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White Oak’s Dylan Gale + Tatum’s Kyshaun Smith Share District 9-2A D-I MVP

White Oak quarterback Dylan Gale scrambles for yardage while being pursued by Cameron Yoe’s Christopher Lewis during their state semifinal Dec. 13 at Eagle Stadium in Allen. (Jaime R. Carrero,

White Oak quarterback Dylan Gale and Tatum linebacker Kyshaun Smith shared Most Valuable Player honors on the 9-2A Division I all-district football team, which was voted on by the league’s coaches.

Gale, who led White Oak to the state semifinals earlier this month, passed for more than 3,700 yards with 36 touchdowns on only five interceptions. Smith, meanwhile, racked up 123 tackles (21 for loss) with seven quarterback pressures, two interceptions and five pass break-ups.

Other superlatives went to White Oak receiver Jansen McCurdy (Offensive MVP), Tatum linebacker Demetrius Hill and Harmony linebacker Levi Thompson (Co-Defensive MVPs), White Oak’s Jason Heim and Tatum’s Jaylon Ward (Top Offensive Linemen), Tatum’s Collin Gage and Troup’s Tristen Walsworth (Top Defensive Linemen), Harmony’s Micah Ross (Top Offensive Newcomer) and Sabine’s Bo Bates, Tatum’s Jordan Nelson and Jefferson’s Landon Simmons (Top Defensive Newcomers).

9-2A Division I All-District Football Team

Tatum’s Kyshaun Smith runs past Troup defenders during the Eagles’ 35-21 win on Oct. 18 at Tiger Stadium in Troup. (Mark Martin,



  • Dylan Gale, QB, White Oak
  • Kyshaun Smith, LB, Tatum


Offensive MVP

  • Jansen McCurdy, WR, White Oak


Co-Defensive MVPs

  • Demetrius Hill, LB, Tatum
  • Levi Thompson, LB, Harmony


Top Offensive Linemen

  • Jason Heim, White Oak
  • Jaylon Ward, Tatum


Top Defensive Linemen

  • Collin Gage, Tatum
  • Tristen Walsworth, Troup


Top Offensive Newcomer

  • Micah Ross, Harmony


Top Defensive Newcomers

  • Bo Bates, Sabine
  • Jordan Nelson, Tatum
  • Landon Simmons, Jefferson


First Team Offense

Troup WR Hitachi Lydia. (Christopher Vinn,
  • QB — J.D. Taylor, Tatum
  • QB — Collin Gray, Sabine
  • RB — Riley Lakin, White Oak
  • RB — Jaylen Shans, Tatum
  • RB — Juan Montoya, Harmony
  • FB — Qwaylen Chumley, Sabine
  • FB — Carlos Pocasangre, Tatum
  • WR — Devin Hodge, Tatum
  • WR — Gabe Michael, White Oak
  • WR — Cass Carr, White Oak
  • WR — Hitachi Lydia, Troup
  • WR — Brandon Hearon, Troup
  • WR — Deyanta Roberson, Tatum
  • OL — Dalton Gage, Harmony
  • OL — Kode Chamberlain, Harmony
  • OL — Tell Defreece, Sabine
  • OL — Mickey McFall, White Oak
  • OL — Levi Loftis, White Oak
  • OL — Jacob Taylor, Tatum
  • OL — Dylan Moore, Tatum
  • TE — Hayden Nichols, White Oak
  • TE — Hunter Little, Harmony
  • P — Jacob Fielden, Harmony
  • K — Dusty Richardson, Tatum


First Team Defense

Tatum’s Klifton Willis returns his interception during the Eagles’ Oct. 11 42-21 home win against White Oak. (Christopher Vinn,
  • ILB — Sam Smith, Sabine
  • ILB — Dakota Deese, Troup
  • ILB — Chris Smith, Jefferson
  • OLB — Devon Boyd, Tatum
  • OLB — Corey Smith, Jefferson
  • OLB — Jacob Fielden, Harmony
  • DT — Ryan Hyde, Tatum
  • DT — Dee Sutton, White Oak
  • DT — Kris Layman, White Oak
  • DT — Marquis Davis, Troup
  • DE — Marcus Davis, Troup
  • DE — John Phillips, Harmony
  • DE — Michael Berry, Sabine
  • CB — Josh Benson, White Oak
  • CB — Chastan Brooks, Tatum
  • CB — Terrance Whitaker, Jefferson
  • CB — An’fernee Ross, Troup
  • S — Klifton Willis, Tatum
  • S — Tim McCoy, Harmony
  • UTL — Jake Pullen, White Oak
  • UTL — Chris Starling, Tatum
  • UTL — John Phillips, Harmony
  • UTL — Brandon Hearon, Troup
  • UTL — P.J. Laster, Jefferson
  • UTL — Tyler Mustin, Sabine
  • Special teams — Jack Rogers, White Oak
  • Special teams — Chastan Brooks, Tatum
  • Special teams — Tim McCoy, Harmony
  • Special teams — Dakota Deese, Troup
  • Special teams — Brody Price, Jefferson
  • Special teams — Austin Russell, Sabine


Second Team Offense

Troup RB Marcus Kincade. (Christopher Vinn,
  • QB — Brayden Varnell, Jefferson
  • RB — Marcus Kincade, Troup
  • RB — Devon Boyd, Tatum
  • RB — Eric Contreras, Harmony
  • RB — Marquis Davis, Troup
  • WR — Martin Ingram, Tatum
  • WR — Jacob Fielden, Harmony
  • WR — Brandon Hearon, Troup
  • WR — Ty Lafayette, Jefferson
  • OL — Charlie Rowden, Troup
  • OL — Cameron Grubbs, Jefferson
  • OL — Ryan Cox, Jefferson
  • OL — Jared Kimberly, Tatum
  • OL — Stephen Porter, White Oak
  • OL — Branson Davis, Harmony
  • OL — Grant Stansberry, Sabine
  • TE — Chase Clifford, Sabine
  • TE — Dylan Fields, Tatum
  • P — Dusty Richardson, Tatum
  • P — Jerome Sikes, Sabine
  • K — Ryan Gibbons, Jefferson


Second Team Defense

Tatum’s Jaylen Shans. (Christopher Vinn,
  • ILB — Kevin Reeves, Harmony
  • ILB — Braydon Varnell, Jefferson
  • ILB — Grant Key, Sabine
  • OLB — Chris Starling, Tatum
  • OLB — Brett Martin, Troup
  • OLB — Kameron Coleman, Jefferson
  • OLB — Brennan Watkins, Sabine
  • DT — Rod Smith, Jefferson
  • DT — Landon Wiggington, Harmony
  • DT — Kasey Norton, Tatum
  • DE — Malik Allen, Tatum
  • DE — Lafabion Lydia, Troup
  • DE — Clifford Justice, Jefferson
  • CB — Eric Contreras, Harmony
  • CB — Jonathan Mathis, Jefferson
  • CB — Hitachi Lydia, Troup
  • CB — Jaylen Shans, Tatum
  • S — Tucker Franklin, Sabine
  • S — Jake Pullen, White Oak
  • S — Marcus Kincade, Troup

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