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.
Shawn Robinson – DeSoto
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)
Brenden Brady – Cibolo Steele
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
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)
DeWaylon Ingram – Carthage
The junior found the end zone once, hauling down four passes for a game-high 67 yards.
Maleek Barkley – Lake Travis
Barkley found the end zone on 1/3rd of his catches against The Woodlands, going for 138 yards.
Laviska Shenault Jr. – DeSoto
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
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)
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.
Luke James – Sweetwater
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
The senior didn’t just hang with Temple, he was an instrumental part of shutting down a high-flying offense.
Monto President – Temple
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
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).
Hunter Mobley – Sweetwater
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
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
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).
Henry Enoch – Yoakum
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
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
The stout Bearcat owned the middle of the defense against a physical bunch from Calallen.
AJ Gulley – Temple
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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