Tyler Lee’s Elliott Davison and Jamal Ligon, who earlier this week signed with colleges, were named to the 2019 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 6A All-State football team, the organization announced Thursday.

The voting was conducted by APSE members based on nominations from media members and coaches from around the state (regular season statistics only).

Davison was named to the first team as a defensive back while Ligon was a second-team defensive lineman.

Davison and Ligon both signed with San Antonio colleges on Wednesday — Davison with the University of the Incarnate Word and Ligon with the University of Texas at San Antonio.

As a defensive back, Davison, a senior, had 111 tackles, along with six interceptions and six passes broken up. He was joined on the first team by Longview senior defensive back Malik Cannon (87 tackles, 6 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 6 PBU).

Longview senior offensive lineman Parker Cox (90% grade and 51 pancakes for a Lobo team that averaged 450 yards and 43.1 points per game) was also a first-teamer.

Ligon, a senior, had 73 tackles, along with nine sacks and five tackles for loss. He also had two forced fumbles.

Joining Ligon on the second team were a trio of Longview Lobos — junior running back Kaden Meredith, senior defensive lineman Drew Beltran and senior linebacker Tyshawn Taylor.

Rockwall wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba was named Offensive Player of the Year. The Yellowjacket senior who is headed to Ohio State had 66 catches for 1,437 yards and 23 TDs.

Katy Morton Ranch senior lineman Brandon Brown was named Defensive Player of the Year. He had 88 tackles, including 24 for loss, along with nine sacks and five forced fumbles. He signed with Tulane.

Longview senior DL Sawyer Goram-Welch, who signed with Texas, was honorable mention as was Lobo teammate Dakirin Buchanan, a defensive back.


Class 6A All-State

The 2019 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 6A all-state high school football team, released Thursday. Voting based on regular-season performance. Players are listed in alphabetical order at each position.



WILL CABANISS, Garland Naaman Forest, Jr. — 97% grade, 16 pancakes, no sacks allowed

ERIC CISNEROS, Midland Lee, Sr. — 53 knockdowns, 52 pancakes, 96% grade in every game

PARKER COX, Longview, Sr. — 90% grade, 51 pancakes for team that averaged 450 yards and 43.1 points per game

HUNTER SMITH, Rockwall-Heath, Jr. — 97% grade, 54 pancakes

HARRY WITT, Austin Vandegrift, Sr. — 94% grade, 48 knockdowns, 21 pancakes, 1 sack allowed


MICHAEL PHOENIX, Conroe, Sr. — 79-1,399, 22 TDs

JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA, Rockwall, Sr. — 66-1437, 23 TDs


KYLE BROWN, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Jr. — 269-366-3,309, 36 TDs, 4 INTs; 10 rushing TDs

Running backs

KAEDRIC COBBS, Denton Guyer, Sr. — 1,816 yards rushing, 32 TDs

AARON DUMAS, El Paso Americas, Jr. — 2,619 yards rushing, 33 TDs

KENDALL THOMAS, Round Rock Stony Point, Sr. — 2,194 rushing yards, 25 TDs, 7 games over 200 yards


CARTER BROWN, Pearland Dawson, Soph. — 42-45 PATs, 14-15 FGs, 6 FGs over 40, long of 49

Offensive Player of the Year: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Rockwall




BRANDON BROWN, Katy Morton Ranch, Sr. — 88 tackles, 24 TFL, 9 sacks, 5 FF

DYLAN KEMP, El Paso Americas, Jr. — 29 sacks, 21 TFL, 72 tackles

BYRON MURPHY, DeSoto, Jr. — 88 tackles, 12 TFL, 8 sacks

TREY SOFIA, Lake Travis, Sr. — 68 tackles, 28 TFL, 9.5 sacks


JAX MCCAULEY, Austin Vandegrift, Sr. — 143 tackles, 10 TFL, 6 sacks

MILES SKINNER, Keller Central, Sr. — 129 tackles, 22 TFL, 12 sacks, 2 FF

JAVIUS WILLIAMS, Dallas Skyline, Sr. — 120 tackles, 35 TFL, 3 INTs, 2 FR, defensive TD

Defensive backs

MALIK CANNON, Longview, Sr. – 87 tackles, 6 sacks, 16 TFL, 2 FF, 6 PBUs

ELLIOTT DAVISON, Tyler Lee, Sr. — 111 tackles, 6 INTs, 6 PBUs

CAMERON OLIVER, Fort Bend Travis, Jr. — 7 INTs, 2 defensive TDs

CHRISTIAN SMITH-JOHNSON, Richland, So. — 51 tackles, 7 INTs, 10 PBUs


ERIC ABBE, Abilene, Sr. — 23 punts, 45.5 avg., long of 73, 8 inside 20

Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Brown, Katy Morton Ranch




Courtland Ford, Cedar Hill, Sr.; Jake Majors, Prosper, Sr.; Braedon Nutter, Tomball Memorial, Sr.; Logan Parr, San Antonio O’Connor, Sr.; Andrew Salem, Lake Travis, Sr.


