Cuero vs. Pleasant Grove

Cuero’s Jordan Whittington runs the ball against Pleasant Grove during the Class 4A, Division II state championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Cuero’s Jordan Whittington had a short, but memorable senior year.

Whittington missed the first four games of the season with an injury, but returned to lead the Gobblers to their fourth state championship.

Whittington was named the District 14-3A, Division I MVP, a second-team selection on the Associated Press Sports Editors all-state team, the offensive and defensive MVP of the state championship game, and the MVP of the Advocate’s all-area team.

Whittington graduated at mid-term and has already enrolled at the University of Texas.

But the honors continue for Whittington, who was named the offensive player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A all-state team released Thursday.

Whittington was also a first-team selection as an all-purpose player, after rushing 59 times for 846 yards and 14 touchdowns and catching 49 passes for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He also had 86 tackles and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

Travis Reeve, who led the Gobblers to their first state title since 1987, was selected as coach of the year.

Whittington was among four Cuero players named to the first team.

Senior center Caden Jander and senior guard Brandon Nemec were selected for the first-team offense, and senior lineman Trey Moore was picked on the first-team defense.

Cuero senior running back Chance Albrecht and Wharton junior defensive lineman Ja’Shawn Nickerson were selected to the second team.

Cuero senior defensive back Keiran Grant was named to the third team.

Earning honorable mention on offense were Wharton wide receiver Clarence Branch, Cuero quarterback Michael Barta, and Bay City quarterback Dylan Davidson.

Honorable mention selections on defense were Gonzales defensive lineman Lion Williamson and defensive back Seth Gibson, Wharton linebacker Omar Marks, and El Campo punter Anthony Catate.

La Vega senior linebacker Jared Rogers was named the defensive player of the year.

TSWA Class 4A All-State Team

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Tackles – Jaelyn Maladdie, LaVega, 6-1, 240, sr.; Preston Wilson, Argyle, 6-4, 280, sr.

Centers – Caden Jander, Cuero, 6-1, 260, sr.

Guards – Kevion Booty, Carthage, 6-2, 285, sr.; Brandon Nemec, Cuero, 6-1, 255, sr.

Wide receivers – Beau Bedford, Decatur, 6-0, 175, sr.; Keontae Burns, Pittsburg, 6-3, 190, sr.

Tight ends – Davis Shackelford, Glen Rose, 6-0, 190, jr.

Quarterbacks - Cameron Griffin, Glen Rose, 6-1, 180, sr.

Running backs – Daimarqua Foster, WF Hirschi, 5-10, 195, sr.; Kyle Harrison, Liberty Hill, 5-8, 165, sr.; (tie) Quintan Jackson, FW Benbrook, 5-7, 175, sr.; Jay’Veon Sunday, Waco Connally, 6-0, 196, jr.

Fullback – James Wiggins, Pleasant Grove, 5-8, 177, sr.;

Place-kicker – Claudio DeLuna, Hillsboro, 5-11, 165, sr.

All-purpose – Jordan Whittington, Cuero, 6-1, 198, sr.

Defense

Linemen – Trey Moore, Cuero, X, XX, sr.; Grayson Mays, Bellville, 6-3, 220, jr.;DeMarr Hayes, LaVega, 6-4, 190, sr.; (tie) Dalveon Rhodes, Lubbock Estacado, 6-1, 265, sr.; Josh Ellis, Sweeny, 6-0, 210, sr.;

Linebackers – Daylon Bartosh, Lorena, 6-0, 195, sr.; Cole Daggett, Fort Stockton, 6-0, 227, sr.; Jared Rogers, La Vega, 5-10, 215, sr.; Monte Cluck, Boerne, 6-6, 220, sr.

Defensive backs – Jaylon Jimmerson, Pittsburg, 6-0, 190, sr.; Kevin Davis, Brazosport, 5-11, 170, jr.; Johnny Espinosa, San Angelo Lake View, 6-0, 170, jr.; Kamren Woods, Pleasant Grove, 6-3, 187, sr.;

Punters – Sevastion DeLeon, Henderson, 5-9, 170, sr.

Kick returner – Isaiah Salazar, Levelland, 5-10, 165, soph.

Utility – Craig Clemons, CC West Oso, 6-0, 180, sr.;

Offensive Player of the Year – Whittington, Cuero

Defensive Player of the Year – Rogers

Coach of the Year – Travis Reeve, Cuero

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Tackles – Marcus Alexander, Sunnyvale, 6-4, 300, sr.; Johnny Taylor, WF Hirschi, 6-3, 295, jr.

