With the high school football playoffs winding down, Pleasanton, Jourdanton and Poteet each released their all-district selections. The three schools boast a total of more than 75 athletes whom district coaches recognized for performances on the field and in the classroom.
Leading the way for the Eagles were senior Jerrell Mitchell and freshman Dalton Hobbs, who each brought home superlatives. Mitchell, a middle linebacker, shared District 15-4A Division I Defensive Player of the Year honors with Blake Rios of Rockport-Fulton and Somersets Reno Garza.
Hobbs, a 6-foot-3 freshman wide receiver, shared the districts Newcomer of the Year award with R-F sophomore receiver Adam Lamb and Somerset quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann, an LSU commit.
It was very well-deserving, I thought, Pleasanton coach Tab Dumont said of Mitchell. Jerrell was the true leader of our whole team, not just our defense. His leadership showed on the field. He had a phenomenal season. I believe he had 138 total tackles. Im not real sure, but that could be a record around here.
Jerrell has a great nose for the ball and always played with a great motor. But the biggest thing about Jerrellalong with this whole group of seniorswas that he was a very coachable kid. The coaches really enjoyed being around him.
Hobbs hauled in 32 receptions for 522 yards and four touchdowns in his first varsity season.
I was very, very excited that he got it, Dumont said of the freshmans award. Ive always thought that he was a special player, and to have the other coaches in the district obviously think that also I think that speaks volumes for this kid. I watched him play basketball, I watched him play football and run track when he was in junior high, and I just had a feeling that he was going to be something special early. He had a phenomenal season for a young freshman kid to be out there playing with older kids the way he did. Were excited about that because weve still got him around here for three years.
Pleasanton had three first-team picks and eight players on the second team. Four Eagles were honorable mention.
Sophomore quarterback Johnny Zamora, who missed five games due to injury, was a first-team selection.
Johnnys a very special kid, Dumont said. Johnny has great work habits. He works as hard or harder than any kid that Ive coached in 27 years here. What really makes him specialbesides being a good playeris he makes everybody around him better just by the way he conducts himself. Johnny is a special kid. I really dont know how [else] to say it. He loves the game so much.
Joining Zamora on the first-team were Garrett Bosquez (wide receiver) and John Lopez (punter). Lopez, a senior, also made second team all-district at safety. Hunter Norment (center), Logan Cook (defensive end), Krys Palmer (inside linebacker), Issac Mendiola (outside linebacker), AJ Martinez (cornerback), Steven Mendiola (safety) and Victor Gutierrez were second-team members for the Eagles.
Gabriel Murillo (wide receiver), Victor Anguiano (guard), Nick Ramos (cornerback) and Rudy Martel (defensive tackle) made the all-district honorable mention list.
Of the all-district honorees, 10 will return next season for the Eagles.
Im very excited, Dumont said. And the big thing is you cannot substitute the experience that these young kids are getting. Theyre just so much further ahead than anybody thats their age that didnt play on varsity. The experience that these guys got is going to pay dividends next year. Weve got 10 starters on offense coming back and six on defense. We were a very young team. We were a very good team, we just fell a little short of our goal. Were working hard. The kids are already working hard. Weve got 30 kids in the weight room after school faithfully working. They want to get us to the next level back in the playoffs.
Following their run to the playoffs, Jourdanton snagged 24 spots on the All-District 15-3A Division I teams: 14 first-team, three second-team and seven honorable mention.
Seniors Jared Meyer (wide receiver) and Will Soward (tight end) were unanimous selections to the first team. Also on offense, Amador Lugo (quarterback), Jemareon Moore (running back), Will Locke (fullback) and Manuel Vacca (center) made the first team. In addition, Meyer was the first-team kicker and punter.
Josh Tapp (defensive tackle), John Englemann (defensive end), Brandon Williams (outside linebacker), Basilio Alvarado (cornerback), Jacob Fanno (safety) and Trey Paxson (safety) made the first-team, all-district defense.
Second-team selections include: Amador Lugo (guard), Hector Garza (offensive tackle) and Rhett Smooot (inside linebacker). Alex Turner (offensive tackle), Marc Flores (guard), Tristan Rutherford (wide receiver), Kord Northcut (linebacker), Zach Vyvlecka (defensive end), Nate Garcia (defensive tackle) and Marcelo Alvarado (center) were honorable mention
The Aggies also made the postseason this year. Poteet racked up 12 honors for the All-District 14-4A Division II teams.
Alfonso Peña made the all-district team at quarterback (second team) and punter (first team).
Peña was our go-to guy all season, Aggies coach Doug Foster said. He was the guy that sort of made our offense go. He did an excellent job at getting us in good situations. He was a leader. Hes a quarterback, field general; hes actually the coach on the field. He did a good job relaying my messages to the team. He ended up being all-district punter too.
Poteet had four other second-team picks: Terrell Davis (wide receiver), Michael Gomez (defensive tackle), Jace Meyer (inside linebacker) and Oscar Ortiz (cornerback). Davis defensive back) and Ortiz (running back) were also honorable mention all-district along with Xavier Lopez (center), Samuel Ritchey (guard) and Victor Gomez (inside linebacker).
Seventeen Aggies made the academic all-district list, which recognized athletes with a GPA of at least 90.
In previous years we probably had about five kids on the academic all-district list, Foster said. [Seventeen] kids is great. Thats what were all about here too. We dont just want good athletes; we want good people. We want kids that are going to become men and take care of their business. This is important that were increasing our academic all-district as well as our all-district list playing-wise.