Adam Fogg, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Sr.; Loic Fouonji, Midland Lee, Sr.; Daryn McKnight, Cibolo Steele, Sr.


Brice Matthews, Humble Atascocita, Sr.; Joseph Plunk, Amarillo Tascosa, Sr.; Eli Stowers, Denton Guyer, Jr.

Running backs

Brian Benavides, Laredo United South, Jr.; L.J. Johnson, Cy-Fair, Jr.; De’Anthony Lewis, Converse Judson, Jr.; Kaden Meredith, Longview, Jr.; Will Nixon, Waco Midway, Sr.


Ethan Spearman, Rockwall, Jr.




Drew Beltran, Longview, Sr.; Elijah Champaigne, Tomball Memorial, Sr.; Brandon Esteves, Brownsville Hanna, Sr.; Jamal Ligon, Tyler Lee, Sr.


Jackson Macias, Schertz Clemens, Sr.; Deyvaghn Martin, San Antonio Stevens, Sr.; Gabriel Martinez, Harlingen, Sr.; Tyshawn Taylor, Longview, Sr.

Defensive backs

D.J. Graham, Keller Central, Sr.; Jaylon Jones, Cibolo Steele, Sr.; Upton Stout, Galena Park North Shore, Sr.; Chris Thompson Jr., Duncanville, Sr.


Connor Dailey, McKinney Boyd, Jr.



b Joseph Amaro, Laredo United South; Jackson Andrews, Schertz Clemens; Josh Bankhead, The Woodlands College Park; Gabe Blair, Denton Guyer; James Collyer, Austin Vandegrift; Branson Hickman, Dallas Jesuit; Angel Lopez, San Antonio Brandeis; Kevaughnte McGowan, Arlington; Akinola Ogunbiyi, Fort Bend Kempner; Mark Trujillo, Laredo United South; Louis Wilson, Odessa.

RECEIVERS/ENDS: Tanner Dabbert, San Angelo Central; Kyle Eaves, Lake Travis; Blaine Green, Allen; Jayden Jones, Rockwall-Heath.

QUARTERBACKS: Max DiDomenico, Schertz Clemens; Quinn Ewers, Southlake Carroll; Ja’Quinden Jackson, Duncanville; Braedyn Locke, Rockwall; RJ Martinez, Round Rock Westwood; Sofian Massoud, Cypress Lakes; Christian Pack, Conroe; Mikey Serrano, Midland Lee.

RUNNING BACKS: Dylan Campbell, Houston Strake Jesuit; DeQuan Landon, Richardson Pearce; Rashod Owens, San Antonio Roosevelt; Sabron Woods, North Garland.

KICKERS: Jose Carlo Martinez, Keller Timber Creek; Hays McCannon, Lake Travis.



LINEMEN: Tunmise Adeleye, Katy Tompkins; Evan Barboza, Wolfforth Frenship; Savion Byrd, Duncanville; Dajuan Carmichael, Converse Judson; Caleb Fox, The Woodlands; Sawyer Goram-Welch, Longview; Damion Hart, Cibolo Steele; James Mitchell, Duncanville; LB Moore, Amarillo Tascosa.

LINEBACKERS: Morice Blackwell, Arlington Martin; Kaleb Brown, Del Valle; Jake Chambers, Round Rock Stony Point; Zion Fonua, Euless Trinity; Charlie Gonzales, Midland Lee; Jadyn Landrum, Arlington Bowie; Derrick Lewis, Schertz Clemens; Trent Low, Midland Lee; Jaylen Phillips, Katy; David Powers, El Paso Franklin; Johnny Rodriguez, San Antonio Brennan; Richard Silva, Keller; Jadarius Thursby, Duncanville; Maui Trevino, Lake Travis.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Tyler Ashworth, Rockwall; Dakirin Buchanan, Longview; Dakerric Hobbs, Conroe; Airyk Lexion, Rockwall-Heath; Oscar Moore, Fort Worth Eaton; Robin Neely, Cypress Ranch; Jahari Rogers, Arlington; Johnny Smith-Rider, Haltom; Karl Taylor, Midland Lee; Ronald Wilson, North Crowley; Deonza Yoakum, Dickinson.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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