After a breakout season as a freshman phenom in 2015, Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain solidified his place in the upper echelon of the state’s top ball-carriers on Thursday when he was named to The Associated Press’ Class 6A all-state team.
Cain was voted to the state’s second team by sportswriters from across Texas after finishing the regular season with 169 carries for 1,407 yards and 19 touchdowns.
“I’m so proud for Noah,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “I think he’s done a lot of incredible things from the running back position for us at the ages of 14 and 15. I think Guyer fans and everyone at Guyer is looking forward to seeing what he can do at 16 and 17 the next two years.”
Cain is a physical specimen at 5-11, 205 pounds, and was the thunder in a 1-2 running back tandem at Guyer. The Wildcats averaged 317 yards per game on the ground in 2016.
Cain is the No. 1 ranked sophomore running back in the country and already has 14 scholarship offers, including offers from national powerhouses like LSU and Oklahoma.
Walsh said Cain’s physical ability is evident, but his mental acumen and high football IQ are what make him stand out above others his age.
“I think, first off, his durability is great for a young kid,” Walsh said. “His physique allows him to take a lot of shots. What separates him from the rest of the pack is his ability to be patient and his vision is off the charts.”
Cain was joined on the all-state team by three teammates who were honorable mention selections in junior left tackle John Lanz, who graded out at 93 percent for the regular season and allowed no sacks. Senior tight end and Miami commit Brian Polendey also got an honorable mention nod as an offensive lineman after grading out at 91 percent and averaging four knockdowns per game.
Defensively, senior safety Bryce Jackson, a Northwestern pledge, was rewarded with an honorable mention nod after leading one of the best defenses in school history with 89 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions.
“Any time your program is represented on the all-state team, it’s just an indication of the hard work and the respect you get across the state,” Walsh said. “I think our kids are sure deserving of that.”