Brad Butler was named the co-coach of the year in Class 5A and defensive back Xavion Alford gained first team honors to highlight the Division I State Finalist Shadow Creek Sharks’ six player selections to the 2018 Texas Sportswriters’ Association All-State Football team. 

Seven players from the area were selected overall. 

Butler, who shared the honor with Highland Park’s Randy Allen, guided the 15-1 Sharks to the state title game in just the program’s first year of varsity existence. Shadow Creek became the third team in Texas high school football history to accomplish such a feat. Along with coaching against each other in the state title contest in December, Allen was also Butler’s coach at Brownwood in the late 1980s. 

Teammates joining Alford on the TSWA squad were second team picks Cam’Ron Johnson (offensive tackle), Jamarian George (quarterback) and Jeremiah Harris (linebacker), while Marquez Huland (running back) and Alec Bryant (defensive end) both took honorable mention status. 

Center Layden Robinson, of the area playoff finalist Manvel Mavericks, made the third team cut, as well. 

The TWSA’s offensive player of the year award went to Mission Veterans’ quarterback Landry Gilpin, while Highland Park’s Prince Dorbah got the defensive POY nod. 

FIRST TEAM 

Offense 

Tackles – Cameron Callaway, Aledo, 6-2, 275, sr.; Regan Riddle, Highland Park, 6-2, 290, sr. 

Center – Logan Escamilla, Aledo, 6-3, 270, sr. 

Guards – Chance Billington, John Tyler, 6-3, 305, sr.; Quincy Gulley, Denton Ryan, 6-2, 315, sr.

Wide receivers – Finn Corwin, Highland Park, 5-10, 170, sr.; Jo Jo Earle, Aledo, 5-9, 170, soph. 

Tight end – Hayden Haas, Seguin, 6-2, 190, sr. 

Quarterback – (tie) Landry Gilpin, Mission Veterans, 6-0, 165, sr.; and Chase Griffin, Hutto, 5-10, 190, sr.; Chandler Morris, Highland Park, 6-0, 170, jr. 

Running Backs – Deion Hankins, EP Parkland, 6-0, 215, sr.; Jase McClellan, Aledo, 5-11, 205, jr.; Anthony Watkins, FW South Hills, 6-0, 180, sr. 

Fullback – Steve Johnson, Port Lavaca Calhoun, 6-2, 214, soph. 

All-purpose – David Soto, CC Veterans Memorial, 5-11, 195, sr.

Place-kicker – Romario Perez, CC Veterans Memorial, 5-10, 185, sr. 

Defense 

Linemen – Prince Dorbah, Highland Park, 6-4, 220, jr.; Josh Ellison, A&M Consolidated, 6-3, 300, sr.; Steven Parker, Dallas South Oak Cliff, 6-4, 220, sr.; T’Vondre Sweat, Huntsville, 6-5, 270, sr. 

Linebackers – Will Harbour, Frisco Reedy, 6-0, 230, jr.; Wyatt Harris, Aledo, 6-2, 218, sr.; Maki Carabin, SA Alamo Heights, 6-1, 225, sr.; (tie) Derrion Clark, Dallas South Oak Cliff, 6-1, 215, sr.; Riggs Barrett, CC Calallen, 6-1, 225, jr. 

Defensive backs – Hudson Clark, Highland Park, 6-0, 170, sr.; Brandon Joseph, College Station, 6-1, 185, sr.; T.J. Sweat, Huntsville, 5-8, 160, sr.; (tie) Xavion Alford, Alvin Shadow Creek, 6-1, 180, jr.; Billy Bowman Jr., Denton Ryan, 5-10, 180, soph. 

Punter – Brandon Duarte, Roma, 5-8, 165, sr. 

Kick returner – Devon Achane, Fort Bend Marshall, 5-9, 170, jr. 

Utility – Drew Sanders, Denton Ryan, 6-5, 225, jr. 

SECOND TEAM 

Offense 

Tackles – Cam’Ron Johnson, Alvin Shadow Creek, 6-4, 285, sr.; Chris Cassidy, Angleton, 6-3, 275, sr. 

Center – Alex Thiel, Georgetown, 6-2, 257, jr. 

Guards – Ben Mason, Lucas Lovejoy, 6-3, 298, sr.; Zeryk Rojas, CC Calallen, 6-0, 290, sr. 

Wide receivers – Caleb Forrest, Hutto, 5-9, 175, sr.; (tie) A.J. Gonzaque, Mission Veterans, 6-1, 190, sr.; Blair Conwright, Lubbock Coronado, 6-0, 175, sr. 

Tight end – Dayeton Sweeting, Montgomery Lake Creek, 6-3, 230, soph. 

Quarterback – Jamarian George, Alvin Shadow Creek, 5-9, 155, sr

Running Backs – L.J. Butler, SA Wagner, 5-7, 195, soph.; Laderrious Mixon, Birdville, 5-8, 175, jr.; Devon Achane, Fort Bend Marshall, 5-9, 170, jr. 

Fullback – Julian Morris, Leander Glenn, 6-0, 220, jr. 

All-purpose – Chux Nwabuko, Hutto, sr. 

Place-kicker – Will Harbour, Frisco Reedy, 6-0, 230, jr. 

Defense 

Linemen – Matthew Hoots, Frisco Reedy, 6-1, 215, sr.; Seth Kelley, CC Calallen, 6-2, 230, sr.; Briceon Hayes, Huntsville, 6-3, 217, sr.; Lazarus May, Port Arthur Memorial, 6-4, 220, sr.; DeMarcus Hendricks, SA Wagner, 6-2, 218, jr. 

