2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM
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