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2017 All-Wise Football Team

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
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Wilson Hicks

Wilson Hicks

MVP

Wilson Hicks
Decatur, junior
The second-team District 4-4A quarterback was the motor behind Decatur’s high-powered offense. Hicks threw for 3,887 yards and 37 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions, completing 64.6 percent of his passes. Hicks also earned all-state honorable mention honors, helping lead Decatur to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Demareous Hosey

Demareus Hosey

OFFENSIVE MVP

Demareus Hosey
Northwest, junior
Hosey earned second-team Associated Press all-state honors, rushing for 1,460 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. 406 of those yards came in a single game against McKinney North. Hosey was instrumental to Northwest’s offense as an elusive, powerful and shifty running back.

Cooper McDonald

Cooper McDonald

DEFENSIVE MVP

Cooper McDonald
Northwest, sophomore
McDonald recorded 104 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions as only a sophomore, earning him second-team all-district honors. He’s the 11th ranked safety in Texas by Lonestar Prospects and was a key cog in the Texans’ secondary.

Michael Cole

Michael Cole

ALL-PURPOSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Michael Cole
Bridgeport, senior
Cole did it all for the Bulls in 2017, rushing for 316 yards and three touchdowns while hauling in 53 receptions for 605 yards and four scores. He earned second-team all-district honors as a running back and was constantly making plays for Bridgeport.

Ty Watson

Ty Watson

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR

Ty Watson
Decatur, Senior
Watson never allowed a sack in 2017, grading out at 95 percent while recording 41 pancake blocks. The anchor of Decatur’s offensive line, Watson helped the Eagles average 502.8 yards per game last season. As a result, Watson earned second-team honors on the Associated Press’ 4A all-state team.

AJ Martinez

A.J. Martinez

CO-OFFENSIVE NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR

A.J. Martinez
Decatur, sophomore
The sophomore running back burst onto the scene last season, rushing for 1,369 yards and 18 touchdowns while catching 52 passes for 651 yards and six scores. Martinez was a big part of Decatur’s five-game winning streak to end the year and was equally important in both of the Eagles’ playoff wins. When Decatur established the ground game with Martinez, its offense was usually unstoppable.

Jadon Maddox

Jadon Maddox

Jadon Maddox
Bridgeport, sophomore
A first-team all-district selection, Maddox emerged as a perennial dual-threat quarterback in 2017. Maddox ended the year with 2,142 passing yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 58.4 percent of his passes. On the ground, Maddox rushed for 864 yards and 13 touchdowns, giving defenses headaches with both his arm and legs.

Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Nick Taylor
Boyd, freshman
As only a freshman, Taylor terrorized opposing offenses, recording 124 tackles, including eight for a loss. Taylor also intercepted a pass and forced a fumble, earning him District 4-3A Division I Defensive Newcomer of the Year Honors.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK

Prince Mavula
Northwest, senior
Northwest’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, Mavula threw for 2,257 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2017 while rushing for 800 yards and eight scores. A two-time first-team all-district selection in 2016 and 2017, Mavula has committed to play at McNeese State University and passed for 5,460 yards and 54 touchdowns during his tenure with the Texans.

Jerod Blanks
Chico, senior
A 5-2A first-team all-district selection, Blanks proved to be a dynamic quarterback for Chico in 2017. Blanks threw for 956 yards and eight touchdowns while also rushing for 794 yards and 12 scores.

RUNNING BACK

Jacob Robinson
Paradise, junior
Described by his coaches as being both tough and explosive, Robinson carried 140 times for 986 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged seven yards per carry and was a first-team all-district selection.

Logan Jones
Boyd, junior
A first-team all-district selection, Jones carried 176 times for 641 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

WIDE RECEIVER

Quentin Lee
Northwest, junior
The 6-foot-1 wideout hauled in 76 catches for 1,089 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2017. Lee was a unanimous first-team all-district selection and a Performance Course Player of the Week.

Alec Uselton
Decatur, senior
Decatur’s leading receiver, Uselton transitioned from defense to offense in his senior year – and the switch paid off. Uselton hauled in 87 passes for 1,067 yards and six touchdowns, helping him earn a first-team all-district selection.

Colton Waters
Bridgeport, senior
Jadon Maddox’s favorite target, Waters became the go-to receiver for Bridgeport last year. A first-team all-district selection, Waters led Bridgeport in receiving, catching 61 passes for 1,160 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Mario Reyes
Decatur, senior
Uselton’s partner on the outside, Reyes was also a first-team all-district selection and led Decatur in receiving touchdowns with 14. A wide receiver with blazing speed and an ability to stretch defenses, Reyes was one of Wilson Hicks’ favorite targets. Reyes ended the year with 57 catches for 972 yards.

