Thorndale's Burns named district 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.
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.
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