5-3A All-District: Vernon's Urquizo named MVP

Hirschi places 4 on 1st team

Vernon senior Brandon Urquizo has been named the District 5-3A Most Valuable Player after having a big hand in the Lions' turnaround this season.

Urquizo threw for 1,376 yards and 13 touchdowns, ran for another 569 yards and 13 scores plus started at cornerback for the Lions, who went from 2-8 in 2011 to 9-3 this season.

State semifinalist Graham took home both the Offensive and Defensive MVP honors.

Quarterback Ben Davis threw for more than 3,300 yards for the 13-2 Steers, while safety Jerrod Mahan made plenty of big plays on defense, including two interceptions for touchdowns in a 34-24 win over Vernon that ended up deciding the 5-3A title.

Graham's Landon Gonzales and Vernon's Corrie Luster were 5-3A Newcomers of the Year as sophomores, while Lions senior AJ Naredo was the Special Teams MVP.

Led by Mark Bateman, Vernon also was named the district's top coaching staff.

Hirschi, which finished fourth in district, had four first-team selections. Quarterback Terrance Cooper, receiver Dominique Bobo and lineman Reggie Hickman were offensive picks, while linebacker Colin Joyce was the Huskies' defensive first-team player.

DISTRICT 5-3A HONORS

District MVP — Brandon Urquizo, Sr., Vernon

Offensive MVP — Ben Davis, Jr., Graham

Defensive MVP — Jerrod Mahan, Sr., Graham

Special Teams MVP — AJ Naredo, Sr., Vernon

Newcomers of the Year — Landon Gonzales, So., Graham and Corrie Luster, So., Vernon

Coaching Staff of the Year — Vernon

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback — Terrance Cooper, Jr., Hirschi

Running back — Danny Valverde, Jr., Vernon; Dillon Gonzales, Jr., Graham

Receiver — Bryce Reeves, Jr., Graham; Dominique Bobo, Sr., Hirschi; Trace Cross, Sr. Iowa Park; Zack Perez, Jr., Vernon

Tight End — Janson Graham, Sr., Graham

Offensive Line — Ricky Clark, Sr., Burkburnett; Ben Hays, Sr., Graham; Devin Torres, Sr., Vernon; Daniel Navarro, Sr., Vernon; Seth Matheson, Sr., Vernon; Tyler Fore, Sr., Graham; Reggie Hickman, Jr., Hirschi

Utility Player — Jace Langen, Sr., Iowa Park

Kicker — Alfredo Gonzales, Sr., Vernon

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Defensive Line — Jonathan Parker, Sr., Vernon; Husky Melendez, Jr., Graham

Defensive End — Dustin McWhorter, So., Graham; Levi Watts, Sr., Iowa Park

Inside Linebacker — Hunter Hughes, Jr., Graham; Collin Joyce, Sr., Hirschi; Brady Brunson, Jr., Burkburnett

Outside Linebacker — Jacobi White, Sr., Vernon; Mike Freeze, So., Graham

Cornerback — Hunter Jones, Sr., Graham; Ben Owen, Jr., Vernon

Safety — Tyrone McFarland, Sr., Vernon; Josh Stelzer, Sr., Graham

Punter — Westyn Swenson, So. Iowa Park

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback — Derrick Ponder, Fr., Iowa Park

Running back — Bobby Ingram, Jr., Burkburnett; Robert Thomas, Sr., Vernon

Receiver — Ben Owen, Jr., Vernon; Larry Werner, Jr. Burkburnett; Jared Price, Jr., Iowa Park; Westyn Swenson, So., Iowa Park

Tight End — Jacobi White, Sr., Vernon

Offensive Line — Austin Gestes, Jr., Iowa Park; Jacobi Sidlauskas, Jr., Iowa Park; Josh Guggisberg, Sr., Vernon; Zach McMahan, So., Vernon; AJ Freeman, Sr., Burkburnett; Kenneth Dixon, So., Graham; Sammy Serrano, Jr., Graham

Utility Player — Rico Shumpert, Jr. Hirschi

Kicker — Bailey Grimes, Jr., Burkburnett

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

Defensive Line — Ricky Clark, Sr., Burkburnett; Delonta Perry, Sr., Hirschi; Zack Stumbaugh, Jr., Iowa Park

Defensive End — Devin Daume, Sr., Graham; Melvin Phillips, Sr., Hirschi

Inside Linebacker — Spur Hearne, Jr., Graham; Luke Hartman, Sr., Iowa Park; Jonathan Booker, Sr., Hirschi

Outside Linebacker — Elijah Hull, So., Hirschi; Orlando Haymon, Jr., Vernon

Cornerback — Larry Werner, Jr., Burkburnett; Torrance Cooper, Jr., Hirschi

Safety — Queysean Sanders, Sr., Hirschi; Chandler Rosinbaum, Sr., Iowa Park

Punter — Zack Perez, Jr. Vernon

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ACQB writes:

How was Hunter Walls from graham kept off this list and how did Derrick Ponder get on it?? Daddy ball still playing in IP. 2and18 and coming back for more!

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