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Waskom’s Johnson Duo Leads 9-2A D-II All-District Football Team Award-Winners

Waskom’s Kevin Johnson (1) and Mike Reason (21) celebrate Johnson’s interception in the Wildcats’ Nov. 8 win at Hughes Springs’ Mustang Stadium. (Jeff Stapleton,
Waskom RB Kevin Johnson. (Christopher Vinn/

A history-making season for Waskom ended in some of its league’s top awards with the release of the 9-2A Division II all-district football team as voted by coaches.

Junior standout Kevin Johnson earned the district’s Most Valuable Player award after rushing for almost 1,900 yards and 26 touchdowns and recording 137 tackles, two interceptions, and two defensive touchdowns on the other side of the ball.

Fellow Waskom junior June Bug Johnson, who accounted for almost 2,000 yards of total offense, garnered the district’s Offensive MVP award. The Johnson duo helped Waskom start the season 14-0 before falling to perennial power Refugio in the Class 2A Division II state semifinals, the Wildcats’ first trip to the final four in school history.

Hughes Springs QB/S Chad McKinney. (Christopher Vinn,

Waskom boss Whitney Keeling and his assistants were honored as the Coaching Staff of the Year for leading the ‘Cats to that historic season, which marked their first playoff trip since 1992.

Hughes Springs senior Chad McKinney and Paul Pewitt junior Isaiah Porter shared the Defensive MVP award, while Elysian Fields freshman quarterback Logan Hughes got Newcomer of the Year accolades.

Hughes Springs senior Kyre Lewis received Offensive Lineman of the Year honors. Paul Pewitt junior athlete Mitchell Ward got Utility Player of the Year recognition.

9-2A Division II All-District Football Team

Waskom’s June Bug Johnson takes off during the Wildcats’ 24-22 Class 2A Division I Region III championship win over Corrigan-Camden on Dec. 6 in Carthage. (Jeff Stapleton,


  • MVP — Kevin Johnson, Jr., RB, Waskom
  • Offensive MVP — June Bug Johnson, Jr., ATH, Waskom
  • Co-Defensive MVPs
    • Chad McKinney, Sr., S, Hughes Springs
    • Isaiah Porter, Jr., LB, Paul Pewitt
  • Newcomer of the Year — Logan Hughes, Fr., QB, Elysian Fields
  • Offensive Lineman of the Year — Kyre Lewis, Sr., Hughes Springs
  • Utility Player of the Year — Mitchell Ward, Jr., ATH, Paul Pewitt
  • Coaching Staff of the Year — Waskom


First Team Offense

New Diana’s DeQuailyn Hollins runs the ball during the Eagles’ Nov. 1 win at Elysian Fields. (Jeff Stapleton,
  • QB — Trace Carter, Waskom
  • QB — Jobie Ainsworth, New Diana
  • RB — Michael Martinez, Hughes Springs
  • RB — Garrett Barton, New Diana
  • RB — Tanner Davis, Elysian Fields
  • WR — Thomas Ford, Waskom
  • WR — DeQuailyn Hollins, New Diana
  • WR — Chance Cogswell, Linden-Kildare
  • WR — Dylan Parker, Elysian Fields
  • TE — Zach Morton, Paul Pewitt
  • TE — Hunter Smith, Hughes Springs
  • OL — J.C. Garcia, Waskom
  • OL — Joshua Perales, Paul Pewitt
  • OL — Zach Holcomb, Elysian Fields
  • OL — Christian Smith, Hughes Springs
  • OL — Jeremiah Jones, New Diana
  • OL — Collin Hart, Ore City
  • OL — Josh Hill, Paul Pewitt
  • K — Manny Munoz, Waskom
  • KR — Dillon Benton, Waskom


First Team Defense

Paul Pewitt’s Isaiah Porter (8) tries to evade Liberty-Eylau’s Ricky Johnson (20) during L-E’s 49-20 season-opening road win. Porter has been named Co-Defensive MVP of District 9-2A Division II. (Evan Lewis,
  • DL — Jose Agundiz, Waskom
  • DL — Justin Spurlin, Waskom
  • DL — Braden Jett, Elysian Fields
  • DL — Thomas Wallace, Hughes Springs
  • DL — Santerris Younger, Paul Pewitt
  • DL — Cody Winn, New Diana
  • DL — Dakota Adair, Ore City
  • DL — Hunter Smith, Hughes Springs
  • DL — Tray Hollis, Paul Pewitt
  • OLB — Marcos Jimenez, Waskom
  • OLB — Trace Carter, Waskom
  • OLB — Tramel Hudson, Elysian Fields
  • OLB — Kane Sampson, Hughes Springs
  • ILB — Tanner Norman, Elysian Fields
  • ILB — Mike Reason, Waskom
  • ILB — Kevin Hannah, Paul Pewitt
  • ILB — Justin Westmoreland, Hughes Springs
  • CB — Eric Stephens III, Waskom
  • CB — K.J. Jeffery, New Diana
  • CB — Geromey Porter, Paul Pewitt
  • CB — Fred Hopkins, Hughes Springs
  • S — Jacoby Owens, Elysian Fields
  • S — Garrett Barton, New Diana
  • S — Jordan Craver, Linden-Kildare
  • P — Zach Morton, Paul Pewitt
  • PR — Jacoby Owens, Elysian Fields


