John Tyler's Leonard, Smith top 16-5A newcomers

John Tyler junior defensive lineman Pierre Leonard (9) was named the Defensive Newcomer of the Year in District 16-5A. His teammate, sophomore Bryson Smith, was named Offensive Newcomer of the Year. (Victor Texcucano | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

John Tyler racked up 15 first-team honors on the All-District 16-5A football team and Lions Bryson Smith and Pierre Leonard were named offensive and defensive newcomers of the year, respectively.

Smith, a sophomore receiver and backup quarterback, finished the year with 300 yards receiving, 148 passing and 88 rushing.

Leonard, a junior defensive tackle, rung up 12 sacks and 91 tackles in his first year on varsity.

District and state champion Ennis claimed the other three superlatives, with senior quarterback Devin Smith earning Most Valuable Player, senior running back Taylor Thompson named Offensive MVP and senior defensive end James Lockhart picked as Defensive MVP.

Smith totaled 3,790 total yards on the season in helping the Lions win the Class 5A Division II title. Thompson ran for 1,754 yards and 21 touchdowns, adding 572 yards receiving. Lockhart is a Texas A&M commit who also was a second-team selection at tight end.

John Tyler had four more first-team selections than Ennis to lead all schools. Of the 15, 12 are for seniors, including quarterback Geovari McCollister, running back Jeremy Wilson, utility Nick Cain, tackle Kendall Holmes, guard Adrian Pulido, defensive end Jassavia Reese, middle linebacker Jaylon Reese, outside linebacker Tony Johnson, cornerback Isaac Warren, safety Jordan Owens and Luis Duran, chosen as both kicker and punter.

Lions junior Duntayviun Gross was a first-team receiver and return man while Dau'quawn Montgomery, a sophomore center, was also picked on the first team.

In addition to its first-team players, John Tyler had eight on the second team and three honorable mention.


2014 All-District 16-5A Football Team

Most Valuable Player — Devin Smith, Sr. QB, Ennis

Offensive MVP — Taylor Thompson, Sr. RB, Ennis

Defensive MVP — James Lockhart, Sr. DE, Ennis

Offensive Newcomer of the Year — Bryson Smith, So. WR, John Tyler

Defensive Newcomer of the Year — Pierre Leonard, Jr. DT, John Tyler


First Team



Carter McCown, Sr., Jacksonville; Geovari McCollister, Sr., John Tyler; Trey Cumbie, Sr., Lufkin; Hunter McClelland, Sr., Nacogdoches

Running Back

Jeremy Wilson, Sr., John Tyler; Steven Sowell, Sr., Lufkin; Coronado Tolbert, Sr., Nacogdoches; Dominique Hollie, Sr., Whitehouse


Qunton Edmerson, Jr., Corsicana

Tight End

Alston Lawrence, Sr., Ennis

Wide Receiver

Donta Thompson, Sr., Ennis; Duntayviun Gross, Jr., John Tyler; Keke Coutee, Sr., Lufkin; Terry Mark, Sr., Lufkin; Duntavian Thomas, Sr., Nacogdoches; Ken Rogers, Sr., Nacogdoches; Trent Williams, Jr., Whitehouse


Nick Cain, Sr., John Tyler


Trendon Rolen, So., Ennis; Kendall Holmes, Sr., John Tyler; Rodney Hill, Jr., Nacogdoches


Erik McCoy, Sr., Lufkin; Adrian Pulido, Sr., John Tyler


Grant Cervantes, Sr., Ennis; Dau'quawn Montgomery, So., John Tyler; Tim Meyers, Sr., Nacogdoches


Orlando Zuniga, Jr., Corsicana; Luis Duran, Sr., John Tyler


Defensive End

Darius Watson, Sr., Corsicana; Drake Kuehn, Sr., Ennis; Jassavia Reese, Sr., John Tyler; Josh Driver, Sr., Lufkin; Nic Costlow, Sr., Whitehouse

Defensive Tackle

Hayden Mahone, Sr., Ennis; Tyrique Spencer, Sr., Lufkin

Middle Linebacker

Ke'Idre Flowers, Sr., Ennis; Jaylon Reese, Sr., John Tyler

Outside Linebacker

Jake Turner, Sr., Ennis; Tony Johnson, Sr., John Tyler; Jesse Graham, Se. Nacogdoches; Kyle Krenek, Sr., Nacogdoches


Lavaer Jackson, Sr., Corsicana; Trey Edwards, Sr., Ennis; Isaac Warren, Sr., John Tyler; Jaylon Lane, Sr., Nacogdoches; Tre Staples, Sr., Whitehouse


Trevor Denbow, So., Corsicana; Logan Lipscomb, Jr., Ennis; Jordan Owens, Sr., John Tyler; Corey Lane, Jr., Nacogdoches


