Heading to the end zone

Rockwall senior Jaxon Smith-Njigba, heading to the end zone for another touchdown, earned offensive player of the year honors, plus first-team honors as a wide receiver and kick returner on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 6A all-state football team.

BRYAN – Six players on Rockwall’s 12-3 state semifinalist football team made the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 6A all-state football list, led by wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Smith-Njigba, who has signed with Ohio State, earned the offensive player of the year award, plus earned first-team honors as a wide receiver and a kick returner.

Smith-Njigba caught 109 passes this past season for 2,132 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also ran for 132 yards and four TDs, returned five kickoffs for 152 yards and 13 punts for 374 yards.

Two more Jackets earned second-team honors. Quarterback Braedyn Locke made the second-team offense after completing 268 of 455 attempts for 4,305 yards and 52 touchdowns. Defensive back Tyler Ashworth made the second-team defense. Ashworth made 51 tackles and broke up five passes.

Center Landon Gibson, placekicker Nathan Spearman and defensive lineman Sebastian Hinojosa of Rockwall made the honorable mention list. Gibson graded out at 92 percent for the season with 42 pancakes and did not allow a sack. Hinojosa recorded 55 tackles including 15 tackles for losses and 11 sacks. Spearman was 80-of-82 on extra points and 13-of-22 on field goal attempts, including a long kick of 46 yards.

Rockwall-Heath center Hunter Smith made the honorable mention list on offense for the 5-5 Hawks. Smith graded at 97 percent with 54 pancake blocks.

Cypress Creek linebacker Josh White was the defensive player of the year.  White, who has signed with LSU, had 24.5 tackles for loss and blocked two kicks.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Guards – Josh Bankhead, The Woodlands College Park, 6-5, 315, sr.; Logan Parr, San Antonio O’Connor, 6-4, 280, sr.

Center – Branson Hickman, Dallas Jesuit, 6-2, 280, sr.

Tackles – Andrej Karic, Southlake Carroll, 6-5, 265, sr.; (tie) Jake Majors, Prosper, 6-4, 290, sr.; Courtland Ford, Cedar Hill, 6-6, 305, sr.

Wide receivers – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Rockwall, 6-1, 188, sr.; Dwight McGlothern, Klein Oak, 6-2, 185, sr.

Tight end – Grayson Sandlin, Austin Lake Travis, 6-4, 205, sr.

Quarterback – Dematrius Davis, Galena Park North Shore, 5-11, 195, jr.

Running backs – Kaedric Cobbs, Denton Guyer, 5-10, 208, sr.; Aaron Dumas, El Paso Americas, 5-10, 190, jr.; Campbell Speights, McAllen Memorial, 5-10, 195, sr.

Fullback – Eddie Villarreal, La Joya, 5-10, 215, sr.

All-purpose back – EJ Smith, Dallas Jesuit, 6-0, 195, sr.

Place-kicker – Carter Brown, Pearland Dawson, 6-1, 175, soph.

Offensive player of the year – Smith-Njigba, Rockwall

Defense

Linemen – LB Moore, Amarillo Tascosa, 6-4, 235, sr.; Asyrus Simon, Humble Atascocita, 6-4, 261, sr.; Nicholas Booker-Brown, Spring Westfield, 6-3, 265, sr.; Caleb Fox, The Woodlands, 6-2, 307, sr.

Linebackers – Corey Flagg, North Sore, 6-0, 225, sr.; Josh White, Cypress Creek, 6-1, 220, sr.; James Douglas, Arlington Lamar, 6-1, 189, sr.; Graham Faloona, Southlake Carroll, 6-3, 215, sr.

Secondary – Upton Stout, Galena Park North Shore, 5-10, 180, sr.; Jahari Rogers, Arlington, 6-1, 180, sr.; Chris Thompson Jr., Duncanville, 6-2, 195, sr.; (tie) Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Duncanville, 6-1, 170, sr.; Sage Luther, Austin Westlake, 5-11, 185, sr.

Punter – Connor Dailey, McKinney Boyd, 5-10, 165, jr.

Utility – D.J. Graham, Keller Central, 6-2, 187, sr.

Kick returner – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Rockwall, 6-1, 188, sr.

Defensive player of the year – White, Cypress Creek

Coach of the year – (tie) Todd Dodge, Austin Westlake; Jon Kay, Galena Park North Shore

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Guards – Andrew Salem, Austin Lake Travis, 6-2, 270, sr.; Bryce Foster, Katy Taylor, 6-5, 330, jr.

Center – Addison Penn, Southlake Carroll, 6-3, 285, sr.

Tackles – Connor Halverson, Austin Westlake, 6-4, 270, sr.; Marcus Bryant, Cedar Ridge, 6-7, 270, sr.

Wide receivers – Loic Fouonji, Midland Lee, 6-4, 192, sr.; Ryan Lindley, Austin Westlake, 5-10, 170, sr.

Tight end – Blake Smith, Southlake Carroll, 6-5, 250, sr.

Quarterback – (tie) Braedyn Locke, Rockwall, 6-0, 180, soph.; Quinn Ewers, Southlake Carroll, 6-3, 195, soph.