Second Team Offense

Hughes Springs’ Fredrick Hopkins looks for room to run during the Mustangs’ 46-14 win at New Diana on Oct. 4. (Jeff Stapleton,
  • QB — Colt Booth, DeKalb
  • RB — Dillon Benton, Waskom
  • RB — Zach Mackay, Paul Pewitt
  • RB — Fred Hopkins, Hughes Springs
  • WR — Eric Stephens III, Waskom
  • WR — Nathan Shipley, DeKalb
  • WR — Tyler Morgan, New Diana
  • WR — Jordan Craver, Linden-Kildare
  • TE — Austin Calcote, Hughes Springs
  • TE — Drew Cox, Paul Pewitt
  • OL — Wesley Prince, Waskom
  • OL — Thomas Wallace, Hughes Springs
  • OL — Cade Palmore, DeKalb
  • OL — Alex Anthony, Paul Pewitt
  • OL — Jared Hicks, Paul Pewitt
  • OL — Dillon Hall, New Diana
  • K — Anthony Cordiero, Ore City
  • KR — Jordan Craver, Linden-Kildare


Second Team Defense

New Diana LB Brandon Wesley. (Christopher Vinn,
  • DL — Kyle Adams, Waskom
  • DL — Tony Ratcliff, Waskom
  • DL — Randall Wall, Elysian Fields
  • DL — Christian Smith, Hughes Springs
  • DL — Bradley Williams, Paul Pewitt
  • DL — Trey Villareal, New Diana
  • DL — Fernando Ramirez, Linden-Kildare
  • DL — Lamon Hillis, Paul Pewitt
  • OLB — Dillon Benton, Waskom
  • OLB — Colby Simmons, Elysian Fields
  • OLB — Tedren Linwood, Linden-Kildare
  • OLB — Cody Holland, New Diana
  • ILB — Zach Morton, Paul Pewitt
  • ILB — Brandon Wesley, New Diana
  • ILB — Travis Horn, Linden-Kildare
  • CB — J.D. Stevens, Elysian Fields
  • CB — Brooks Johnston, Paul Pewitt
  • CB — Tyler Morgan, New Diana
  • CB — Jovan Forte, DeKalb
  • S — Keileon Johnson, Waskom
  • S — Greg Morgan, Hughes Springs
  • S — Thomas Culpepper, DeKalb
  • P — Brandon Wesley, New Diana


Elysian Fields’ Logan Hughes scrambles during EF’s Nov. 1 home loss to New Diana. Hughes has been named Newcomer of the Year by District 9-2A Division II coaches. (Jeff Stapleton,


Honorable Mention

  • Cade Bailey, OL
  • John Lumpkin, OL
  • Matt Norris, OL
  • Lucas Norton, RB
  • Nigel Brown, DL


Elysian Fields
  • Reece Matthews, OL
  • Drake Davis, WR
  • Tristin Moore, DL
  • Anthony Stevenson, DL


Hughes Springs
  • Asa Gaul, OL
  • Cade Pittman, OL
  • Chris Royal, RB
  • Paul Calderon, DL
  • Trey Alexander, LB
  • Jonathan Dufner, ILB
  • Malik Chism, DB


Paul Pewitt
  • Ladarius Holl
  • Matthew McMillan
  • Dusty Clifton


New Diana
  • Chris Dells, OL
  • K.J. Jeffery, RB
  • Skylar Simpson, DL
  • Coy Holland, LB


  • Lane Burleson, OL
  • Justin Powell, OL
  • Airion Brooks, RB
  • Curt Wells, QB
  • Montrelle Warren, OLB
  • Isaiah Currie, ILB
  • Reid Bynum, DB


  • Ethan Lann, OL
  • Ryan Cannon, WR
  • Logan Crouch, DL
  • Shantron Brown, ILB
  • Ty Reed, ILB
  • Gavin Flowers, DB


Ore City
  • Zack McGuire, OL
  • Dakota Martin, ILB
  • Dakota Adair, RB
  • Taylor Young, RB
  • Tyler Pendarvis, WR
  • A.J. Holder, OLB
  • Matthew Casey, DB
  • Daltron Hasler, DB


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