Thursday, December 28, 2006

Buckeyes dominate all-district selections

By JOE DODD
Thirty-seven players and the Gilmer Buckeyes’ coaching staff were honored recently when the District 15-3A Football Team was announced. The Buckeyes finished the season with a 10-1 record, and the Associated Press’ No. 1 ranking in Class 3A.
“We’re extremely proud to have that many kids make it. I take great pride in that,” said Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor. “Whenever you work hard, you get rewarded; and that’s a good thing.”
Buckeyes’ quarterback G.J. Kinne was named the district’s Most Valuable Player after passing for 3,261 yards and 47 touchdowns, while completing 68 percent of his passes. Kinne also ran for an additional 9 touchdowns, and suffered only one interception on the season. That one interception came on Kinne’s first pass as a Buckeye.
Jamell Kennedy was chosen as the district’s Offensive MVP, after totaling 906 total offensive yards and 9 touchdowns on 30 catches and 26 rushes. Kennedy moved to receiver for his senior season after being named first team all-district in 2005 as the Buckeyes’ quarterback.
“It’s amazing how it turned out for Jamell,” stated Traylor. “He was quarterback last year, and he didn’t get the Offensive MVP; now he moves to wide receiver and he is the Offensive MVP.”
Both Kinne and Kennedy have committed to Texas universities to continue their education and football careers. Kinne plans on playing quarterback at Baylor, while Kennedy will line up at receiver for SMU.
Buckeyes’ linebacker Arsenial Richardson was selected as the district’s Defensive MVP for leading the Black Flag Defense with 113 tackles during the regular season. Gilmer’s defense only allowed 54 points in 5 district games.
Gilmer freshman safety Stump Godfrey and sophomore cornerback Kezie Camp were voted as the district’s Co-Defensive Newcomer of the year. Camp led the Buckeyes with 4 interceptions, while the defense held opponents to an average of only 103 passing yards per game.
Last season’s Offensive MVP Curtis Brown, headlines the 15-AAA All-District First Team. Brown, who played in only one full district game, missed most of 5 games for the Buckeyes, but still managed to accumulate 1,138 yards and 15 touchdowns on only 56 offensive touches. Brown is listed as the top recruit in the state of Texas and has committed to play football for the Texas Longhorns, starting next season.
14 other Buckeyes were named to the First Team with Brown. Junior running back Justin Johnson and junior receiver Lamar Harris, along with junior linemen David Snow, Cody Lee, Chip Elms, and Garrett Adkins were all First Team Offense selections.
Senior linebackers Wes Wynne and Dominique Buchanan join senior linemen Dakota Bickerdike and Donte Harris on the defensive first team, along with senior safety Jules Johnson. Junior cornerback Dustin Jones was the only Buckeyes’ underclassman chosen for the first team defense.
Jones was also named as the first team’s punt returner, along with kicker Matt Burgin. The Buckeyes’ coaching staff was named the Coaching Staff of the Year.
Traylor summed up the honor this way: “Whenever you have a team, and 36 of them make All-District; it’s a tremendous compliment to the program, and to our kids and their parents.”