Linebackers – Brevin Randle, Marshall, 6-1, 225, sr.; Joey Garcia, Mission Veterans Memorial, 5-10, 195, sr.; Cade Kveton, Port Lavaca Calhoun, 5-11, 196, jr.; (tie) Greg Steptoe, SA Wagner, 5-10, 145, sr.; Jeremiah Harris, Alvin Shadow Creek, 5-8, 255, jr. 

Defensive backs – Bryson Bonds, Crowley, 6-0, 186, jr.; Brandon Crossley, Little Elm, 6-0, 165, sr.; DaQuan Campbell, Burleson Centennial, 5-8, 160, sr.; Javier Lopez, Pharr Valley View, 5-10, 180, sr. 

Punter – Ife Adeyi, Mansfield Legacy, 5-10, 160, sr. 

Kick returner – Tahj Washington, Marshall, 5-10, 170, jr. 

Utility – Myles Price, The Colony, 5-9, 165, jr. 

THIRD TEAM 

Offense 

Tackles – Nathan Anderson, Frisco Reedy, 6-3, 240, jr.; (tie) Reid Francis, A&M Consolidated, 6-5, 305, sr.; Noah Nelson, Victoria West, 5-10, 275, sr. 

Center – (tie) Blake Leonard, Cleburne, 6-3, 275, sr.; Layden Robinson, Manvel, 6-3, 310, sr.; Angel Sarmiento, John Tyler, 6-0, 260, jr. 

Guards – Kade Bond, Magnolia, 6-5, 290, jr.; Dillon Brooks, Huntsville, 6-2, 275, sr. 

Wide receivers – Marvin Mims, Frisco Lone Star, 6-1, 165, jr.; (tie) Carson Neel, Cedar Park, 5-10, 170, sr.; Michael Hernandez, SA Southside, 5-9, 155, sr. 

Tight end – Keshon Williams, Longview Pine Tree, 6-3, 240, sr.

Quarterback – Jake Bishop, Aledo, 5-8, 170, jr. 

Running Backs – Alec Brown, CC Calallen, 5-9, 175, sr.; DeMareus Hosey, Justin Northwest, 6-0, 195, sr.; Darren Battle, Magnolia, 6-0, 175, sr. 

Fullback – Daniel Dobis, Montgomery, 5-9, 205, sr. 

All-purpose – Karson Valverde, Kerrville Tivy, 5-11, 155, sr.

Place-kicker – Marco Rodriguez, Rosenberg Lamar, 5-9, 130, jr. 

Defense 

Linemen – Marcus Wiser, CC Calallen, 6-2, 255, jr.; Brian Creel, Leander Glenn, 5-8, 145, sr.; Warren Robinson, Fort Bend Marshall, 6-3, 221, jr.; Terrance Wair, Boswell, 6-2, 220, sr. 

Linebackers – Kiante Liggins, EP Andress, 6-1, 200, jr.; Courtney Sheperd, Lancaster, 5-11, 189, sr.; Matt Castro, CC Calallen, 5-11, 185, sr.; (tie) Corbin Langham, Amarillo, 6-2, 218, sr.; Noah Bueno, Victoria East, 5-10, 210, sr. 

Defensive backs – Xavier Callandret, CC Miller, 6-4, 190, sr.; Gus Garza, Mission Veterans Memorial, 5-9, 166, sr.; Bryce Linder, A&M Consolidated, 6-0, 175, jr.; (tie) Davis Horne, CC Veterans Memorial, 5-9, 180, sr.; Cameron Grant, John Tyler, 5-10, 190, sr. 

Punter – Mitch McGarry, Gregory-Portland, 6-4, 195, sr. 

Kick returner – Lonterrious McClain, Brenham, 5-11, 170, sr.

Utility – Jason Williams, Angleton, 5-10, 165, sr. 

HONORABLE MENTION 

Offense 

Tackles – Myles Bravo, Lubbock Cooper, 6-3, 330, sr.; Zane Haas, Georgetown, 6-3, 270, sr.; Ryan Hernandez, CC Veterans Memorial, sr.; Christian Hood, Marshall, 6-1, 300, sr.; Leo Madera, Port Lavaca Calhoun, 5-9, 370, sr.; Cooper Moorman, Azle, 6-1, 300, sr.; Trevor Suggs, Burleson Centennial, 6-1, 246, sr.; Brock Thetford, Lubbock Monterey, 6-2, 291, sr. 

Center – Ayden Sharp, Leander Rouse, 6-3, 300, sr. 

Guard – Austin Leavell, CC Miller, 6-1, 289, soph.; 

Wide receivers – Shadeed Ahmed, Richmond Foster, 6-0, 158, sr.; Conner Boyette, Lindale, 5-9, 150, jr.; A.J. Byrd, Wichita Falls, 5-8, 155, sr.; Brandon Engel, Lake Dallas, 6-2, 193, jr.; Payton Finch, Magnolia West, 5-10, 165, jr.; Jaylon Griffin, Huntsville, 6-1, 178, sr.; Kendrion Johnson, Whitehouse, 6-3, 195, sr; Quentin Lee, Justin Northwest, 6-1, 180, sr.; Devin Price, A&M Consolidated, 6-3, 175, jr.; Nik Proctor, SA Alamo Heights, 5-10, 185, sr. 

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