Longview swept the top awards in Class 6A on Saturday with the release of the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Football Team for 2018 — earning Player of the Year honors on both sides of the ball along with Coach of the Year accolades for head coach John King.
Lobo junior quarterback Haynes King was named the classification’s Offensive Player of the Year, and senior defensive back Jephaniah Lister was selected Defensive Player of the Year.
The Lobos also had three first team picks in receiver Kamden Perry, fullback Jessie Anderson and offensive lineman Marcus Harry, a second team selection in defensive lineman Jaylon Allen and an honorable mention pick in return specialist Kaden Meredith.
The team was selected by TSWA members based on nominations from coaches and media members from around the state.
The Lobos, under the direction of head coach John King, finished 16-0 and defeated Beaumont West Brook in the Class 6A Division II state title game to claim Longview’s first state championship in football since 1937.
Haynes King and Lister, the offensive and defensive MVPs in the title game, were solid all season for the Lobos.
King, who has already been named Associated Press 6A Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year (all classifications) and Texas Built Ford Tough 6A Player of the Year, completed 183 of 277 passes for 3,665 yards, 33 touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 568 yards and eight more TDs.
Lister recorded 135 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, five passes defended and one defensive touchdown.
Harry graded out at 90 percent for the season with 58 pancakes. he allowed no sacks and missed one assignment in 798 offensive snaps.
Perry caught 87 passes for 1,864 yards and 18 touchdowns. Anderson carried 151 times for 1,082 yards and 26 touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 295 yards and two scores. Allen recorded 54 tackles, eight sacks, 19 tackles for loss and a blocked punt, and Meredith averaged 36.7 yards on 18 kickoff returns.