Six East Texas athletes earn All-USA honors
From Staff Reports
Dec. 30, 2017 at 8:18 p.m.
USA TODAY High School Sports announced its 2017 American Family Insurance All-USA Texas Football Team and East Texas had strong representation with six players receiving recognition.
Carthage's Keaontay Ingram and New Diana's TJ Rogers were first-team offensive selections, while Pine Tree's Gary Wiley and Arp's DeMarvion Overshown were named to the first-team defense. Linden-Kildare's Ty Patterson along with Sabine's Kobe Renfro garnered second-team defensive recognition.
All the honorees were chosen based on their athletic achievements this season.
Ingram finished his senior season with 2,327 yards rushing and 37 TDs, helping lead his Carthage Bulldogs to a repeat state championship. Rogers was top pass catcher on a New Diana Eagle team that advanced four rounds deep in the playoffs. He finished the season with 104 receptions for 1,713 yards and 23 TDs.
Wiley turned in a stellar campaign at outside rush end for the Pine Tree Pirates, which earned a spot in the postseason for the first since 2001. The 6-3, 225-pound Wiley finished the season with 100 tackles, 23 of which were for loss and 13 quarterback sacks. Overshown had 142 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks and five interceptions.
Here's a breakdown of all those selected:
COACH OF THE YEAR: Terry Gambill, Allen
Gambill took Allen the 6A Division I state title, finishing 16-0 and winning its fifth UIL state title.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Spencer Sanders, Ryan (Denton)
Sanders threw for 3,845 yards and 54 touchdowns this season, leading the Raiders to a 14-1 season and the Class 5A Division I state semifinals. He also rushed for 1,380 yards and 16 touchdowns.
QB Spencer Sanders (6-2, 190, Sr.), Ryan (Denton)
RB Daimarqua Foster (5-10, 195, Jr.), Hirschi (Wichita Falls)
RB Keaontay Ingram (6-1, 190, Sr.), Carthage
WR Stefan Cobbs (6-0, 170, Sr.), Fossil Ridge (Keller)
WR Caden Leggett (6-2, 180, Sr.), Georgetown
TE T.J. Rogers (6-2, 185, Sr.), New Diana
OL Garrett Aylor (6-4, 248, Sr.), Westlake (Austin)
OL Brannon Brown (6-4, 300, Jr.), O'Connor (Helotes)
OL Ian Burnette (6-4, 305, Sr.), Wimberley
OL Joshua Jynes (6-2, 312, Sr.), DeSoto
OL Mike Ruth (6-7, 300, Sr.), Coppell
QB Grant Gunnell (6-6, 212, Jr.), St. Pius X (Houston)
RB Brock Sturges (5-10, 200, Sr.), Allen
RB Craig Williams (5-9, 170, Sr.), Crosby
WR Kobe Clark (5-11, 165, Sr.), Sweetwater
WR Cameron Thomas (6-4, 200, Sr.), Westwood (Austin)
TE Henry Teeter (6-4, 202, Sr.), Central (San Angelo)
OL Brycen Castillo (6-3, 270, Sr.), Victoria West
OL Mason Grosser (6-1, 315, Sr.), Allen
OL Truett Knox (6-2, 280, Sr.), Aledo
OL Matt Leehan (6-2, 265, Sr.), Carroll (Southlake)
OL Silas Robinson (6-4, 300, Sr.), Yoakum
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brian Williams, Bishop Dunne (Dallas)
Williams made 40 tackles and intercepted five passes this season, leading Bishop Dunne to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) quarterfinals.
DL Braden Cassity (6-2, 240, Sr.), Westlake (Austin)
DL Jeremiah Gray (6-3, 215, Sr.), Skyline (Dallas)
DL Oso Ifesinachukwu (6-3, 240, Sr.), Vandegrift (Austin)
DL Gary Wiley (6-3, 225, Sr.), Pine Tree (Longview)
LB Connor Lee (6-0, 210, Sr.), Flower Mound
LB Bumper Pool (6-3, 213, Sr.), Lovejoy (Lucas)
LB DaShaun White (6-1, 222, Sr.), Richland (North Richland Hills)
DB Anthony Cook (6-1, 175, Sr.), Lamar (Houston)
DB BJ Foster (6-1, 188, Sr.), Angleton
DB DeMarvion Overshown (6-4, 200, Sr.), Arp
DB Brian Williams (6-0, 185, Jr.), Bishop Dunne (Dallas)
DL Derrion Clark (6-0, 233, Jr.), South Oak Cliff (Dallas)
DL Matt Quenichet (5-11, 187, Sr.), Richland (North Richland Hills)
DL Tydrick Ranson (6-1, 205, Sr.), Monterey (Lubbock)
DL Arnold Saidov (6-2, 225, Sr.), Fossil Ridge (Keller)
LB Ty Patterson (6-0, 170, Jr.), Linden-Kildare (Linden)
LB Isaiah Paul (6-2, 197, Sr.), Brennan (San Antonio)
LB Kobe Renfro (5-9, 195, Jr.), Sabine (Gladewater)
DB Bryan Broussard (5-10, 152, Sr.), Dickinson
DB Jalen Catalon (5-9, 180, Jr.), Mansfield Legacy
DB Jordan Moore (6-1, 170, Sr.), Yoakum
DB Caden Sterns (6-1, 192, Sr.), Steele (Cibolo)
K/P Seth Small (5-11, 190, Sr.), Katy