16 Wildcats recognized on All-District 12-4A team
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Dec. 1, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats had one of the most prolific offenses in school history this season, and it showed up on the All-District 12-4A team, voted on by coaches yesterday.

Record-setting junior quarterback Logan Turner was voted as one of the Tri-Most Valuable Players in the district, while school record-holder wide receiver Josh Riley and prolific running back Chris Person were both unanimous picks for the First Team.

Also on First Team were two standout offensive linemen, senior tackle Jose Vargas and senior guard Torrence Wright.

Second Team selections went to senior wide receiver Josh Harrington and junior center Jacob Jenkins on offense, and senior defensive tackle Cole Strawn and junior offensive tackle Stephan Petty on defense.

Honorable Mention awards went to wide receivers Tyler Rhoades and Marc Crook, offensive guard Lucas Garrison, kicker Spenser Daniel, linebacker Zach Attaway, safety Colby Mills and defensive ends Keith Harris and Fred Dale.

Texas High, the district champion, garnered six superlative honors and 14 First Team selections. The superlatives included quarterback Ryan Mallett sharing the MVP honors with Turner and North Lamar running back Broderick Franklin, wide receiver Marquan Matlock as Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Dustin Earnest as Defensive POY, linebacker Adrian Battle as Defensive Newcomer of the Year, Aaron Kelley and Johnell White as the top offensive and defensive linemen.

Understandably for Sulphur Springs, the majority of the Wildcats' honors went to offensive players.

"All players want individual honors - that's just human nature to be recognized for your efforts -  and when the team does better, you get more individual honors," said SSHS head coach Brad Turner. "We had a good year, and offensively we had a really good year.

"To have the District MVP, Josh Riley was as good of an offensive player as there was in the district, Chris Person was a great offensive player, and Jose Vargas was as good of a lineman as there was in the district and we had a lot of good linemen. Torrence Wright had a great year. I'm as proud of him as anybody, from where he came and the strides he made."

The Wildcats didn't get any First Team defensive honors, though Strawn and Petty were both solid Second Team selections.

"I'm proud for Cole and Stephan. They played really good. They were two of our better defensive players," Turner said. "I thought Zach Attaway probably should have made one of the other teams. It's disappointing that more people can't get something, but I'm proud of the ones that were recognized."

The All-District players and their accomplishments were:

Logan Turner (6-1, 180) - The junior quarterback accounted for more than 3,000 yards from scrimmage. He completed 183-of-344 passes for 20 TDs, all of which are school records, for 2,335 yards. He also rushed for 720 yards and nine TDs on 127 carries.

Chris Person (5-10, 195) - The senior running back rushed for 1,712 yards on 230 carries and scored 15 TDs. That included back-to-back 300-yard games in district play. He is second on the single-season and career rushing marks in school history and holds the record for single game rushing, longest run and best per-carry average.

Josh Riley (5-10, 190) - The senior wide receiver also set numerous school records for most receptions in a season (91 catches for 980 yards and eight TDs), in a game (17), and in a career (104).

Jose Vargas (6-3, 320) - The senior offensive tackle was credited with 113 pancake and knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack. He is still mulling over several Division I offers.

Torrence Wright (6-3, 280) - The senior offensive guard emerged this year as a top blocker with 97 pancake/knockdown blocks and no sacks allowed.

Cole Strawn (6-0, 240) - The senior defensive tackle switched from offensive line, where he was an All-District selection last season, and accumulated 70 tackles, fourth most of the team, with a team-high four sacks.

Stephan Petty ( 5-10, 215) - The junior linebacker had the third-most tackles on the team with 73 stops, including two for losses and one sack.

Josh Harrington (5-11, 195) - The senior wide receiver missed the first five games of the season, but caught 11 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns in district play.

Jacob Jenkins (5-10, 230) - The junior center has started 23 consecutive games for the Wildcats and helped open holes for an offense that averaged 433 yards per game.

Tyler Rhoades - The junior wide receiver missed four games but caught 27 passes for 354 yards and four TDs.

Marc Crook - The senior wide receiver caught 11 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown.

Lucas Garrison - The senior guard came through with more than 80 pancake/knockdown blocks.

Spenser Daniel - The senior kicker hit 5-of-8 field goals and 40-of-41 extra points. He was the team's second-leading scorer with 67 points.

Zach Attaway - The senior linebacker led the team in tackles with 97, including six for losses, and two sacks.

Colby Mills - The junior safety led the team in interceptions with four and added two fumble recoveries and 86 tackles.

Keith Harris - The senior defensive end recorded 17 tackles after being switched from wide receiver to defense.

