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Lufkin’s JaBryce Taylor Sets Receiving Record in 79th Annual THSCA All-Star Game

Former Lufkin wide receiver JaBryce Taylor (83) set the THSCA all-star game record with 226 yards on Tuesday in Fort Worth. (Retha McClinton,

FORT WORTH — JaBryce Taylor may have already graduated from Lufkin High School, but the star receiver had one more game left in his prep career. And what a game it was.

Taylor set a record with 226 receiving yards and caught three touchdowns in leading the North to a 39-29 win over South in the 79th Annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game on Tuesday night at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.

Ex-Whitehouse receiver Dylan Cantrell. (Christopher Vinn,

The SMU-bound playmaker, who was named the game’s Offensive Most Valuable Player, finished one catch short of the game’s receptions record with 10. His touchdowns covered 24, 64 and 51 yards and were thrown by three different passers.

Taylor’s first TD of the night came on the game’s opening drive from former Stephenville quarterback Tyler Jones. His second score was the result of a trick play, a reverse pass from Lancaster receiver Demarcus Ayers. The third touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a pass from Stamford’s Hagen Hutchinson.

The ex-Lufkin standout wasn’t the only East Texas receiver with a monster night for the North team. Whitehouse graduate and Texas Tech signee Dylan Cantrell finished with nine catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns — a 69-yard catch from Corsicana Mildred’s Nic Shimonek and an 11-yarder from Jones.

Former Longview defensive lineman Cornelius Williams, a Navarro College signee, also recorded a sack for the North late in the fourth quarter.

Other East Texans participating in the all-star game for the North team were Daingerfield running back Edwin Mims (Navarro College signee), Gilmer offensive lineman Brady English (Tyler Junior College signee), and Hallsville offensive lineman Hayden Wall (Abilene Christian signee).


Pictured are the six East Texans who competed in Tuesday’s Texas High School Coaches Association all-star football game at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. From left to right: Lufkin’s JaBryce Taylor, Hallsville’s Hayden Wall, Gilmer’s Brady English, Whitehouse’s Dylan Cantrell, Daingerfield’s Edwin Mims, and Longview’s Cornelius Williams. (Courtesy photo)

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