Thorndale's Burns named district coach of the year

Milano's Jentsch chosen as defensive MVP

Reporter/Teresa Ging In his first year at Thorndale and as a head coach, Kade Burns was named the District 26A coach of the year after guiding the Bulldogs to its first district crown since 2005. Reporter/Teresa Ging In his first year at Thorndale and as a head coach, Kade Burns was named the District 26A coach of the year after guiding the Bulldogs to its first district crown since 2005. In a year of firsts, Thorndale's Kade Burns racked up yet another after being named the District 26A coach of the year.

Burns in his first year at Thorndale and as a head coach after coming over from Monahans, guided the Bulldogs to their first district championship since 2005.

Milano's Matthew Jentsch— known more for his offensive prowess—was named the district's defensive player of the year, beating out Thorndale defensive lineman Tyler Jordan, the preseason pick.

Despite the fact that he led the district in rushing by a wide margin, Jentsch was not named on the offensive unit.

Jentsch gained 1,333 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the season including a 325-yard, four-touchdown effort against St. Joseph.

As a linebacker, Jentsch finished with 114 tackles on the season.

Despite finishing second, Bartlett dominated the post-season awards as Bulldog quarterback Gabriel Gadison was named the most valuable player and running back Eric Walker was the offensive player of the year.

Matthew Jentsch of Milano made 114 stops this season for the 6-3 Eagles. Matthew Jentsch of Milano made 114 stops this season for the 6-3 Eagles. Thorndale placed 24 players on the squad followed by Milano's 21.

All total, 105 players made the all-district team off six schools.

26A All-District District MVP—Gabriel Gadison, Bartlett Defensive MVP—Matthew Jentsch, Milano Offensive MVP—Eric Walker, Bartlett Newcomer—Alex Cruz, Granger Coach of the Year—Kade Burns, Thorndale

First team Defensive Linemen: Sam Walker Milano; Cogan Ewing, Bartlett; Tyler Jordan, Thorndale; Justin Hilton, Thorndale; Javier Hernandez, Thrall; Brandon Stautz, Thrall; Matt Loza,Thrall; Kyle Janke, Granger. Linebackers: Marvin Cantwell, Thorndale; Kasey Corcoran, Thorndale; Roman Perez, Bartlett; Michael Wells, Thrall; Lawrence Aleman, Thrall; Andrew Evans, Milano; Colton Mazoch, Granger; Cameron Schneider, Granger. Punter: Andrew Aleman, Granger; Michael Wells, Thrall. Secondary: Josh Ware, Thorndale; Caleb Saunders, Thorndale; Jaxson Robinson, Milano; Thomas Sanders, Milano; Josh Miller, Thrall; Aaron Kirby, Thrall; Lenord Hinojosa, Bartlett; Marquis Borja, Bartlett. Punters: Andrew Aleman, Granger; Michael Wells, Thrall. Offensive linemen: Tyler Jordan, Thorndale; Herman Reyes, Thorndale; Trey Bransom, Thorndale; Michael Griffin, Milano; Christian Serena, Milano; John Jentsch, Milano; Cogan Ewing, Bartlett; Javier Hernandez, Thrall; Lawrence Aleman, Thrall; Matt Loza, Thrall. Tight ends: Chance Ging, Thorndale; Bill Dodson, Thrall. Quarterbacks: Paxton Jordan, Thorndale; Tucker Lovelace, Thrall. Running backs: Steven McKendrick, Thorndale; Shea Maupin, Thorndale; Sam Walker, Milano; Andrew Aleman, Granger; Hayden Caffey, Thrall; Michael Wells, Thrall. Kicker: Tyler Jordan, Thorndale.

Second team Thorndale: DL Herman Reyes, DB Steven McKendrick, OL Weston Fisher, OL Emanuel Castillo, RB Tyler Morton. Milano: DL Corey Coulter, DL John Jentsch, LB Chris Juhl, DB John Paniagua, DB Alton Bryant, WR Jaxon Robinson.

Honorable mention Thorndale: DB Tyler Miller, LB Shea Maupin. Milano: WR Ryan Karl, DL Jamie Czajowski, DL Austin Turner.

Academic Thorndale: Tyler Jordan, Kasey Corcoran, Colton Youngblood. Milano: Jaxson Robinson, Matthew Jentsch, John Jentsch, Sam Walker, John Paniagua, Michael Griffin.

26A STANDINGS

District Season
WL WL PtsOpp
Thorndale 5 0 8 3 299 193
Bartlett 4 1 8 4 334 208
Thrall 3 2 5 6 215 264
Milano 2 3 6 3 261 162
Granger 1 4 1 9 150 297
Holland 0 5 2 8 175 423
Last week—Ganado 36, Bartlett 12.


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