Trojan Honors: As Offensive MVP, Hawthorne leads Cumby’s All-District honorees
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
Dec. 6, 2007 - CUMBY - After qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in 28 years, the Cumby Trojans emerged this week with the Offensive MVP and eight First Teamers on the All-District 17-A football team.
Seven other Trojans made Second-Team All-District and one was named Honorable Mention.
The representation on the team was based on the teams 6-5 finish overall and 3-2 in district play as the third place team behind Boles and Wolfe City.
"It was a good year but not a great year for us this year," said Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne. "We got some bad feelings with the playoff game, and our kids played hard and made the playoffs. They did everything they could do this year and the kids had a great year, but as coaches we've got some things we need to take care of."
The biggest honor went to sophomore quarterback Brixx Hawthorne as the Offensive Most Valuable Player, as he rushed for 987 yards and nine touchdowns and threw for over 1,600 yards with 18 touchdowns. Hawthorne was also named Second Team outside linebacker and First Team punter.
"We did pretty good with the team this year in getting Brixx Hawthorne as the Offensive MVP," said Coach Hawthorne, his father. "He had nearly 2,700 yards combined and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore this year. He was nominated against the quarterback from Boles and he won the award unanimously.
"We had Nathan Dunnihoo as First Team running back and he was our leading receivers and rusher, so he did a good," the coach said. "Kris Stanford was First Team receiver and had a great year. We were able to get all three of our receivers on the team recognized."
Other First Team recognition went to senior running back/kick returner Nathan Dunnihoo, sophomore tight end/defensive end Michael Morris, junior offensive lineman Jason Wallace, senior offensive lineman Michael Cross, sophomore cornerback Rodney Hobbs, who was also named Second Team fullback, junior outside linebacker Ryan Vaughan and senior defensive lineman Petter Hassel.
Hawthorne said getting their foreign exchange student on the team in Norway's Hassel was a big honor since this was his first year to play American football.
"I was very proud of Petter getting on the First Team because everything was new to him," the coach said. "He played really hard for us and played with a lot of fire."
On the Second Team were senior wide receiver Jake Vann, sophomore receiver Timmy Cook, sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Gay, junior offensive lineman Bobby Anderson, senior cornerback B.T. Brown, sophomore inside linebacker Tanner Gomez and senior defensive end Brian Clem. The Honorable Mention selection went to offensive lineman Gary Luna.
"It was important this year because a lot of those kids made it on the team last year," Hawthorne said. "I think that speaks for itself that they are able to get back on the team and we will gain some experience back next year.
"Some of them you can't replace and it is like that every single year. Stanford stood up this year and became a leader for the team and he will be hard to replace. Somebody will have to take over for us next year."
Other superlative awards went to Boles junior running back Joe Gilliard as the Most Valuable Player, Boles freshman Kailob Wallace as Newcomer of the Year, Boles senior Robert Liebel as the Defensive Most Valuable Player, Dallas A+ Academy sophomore Zach Lemke as the Special Teams Player of the Year and the Boles coaching staff as the Coaching Staff of the Year.
Eight Cumby athletes were also named First Team Academic All-District as Cross, Hawthorne, Stanford, Vaughan, Hassel, Anderson, Dunnihoo and Chris O'Neal received recognition.
"I was proud to also have these kids named Academic All-District since we stress the importance of good grades in the classroom," Hawthorne said. "This is nothing that we do, but what the players do in the classroom. That is a testament to our teachers and how hard they work here at Cumby with the kids."