Centers – Branson Bragg, Crandall, 6-4, 308, sr.

Guards – Bradon Wilkes, Pittsburg, 5-10, 220, sr.;Tanner Wilson, Canyon, 6-5, 315, sr.

Wide receivers – Demond Demas, Houston North Forest, jr.; Langston Anderson, Midlothian Heritage, 6-2, 196, sr.

Tight ends – Matthew Nunez, Ferris, 6-3, 205, jr.

Quarterbacks -(tie) Gunner Capps, Carthage, 6-2, 200, sr.; Roman Fuller, Decatur, 6-4, 185, jr.

Running backs – Bruce Garrett, Pleasant Grove, 5-10, 188, jr.; Chance Albrecht, Cuero, 6-0, 200, sr.; (tie) Westen Halcom, Glen Rose, 5-8, 175, sr.; Seth Dixon, Hereford, 5-9, 175, sr.

Fullback – Nathan Sims, Athens, 5-11, 215, soph.

Place-kicker – (tie) Lee Yart, Dumas, 5-8, 140, soph.; Damian Casas, Splendora, 5-9, 175, sr.

All-purpose – Kameron Ramson, Fairfield, 5-10, 175, sr.;

Defense

Linemen – Jayden Jacobs, Van, 6-2, 200, jr. Zak Betancourt, Levelland, x, sr.; Ja’Shawn Nickerson, Wharton, 6-3, 190, jr.; (tie) Dalton Bills, Bellville, 5-10, 185, jr.; Tony Espinoza, West Oso, 6-3, 220, sr.

Linebackers – Rayvon Ingram, Carthage, 5-10, 205, jr.; Blu Caylor, Stephenville, 6-1, 230, sr.; Chase Petter, Argyle, 5-10, 192, sr.; (tie) Garrett Redden, Sealy, 5-11, 215, jr.; Brady Odom, Henderson, 5-10, 205, jr.

Defensive backs – Julio Riggs, Boerne, 5-8, 140, sr.; Tyler Kelley, Pleasant Grove, 5-6, 155, sr.; Gage Graham, Stephenville, 5-10, 175, sr.; Brenden Dixon, Argyle, 6-2, 195, sr.;

Punters – (tie) Kobey Emeyabbi, North Lamar, 5-11, 165, jr.; Brendan Hall, Springtown, 6-7, 215, soph.;

Kick returner – Marquez Hall, Center, 5-7, 150, soph.

Utility – Kavian Gaither, Waco Connally, 5-10, 170, soph.

THIRD TEAM

Offense

Tackles – Justin Montgomery, Liberty Hill, 5-10, 260, sr.; Jeremiah Stanley, Iowa Park, 6-2, 260, sr.

Centers – (tie) Christian Canchola, Sweeny, 5-11, 240, sr.; Garrison Stovall, Graham, sr.

Guards – Scott Gill, Stephenville, 6-2, 250, sr.; Lane York, Stephenville, 6-5, 270, sr.

Wide receivers – Kelvontay Dixon, Carthage, 6-1, 180, jr.; Ethan Robinson, Van, 5-11, 150, sr.

Tight ends – (tie) Cole McWilliams, Liberty Hill, 6-0, 195, sr.; Adam Lamb, Rockport-Fulton, 6-3, 230, sr.

Quarterbacks -(tie) Landon Ledbetter, Midlothian Heritage, 6-0, 170, sr.; Ben Harmon, Pleasant Grove, 6-0, 185, jr.

Running backs – Ivan Bolden, Sealy, 6-0, 190, sr.; Cameron Rickett, Springtown, 5-9, 190, jr.; (tie) Jar’Quae Walton, Waco LaVega, 5-8, 175, soph.; Ashton Stredick, Needville, 5-10, 175, jr.

Fullback – (tie) Connor Cook, Salado, 5-11, 193, sr.; Kyle Weber, Splendora, 6-0, 250, sr.

Place-kicker – (tie) Dillon Williams, Pleasant Grove, 5-6, 150, sr.; Angel Ibarra, West Orange-Stark, 5-8, 150, soph.

All-purpose – Nate Downing, WF Hirschi, 5-9, 170, sr.

Defense

Linemen – Collin O’Neal, Melissa, 6-1, 210, sr.; Kory Schmidt, Liberty Hill, 6-4, 201, sr.; Kyle Weber, Splendora, 6-0, 250, sr.; Jar-Mychael Hudson, Fairfield, 6-2, 185, jr.

