In addition to Grandview’s seven selections on the 2019 Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State Football Team, 10 more Johnson County players received recognition on the Class 4A and Class 5A teams.
On the Class 5A TSWA All-State Team, Cleburne senior middle linebacker Braxton Bailey was a third-team selection after he was one of the state’s leading tacklers with 163 on the season to go along with 23 tackles for loss. Bailey was also a first-team all-district and a first-team All-Johnson County selection.
The Burleson Centennial Spartans received a pair of honorable mentions in senior running back Jaylon Jackson and senior defensive lineman Chris Hillard. Jackson rushed for 1,370 yards and 14 touchdowns on 95 carries while Hillard registered 51 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, six sacks, 16 QB pressures and four forced fumbles.
Jackson was also the All-Johnson County co-offensive player of the year to go along with District 5-5A Division II co-offensive player of the year honors. Hillard was a first-team All-Johnson County and first-team all-district selection.
Burleson is represented by senior defensive end Klaus Shoenborn, who received honorable mention after amassing 110 tackles, 24 TFL, 9.5 sacks. Shoenborn was the All-Johnson County defensive lineman of the year and an all-district second-team selection.
On the Class 4A TSWA All-State Team, the Alvarado Indians and Godley Wildcats each received three selections.
Alvarado senior running back Colby Sampson was a third-team TSWA All-State selection after putting together one of the most productive seasons in the nation. Sampson rushed for 2,543 yards and 27 touchdowns on 349 carries to lead the Indians to their first district championship since 2011. Sampson was also the District 8-4A Division I MVP in addition to All-Johnson County co-offensive player of the year honors. Sampson was a first-team selection on the Associated Press All-State Team.
Joining Sampson as TSWA All-State recipients are senior defensive lineman T.J. Shackelford and senior linebacker Alex Rodriguez. Shackelford record 75 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and a county-leading 15 sacks to go along with nine quarterback hurries, as he also earned All-Johnson County defensive newcomer of the year honors in addition to first-team all-district honors and Associated Press All-State honorable mention. Rodriguez registered 132 tackles with 14 tackles for loss as he also was a first-team All-Johnson County and first-team all-district selection in addition to AP All-State honorable mention.
Leading Godley’s TSWA All-State honors is junior running back/linebacker Kolby Bartlett as a second-team selection as a utility player. Bartlett rushed for 1,405 yards on 199 carries with 21 catches for 231 yards and 15 total TDs offensively while he had 84 tackles with nine tackles for loss on defense.
Godley junior wide receiver Brenen Hawkins and senior defensive end Landon Stevenson received honorable mention on the TSWA Class 4A All-State Team. Hawkins had 50 receptions for 963 yards and 14 touchdowns as he also earned All-Johnson County and all-district first-team recognition in addition to honorable mention on the AP All-State Team. Stevenson finished with 106 tackles and 22 tackles for loss to also earn All-Johnson County and all-district first-team honors along with AP All-State honorable mention.
Frisco Lone Star wide receiver Marvin Mims was the offensive player of the year on the TSWA Class 5A All-State Football Team, while Denton Ryan junior lineman Ja’Tavion Sanders and Abilene Cooper defensive back Dylon Davis shared the defensive honor.
Mims, who signed with Oklahoma, had 107 receptions for 2,502 yards with 31 touchdowns. Sanders had 19 tackles for loss and 24 quarterback pressures. Davis had 16 interceptions, returning three of them for touchdowns, along with 14 pass breakups.
Lampasas quarterback Ace Whitehead and Texarkana Pleasant Grove defensive lineman Landon Jackson were the players of the year on the TSWA Class 4A All-State Football Team.
Whitehead threw for 4,259 yards and 54 touchdowns with only six interceptions. He added 723 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns with no fumbles in leading Lampasas to a school-record 13 victories in reaching the Division I state semifinals. Jackson had 111 tackles with 22 tackles for loss and 22 quarterback pressures in helping his team win the Division II state title.