Class 2A All-Big Country Football Team
Jordan Hofeditz , Abilene Reporter-News
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Strength: He always plays hard and, as a three-year starter, is very experienced.
2016 Highlight: Coming off the team’s first loss of the season to Mason on Sept. 23, Stokes turned things up to another level in Hawley’s 48-21 victory over Seymour on Sept. 30. Stokes accounted for 586 yards and seven touchdowns (494 yards and 4 TDs through the air, 92 yards and 3 TDs rushing) and started the game by completing 15 of his first 17 passes of the game. That’s when Stokes set the bar in 2016.
Coachspeak: “Of course he’s in the basketball gym now and I think that’s good for him,” Hawley coach Mitch Ables said. “He’s a leader in the basketball gym and he’ll be a leader on the baseball field, that’s just kind of what he is. He’s not real vocal, but he leads by example and tries to show everybody what to do by what he does.”
Why he’s here: Stokes finished the regular season just shy of 3,000 yards through the air with 2,985, completing 184 of 300 passes with 35 TDs. He also rushed for 669 yards and nine TDs as the Bearcats won their bi-district playoff game before falling by one point to Abernathy in the area round.
Strength: His experience, determination and durability. Though small in stature, he was workhorse for coach Patrick Corcoran and the Moguls.
2016 Highlight: Munday had no issues putting the game on Dockins’ shoulders and he routinely showed why. In a 24-15 win over Electra on Oct. 14, Dockins carried the ball 31 times for 224 yards and a touchdown. The 31 touches were more than the rest of the team combined with 13 other rushes and 10 passes in the game. The next week against Haskell, Dockins toted the mail 35 times for 290 yards and three scores, and he also tallied more than 30 carries in a playoff game against Muenster.
Coachspeak: “There was a stretch there during district games where he had 31, 35 carries,” Munday coach Patrick Corcoran said. “In a big game against Muenster he had 34 in the playoffs. He had good stamina and got stronger as the game went. You can’t teach some of the things that he did as a running back. A lot of kids that have those abilities come by them pretty natural. As far as guiding the team and putting himself out there, (he) played through a lot of injuries, showed a lot of toughness, and that pushes other kids to do the same type of thing.”
Why he’s here: Dockins used his ability to put the team on his back, finishing the regular season with 1,559 yards and 19 TDs on 177 carries. The senior back also converted seven two-point tries for the Moguls.
Strength: Baccus is tough, quick and an excellent competitor.
2016 Highlight: When a player puts together the season that Baccus did on defense, it's hard to pinpoint one game that stands out. But he seemed to be in on every play when the Tigers needed him. Consistency was the key to Baccus’ success in 2016 as he stepped up when it mattered the most.
Coachspeak: “He just has a nose for the football and knowing where to be at the right time,” Anson coach Chris Hagler said. “His tackles had to lead most places in the state, I can’t think, pound-for-pound who was a better linebacker than him. His tackles (total) is what steps out and grabs you. He’s a great kid. He’s always tending his business. He doesn’t say two words when you see him. But he’s a kid who definitely speaks through his actions. We called him the quiet assassin.”
Why he’s here: Baccus finished the regular season with an astounding 145 tackles with 18 coming in the opposing backfield. With three sacks and one interception from his linebacker position, Baccus forced offenses to account him, and even then was still able to make the play.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
School: De Leon
Strength: Cox is very athletic and quick.
2016 Highlight: In a 55-24 win over Valley Mills, Cox proved just how versatile he could be. He finished the game with 60 yards rushing, 60 yards receiving and had a 90-yard kickoff return to total four touchdowns in the game.
Coachspeak: “He’s just a really good football player with a knack for making plays,” De Leon coach David Yeager said. “He has the ability to change the game with his athletic ability. Then he has tremendous explosiveness and quickness and speed. He’s somebody you’ve got to account for as the opposing team whether it’s coming out of the backfield or us getting in our empty package and get the ball to him in the open space.”
Why he’s here: Cox earned District 7-2A newcomer of the year honors after carrying the ball 77 times for 674 yards and seven TDs to go with his seven catches and two receiving TDs. The sophomore also returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns for the Bearcats.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Strength: Corcoran is strict and sets high expectations for his players.