Linebackers – Blaine Waggoner, Hamshire-Fannett, 5-9, 185, sr.; Sederick Colbert, Lubbock Estacado, 6-3, 215, sr.; Bladen Reaves, Pleasant Grove, 5-10, 191, sr.; (tie) Camryn Edney, Pittsburg, 6-0, 208, sr.; Jared Esparza, Gonzales, 6-2, 220, sr.

Defensive backs – Keiran Grant, Cuero, 5-11, 175, sr.; Cade Michna, Lorena, 5-11, 195, sr.; Donta Stuart, La Vega, 5-10, 165, sr.; (tie) Teshaun Teel, West Orange-Stark, 6-0, 195, sr.; Jacorey Ware, Carthage, 6-0, 170, sr.;

Punters – Ridge Preston, Van, 5-11, 140, sr.

Kick returner – Jaylon Jimmerson, Pittsburg, 6-0, 190, sr.

Utility – Markeese Lawrence, Andrews, 5-9, 145, soph.

HONORABLE MENTION

Tackles - Michael Gilbert, Navarro, 6-3, 320, sr.; Garrett Hayes, Athens, 6-6, 295, jr.; Arturo Hernandez, Sealy, 5-10, 230, sr.; Marlin Johnson, Ingleside, 6-6, 270, sr.; Miles Johnson, Levelland, 6-4, 290, sr.; Lakota Lawrence, Liberty Hill, 5-11, 205, sr.; Roy Lema, West Oso, 5-11, 245, sr.; Kevin Lightfoot, Silsbee, 6-2, 255, sr.; Keilyn McCain, Pittsburg, 6-3, 330, sr.; Matthew Morris, Splendora, 6-2, 275, sr.; J.T. Romero, Carthage, 6-2, 220, sr.; Hayden Shaw, Glen Rose, 6-2, 285, sr.; Wyatt Tate, Geronimo Navarro, 6-6, 315, sr.; Jackson Willis, Van, X, sr.

Centers – Roland Castro, Lubbock Estacado, 6-0, 280, sr.; Jayden Kitchens, Midland Greenwood, 6-2, 205, sr.

Wide receivers – Paul Amick, Boerne, 6-2, 185, sr.; Clarence Branch, Wharton, 6-0, 180, sr.; Dillon Carter, Argyle, 6-0, 195, sr.; Cameron Everts, Lampasas, 6-0, 180, jr.; Keithen Griffin, Pittsburg, 6-1, 170, sr.; Frank Hernandez, Rio Hondo, 5-8, 155, sr.; Kennedy Lewis, Melissa, 6-4, 200, sr.; Seth Nickell, Canyon, 5-10, 175, sr.; Brody Ray, Midland Greenwood, 6-2, 160, jr.; Clay Roberts, Sealy, 5-10, 170, sr.; Jay Wilkerson, Midlothian Heritage, 6-2, 160, jr.

Tight ends – Zane Walker, Stephenville, 6-0, 205, sr.

Quarterbacks - Michael Barta, Cuero, 6-2, 185, sr.; Cole Boyd, Boerne, 6-3, 185, sr.; Clayton Chadwick, La Vernia, 5-10, 190, sr.; Dylan Davidson, Bay City, 6-1, 195, sr.; Kyle Douglas Jr., Wilmer-Hutchins, 6-0, 172, jr.; Malachi Flores, CC West Oso, 6-2, 185, jr.; Bo Hogeboom, Argyle, 6-0, 190, jr.; Brett Leach, Andrews, 6-2, 170, jr.; Brendon Lewis, Melissa, 6-3, 195, jr.; Josiah Ortega, Rio Hondo, 5-11, 180, sr.; Lawton Rikel, Canyon, 6-2, 185, sr.; Garrett Zaskoda, Sealy, 5-11, 175, sr.

Running backs – Andrew Barajas, Alvarado, 5-10, 170, sr.; Tito Byce, Argyle, 5-10, 180, soph.; Trey Cross, Midland Greenwood, 5-8, 165, soph.; Jermiah Dobbins, Lubbock Estacado, 5-11, 190, jr.; Chase Gilmore, Graham, 6-0, 190, sr.;Erik Hart, China Spring, 5-10, 190, sr.; Mon’Tavien Hunt, Jasper, 5-10, 180, jr.; Anfernee Johnson, Houston Furr, 5-9, 170, sr.; David Patino, Crystal City, 5-10, 180, sr.; Nasir Reynolds, Dallas Hillcrest, 5-8, 160, soph.; Khalil Thompson, Mineral Wells, 5-8, 185, sr.; Danny Vasquez, Rio Hondo, 5-11, 165, sr.;

Place-kicker – Mauricio Aleves, Madisonville, 6-0, 160, sr.; Chase Carrillo, Stephenville, 5-10, 175, sr.; Jersson Hernandez, Levelland, 5-9, 185, sr.

