With the District‘s Most Valuable Player, the Coach of the Year, and the Offensive and Defensive MVPs, the Waltrip football team dominated the recent announcement of the 24-5A All-District selections for last season.
It was an outstanding season for the Rams, who went 8-0 during the regular season and won the 24-5A championship with that same unbeaten record. And the league’s coaches recognized the team’s excellence by rewarding some of the league’s most exciting players with first-team honors and even more.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back/kickoff returner Samuel Lemond selected the District’s Most Valuable Player. Besides that honor, head coach Todd Wright was named the 24-5A Coach of the Year while senior quarterback Cameron Howe was named the league’s Offensive MVP and senior defensive end Tyrell Buard was selected as the Defensive MVP.
Lemond was a big playmaker on both offense and defense and the district’s coaches unanimously voted him the MVP. Besides his speed and stellar hands that made him a real threat to opposing defensive and special teams when he got the football, Lemond was also a sure tackler and saved quite a few big plays from happening with his ability to put guys on the ground as the last line of defense when he played safety.
Howe, who led the league in yards passing and threw more touchdown passes than anyone else, was named the offensive MVP. He was an accurate thrower who made the Rams’ fast-paced spread offense click. Howe and Lemond were two of the 10 Rams voted onto the district’s first-team offense. In all, the Rams had three receivers, two running backs, both of their tackles, a guard and their center make the first team. Besides Lemond, junior Jordan Washington and sophomore Orvis Fowler were the two receivers with juniors Kaleb Lastrape and Coley Barnes the running backs. That quartet of talented players should all be back next year for the Rams.
In the trenches, senior tackle Seth Ramsey and freshman tackle Joseph Escobedo along with senior center Jonah Butler and senior guard Joseph Martinez rounded out the first-team Rams. Escobedo was the only freshman voted onto the all-district team.
Defensively, the Rams also had a representative at nearly every position. Buard, who plays end, was the MVP and an automatic all-district selection. But the Rams’ other defensive end –senior Jacob Reyes — in their three-man line was also a first team choice.
Nose tackle Deon Jackson, senior inside linebackers Aaron Rose and Adrian Bekeri, junior outside linebacker Tonnie Gilbert, senior Tyrrie Burton, senior cornerbacks J’lon Kearney and Cameron Boudreaux, and senior safety Christian Cherry were the rest of the Waltrip defenders on the first team.
The 24-5A coaches selected at least five players to every position except quarterback, punter, kicker, kickoff returner and punt returner so there was no second team offense or defense. In all, three quarterbacks were named to the first team along with two punters, two kickers and two returners in each category.