After another stand-out season on the field, members of the Palestine football team were given high honors by the coaches in District 19-3A.
The Palestine-contingent was led by senior Jadarrius Beasley, who shared the district’s Most Valuable Player honors with Fairfield running back Andre Welch.
Beasley, who played both running back and defensive back for the Wildcats, ran for a team-high 875 yards on the year, and scored eight rushing touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Beasley was fifth on the team in tackles with 66, including six tackles for loss.
Wildcat defensive tackle Walter Sheridan was named 19-3A’s Defensive Player of the Year after amassing 89 tackles — 11 of them for loss — and 4 1/2 sacks on the season.
Meanwhile, Palestine’s breakout sophomore quarterback, Gee Clark, was named the Offensive Newcomer of the Year. On the season, Clark threw for 1,134 yards and 14 touchdowns. Total, he accounted for 1,300 yards of offense for the Wildcats.
Rounding out the Wildcats honored with superlative awards was junior offensive tackle Brian Thlang, who was named the district’s Outstanding Lineman.
Thlang graded out at 95 percent for the season, anchoring an offensive line that paved the way for the Wildcats to rush for more than 2,700 yards on the year.
Two of Thlang’s offensive line teammates — center Eric Gonzales and guard Kenny Cofer — were honored with first team all-district spots, as were wide receivers Jordan Anthony and Sheldon Watson, and do-it-all player Paul Barksdale, who was named to the first team offensive utility spot.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive lineman Juan Trejo, Nolan Mays and Dakedrick McMorris were all unanimous picks for Palestine. Trejo earned a defensive end spot, while Mays and McMorris took honors at defensive tackles.
Ivory Brown earned a first team cornerback spot, while Chris Weaver was named a first team outside linebacker.
Earning second team offensive honors for Palestine were Jarrell Owens and Darrius Stephens (running back), Patrick Cross (guard) and Lucas Valencia (kicker).
On the defensive side, Anthony (cornerback), Isiah Mitchell (safety), Brian Gummelt (inside linebacker) and Bryce Newman (defensive tackle) earned second team spots.
Ben Luckett (running back), Kenneth Weaver (wide receiver), Timothy Klauser (kicker), Billy James (special teams player) and Jonta Maxey (defensive tackle) all earned honorable mention honors.
Groesbeck’s Matthew Barnes was named the Offensive MVP for the district, while Fairfield’s Chance Carroll was named the Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Fairfield’s Zach Pratt shared the Outstanding Lineman honors with Thlang.