Football: Cuero vs. Yoakum

Cuero’s Jordan Whittington, middle, has earned several preseason honors from Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine.

Jordan Whittington has captured a number of honors during his three years at Cuero, but a state championship has eluded him.

Whittington will have one more shot at a state title as he plays his final season for the Gobblers before beginning his college career at the University of Texas.

Whittington will go into his senior year as a third-team selection at wide receiver on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine’s Subway Super Team.

Texas Football, which should be on newsstands in the next week, also named Whittington as a Class 4A preseason all-state selection and as the District 15-4A, Division II preseason defensive player of the year.

The magazine picks Cuero, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, Division II, to reach the semifinals before losing to West Orange-Stark.

Cuero offensive lineman Caden Jander was also a preseason all-state selection, and running back Keiran Grant was the district preseason offensive MVP.

Refugio is Texas Football’s top-ranked Class 2A, Division I team, and the Bobcats are picked to win the state title over DeLeon. The Bobcats advanced to the state final last season for the third straight year and were selected the Class 2A team of the year.

Shiner was ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A, Division I preseason poll.

Refugio defensive lineman Armonie Brown and wide receiver Jake Tinsman were preseason all-state selections. Brown was named the preseason defensive MVP in District 16-2A, Division I.

Brown was also named to the Texas Top 300 along with Bay City quarterback Dylan Davidson, Van Vleck running back De’Mitri Monroe and Goliad running back Logan Bland.

Victoria West running back Tyvon Hardrick was named one of Texas’ Best from the 2020 class.

Bland was selected as the District 15-3A, Division I preseason defensive MVP and Goliad quarterback Rocky Morris was chosen as the preseason offensive MVP.

Goliad is ranked No. 2 in the state in the Class 3A, Division I poll, while district foes Yoakum and Hallettsville are ranked Nos. 5 and 12, respectively.

The Tigers are picked to advance to the Division I state final before losing to Brock.

Goliad offensive lineman Chris Banks was a Class 3A preseason all-state pick, and Goliad’s Bobby Nicholson was the Class 3A preseason coach of the year.

Van Vleck’s Monroe was also selected as the District 14-3A, Division II offensive MVP.

Other area preseason district MVPs include El Campo defensive lineman Javien Williams in District 14-3A, Division I, Shiner linebacker Lane Nevlud in District 15-2A, Division I, Falls City quarterback Keyshawn Johnson in District 15-2A, Division II, and Woodsboro defensive lineman Garrett Burns in District 16-2A, Division II.

Texas Football’s preseason rankings also include El Campo at No. 20 in Class 4A, Division I, Van Vleck at No. 15 and Tidehaven at No. 17 in Class 3A, Division II, and Falls City at No. 7 in Class 2A, Division II.

Preseason workouts for teams that didn’t have spring training begin Aug. 6.

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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