2018 All-Area First-Team Offense
Tisdale quarterbacked the Eagles to the Class 6A Division I state semifinals and did so while putting up some of the most efficient passing numbers in the state. The third-year signal-caller threw for 2,472 yards on a completion percentage of more than 70, rushed for 1,267 yards and totaled 47 touchdowns. Only throwing four interceptions as well, Tisdale was named District 9-6A’s MVP.
Flower Mound, Jr.
Hudgens built on all-district honors as a sophomore by breaking out to the tune of 1,709 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns to go with 54 receptions for 414 yards and a score as a receiver for the 6-6A champions. Hudgens was also at his finest in big games, rushing for 555 yards and eight touchdowns combined against rivals Lewisville and Marcus.
Mesquite Poteet, Jr.
Already an established back, McGowan took it to the next level this season. The 7-5A Division I MVP carried the ball 218 times for 1,614 yards, an average of 7.4 yards per carry, with 25 touchdowns. McGowan had eight 100-yard games, including some monster performances against West Mesquite (27-237, 2 TDs), Tyler Lee (15-238, 3 TDs) and McKinney North (30-242, 3 TDs).
The Colony, Jr.
Although Price’s contributions shined in all three phases, it was on offense where the dynamic rusher and receiver solidified the Cougars among the area’s elite. Price hauled in 66 receptions for 1,049 yards and 16 touchdowns while also chipping in as a rusher with 515 yards (10.0 per carry) and eight touchdowns. Price also threw a touchdown pass in the Colony’s bi-district playoff game.
One of the top wide receivers in the nation, Wease had the attention of opposing secondaries all season long and still turned in a senior season befitting of a selection to the all-state team. The Oklahoma commit and all-district first-team pick caught 72 passes for 1,042 yards and 16 touchdowns to help Allen to another appearance in the state semifinals.
A threat any time he touched the ball, the Oklahoma signee shared MVP honors from 6-6A following a dynamic season. As a receiver, Bridges hauled in 58 receptions for 844 yards and 13 touchdowns while also contributing 433 rushing yards (8 per carry) with an additional seven scores. Bridges also had two punt returns for touchdowns and recorded an interception defensively.
The 6-foot-3-inch, near-300-pound lineman and SMU commit led the way for the Lovejoy offensive front this season, allowing zero sacks of quarterback Carson Collins and collecting 45 pins and 125 dominations. Mason and the Lovejoy line helped running back Jahi Rainey rush for more than 1,400 yards and Collins throw for more than 2,600.
Alexander recently signed with Oklahoma after starting for the Raiders for the last three seasons. The 6-4, 295-pounder was named to the APSE Class 4A all-state second team after grading out at 90 percent and recording more than 60 pancake blocks. Alexander helped pave the way for a Sunnyvale offense to average 41.1 points and 432.2 yards per game.
Among the top offensive guard prospects in the country, Ndoma-Ogar thrived in his final season in the trenches. Committed to Oklahoma, the 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman graded out at 92 percent for the state semifinalist Eagles while adding 122 pancakes and 164 plays tabbed as “great effort” by the Allen coaching staff en route to an all-state first-team selection.
Frisco Independence, Sr.
The District 5-5A Division I Offensive Lineman of the Year was a major component to the Knights’ newfound success in 2018. The offensive stars on this team, running back Logan Brungardt and quarterback Braylon Braxton, benefited greatly from Perry, who graded out at 97.8 percent on the year, allowed just one sack all season long and recorded 27 pancake blocks.
Frisco Reedy, Jr.
Reedy’s offensive line was well known throughout the area as one of the bigger and more brutal units up front in the trenches. Led by Anderson, the Lions’ offensive line dominated their opponents en route to the program’s best season in school history that saw them advance four rounds deep in just year No. 3 of playing varsity football.