Position Name School Grade Stats
MVP G.J. Kinne #16 Gilmer 12 6-2 215
Off. MVP Jamell Kennedy #5 Gilmer 12 5-8 160
Def. MVP Arsenial Richardson #44 Gilmer 12 5-10 185
Off. Newcomer Jake Fudge #6 Spring Hill 10 5-8 160
Def. Newcomer Darian Godfrey #20 Gilmer 9 6-0 180
Kezie Camp #18 Gilmer 10 6-0 180
1st Team Offense:
QB *Brandon Gibbons #6 Gladewater 12 6-0 165
RB *Justin Johnson #22 Gilmer 11 6-2 190
*Ray Martin #20 Mineola 12 5-8 185
TE Winston Manley #81 Spring Hill 11 6-2 200
WR Curtis Brown #3 Gilmer 12 6-0 180
*Lamar Harris #15 Gilmer 11 6-2 180
Jacob LeTourneau Spring Hill 12 6-2 190
Chris Tuck Mineola 12 6-5 205
O-Line
*David Snow #76 Gilmer 11 6-4 300
*Cody Lee #72 Gilmer 11 6-0 260
*Chip Elms #54 Gilmer 11 5-10 220
Garrett Adkins #73 Gilmer 11 6-2 250
Cameron Cockerell #65 Gladewater 12 5-9 225
Brandon Martin #72 Mineola 11 6-2 290
Anthony Ballard #69 Spring Hill 12 5-11 220
Drew Sabin #53 Spring Hill 12 5-11 190
2nd Team Offense:
QB Chris Lee #8 Spring Hill 11 5-10 170
RB Edwin Harris #37 Gladewater 11 5-7 165
Cory Jones #26 Mineola 11 5-8 155
TE Craig Blankenship #44 White Oak 12 6-2 215
Seth Gilbreath #84 Mineola 12 6-2 220
WR Jarod Dollison #7 White Oak 12 5-11 150
Brennan Thompson #12 Gilmer 11 6-0 180
Devane Clark #26 Gilmer 10 5-7 150
Carwin Cooper #27 Gladewater 12 5-9 175
Robby Garcia #21 Spring Hill 12 5-8 160
O-Line Dakota Hagler #70 Gilmer 10 6-0 280
Daniel Jenkins #71 Gilmer 11 6-4 260
Jared Crenshaw #54 Mineola 11 6-1 240
Isiah Colbert #66 Sabine 11 5-10 220
Joe Bill #78 Spring Hill 12 5-10 210
Travis Koonce #50 White Oak 12 6-1 225
1st Team Defense:
D-Line
Cameron Cockerell #65 Gladewater 12 5-9 225
*Shawn Hawkins #14 Spring Hill 11 6-4 220
Rance Thomas #63 Spring Hill 11 6-1 220
Dakota Bickerdike #25 Gilmer 12 5-9 160
Donte Harris #6 Gilmer 12 5-10 170
OLB *Travis Vickery #3 Spring Hill 12 5-10 175
*Wes Wynne #11 Gilmer 12 6-3 205
ILB *Craig Blankenship #44 White Oak 12 6-2 215
Dominique Buchanan #7 Gilmer 12 6-2 225
CB *Jacob LeTourneau #30 Spring Hill 12 6-2 190
*Dustin Jones #14 Gilmer 11 5-8 150
S *Jules Johnson #4 Gilmer 12 6-2 180
*Cole Tomberlain #33 Spring Hill 12 5-8 160
P Taylor Pechacek #9 Spring Hill 12 5-8 170
K *Matt Burgin #41 Gilmer 12
Kick Returner *Jacob LeTourneau #30 Spring Hill 12 6-2 190
Punt Returner *Dustin Jones #14 Gilmer 11
2nd Team Defense:
D-Line J.D. Fitzgerald #50/30 Mineola 12 5-11 290
Nick Thompson #82 White Oak 12 5-11 185
C.J. Kyle #40 Gilmer 12 5-9 220
Kodey Wear #42 Gilmer 12 6-2 205
OLB Max Garcia #25 Spring Hill 11 5-10 175
Dunterius Goodman #2 Gilmer ISD 12 6-2 200
ILB Aaron Miranda #27 Spring Hill 12 5-8 175
Cullen Heim #8 White Oak 11 6-0 195
CB Zack Jones #13 Gilmer 10 5-8 150
Ryan Kennedy #32 Sabine 12 5-11 165
S Carderian Lewis #21 Gladewater 10 5-10 175
Brennan Thompson #12 Gilmer 11 6-0 180
P Ray Martin #20 Mineola 12 5-8 185
Jarod Dollison #1 White Oak 12 5-9 150
K Taylor Pechacek #9 Spring Hill 12 5-8 170
Kick Returner Justin Phillips #22 White Oak 11
Punt Returner Blake Ware #17 White Oak 11
* unanimous selection
Coaching Staff of the Year
Gilmer
Honorable Mention
Evin Wilson
Jeremy Reeves
David Smith
Justin Fielden
Dexture Carr
Josh Thompson
Jud Murry
Jake Manning

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