The District 17-A All-District football team is listed below:
District MVP - Joe Gilliard*, Jr., Boles
Offensive MVP - Brixx Hawthorne*, So., Cumby
Defensive MVP - Robert Liebel*, Sr., Boles
Newcomer of the Year - Kailob Wallace, Fr., Boles
Special Teams Player of the Year - Zach Lemke*, So., Dallas A+
Coaching Staff of the Year - Boles
First Team Offense
Quarterback - Emmanuel Akers*, Sr., Wolfe City
Tailback - Nathan Dunnihoo*, Sr., Cumby; James King*, Jr., Wolfe City
Fullback - Robert Liebel, Sr., Boles
Wide Receiver - Tyler Yates*, So., Fruitvale; Corey Peel*, Sr., Wolfe City; Kyle Dawson*, Sr., Wolfe City; Kris Stanford*, Sr., Cumby
Tight End - Michael Morris, So., Cumby
Center - Tate Stevens, So., Boles, Kory Wilkinson, So., Wolfe City
Offensive Linemen - B.K. Scott*, Sr., Wolfe City; Case Martin*, So., Wolfe City; Keegan Rees, Sr., Boles; Kevin McLain*, Sr., Boles; Jaron Powell*, Sr., Celeste; Jason Wallace*, Jr., Cumby; Michael Cross, Sr., Cumby
First Team Defense
End- Keegan Rees*, Sr., Boles; Michael Morris, So., Cumby
Linemen - Kevin McLain*, Sr., Boles; Petter Hassel*, Sr., Cumby; Kody Woodruff*, So., Wolfe City
Inside Linebacker - B.K. Scott*, Sr., Wolfe City; Kelly Dodson, Jr., Boles; Issac Caston, Sr., Dallas A+
Outside Linebacker - Daniel Sachez*, Sr., Boles; Kory Wilkinson*, So., Wolfe City; Ryan Carrigan*, Fr., Wolfe City; Ryan Vaughan*, Jr., Cumby
Safety - Emmanuel Akers*, Sr., Wolfe City; Austin Congleton*, So., Fruitvale
Cornerback - Zach Holley, Sr., Boles; Corey Peel, Sr., Wolfe City; Rodney Hobbs, So., Cumby
Punter - Justin Wright, Jr., Celeste; Brixx Hawthorne, So., Cumby
Kicker - Oscar Rueda*, So., Dallas A+
Kick Returner - James King, Jr., Wolfe City
Second Team Offense
Quarterback - Justin Wright*, Jr., Celeste
Tailback - Fritz Vale, Jr., Celeste; D.D. Wright, Jr., Wolfe City
Fullback - Rodney Hobbs, So., Cumby
Tight End - Zack Petrea, Sr., Boles; Shawn LaPrade, Sr., Fruitvale
Wide Receiver - Jake Morman*, Sr., Celeste; Jake Vann, Sr., Cumby; Timmy Cook*, So., Cumby
Center - Jesse Floyd*, Jr., Celeste; Taylor Gay*, So., Cumby
Linemen - Juan Garcia, Jr., Dallas A+; Kody Woodruff, So., Wolfe City; Caleb Monroe, Sr., Wolfe City; Tyler Pettus, So., Boles; Bryan Cleveland, Jr., Boles; Justin Glenday, Sr., Celeste; Bobby Anderson, Jr., Cumby; Carrie White, So., Fruitvale
Second Team Defense
Linemen - Justin Roundtree, So., Wolfe City; Bryan Cleveland*, Jr., Boles
End - Case Martin*, So., Wolfe City; Brian Clem*, Sr., Cumby
Inside Linebacker - Jesse Floyd, Jr., Celeste; Tanner Gomez, So., Cumby; Shawn LaPrade, Sr., Fruitvale
Outside Linebacker - Brixx Hawthorne*, So., Cumby; Tyler Yates*, So., Fruitvale
Cornerback - Derek Welch*, Sr., Celeste; James King*, Jr., Wolfe City; B.T. Brown*, Sr., Cumby
Safety - Fritz Vale, Jr., Celeste; Kris Stanford, Sr., Cumby
Punter - Blaine Lunsford*, Sr., Fruitvale
Kick Returner - Nathan Dunnihoo*, Sr., Cumby
Cumby players listed only:
Offensive Lineman - Gary Luna
Defensive Lineman - Jason Wallace
Cornerback - Nathan Dunnihoo
*denotes unanimous decision