2018 All-Area First-Team Defense
The anchor to one of the state’s premier defensive lines, Jernigan capped a three-year varsity stint by being named District 9-6A’s Defensive Player of the Year. In doing so, the defensive tackle tallied 22 tackles, including three for loss, as well as one sack. Coaches lauded Jernigan’s leadership and willingness to play through injury, helping the Eagles post one of the area’s top run-stopping defenses.
Spears missed his entire junior season with an injury, but returned to the field better than ever. The Notre Dame signee was one of the most dominant players in the area, with 58 tackles, 24 for loss, 13 quarterback hurries, five sacks, two fumble recoveries and a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown that sparked the comeback win over Wylie.
The Farmers made their way to the playoff for the first time in over 10 years in 2018 and their defense was a big reason why. Johnson was a linchpin for that unit and was named the 6-6A Defensive MVP following a season in which he posted 64 tackles (11 for loss), recorded eight sacks and forced two fumbles.
One of the area’s premier tackling machines, Petter was his usual dominant self as the center of Argyle’s defense. The all-state linebacker racked up 144 tackles, including 24 for loss, during his senior campaign – 10.3 per game and 47 more than his next-closest teammate.
Mesquite Horn, Sr.
Though the Jaguars endured a roller coaster of a ride – one that saw them go from a 0-7 start to a run to the regional semifinals – Grant was one of their most consistent performers. As part of a very active linebacker corps, Grant recorded 128 tackles, including 13 for loss, seven quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, three pass breakups, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Frisco Lone Star, Jr.
Ford faced the daunting task of replacing the production of Nick Bolton at the linebacker position as just a junior and thrived in his new role. The Defensive Player of the Year in District 5-5A Division I rose to the occasion in 2018 with 105 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Roach entered the 2018 campaign as a known force on the defensive line and certainly made the most of his senior year leading the Bobcats’ defense. The three-star recruit led the way with 66 tackles, 16 hurries, 22 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two forced fumble recoveries, 11.5 sacks and three interceptions.
Few players on either side of the ball had as much of an impact as Brooks, who was voted as the APSE Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year. He set a Garland ISD single-season record with 11 interceptions, returning four of those for touchdowns. He also had a 75-yard fumble return to go along with 33 tackles and three pass breakups.
Little Elm, Sr.
The Colorado State signee could do it all for the Lobos this season and impacted the game in all three phases. As an all-state cornerback selection, Crossley hauled in seven interceptions, recorded 63 tackled and also had 16 pass breakups. Offensively, Crossley reeled in four touchdown catches and tacked on two more scores on special teams as well.
Mesquite Poteet, Jr.
Hodo enjoyed a breakout season, finishing with 98 tackles, three interceptions, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He turned many of those takeaways into big plays. As part of his 23-tackle effort against Tyler Lee, he returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown. He also took back interceptions of 48 yards against Wylie East and 90 yards against West Mesquite for scores.
Nominated for the Newcomer of the Year award in the first year of play in District 7-5A Division II, the sophomore tallied 90 total tackles, three of which went for loss, and a sack. His most impressive numbers came defending the pass, where he totaled five interceptions and four breakups. Rucker also had a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
2018 All-Area First-Team Special Teams
Davis leaves Coppell fourth in Texas history in career field goals made (41), including a senior year in which he logged 33 touchbacks on kickoffs while converting 32-of-34 extra points and 11-of-15 field goals. Davis also had a flare for the dramatic, flashing his big leg for game-winning kicks in the closing seconds of wins over Sachse (57 yards) and Marcus (52 yards).
Davis’ contributions to the Cowboys weren’t limited to simply being a kicker as he also had a strong punting season en route to 6-6A Special Teams Player of the Year honors. As a punter, the Texas A&M signee averaged 40.3 yards per attempt with a long of 55 and pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on six of his 21 kicks.
Mesquite Horn, Jr.
|Emory was a valuable member of the offense at both running back and wide receiver, but his impact extended onto special teams. The junior averaged 23.8 yards on 17 kickoff returns and was even more explosive on punts. In 13 returns, he averaged 24.7 yards per attempt, including two he took back for 60-yard touchdowns against Highland Park and Tyler Lee.|