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Kilgore’s Davin Rider tries to escape from a tackle against Chapel Hill in a 2021 playoff game.

Davin Rider, a playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Kilgore Bulldogs, was named Most Valuable Player with the release of the District 9-4A Division I All-District Football Team for the 2021 season.

Rider, a senior, carried 235 times for 2,286 yards and 28 touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 145 yards on offense. On the defensive side, the Bulldog standout recorded 45 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups.

Other superlative honors went to Offensive MVP Sam Peterson of Lindale, Offensive Lineman of the Year Keviyan Huddleston of Chapel Hill, Offensive Newcomer of the Year Demetrius Brisbon of Chapel Hill, District Defensive MVP Caleb Goforth of Mabank, Defensive Lineman of the Year Alex Chavez of Kilgore, Defensive Newcomer of the Year Jake Curbow of Lindale, Utility Player of the Year Jermny Walker of Palestine.

The Kilgore coach staff was also honored as the top staff of the year.

Voting was conducted by the district’s coaches.

First TeamOFFENSE

Quarterback: Da’Marion VanZandt, Kilgore; Jacobe Robinson, Henderson; Running back: Isaiah Ross, Kilgore; Taj’Shawn Wilson, Palestine; Fullback: Grant Yudizky, Athens; Shedrick Dudley, Palestine; Receiver: Jermaine Roney, Kilgore; Deuce McGregor, Chapel Hill; Tyson Berry, Chapel Hill; Jacob Seekford, Lindale; Tight end: Ty Stedman, Palestine; Demontrell Candie, Kilgore; Line: Alex Cervantes, Kilgore; McCabe Wheeler, Kilgore; Raul Carrasco, Mabank; Dyllan Drummond, Chapel Hill; John Hayes, Athens; Jarrett Henry, Palestine; Mason Mitchell, Palestine; Will Hutchens, Lindale; Casey Poe, Lindale; Trey Mazratian, Lindale; Kicker: Chris Baldoza, Kilgore; Adolfo Tamayo, Chapel Hill; Kick returner: Jermaine Roney, Kilgore; Tyson Berry, Chapel Hill; Utility: Deuce Davis, Henderson; Cason Watts, Lindale; Jamari Manning, Athens; Ti Crawford, Palestine; Samari Willis, Chapel Hill; Omarion Smith, Kilgore.

DEFENSE

Line: Peyton Christian, Kilgore; Kaizen Burrows, Mabank; Jatavion Watson, Chapel Hill; Ladainian Mosley, Chapel Hill; Colton Widemon, Lindale; Kieler Miller, Lindale; Inside linebacker: Brack Dyer, Chapel Hill; Ty Stedman, Palestine; Outside linebacker: J.K. Dvis, Chapel Hill; Shedrick Dudley, Palestine; Safeties: Chris Ervin, Kilgore; Zaylon Stoker, Kilgore; Carson Manning, Mabank; Solomon Macfoy, Chapel Hill; Taj’Shawn, Wilson, Palestine; Cornerbacks: Corey Rider, Kilgore; Matthew Tyeskie, Kilgore; Izaya Brooks, Chapel Hill; Brett Maya, Lindale; Punter: Luke James, Palestine; Trust Carston, Henderson; Punt returner: Solomon Macfoy, Chapel Hill.

Second TeamOFFENSE

Quarterback: Ty Arroyo, Athens; Beau Kilgore, Mabank; Running back: Ya’Corus Porter, Henderson; Rickey Stewart, Chapel Hill; Je’Corey Roberts, Athens; Fullback: Elijah Walker, Palestine; Receiver: Matthew Tyeskie, Kilgore; Corey rider, Kilgore; Jamal Robinson, Henderson; Jaden Crane, Athens; Jorien Ray, Athens; Evan Alford, Lindale; Tight end: Cody Swaim, Lindale; Line: Taylor Hill, Kilgore; Justin Flores, Kilgore; Brandon Browning, Mabank; Jacob Medford, Henderson; Corey Johnson, Chapel Hill; Nathaniel Ruiz, Chapel Hill; Slade Haresnape, Athens; Kaleb Hagans, Palestine; Ethan Heller, Lindale; Cory Watts, Lindale; Kicker: Trust Carston, Henderson; Luke James, Palestine; Kick returner: Ty Miller, Mabank; Cordarius Grange, Henderson.

DEFENSE

Line: Corey Johnson, Chapel Hill; Hunter White, Athens; Devin Fields, Henderson; Quan’Tae Gage, Palestine; Christian King, Lindale; Devin Howland, Chapel Hill; Inside linebacker: Ti Crawford, Palestine; Ryan Stanton, Lindale; Kaleb Tate, Henderson; Outside linebacker: P.J. Wiley, Kilgore; Jamauri Manning, Athens; Daniel Waddleton, Chapel Hill; Safeties: Samari Willis, Chapel Hill; Tobiaus Jackson, Henderson; Jon Denmon, Palestine; Cornerback: Ty Miller, Mabank; Jayvin Mayfield, Chapel Hill; Daylon Garrett, Henderson; Benjamin Clerkley, Palestine; Punter: Jose Jaime, Kilgore; Sam Peterson, Lindale.

HONORABLE MENTION

Kilgore: Dadrian Franklin, receiver; Colby Grimes, offensive line; Jared Rich, offensive line; Devin Walker, fullback; Cason Cox, utility.

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I've covered sports in East Texas since 1987, starting as a 21-year-old sports editor at the Kilgore News Herald before spending seven years at the Lufkin Daily News and the past 23 years at the Longview News-Journal.