Yoakum, Goliad players named first-team all-state

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Dec. 18, 2017 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated Dec. 19, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Yoakum's Jordan Moore (2) has been named first-team all-state as a defensive back. Moore leads a large group of area players on the APSE Class 3A team released Monday.

Yoakum's Jordan Moore (2) has been named first-team all-state as a defensive back. Moore leads a large group of area players on the APSE Class 3A team released Monday.   Nicolas Galindo for The Victoria Advocate

Yoakum had contributions from a number of players as it won the outright District 14-3A, Division I championship.

The Bulldogs went undefeated in district play and finished the regular season with a 9-1 record.

Yoakum went on to the state semifinals for the second consecutive season.

The Bulldogs' success helped three players earn first-team honors, and Goliad had one on the Associated Press Sports Editors Class 3A all-state team based on the regular season and released Monday.

Offensive linemen Conner Brandt and Silas Robinson from Yoakum and Chris Banks from Goliad were first-team picks along with Yoakum defensive back Jordan Moore.

Robinson, a senior who will sign with Arkansas on Wednesday, graded out at 98 percent, combined for 73 knockdown and pancake blocks and allowed one sack.

Brandt, a junior, graded out at 94 percent and combined for 59 knockdown and pancake blocks.

Moore, a senior who has committed to Texas A&M, had 73 tackles, six interceptions and 10 pass breakups.

Banks, a junior, graded out at 97 percent and had 19 pancakes.

Yoakum senior Henry Enoch was a second-team selection on the defensive line.

Earning honorable mention on offense were Hallettsville receiver Jordon Brooks, quarterback DJ Taylor and running back Scooter Adams, Edna running back Kenny Haynes, Goliad quarterback Rocky Morris and Tidehavenrunning back Jeff Williams.

Receiving honorable mention on defense were Goliad lineman Logan Bland, linebacker Angel Hernandez, defensive back Nathan Oliver, Yoakum back Isaac Pope, Hallettsville linebacker Jaxon Reeves, Nixon-Smiley back Devin Hester and Edna punter Thomas Long.

DeKalb senior running back Jaquan Jackson was selected as the offensive player of the year, and Sabine junior linebacker Kobe Renfro was named the defensive player of the year.

APSE Class 3A all-state team

The 2017 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 3A all-state high school football team, released Monday. Voting based on regular-season performance. Players are listed in alphabetical order at each position.


Offensive Player of the Year

Jaquan Jackson, DeKalb


CHRIS BANKS, Goliad, Jr. - 97 percent grade, 19 pancakes.

CONNER BRANDT, Yoakum, Jr. - 94 percent grade, 59 knockdown/ pancakes

GARRETT NICHOLS, Wall, Sr. - 97 percent grade, 28 knockdowns

TYLER RICHARDSON, Canadian, Sr. - 97 percent grade, 40 pancakes, 1 sack allowed in 287 pass attempts

SILAS ROBINSON, Yoakum, Sr. - 98 percent grade, 73 knockdown/pancakes, allowed 1 sack


DAYTON GALLAGHER, Lone Oak, Sr. - 45-1,090 yds, 16 TDs

T.J. ROGERS, New Diana, Sr. - 75-1,312 yds, 17 TDs


JACKSON SAMPSON, New Diana, Sr. - 207-320-3,630 yds, 47 TDs, 9 INTs

Running backs

JA'KOBE COOPER, Lexington, Jr. - 2,436 rushing yds, 27 TDs

JAQUAN JACKSON, DeKalb, Sr. - 324-2,867 yds, 48 TDs

CHARLES STALLINGS, Kermit, Sr. - 268-1,998 yds, 27 TDs


CARLOS CAMPOS, Beckville, Soph. - 47-48 PATs, 13-14 FGs, long of 46, 5 longer than 40


Defensive Player of the Year

Kobe Renfro, Sabine


TANNER BAYARD, Holliday, Jr. - 112 tackles, 37 TFL, 12 sacks, 2 fumbles forced, 3 blocked punts

ERIC GIPSON, Jefferson, Jr. - 118 tackles, 9 sacks, 23 TFL, 2 fumbles caused, INT return for TD

TAYLOR SMITH, Jefferson, Sr. - 120 tackles, 6 sacks, 12 TFL, 4 fumbles caused, 3 fumble recoveries

ELIJAH TREST, White Oak, Sr. - 94 tackles, 15 sacks, 17 TFL, 5 fumbles caused, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 defensive TD


LEVI LONG, Canadian, Sr. - 130 tackles, 22 TFL, 10 sacks, 4 fumbles forced

KOBE RENFRO, Sabine, Jr. - 191 tackles, 83 solos, 4 sacks, 5 fumbles caused, 3 fumble recoveries, 20 TFL, 2 pass breakups

