Shadow Creek quarterback Kyron Drones earned district offensive most valuable player honors and Sharks’ receiver C.J. Guidry was tabbed as the league’s top return specialist to highlight the area selections to the 23-6A Football team.
Drones passed for 1,530 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. The Baylor signee closed his high school career with 5,257 passing yards and 71 TD’s, while compiling 1,300 yards and 23 TD’s on the ground. Guidry accounted for 271 yards on returns, while collecting 26 receptions for 440 yards and 10 TD’s.
Alvin fullback Tony Vidana joined Drones and Guidry on the first team and the Yellowjackets received 11 selections overall.
The regional semifinalist Sharks landed 10 players on the first team, which included Drones, Guidry, receiver Greg Hancock, offensive guard Caleb Leonard, tailback Kelvon Brown, defensive end Ryan Williams, inside linebacker Byron Roberson, outside linebacker Dejuan Lewis, safety Jalen Lane and cornerback Jalen Emery.
Outside linebacker Gavin Guthrie and offensive lineman Connor Hughes made the second team cut for Alvin, while the Sharks’ second squad selections included tackle Jordan Scott, guard Cenard Gonzales and center Nathaniel Guajardo on the offensive side of the ball and defensive picks featuring end Jairo Castillo, tackle Chancellor Buford, inside linebacker Terrence Cooks and safety Jaidan Scott.
The Sharks went 6-4 overall with playoff wins over Clear Creek (55-6) and C.E. King (42-28).
The Jackets closed their season with a 21-10 triumph over Dulles, which broke a 30-game skid dating back to 201.
Honorable mention status for Alvin went to quarterback Cody Smith, receiver Christian Touch, center Sebastian Cisneros, defensive backs Cade Bingham, Gage Johnson and Colton Smith, linebacker Braedon Sobeck and offensive lineman Izais Escobar.
The first team offense also included tackles Max Merrill (Strake Jesuit), Garrett Slider (Dawson) and Jonathan Clark (Alief Hastings); guards Sean Lade (Strake Jesuit), Lawrence Clark (Pearland) and Jonathan Lopez (Dawson); center Luke Melton (Strake Jesuit): tight end Thomas Jewett (Strake Jesuit); tailbacks Alex Max (Strake Jesuit), Ja`Den Stewart (Dawson), Torrance Burgess (Dawson) and Zion Lewis (Alief Elsik); receivers Robert Smith (Strake Jesuit), Williams Foster (Pearland), Ashton Stroman (Dawson), Gabriel Deadwiler (Alief Hastings) and Tyler (Alief Taylor); quarterback Colin Johnson (Dawson), place kickers Carter Brown (Dawson) and Caleb Mendez (Pearland) and punters Liam Garcia (Strake Jesuit) and Esteban Torres (Alief Taylor).
Stewart was named the overall district MVP, while Burgess received the utility award and Johnson and Lewis shared the offensive newcomer of the year accolade.
Other players named to the first team defense were ends Jacob Psyk (Strake Jesuit), Cameron Whitfield (Dawson), David Oke (Alief Hastings) and Ethan Cox (Alief Taylor); tackles Amari Deason (Pearland), Jarrett Ledbetter (Dawson) and Maize Washington (Alief Taylor); inside linebackers Jayce Bordelon (Strake Jesuit), K`Von Sherman (Pearland), Jeremy Kolakowski (Dawson) and Jordan Stewart (Dawson); outside linebackers Carter Ostrom (Dawson) and Darien Flynn (Dawson); safeties Kele Linton (Pearland), Izeal Jones (Pearland), Blake Smith (Dawson) and Danyren Williams (Alief Taylor) and cornerbacks Deveon Moses (Pearland), David Fisher (Dawson) and Jahiree Pittman (Alief Taylor).
Psyk and Linton shared the 23-6A defensive award, while Jones earned the defensive newcomer honor and the coaching staff honor went to Dawson.
The second team offense featured tackles Chizara Alegbe (Alief Taylor), Michael Sampson (Pearland) and Ian Scott (Dawson); guard Talyn Thomas (Alief Taylor); tight end Hayden Curry (Dawson); tailbacks Joel Crawford (Strake Jesuit) and Dominic Serna (Pearland); fullback Jake Foster (Strake Jesuit); receivers Will Taylor (Strake Jesuit), Holden Maples (Strake Jesuit), Isaac Sanchez (Pearland), Raynard Allen (Dawson), Ryan Guillo (Dawson), Leslie Abai (Alief Taylor) and Anthanase Mwamba (Alief Taylor); quarterbacks Jake Sock (Pearland) and Connor O’Hara (Strake Jesuit) and punter Carter Brown (Dawson).
Rounding out the second team defensive picks were ends Anthony Knox (Dawson), Marc Arsham (Strake Jesuit), Christian Sauter (Pearland) and Chris Garrett (Alief Elsik); tackles Aaron Law (Dawson), Reid Codwell (Strake Jesuit) and Josiah Jones (Alief Hastings); inside linebackers Sodi Machado (Alief Taylor) and Ridwan Abassaless (Alief Elsik); outside linebackers Nathan Harrell (Alief Hastings) and Baylor Johnson (Pearland); safeties Winfield Donahue (Alief Hastings), Mason Jenkins (Alief Hastings) and Dylan Dixson (Pearland); and cornerbacks Lance Saizan (Strake Jesuit), Dane Johnson (Pearland), Cedric Austin (Dawson) and Nathaniel Joseph (Alief Elsik).