Tri-Most Valuable Players - Broderick Franklin, RB, Sr., North Lamar; Logan Turner, QB, Jr., Sulphur Springs; Ryan Mallett, QB, Jr., Texas High

Offensive Player of the Year - Marquan Matlock, WR, Sr., Texas High

Defensive Player of the Year - Dustin Earnest*, LB, Sr., Texas High

Offensive Newcomer of the Year - Stephen Good*, OL, So., Paris

Defensive Newcomer of the Year - Adrian Battle, LB, So., Texas High

Offensive Lineman of the Year - Aaron Kelley, Sr., Texas High

Defensive Lineman of the Year - Johnell White*, Sr., Texas High

Kick/Punt Returner of the Year - Curtis Johnson, Jr., Greenville

Coach of the Year - Barry Norton, Texas High

First Team Offense

Quarterback - Trevor Walker*, Sr., Mount Pleasant

Tailback - Chris Person*, Sr., Sulphur Springs; Rowland Smith, Jr., Texas High

Fullback - Ryan Southworth, Sr., Paris

Tight End - Daniel Glover, Jr., Texas High; Brandon Ward, Sr., Greenville

Wide Receiver - Joe Anderson*, Jr., Texas High; Josh Riley*, Sr., Sulphur Springs; Kevin Cheatum, Jr., Mount Pleasant: Jeffrey Meadows, Sr., Texas High

Tackle - Michael Booker, Sr., North Lamar; Jose Vargas, Sr., Sulphur Springs

Guard - Torrence Wright, Sr., Sulphur Springs; Robbie Junior, Sr., Texas High

Center - Jacob Harris, Sr., Texas High

Kicker - Cole Jones*, Sr., Greenville

First Team Defense

Tackle - James Porter*, Sr., Texas High; Michael Booker, Sr., North Lamar

End - Brandon Tolbert*, Jr., Texas High; Jacob Garrett, Jr., Mount Pleasant

Inside Linebacker - Boddrick Gullatt*, Sr., Texas High; Ryan Southworth, Sr., Paris

Outside Linebacker - Justin Coats*, Sr., Texas High; Decedric Simms, Jr., Paris

Cornerback - Marquan Matlock*, Sr., Texas High; Jimmie Strong, Jr., Texas High

Safety - Chaise Mooty, Sr., Texas High; Andrew Summerset, Sr., Texas High

Punter - Cole Jones, Sr., Greenville

Second Team Offense

Quarterback - Quin Ashley, Jr., Paris; Jason Stephenson, Sr., Greenville

Tailback - Justin Lockridge, Sr., Greenville; Jamarri Aikins, Sr., Mount Pleasant; Antowoine Smith, Jr., North Lamar

Fullback - Chris Carr, Jr., North Lamar

Tight End - Josh Ausburn, Sr., North Lamar

Wide Receiver - Koby Williams, Sr., Greenville; Caruss Robinson, Jr., Mount Pleasant; Landon Davidson, Sr., North Lamar; Josh Harrington, Sr., Sulphur Springs

Tackle - Roy Burks, Sr., Texas High; Dexter Elliot, Sr., Mount Pleasant

Guard - Julian Clagg, Sr., Texas High; Nick Conwell, Sr., Greenville

Center - Kyle Risien, Sr., Greenville; Kyle Kinslow, Sr., North Lamar; Jacob Jenkins, Jr., Sulphur Springs

Kicker - Jarrod Russell, So., Texas High

Second Team Defense

Tackle - Jeremy Wortham, Sr., Paris; Cole Strawn, Sr., Sulphur Springs

End - Courtney Hope, Jr., Texas High; Brandon Ward, Sr., Greenville

Inside Linebacker - Fred Johnson, Sr., Mount Pleasant; Tyler Michael, Sr., North Lamar

Outside Linebacker - Jarrod Johnson, Jr., North Lamar; Stephan Petty, Jr., Sulphur Springs; Devon Patton, So., Mount Pleasant

Cornerback - Curtis Johnson, Jr., Greenville; Sam Walker, So., Mount Pleasant; L.D. Gunn, So., Paris

Safety - Chris Stevenson, Sr., Greenville; Brad Payne, Sr., Mount Pleasant; Jordan Fields, So., Paris

Punter - Robert Nixon, Sr. Mount Pleasant

Honorable Mention

(Sulphur Springs only)

Wide Receiver - Tyler Rhoades, Jr.; Marc Crook, Sr.

Guard  - Lucas Garrison, Sr.

Defensive End - Fred Dale, Sr.; Keith Harris, Sr.

Linebacker  - Zach Attaway, Sr.

Safety - Colby Mills, Jr.

Kicker - Spenser Daniel, Sr.

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