RAY SAENZ, Bishop, Sr. - 130 tackles, 28 TFL, 10 sacks, 8 fumbles forced, 5 Fumble recoveries, 2 INTs, 2 defensive TDs

Defensive backs

ABEL CASAS, San Diego, Sr. - 7 INT, 3 INTs for TDs, 35 tackles, 4 PATs blocked

JORDAN MOORE, Yoakum, Sr. - 73 tackles, 10 pass break ups, 6 INTs

MIGUEL ORDONEZ, Luling, Jr. - 81 tackles; 6 INTs; 4 pass break ups, 1 defensive TD

DEMARVION OVERSHOWN, Arp, Sr. - 142 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 INTs, 14 TFL, 4 fumbles caused, 2 fumble recoveries, 13 PBU


KADEN CORDELL, Sonora, Sr. - 11 punts, 45.8 avg., long of 54



A.J. Carroll, Daingerfield, Sr.; Cole Harroff, Grandview, Sr.; Adrian Martinez, Gunter, Sr.; Miguel Valdez, Clyde, Sr.; Marcus Williams, Teague, Sr.


Cole Myers, Elysian Fields, Sr.; Cody Payton, New Diana, Sr.


Torry Locklin, Rockdale, Sr.

Running backs

Casey Braden, Wall, Sr.; Barrett Hill, Big Sandy Harmony, Jr.; Jarrett Jackson, Sonora, Sr.; Tanner Patino, Brock, Sr.


Austin Wilkerson, Sunnyvale, Sr.



Skylar Collier, Brock, Sr.; Henry Enoch, Yoakum, Sr.; Nick Hackett, Lone Oak, Sr.; Darrien Johnson, New London West Rusk, Sr.


Isaac Mendoza, Muleshoe, Sr.; Tyree Wilson, New London West Rusk, Sr.; Tanner Young, Leonard, Sr.

Defensive backs

Stephen Darden, Beckville, Jr.; Kepha Luster, Jefferson, Sr.; Jared Pedraza, Franklin, Jr.; Jonah White, Merkel, Jr.


Cody Payton, New Diana, Sr.



Matt Brunson, New Diana; Jordan Cranston, Lexington; Cade Hawley, Lexington; Conner Henson, Big Sandy Harmony; Jace King, Ballinger; Jacob Maggard, Teague; Riley McCulloch, Tuscola Jim Ned; Carlos Meza, Muleshoe; Tristan Ortiz, Big Lake Reagan County; Michael Pullen, Cisco; KC Rater, Jacksboro; Harrison Reagan, Hughes Springs; Braley Varnell, Jefferson.


Jordon Brooks, Hallettsville; Braiden Clopton, Gunter; Joe Dan Gambol, Childress; Payton Laughlin, Clyde; Matthew Lynch, Canadian; Iverson Westbrook, Cameron Yoe.


Zack Andress, Cameron Yoe; Colton Brewer, Bangs; Kaden Cordell, Sonora; Aaron Frost, Alpine; Heath Hood, White Oak; Luke Latimer, Childress; Rocky Morris, Goliad; DJ Taylor, Hallettsville.

Running backs

Scooter Adams, Hallettsville; Darwin Barlow, Newton; Earnest Crownover, Grandview; Jaylon Garland, New London West Rusk; Kenny Haynes, Edna; Michael Lozano, Muleshoe; Jeff Williams, Tidehaven.



Logan Bland, Goliad; Hunter Brabham, Hughes Springs; Tyrus Busby, Teague; Damian Dominguez, Grandview; Nate Jones, Lexington; Adrian Martinez, Gunter; Carson Stephens, Wall; Trey Thompson, Merkel; Steve Watts, Wall.


Aaron Allert, Lexington; Caimon Billingsly, Coahoma; Easton Blackstone, Big Sandy Harmony; Dylan David, Rockdale; Will Fannin, Franklin; Warren Hardy, Breckenridge; Angel Hernandez, Goliad; Zach Lowe, Gunter; Jaxon Reeves, Hallettsville; Colton Roberts, Comanche; Diego Molina, New London West Rusk; Trey Ortiz, Big Lake Reagan County; Dillon Swaim, Bowie; David Villa, Grandview; Dryden Virden, Wall; Chance Work, Sunnyvale.

Defensive backs

Hunter Bunch, Sonora; Justin Chavez, Big Lake Reagan County; Konrad Eichelman, Big Sandy Harmony; Sergio Guerra, San Diego; Cole Harris, Poth; Lawson Henicke, George West; Devin Hester, Nixon-Smiley; Dylan Jantz, Gunter; Reggie Jeter, Daingerfield; Jayln Marks, WF City View; Tanner Meuth, Lexington; Nathan Oliver, Goliad; Isaac Pope, Yoakum; Cole Wilkerson, Merkel.


Thomas Long, Edna.



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