Running backs – Braelon Bridges, Klein Collins, 5-9, 183, sr.; Zach Evans, North Shore, 6-0, 205, sr.; L.J. Johnson, Cy-Fair, 5-11, 205, jr.

Fullback – Charles Alia, Kempner, 5-10, 190, sr.

All-purpose back – Greg Eggleston, Smithson Valley, 5-11, 160, sr.

Place-kicker – Fabrizio Pinton, The Woodlands, 6-3, 200, sr.

Defense

Linemen – Carson Byrd, Midway, 6-1, 265, sr.; Austin McClendon, Austin Westlake, 6-3, 235, sr.; Brandon Brown, Katy Morton Ranch, 6-2, 290, sr.; (tie) Elijah Fisher, Allen, 6-3, 255, sr.; Marcus Brown, Houston Lamar, 6-4, 220, sr.

Linebackers – Donnie Moody, Converse Judson, 6-0, 205, jr.; Jayveion Moore, Arlington Lamar, 5-8, 196, sr.; Ethan Barr, Flower Mound Marcus, 6-3, 220, sr.; Miles Skinner, Keller Central, 6-1, 180, sr.

Secondary – Marcus Moore, Spring Westfield, 6-0, 190, sr.; Darius Snow, Hebron, 6-0, 215, sr.; Malik Cannon, Longview, 5-11, 165, sr.;  (tie) Cameron Oliver, Fort Bend Travis, 6-1, 160, jr.; Tyler Ashworth, Rockwall, 5-9, 180, sr.

Punter – Robert Amador III, McAllen, 6-2, 215, sr.

Utility – Emon Allen, Vista Ridge, 5-8, 160, jr.

Kick returner – Jaime Perez Jr., Edinburg Vela, 6-0, 180, jr.

THIRD TEAM

Offense

Guards – Pedro Posadas, Weslaco East, 6-3, 315, jr.; (tie) Akinola Ogunbiyi, Fort Bend Kempner, 6-4, 331, sr.; Dawson Weiss, Austin Lake Travis, 6-3, 255, sr.

Center – (tie) Parker Cox, Longview, 6-0, 215, sr.; Brandon Gonzalez, Amarillo Tascosa, 6-1, 295, sr.; Wesley Ndago, Waco Midway, 6-2, 300, sr.

Tackles – Chad Lindberg, Clear Creek, 6-6, 297, sr.; (tie) Gabe Blair, Denton Guyer, 6-2, 290, jr.; Damieon George, North Shore, 6-7, 345, sr.

Wide receivers – Kyle Eaves, Austin Lake Travis, 5-11, 160, sr.; Michael Phoenix, Conroe, 6-1, 180, sr.

Tight end – (tie) Donovan Green, Dickinson, 6-4, 220, soph.; Collin Sutherland, Flower Mound Marcus, 6-5, 245, sr.

Quarterback – (tie) Ja’Quinden Jackson, Duncanville, 6-2, 219, sr.; Brice Matthews, Humble Atascocita, 5-11, 175, sr.

Running backs – Brian Benavides, Laredo United South, 5-7, 160, jr.; Dylan Campbell, Houston Strake Jesuit, 5-10, 190, sr.; (tie) Deuce Vaughn, Cedar Ridge, 5-7, 175, sr.; Kendall Thomas, Round Rock Stony Point, 5-9, 180, sr.; Will Nixon, Waco Midway, 5-11, 185, sr.

Fullback – (tie) Pablo Tovar, Laredo Nixon, 5-10, 180, jr.; Mark Patton, Tyler Lee, 6-5, 220, sr.

All-purpose back – DeAndre Exford, Killeen Shoemaker, 5-4, 180, jr.

Place-kicker – David Leadbetter, Austin Westlake, 5-11, 158, jr.

Defense

Linemen – Savion Byrd, Duncanville, 6-6, 280, jr.; Tim Hardiman, Spring Westfield, 6-0, 260, sr.; Jamal Ligon, Tyler Lee, 6-2, 232, sr.; (tie) Bryson Stewart, Fort Bend Ridge Point, 6-1, 245, sr.; Ed Jones IV, Arlington Martin, 6-0, 205, sr.

Linebackers – Jadyn Landrum, Arlington Bowie, 6-2, 220, sr.; Derrick Lewis, Schertz Clemens, 6-1, 215, sr.; Dyllon Peavy, Spring Westfield, 5-10, 215, sr.; Jacob Sanchez, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, 6-1, 215, sr.

Secondary – Elliott Davison, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170, sr.; Jaylon Jones, Cibolo Steele, 6-2, 185, sr.; Mason Chambers, Schertz Clemens, 6-0, 195, sr.; (tie) Diego Villarreal, McAllen Memorial, 5-11, 180, sr.; Savien Arnett, Dickinson, 5-10, 170, sr.

Punter – Eric Abbe, Abilene, 6-1, 197, sr.

Utility – Hector Muniz, Weslaco East, 5-11, 165, sr.

Kick returner – Micah Cox, Copperas Cove, 5-10, 175, sr.

 

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