A handful of football players in the Kilgore area have been recognized as selections on the Texas Sports Writers Association all-state teams.
The 67th annual Collin Street Bakery/TSWA all-state football selections were announced this week, and a few players in the News Herald’s coverage area made the list.
Kilgore senior offensive lineman Austin Adams was named to the third team of the TSWA’s Class 4A selections. Adams was a member of the Bulldogs’ line that helped the team roll up 5,174 yards of total offense and score 64 touchdowns in 2017, a 9-4 year for the Ragin’ Red. He was also named to the Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Elite team.
Several of Adams’ teammates were named honorable mentions: senior running back Briant Mumphrey, senior defensive lineman Demorrea Richardson, junior linebacker Nesba Brown, senior linebacker Sebastian Mumphrey, and punter Elian Torres, a junior.
Carthage senior running back Keaontay Ingram, who just signed with Texas, was named the 4A offensive player of the year, helping Carthage win its sixth state title in school history. Ingram finished with 2,325 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns.
The 4A defensive player of the year was Pleasant Grove senior linebacker Caleb Porchia, who had 196 tackles in helping his team to the 4A DII state title.
Among the TSWA’s Class 3A all-state selections were locals West Rusk senior linebacker Tyree Wilson and Sabine linebacker Kobe Renfro, a junior. Renfro’s postseason honors have been well-documented here in the News Herald; the Cardinals’ standout was also recognized by the Associated Press and by the USA Today, as a member of its all-Texas team.
Wilson, a key factor in the Raiders’ successful season, signed Wednesday with Texas A&M University.
Named to 3A’s honorable mentions were West Rusk senior defensive linemen Matthew Davidson and Darrien Johnson.
Rockdale senior quarterback Torry Locklin was the choice as 3A offensive player of the year; Locklin, a Kansas signee, passed for 2,565 yards and 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and ran for 2,481 yards and 32 touchdowns – 59 total touchdowns on the season leading Rockdale to the 3A Division I state championship.
Newton linebacker Corbin Foster was the defensive player of the year in 3A; Foster finished with an eye-opening 240 tackles, 34 for loss. Newton, which got past West Rusk in round three, went on to win the 3A DII state title.