2016 Highlight: Munday opened the 2016 season with a two-point loss to Hawley, before reeling off nine straight victories, including a 5-0 run through District 7 Division I.
Playerspeak: “He expects you to give your all every chance you get,” Munday senior linebacker/tight end Heath Bivens said. “He knows your abilities and he wants you to put everything you have out there every time you get the chance to. The Stamford game early in the year, he was real passionate. He knew we had a good team and knew that was possible. That whole week in practice he was really harping on us that we really needed a win that week.”
Why he’s here: After a down year in 2015, the Moguls got right back to the playoffs this season, tripling last year’s win total to finish 12-2, falling to Iraan in the Class 2A Division II state quarterfinals.
* — unanimous selection
6-0, 180, Junior
Stats: Completed 184 of 300 passes for 2,985 yards and 35 TDs, while adding 669 yards and nine scores rushing.
5-9, 165, Senior
Stats: Rushed 177 times for 1,559 yards and 19 TDs, while adding seven two-point conversions.
5-9, 1-8, Junior
Stats: Rushed for 1,508 yards and and 23 TDs on 247 carries.
5-9, 160, Senior
Stats: Caught 43 passes for 912 yards and 13 TDs. He also added one TD rushing.
5-8, 145, Senior
Stats: Had 42 receptions for 991 yards and 11 TDs.
5-7, 170 Senior
Stats: Had 54 catches for 957 yards and 11 TDs.
6-4, 220, Sophomore
Stats: Graded at 96 percent with 85 knockdowns and no sacks allowed.
5-9, 210, Senior
Stats: Graded at 97 percent with 14 pancake blocks and three sacks allowed.
6-3, 250, Junior
Stats: Graded at 94 percent with 48 pancake blocks, 32 cut blocks and one sack allowed.
6-1, 220, Senior
Stats: Graded at 95 percent with 20 pancake blocks and one sack allowed.
6-1, 220, Junior
Stats: Graded at 96 percent with 12 pancake blocks and seven sacks allowed.
6-2, 180, Sophomore
Stats: Passed for 2,172 yards on 108 of 180 passing with 28 TDs, while adding 300 yards and and six TDs rushing on 52 carries. Yeager also was named his district’s offensive MVP.
5-9, 145, Junior
Stats: Was 36 of 37 on PATs and made five of seven field goals with a long of 49 yards. His average kickoff, on 49 attempts, was caught at the 10-yard line and he had five touchbacks.
6-1, 190, Senior
Stats: Had 78 tackles, including 59 solo, with 26 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 11 quarterback pressures.
5-9, 205, Junior
Stats: Of his 86 tackles, 42 were solo and 29 were for loss. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and had one interception.
6-0, 215, Junior
Stats: Finished with 71 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
6-0, 185, Senior
Stats: Had 110 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions.
5-8, 175, Senior
Stats: Finished with 145 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception.
5-11, 180, Junior
Stats: Had 127 tackles with nine for loss and nine sacks, while recovering three fumbles and blocking two kicks.
2-5, 190, Goldthwaite
Stats: Had 118 tackles with 11 for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
5-9, 170, Senior
Stats: Finished with 93 tackles, three tackles for loss, six pass breakups and eight interceptions.
5-9, 152, Junior
Stats: Had 84 tackles with five interceptions, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and 10 pass breakups.
5-9, 165, Senior
Stats: Finished with 58 tackles, 25 solo, with five tackles for loss and five interceptions.
5-10, 165, Junior
Stats: Had 80 tackles and one interception.
5-7, 155, Sophomore
Stats: Had 79 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups and two forced fumbles from his position in the Plowboys secondary.
6-4, 205, Senior
Stats: Averaged 41.8 yards per punt with a long of 64. Eight of his 21 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
6-3, 170, Senior
Stats: Completed 151 of 247 passes for 2,293 yards and 20 TDs. He also added 888 yards and 15 TDs rushing.
6-1, 160, Junior
Stats: Rushed 153 times for 1,329 yards and 19 TDs on his way to earning first-team all district honors.
