The Grandview Zebras and Burleson Elks headline the Cleburne Ford 2017 All-Johnson County football team after both teams went 9-1 in the regular season while fellow playoff participants are among the most represented teams as well.
Including superlative awards, first- and second-team selections, Grandview leads all of Johnson County with 17 total representatives while Burleson is next in line with 15 selections. Alvarado and Godley are next in line with 10 selections apiece.
“I think, first of all, they all deserved it — they all contributed in a big way to our success,” Grandview Coach Brad Davis said. “We had a great senior class and a bunch of those kids have been in the program for a long while. We felt like having that many kids represented on all-county says a lot about the program that’s been built here over the years and the amount of effort and hard work those kids have put in for all these years.
“Speaking personally for this year from my perspective, I couldn’t have asked more from them. They gave everything they had and played extremely hard every time we stepped on the field. All of them deserve the awards they got.”
The Zebras clinched a district title and were a win away from advancing to the Class 3A Division I state semifinals, the deepest Grandview has ever been in the postseason.
“With Grandview leading the county with the most selections, it shows the program we have and all of the hard work we put in,” said senior Earnest Crownover, the All-Johnson County co-MVP. “Grandview always produces and turns out great athletes and players.”
Meanwhile, the Burleson Elks put together a program-best 9-1 regular season record before falling in the Class 5A bidistrict playoffs to eventual state semifinalist Mansfield Legacy to be among the county’s most represented teams.
“We went 9-1 in regular season and ran into the No. 8 team in the state that played in the semifinal game,” Burleson Coach Gary McElroy said. “We had a good team. We played really good, exceptional defense. We played really good offense and special teams. Grandview went deep in the playoffs and they’re deserving. I think from the 5A end of it, we’re the best 5A school in the county record-wise. So it’s awesome to have that many kids recognized and that just reflects their hard work, dedication and production during the season.”
The 2017 season in Johnson County for most teams was defensive-fueled, and the talent and depth on defense is on full display with the All-Johnson County teams.
Larger in size than normal, the first-team defense features 17 players, including a county-leading five selections for Burleson.
“Defensively, we averaged giving up 14 points per game all year long,” McElroy said. “In the past years, our offense has carried the team. There’s no doubt about it that our defense this year definitely did its share as far as winning games. ... Those kids are great kids, they work hard, they’re hungry, they play defense like they’re supposed to and they’re excited to play defense, and all but three are back.”
Grandview had three players receive first-team defense honors, and counting all-county defensive MVP David Villa, the Zebras were also the leaders in defensive representation. As a unit, Grandview held teams to only 9.3 points per game in 14 games.
The All-Johnson County first-team defense is comprised of: Alvarado’ Elias Reyes (LB) and Canon Arnold (LB), Burleson’s Zach McDaniel (LB), Jaterrius Pleasant (DT), Calvin Williams (CB), Sam Martin (S) and Ben Quirino (DE), Burleson Centennial’s Jacob Jackson (LB), Grandview’s Tyler Hale (LB), Damian Dominguez (DL) and Ruben McCray (CB), Godley’s Kelton Grigsby (LB) and Triston Anders (DE), Joshua’s Justis Chaney (LB), Josh Clarke (LB) and Brandon Parrish (DE), and Rio Vista’s Braxton Benoit (LB).
With such impressive talent on the first-team defense, players who received second-team honors on defense are certainly noteworthy.
The second-team defense is made up of: Alvarado’s Jacob Shockley (S) and Dylan Roudebush (S), Burleson’s Jacob Hardie (DT), Casey Jackson (LB) and Jared Johnson (S), Centennial’s Cole Porter (DE) and Blake Murphy (LB), Cleburne’s Demarqus McGilveary (LB) and Richard Cuellar (DL), Grandview’s Dylan Moore (LB), Devante Crownover (DE) and Jake Bowen (DL), Godley’s Sebastian Rivera (LB), Devin Lummus (LB) and Ian Mapes (DB), Joshua’s Cayse Chambers (DE) and Alex Lanning (LB) and Rio Vista’s Blake Stephens (LB).
Offensively, Grandview and Godley were among the most explosive teams in Johnson County as both teams scored more than 41 points per game.
The first-team offense is comprised of: Alvarado’s Jacob Gideon (OL), Burleson’s Aden Anderson (WR), Matt Collier (OL), Brock Williams (TE) and Edgar Lopez (K), Centennial’s Kyle Perry (OL), Cleburne’s Jamari Bradley (WR), Godley’s Jason Faulkenberry (QB), Trace Thompson (WR) and Blake Henderson (OL), Grandview’s Tremayne Gullatte (RB) and Kamron English (WR), and Rio Vista’s Tyler Crisp (OL) and Rendon Howe (RB).
The second-team offense includes: Alvarado’s Braylon Ray (FB), Braxton Williams (TE), Andrew Barajas (RB) and Blake Henderson (RB), Burleson’s Jacob Amador (QB) and Devin Stevenson (RB), Centennial’s Wellington Bridges (WR), Chris Mosely (RB) and Trevor Suggs (OL), Grandview’s Jake Goodman (WR), Jake Bons (OL), Cole Cannon (OL), and Nathaniel Baker (K), Godley’s Brenen Hawkins (WR), Joshua’s Hayden Chittum (RB/WR) and Kendal Mapels (OL), and Rio Vista’s Jordan Wilkins (RB) and Brandon Faulkner (TE).
The Cleburne Ford All-Johnson County football teams and superlative awards are selected by the Times-Review sports department based on all-district voting, statistics, team success and coaches’ input.