TIGHT END

Mitchell Sellers
Paradise, sophomore
Sellers did not have an eye-popping stat line in Paradise’s run-heavy offense, but the 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end was a force for the Panthers. He ended the year with 16 receptions for 231 yards and a touchdown, and was vital in setting the edge and helping establish Paradise’s ground game.

LINEMAN

Tackle: Darrell Simpson
Northwest, senior
The Oklahoma commit graded out at 92 percent, recording 45 knockdowns. A prototypical tackle, Simpson was first-team all-district, an Army All-American and a four-year starter for Northwest.

Tackle: Morgan Picha
Decatur, junior
A second-team all-district selection, Picha helped Decatur average 165.2 yards per game on the ground. Picha also helped keep quarterback Wilson Hicks upright, as Hicks threw for nearly 4,000 yards in 2017.

Guard: Gabriel Christman
Northwest, senior
Christman graded out at 91 percent with 42 knockdowns and was a second-team all-district selection. Christman was a part of an offensive line that helped Northwest boast the second-best rushing offense in District 6-5A, averaging 234 yards per game.

Guard: Bartola Guevara
Boyd, freshman
Guevara earned first-team all-district honors as a freshman and helped Boyd’s offense average over 300 yards per game. Guevara played both ways for the Yellowjackets, also lining up as a nose tackle on defense.

Center: Cason Rangel
Alvord, senior
Rangel graded out at 84 percent, had eight pancake blocks and was 98 percent accurate on all snaps for the season. A first-team all-district selection, Rangel was a team captain and the anchor of Alvord’s offensive line.

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE END

Clayton Fulkerson
Paradise, senior
A high-motor pass rusher, Fulkerson had a knack for getting to the quarterback. He finished the season with 74 tackles, four sacks, 17 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles.

Braxton Roth
Decatur, senior
Roth earned second-team all-district honors in his senior campaign, notching four sacks and 78 tackles. He also forced three fumbles and recovered another, proving to be a force on Decatur’s defensive line.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Malik Moore
Northwest, junior
Moore was a second-team all-district selection as a junior, anchoring the interior of Northwest’s defensive line. At 5-foot-11, 260 pounds, Moore recorded 75 tackles, four quarterback pressures and one sack for the Texans.

Zach Brown
Alvord, junior
A first-team all-district selection, Brown recorded 77 tackles to go along with one sack, two forced fumbles and a blocked extra point. Coaches described Brown as a very strong and talented player with the ability to play down the line and make tackles from the back side.

LINEBACKER

Shea Buckaloo
Alvord junior
Buckaloo was a menace for opposing offenses, racking up 117 tackles, seven tackles for losses, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He was a first-team all-district selection and was Alvord’s team leader in tackles.

Harrison Haney
Decatur, senior
Haney was Decatur’s team leader in tackles with 140, earning him a first-team all-district nod. In addition, Haney also recorded two sacks, forced a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown.

Steele Pena
Bridgeport, senior
Pena was a second-team all-district selection, recording 30 tackles in 2017. Described by coaches as being a disciplined and versatile defender, Pena played both safety and outside linebacker for the Bulls, filling gaps and aggressively setting the edge.

Logan Ellis
Chico, junior
Ellis earned first-team all-district honors as a junior, racking up 109 total tackles. Ellis added two tackles losses, two sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble to his tally.

CORNERBACK

Zane Morrow
Bridgeport, senior
A second-team all-district selection, Morrow made 23 tackles in his senior season. Morrow also had 10 pass breakups and was able to prevent the big play on several occasions.

Blake Jones
Alvord, senior
Alvord’s team leader in interceptions, Jones snagged three picks and was a first-team all-district selection. Jones tallied 73 tackles on the year, including three for losses, and also forced three fumbles.

SAFETY

Jack Ishmael
Paradise, sophomore
Ishmael earned first-team all-district honors as a sophomore, commanding the back end of Paradise’s defense. While he was adept in coverage, intercepting four passes, Ishmael also was not afraid to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Ishmael tallied 78 tackles, two tackles for losses and forced a fumble.

Karson Parker
Alvord, sophomore
Despite being a safety, Parker was Alvord’s second leading tackler with 80. He defended against four passes, caused three fumbles and recovered three fumbles. Parker was a first-team all-district selection as both a safety and wide receiver.

KICKER

Armando Benitez
Decatur, junior
Benitez converted on 90 percent of his extra point attempts and made his lone field goal of the year, a 24-yarder. He scored 78 points for Decatur and recorded four touchbacks on kickoffs, averaging 40.8 yards per kick.

PUNTER

Ethan Herschler
Bridgeport, senior
Herschler’s punts averaged a net of 37 yards with four punts pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line. Herschler was adept at flipping the field and putting Bridgeport’s opposition in bad field position to start drives.

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