Guyer’s Cain earns second-team all-state nod

Denton Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) hurdles senior fullback Trevor Caples (22) as DeSoto senior linebacker Orion Smith (15) moves in for the tackle during the second half of a high school football game at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas, Friday, September 2, 2016. (Jeffrey McWhorter/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) hurdles senior fullback Trevor Caples (22) as DeSoto senior linebacker Orion Smith (15) moves in for the tackle during the second half of a high school football game at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas, Friday, September 2, 2016. (Jeffrey McWhorter/Special Contributor)

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.”

 

 

Argyle, Sanger well-represented on the TSWA Class 3A All-State Team

Former Sanger shortstop Ted Wisdom was one of seven area players named to the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A all-state baseball team.

The Texas Sports Writers Association released its Class 3A All-State baseball team, and it confirmed what we knew all season.

Argyle and Sanger had some pretty good baseball players last season.

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Ryan’s Laws, Orozco make AP 5A all-state team

Ryan senior kicker Marc Orozco and junior offensive lineman Dakota Laws were named to the Associated Press Class 5A all-state team.

 

Ryan junior offensive lineman Dakota Laws and senior kicker Marc Orozco landed on the Associated Press Class 5A all-state team.

Laws and Orozco were both second-team selections, and the duo played a huge role in helping the Raiders reach the Class 5A Division II Region I final.

Laws finished the year with 45 pancake blocks, one sack allowed and he graded at 90 percent. Orozco knocked down seven field goals, including a long of 54 yards, 39 point-after attempts and 36 touchbacks. Orozco also made the honorable mention list as a punter.

Ryan senior defensive tackle Reese Strait joined Coppell senior defensive end Solomon Thomas as honorable mention selections. I have no idea why either of them are on the honorable mention list, but as we’ve seen all week, the all-state voting doesn’t make a whole lot of sense sometimes.

Oh, and Cedar Hill junior wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge was also an honorable mention pick. Oh, and Hebron defensive back Jamal Adams.

Yikes.

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Argyle’s Hedlund leads AP 3A all-state selections; Sadler on second team

Argyle's players surround kicker Cole Hedlund after he set the national record for most career field goals made. He was the area's lone first-team selection on the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

Four Argyle players were named to the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

Four other Eagles and Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson were honorable mention selections as well.

The only first-teamer was Argyle senior kicker Cole Hedlund. Hedlund has orally committed to Arkansas. Earlier this season, he set the national record for most career field goals.

Argyle offensive lineman Hayden Hood, wide receiver Ian Sadler and defensive lineman Micah Capra were second-team selections. Linebacker Sam Sizelove (committed to Kansas State), defensive back Connor Wilson (committed to Texas Tech) and offensive lineman Michael Castle were honorable mention selections. Hedlund was also honorable mention as a punter.

I’m shocked that Sadler (committed to Texas Tech) wasn’t a first-team selection. I figured Sadler or Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenshutz weren’t named as the Offensive Player of the Year. But Fairfield running back Larry Rose is plenty deserving of the award.

Argyle’s numbers weren’t that impressive because the starters hardly played in the second half this season.

In the end, I’m sure Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers would rather have healthy players instead of players with gaudy numbers.

Here’s the full list of the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

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