Area players named AP all-state in football
Tigers Josh Pelzel, James David, Clayton Gibbs and Pearce Loth were all named to the Class 3A all-state team.
Thorndale’s Riley Schaefer and Cody Niemtschk representing the Bulldogs and Milano’s Jordan Millar were chosen for the Class A team.
All four Rockdale selections were named honorable mention.
David, a linebacker, is making his thirs appearance on the team and made 107 tackles this season.
Gibbs is just the second quarterback in Rockdale history to receive any kind of all-state recognition, next to Martin Stroman in 1975.
Gibbs broke almost every school passing record this season, with 3,086 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Loth, the only junior in the group, was Gibbs’ favorite target and also re-wrote the record book with 64 catches for 1,183 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Schaefer was a second-team choice and despite his impressive numbers as a quarterback, was chosen as a defensive back.
The senior nabbed eight passes and made 51 tackles from his defensive back position.
Schaefer’s teammate Cody Niemtschk was named honorable mention all-state as a defensive lineman with 69 tackles including six sacks.
Milano’s Millar was also selected honorable mention in his first year at quarterback after gaining 2,514 yards and scoring 34 touchdowns.
Cameron placed seven players on the Class 2A team, led by offensive lineman Kylen Harrell, who was a first-team selection.
The remaining six Yoemen were all honorable mantion.
Lineman Johnathon McAnulty; quarterback and Punter Jason Kopriva; running back Traion Smith; defensive backs Colton labay and Justin Pratt; and linebacker Somari Wright.