Brinkley, Caffey lead Tiger all-district picks
Quarterback Ethan Brinkley and receiver Austin Caffey led a pack of Tiger players named first-team all-district.
Brinkley re-wrote the RHS record book in passing this past season and becomes the first Tiger quarterback to be named first-team since Blade Bassler in 2000.
The sophomore Caffey impressed with his fearless ability to go over the middle and punish possible tacklers was named the district newcomer of the year along with LaGrange’s Cassell Tezeno.
Joining Brinkley and Caffey on the all-district first team were lineman Patrick David, defensive end Koltyn Woolverton, linebacker James David and wide receiver Cody Skubal.
The junior left hander finished second in passing to Navasota’s junior Kadarius Baker, who was named the league’s most valuable player, after throwing for over 2,700 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading the Rattlers to a 11-2 mark.
Caffey, a 6-foot, 175-pound sophomore, showed a tenac- ity for catching passes in heavy coverage and then gaining tough yardage after the fact, hauled in 33 passes.
Skubal, the one-year wonder, made the most of his only year playing football and also erased most of the RHS receiving records, grabbing 52 passes for 910 yards and 10 touchdowns.
David, who was injured most of the year, was a first-team selection last season and despite moving from center to tackle, earned another nod. The senior was also a second-team pick on defense.
A pleasant surprise first-team choice was defensive lineman Koltyn Woolverton. The senior transfer from Caldwell had 47 tackles and led the Tigers in sacks with four and caused three fumbles.
ALL-DISTRICT 23-3A District MVP: Kadarius Baker, Jr., Navasota Offensive MVP: Joseph Glenn, Jr., Giddings Defensive MVP: LaPear Willrich, Sr., Giddings and Will Imhoff, Jr., Navasota Newcomer of the Year: Austin Caffey, So., Rockdale and Cassel Tezeno, So., LaGrange
Offense Quarterback: Ethan Brinkley, Jr., Rockdale, Coltyn Brown, Sr., Smithville Running Back: DaAaron Jackson, Jr., Smithville; Deon Hickey, Jr., Giddings; Jacob Malek, Jr., Navasota Wide Receiver: Cody Skubal, Sr., Rockdale; Cassel Tezeno, So., LaGrange; Solomon McGinty, Jr., Navasota; Austin Collins, Jr., Navasota Tight End: Deon Hutchinson, Sr., Giddings Offensive Line: Patrick David, Sr., Rockdale; Chad Childs, Sr., LaGrange; Kyle Orlando, Sr., Navasota; Josh Thomas, Sr., Navasota; Mason Morris, Sr., Smithville; LaPear Willrich, Sr., Giddings.
TIGER SEASON LEADERS
Rushing— Ramey 135- 461 4 TD, David 41-165 2 TD, Hayes 38-198 3 TD, Nelson 7-12, Gibbs 2-2, Brinkley 40-(-35) 3 TD.
Passing— Brinkley 176 - 303 - 8, 2,037 yards, 15 TD.
Receiving—Skubal 52-910 10 TD, Garza 37-347 2 TD, Caffey 33-358, Gibbs 23-220 TD, Goodman 14-174 2 TD, Hayes 5-41, David 2-21, Ramey 9-14, Ehler 2- 6, Hamilton 1- 6, Trejo 1-4, Nelson 1- 0.
Tackles— David, J. 118, Hayes 104, Schneider 49, Woolverton 47, Gibbs 44, Caffey 42, Estrada 41, David 41, McQuinn 39, Garza 26, Hamilton 24, Alonzo 23, Garcia 21, Goodman 21, Skubal 18, Trejo 14.
Defense Defensive Line: Koltyn Woolverton, Sr., Rockdale; Jeremy Mowdy, Sr., Smithville; Kegan Bledsoe, Jr., Smithville; Deon Hutchinson, Sr., Giddings; Robert Kitchen, Sr., LaGrange; Josh Thomas, Sr., Navasota Linebackers: James David, So., Rockdale; Brent Haas, Sr., Giddings; Kolby Kolek, Jr., LaGrange; Jaylyin Minor, Jr., Navasota; Denton Cooper, Sr., Smithville; Antwan Heath, Jr., Caldwell Secondary: Jacob Malek, Sr., Navasota; Xavier Creeks, Jr., Navasota; Jacob Krchnak, Sr., Giddings; Jamil Jackson, Sr., Giddings Kicker: Michael Rangel, Jr., Giddings; Marco Cerda, So., LaGrange Return Specialist: Joseph Glenn, Jr., Giddings Punter: Jamie Swartz, Sr., Smithville Second team (Rockdale): Patrick David DL, Zach Garza WR/DB, Josh Pelzel OL, Markus Hayes LB, Noe Zelaya K Honorable mention (Rockdale): Ty Kirk OL, Clyton Gibbs DB, Patric Trejo TE, Pedro Ibarres OL, Stephen Schneider DL. Academic(Rockdale): Ethan Brinkley, Austin Caffey, Patrick David, William Dean, Stephen Ehler, Zach Garza, Clayton Gibbs, Reggie Hamilton, Pedro Ibarres, Ty Kirk, Jose Macias, James Mack, Josh Pelzel, Cody Skubal, Koltyn Woolverton, Brandon Wright, Noe Zelaya.
First team Ethan Brinkley, Jr., QB; Cody Skubal, Sr., WR, Patrick David, Sr., OL; Koltyn Woolverton, Sr., DL; James David, So., LB.
Second team Zach Garza, Sr., WR/DB; Josh Pelzel, So., OL, Patrick David, Sr., DL; Markus Hayes, Jr., LB; Noe Zelaya, Jr., K.
Honorable mention Clayton Gibbs, So., WR/DB; Patric Trejo, Jr., TE, Pedro Ibarres, Sr., OL, Ty Kirk, Sr., C; Stephen Schneider, Sr., DL.