big keys to a great Temple defense.

Honorable Mention: Austin Russell (Carthage), Dion Novill (Abilene Wylie), Te’ron Brown (West Orange-Stark), Taquon Graham (Temple), Turner Coxe (Highland Park), Canon Andrews (Iraan), Cayl Wagner (Bremond).

 

 

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Jimmye Stanton
Jimmye Stanton
3 years ago

Jacy Ivory, though!!!

Willie Willis
Willie Willis
3 years ago
Reply to  Jimmye Stanton

Turner coxe was Highland Park’s defensive MVP and is only Honorable Mention in your review?? And Taquon Graham was a complete non-factor for Temple. What game were you watching??

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