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Titans' Yates named MVP of District 30-4A

By jhornberg
Nov. 30, 2010 at 5:30 a.m.

Victoria East faced Mission Veterans Memorial for their area round playoff gamel Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.ANGELI WRIGHT/AWRIGHT@VICAD.COM

For the first, second and honorable mentions, see C4

Ervin Yates proved to be nearly unstoppable for most of the season for Victoria East.

He was near the top of the district in rushing yards, and added strong passing stats in first year after transferring from Edna.

And the senior was rewarded by being unanimously named the top player in District 30-4A by the coaches, part of a near sweep of the awards by the Titans.

Yates finished with 2,361 passing yards, and threw for at least one touchdown in all but two games this season. He finished with 25

He also finished with 1,113 rushing yards on 11 touchdowns in 13 games this season.

Titans coach Mickey Finley was named the district's coach of the year after the team finished 11-2 this weekend and making it to the regional round of the Class 4A, Division I playoffs. Victoria East also had a perfect district record, winning all of its games by an average of 22 points.

The Titans also scored the defensive player of the year in junior Nic Wallace, who ranked near the top of the district in tackles before being sidelined halfway through the final regular season game with a knee injury.

Victoria East and West split the newcomer awards, with the offensive newcomer going to running back Chris Franklin, and the defensive newcomer going to East linebacker Andrew Adame.

For the Titans, Roderick Warren and Josh McClure were named top running back and top receiver respectively, while Steven Martinez was named top defensive back.

Victoria West also score the top linebacker in the district in junior middle linebacker Brandon Cady.

Calhoun quarterback Joseph Bargas was named the top offensive player in the district, one of two players selected for a district award from the Sandcrabs.

The other was Rudy Pesina, who was named the district's top offensive lineman.

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