2017 All-Central Texas football: third-team honorees



QB: Chase Griffin, jr., Hutto

The All-Centex newcomer of the year in 2016, Griffin passed for 40 TDs against only four interceptions this past fall.

RB: D.J. Jackson, sr., Hendrickson

Jackson totaled nearly 1,500 yards and 16 TDs while averaging 8.4 yards per carry for Hawks, a state quarterfinalist.

RB: Nomar Rivera, sr., Smithville

A first-team all-district honoree in 10-4A, Division II, Rivera ran for 1,424 yards and 22 touchdowns for Tigers.

WR: Jordan Kerley, jr., McNeil

Averaging nearly 14 yards per catch, Kerley grabbed 73 receptions for 1,018 yards and 12 TDs this past season.

WR: Jamil Pittman, sr., Vista Ridge

A threat as a receiver and a runner, Pittman averaged nearly 22 yards a catch and totaled 16 offensive touchdowns.

WR: Andre Jones, sr., Taylor

Chosen as the MVP of District 14-4A, Division I, Jones, who also played defensive back, hauled in 10 TD passes.

OL: Tommy Smith, sr., Cedar Ridge

Named the offensive lineman of the year in 13-6A, Smith graded at nearly 90 percent for state-semifinalist Raiders.

OL: Wesley Holmes, sr., Vandegrift

A first-team all-district choice in 25-6A, Holmes allowed only one sack and totaled 32 knockdown blocks during the 2017 season.

OL: Peyton Moreland, sr., Bowie

A first-team all-district honoree in 14-6A as a guard, Moreland helped the Bulldogs qualify for the Class 6A, Division I playoffs.

OL: Lakota Lawrence, jr., Liberty Hill

A first-team all-district tackle, Lawrence helped the Panthers average more than 400 yards rushing and roughly 45 points per game.

OL: Mason Brooks, sr., Cedar Park

A two-time first-team all-district honoree, Brooks totaled nearly 100 pancake or knockdown blocks this past fall.

K: Nick Medina, sr., Bowie

In his final high school season, Medina converted 16 of 19 field-goal attempts, including a 45-yarder, and made 41 of 42 extra-point tries.

UT: Thomas Carruthers, sr., Wimberley

A first-team all-district honoree on offense and defense, Carruthers rushed for 1,559 yards and 22 TDs when he wasn’t tackling opponents.


DL: David Neil, jr., Westlake

A first-team all-district choice in 25-6A, Neil’s 115 tackles included 15 sacks for Chaparrals, a state semifinalist in 6A, Division II.

DL: Cal Long, sr., Regents

A Navy recruit, Long totaled 84 tackles, recorded 11 sacks and forced four fumbles for TAPPS Division II state runner-up.

DL: Kade Langston, sr., Lake Travis

Cavaliers reached the 6A, Division I final with aid of Langston’s 99 tackles, which included 6 1/2 sacks.

LB: Spencer Jones, jr., Vandegrift

Along with 134 tackles, Jones recorded five sacks, broke up four passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two others.

LB: Dominic Johnson, sr., Hays

Johnson posted a team-high 98 tackles, including 19 for losses, and forced three fumbles this past fall.

LB: Jackson Buckingham, sr., Cedar Park

A first-team all-district honoree in 19-5A, Buckingham’s 110 total tackles included 10 for losses and three sacks.

LB: Cade Edwards, soph., Cedar Creek

Named to top 19-5A all-district squad after recording 109 tackles, including 14 for losses, and forcing two fumbles.

DB: Sage Luther, soph., Westlake

The defensive newcomer of the year in 25-6A, Luther made 79 tackkles and grabbed three picks, returning one for a TD.

DB: Josh Smyth-McCauley, sr., Bowie

A first-team all-district honoree in 14-6A, Smyth-McCauley plans to compete for Columbia’s Ivy League program in 2018.

DB: Jaylon Joiner, jr., Giddings

A first-team all-district honoree on offense and defense, Joiner picked up four passes and recovered two fumbles.

DB: Paul Saucedo, sr., Georgetown

Along with making 44 tackles, Saucedo grabbed eight interceptions in 2017, returning three of them for TDs.

P: Alan Orona, jr., La Grange

This past season, Orona earned first-team all-district recognition in 10-4A, Division II as both a kicker and as a punter.

— James Wangemann

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