5-9, 175, Junior
Stats: Finished with 1,489 yards and 11 TDs on 224 carries.
5-7, 155, Sophomore
Stats: Had 48 catches for 814 yards and 13 TDs.
5-8, 155, Senior
Stats: Caught 57 passes for 808 yards and 10 TDs.
6-2, 185, Senior
Stats: Had 832 yards and seven TDs on 51 receptions.
5-9, 255, Senior
Stats: Graded at 95 percent with 20 pancake blocks and just one sack allowed.
5-11, 235, Senior
Stats: Graded at 92 percent with 33 pancake blocks.
6-1, 300, Junior
Stats: Graded at 92 percent with 18 pancake blocks and seven sacks allowed.
6-1, 250, Senior
Stats: Graded at 90 percent with 37 pancake blocks and one sack allowed to earn district lineman of the year honors.
5-11, 250, Junior
Stats: Graded at 93 percent with 60 knockdowns and one sack allowed. The center also was 100 percent on snaps.
5-9, 225, Senior
Stats: Was 26 of 31 on PATs and made his only field goal attempt of 30 yards. He also was named first team all-district.
5-8, 190, Sophomore
Stats: Had 66 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, two sacks and one fumble recovery on his way to earning first-team all-district honors.
5-5, 160, Senior
Stats: Had 56 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, nine sacks, eight QB pressures and two forced fumbles.
5-7, 235, Junior
Stats: Finished with 59 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, four sacks, three fumbles recoveries and one defensive TD.
5-9, 148, Senior
Stats: Had 92 tackles on the year with 13 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, three sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
6-2, 215, Senior
Stats: Had 102 total tackles, including 44 solo, with two sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries (one returned for a TD).
6-1, 160, Junior
Stats: Finished with 71 tackles, 65 of those solo stops, with 16 tackles for loss, two sacks, two passes defended, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He was a second-team all-district pick.
5-8, 180, Senior
Stats: Had 98 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and was named first-team all-district.
5-10, 160, Junior
Stats: Had 55 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, seven pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception returned for a TD.
6-4, 205, Senior
Stats: Had 70 tackles, including 59 solos, with two interceptions to be named his district's co-defensive player of the year.
5-8, 162, Senior
Stats: With most passers avoiding him, Hemphill finished with 27 tackles, two tackles for loss, three interceptions and seven passes defended and two fumble recoveries.
5-10, 154, Senior
Stats: Finished with 53 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, eight pass breakups, three interceptions and one fumble recovery.
5-11, 180, Senior
Stats: Earned first-team all-district honors.
Quarterback — Holden Senclair, Sr., Cross Plains; Brian Hamilton, Jr., Albany; Dakota Fannin, Sr., Baird; Brayden Beal, Sr., Roscoe; Wesley Gonzales, Sr., Stamford
Running back — Jordan Pleasant, Sr., Albany; Mason Davis, Sr., Anson; Steve Johnson, Jr., Stamford
Receiver/tight end — Dax Neece, Jr., Albany; Adam Faith, Jr., Albany; Hunter Owen, Sr., Albany; Shane Guerra, Sr., Hawley; Zac Gaspar, Sr., Goldthwaite; Orson Sylva, Jr., De Leon; Cooper Dyson, Sr., De Leon; Chris Cox, Soph., De Leon; Ethan Baccus, Sr., Anson; Lonnie Applin, Jr., Stamford
Offensive line — Joseph Ramirez, Sr., Munday; David Galvan, Sr., Anson
Defensive line — Tripp Thomas, Soph., Cross Plains; James Rhyne, Jr., Cross Plains; Dax Neece, Jr., Albany; Ryan Elderton, Sr., Goldthwaite
Linebacker — Trent Potter, Soph., Cross Plains, Cutter Edgar, Soph., Albany; Lane Burson, Sr., Haskell; Jaydan West, Sr., Goldthwaite; Jason Soliz, Jr., Anson; Guy London, Sr., Stamford; Lonnie Applin, Jr., Stamford
Defensive back — Jevon Tillery, Soph., Cross Plains; Jose Ortega, Soph., Roscoe; Devin Perez, Sr., Hamlin
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