Defense

Linemen – Deundre Blanton, Kilgore, 6-3, 265, jr.; Keegan Bunt, Glen Rose, 6-2, 200, sr.; CJ Cantu, Rockport-Fulton, 5-10, 210, sr.; Isaiah Carpenter, FW Benbrook, 6-0, 185, jr.; Truman Castleberry, Vernon, 6-1, 205, sr.; Abel Euceda, Gilmer, 6-0, 200, sr.; Jonathan Gutierrez, Stephenville, 6-0, 245, sr.; Christian Hendricks, WF Hirschi, 5-9, 230, sr.; Dolen Kennon, Silsbee, 5-11, 185, sr.; Jermaine Lewis, Rusk, 6-4, 265, sr.; Troy Macias, Rio Hondo, 5-11, 260, sr.; Lloyd Murray, WF Hirschi, 6-2, 310, sr.; Kayton Powell, La Grange, 6-2, 215, sr.; Kaghen Roach, Celina, 6-5, 225, sr.; Lion Williamson, Gonzales, 6-0, 192, jr.; Rawson Young, Geronimo Navarro, 6-2, 245, sr.

Linebackers – Ethan Bishop, Kennedale, 5-9, 160, sr.; William Bluitt, Jasper, 5-10, 210, sr.; Lande Butler, West Orange-Stark, 5-10, 195, sr.; Hunter Clark, Sealy, 6-0, 200, soph.; Quinton Cook, Palestine, 6-0, 190, jr.; Dallan Dill, Dumas, 5-10, 185, sr.; Trey Fields, Sweeny, 6-0, 210, jr.; Esau Flores, Andrews, 5-8, 190, jr.; Jersson Hernandez, Levelland, 5-9, 185, sr.; Brenden Ketchem, Liberty Hill, 5-8, 190, sr.; Omar Marks, Wharton, 5-10, 255, sr.; Gabriel Martinez, Rio Hondo, 5-9, 180, sr.; Greg Martinez, Lorena, x, Sr.; Justin Morales, Crystal City, 6-0, 190, sr.; Cade Olson, Canyon, 5-11, 175, sr.; Raciel Orona, Gilmer, 6-0, 195, sr.; Joey Ortega, Rio Hondo, 5-8, 170, jr.; Trevin Parson, Sweeny, 6-0, 190, sr.; Devin Sterling, Sunnyvale, 6-1, 240, jr.; Josh Williams, Palestine, 6-2, 184, sr.; AJ Zarate, Van, 6-0, 205, sr.

Defensive backs – Koby Allen, Lampasas, 5-11, 175, jr.; Korie Black, Waco Connally, 6-2, 175, jr.; Hayden Clearman, Argyle, 5-11, 175, sr.; Brett Cobb, Canyon, 6-0, 180, sr.; JD Coffey, Kennedale, 6-1, 175, soph.; Seth Gibson, Gonzales, 5-8, 170, sr.; Sam Gilbreath, Canyon, 5-10, 155, sr.; Marquez Hall, Center, 5-6, 150, soph.; Braylen Meador, Glen Rose, 5-9, 170, jr.; Justice Mosley, Splendora, 5-10, 175, sr.; Ryan Nebeker, Celina, 5-10, 175, sr.; Jaise Oliver, Fairfield, 6-1, 190, sr.; Luis Ramos, Dumas, 5-7, 160, sr.; Xavier Rodriguez, Levelland, 5-10, 170, sr.; Darshon Turk, Silsbee, 6-0, 175, sr.; Devior Yanis, La Grange, 5-11, 175, sr.; Cameron White, Silsbee, 5-11, 175, sr.

Punters – Anthony Catate, El Campo, 5-10, 150, sr.; Alexis Lopez, Center, 5-11, 153, jr.; Trace Morrison, Stephenville, 6-2, 180, soph.

Kick returners – Craig Clemons, CC West Oso, 6-0, 180, sr.; Ethan Lemke, Pampa, 5-9, 173, sr.; Demond Demas, Houston North Forest, jr.

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at mforman@vicad.com. 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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