Brandon Martinek, Sr., Ennis; Luis Duran, Sr., John Tyler; Bryce Matthews, Sr., Nacogdoches


Datavian Thacker, Jr., Jacksonville; Duntayviun Gross, Jr., John Tyler


Second Team


Quarterback — Montana Meador, So., Lindale

Running Back — Jamaal Evans, Sr., Corsicana; Tre Elliott, Jr., Ennis; Wooda Johnson, So., Jacksonville; Jamodrick Taylor, Jacksonville; Ryan Taylor, Jr., Lindale

Tight End — Austin Rios, So., Corsicana; James Lockhart, Sr., Ennis; Cameron Sir Louis, So., Lindale

Wide Receiver — Rodney Bendy, Sr., John Tyler; Tayton Williams, Jr., Lindale; Sam Morgan, Sr., Nacogdoches; Bryce Matthews, Sr., Nacogdoches; Desten Johnson, Sr, Ennis.

Utility — Issac Montemayor, Sr., Ennis; Nate Brooks, Sr., Whitehouse

Tackle — Jonathon Estrada, Jr., Corsicana; Adrian Harris, Jr., John Tyler; Cole Badders, Sr., Nacogdoches; Colton Moore, Sr., Lindale

Guard — Spenser Six, Sr., Ennis; Kris Young, Sr., Ennis; Tedric Attaway, Sr., John Tyler; Jacob Cook, Sr., Nacogdoches

Center — Blake Lazarine, Sr., Lufkin


Defensive End — Deandre William, Sr., Corsicana; DeAndre Benson, Sr., John Tyler; Colton Pool, Sr., Nacogdoches

Defensive Tackle — Davarius Colbert, Jr., Corsicana; Drake Powell, Sr., Ennis; Braylon Jones, Jr., John Tyler; Colin Carrell, Sr., Nacogdoches

Middle Linebacker — Desmond Hawkins, So., Corsicana; Dee Jackson, Sr., Lindale

Outside Linebacker — Jordan Webster, Jr., Ennis; Demontrae Christopher, So., Jacksonville; Shaundrick Williams, So., John Tyler; Kale Ridge, So., Lindale; Cade Parris, Jr., Whitehouse

Cornerback — DeAndre Williams, Sr., John Tyler; Davante Edwards, Sr., Ennis

Safety — Bryston Gipson, Jr., Jhn Tyler; Justin Dunning, Sr., Whitehouse

Kicker — Luis Lizalde, Sr., John Tyler; Jordan Lawless, Jr., Lindale; Rudy Fuentes, Sr., Nacogdoches; Colby Crim, Sr., Whitehouse

Returner — Trey Edwards, Sr., Ennis


Honorable Mention


QB — Kishawn Kelley, So., Corsicana. RB — Jamicah Polk, So., Corsicana; Wooda Johnson, So., Jacksonville. WR — Danair Martin, Sr., Corsicana; Dee Wilson, Jr., Ennis; Jeremy McAnally, Sr., Jacksonville; Damion Miller, So., John Tyler; Garret Sir Louis, Sr., Lindale; Alex Gregory, Jr., Nacogdoches; Drew Smith, Sr., Whitehouse; Eric Munoz, Sr., Whitehouse; Shemar Smith, Jr., Whitehouse. OT — Deven Collins, So., Ennis; Franklin Torres, Sr., Jacksonville; Tyjalen Barlow, Sr., Lufkin; Chris Lenior, Sr., Lufkin. OG — Derrick Searcy, So., Jacksonville; Justin Fisher, Jr., Lindale; Colten Moore, Sr., Lindale; Jerrod Johnson, Jr., Lufkin; Sam Moore, Sr., Whitehouse. C — Ty Tidwell, Jr., Corsicana. Kicker — Javier Montes, Sr., Lufkin


DE — Michael Hansen, Jr., Lindale; Jared Remedies, Jr., Whitehouse. DT — Jamarcus Foster, Sr., Ennis; Heriberto Luna, So., Jacksonville; Josh Williams, Sr., John Tyler; Terrell Cooper, So., Lindale; Eric Smallwood, Jr., Lufkin. MLB — Brian Nelson, Sr., Ennis; Stephen Clemmons, Sr., Lindale; Derrick Wright, So., Nacogdoches; Dillan Klein, Sr., Whitehouse. OLB — Caleb Johnson, So., Corsicana; Tori Williams, Jr., Ennis; Jacob Mark, Sr., Lufkin. CB — Jerry Hall, Jr., Corsicana; Kolton Pierce, Sr., Lindale; Wesley Irons, Jr., Lindale. S — Jerry Lusk, So., Corsicana; Deverick Tatum, Jr., Jacksonville; Da Da Brown, So., Jacksonville; Damion Miller, So., John Tyler

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