Corsicana punter Trevor Denbow earned first-team honors, while Whitehouse standouts Zach Parker and Javier Neal were voted honorable mention on the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A all-state football team, the Dallas AP office released on Wednesday.

The team was based on regular-season statistics.

Denbow averaged 45.6 yards per kick and downed 14 punts inside the 10-yard line.

Nacogdoches defensive back Josh Thompson, a senior, was voted second-team defense. Thompson is committed to Texas.

Parker was honorable mention as a wide receiver. He had 52 catches for 872 yards and seven touchdowns.

Neal earned honorable mention as a defensive back. He had an East Texas regular season high of seven interceptions.

Other area players earning honorable mention were Texas High receiver Quan Hampton and Nacogdoches running back Phillip Jones.

Eric Sutton, of Texas High, was honorable mention as a defensive back.

Eno Benjamin, a senior running back at Wylie East, was voted Offensive Player of the Year.

Benjamin, a four-star athlete, rushed for 1,791 yards and 22 touchdowns on 268 carries. He also tossed five TD passes. He originally committed to Iowa, but decommitted in October. Benjamin has officially visited Arizona State and Missouri and also has numerous other offers including Texas, Michigan and Utah, among others.

Sophomore defensive back Jalen Catalon of Mansfield Legacy was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. He had 150 tackles, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and eight pass breakups.

Catalon received his first offer last week from Missouri.


The 2016 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A all-state high school football team, released Wednesday. Voting based on regular-season performance. Players are listed in alphabetical order at each position.



BARTON CLEMENT, Fort Bend Marshall, Jr. - no sacks allowed, averaged 6 pancakes/game

WYATT MORGAN, Grapevine, Sr. - No sacks allowed, 93 percent grade, 43 pancakes, 65 knockdowns

GRANT POLLEY, Denton, Sr. - 131 knockdowns, no sacks allowed, 93 percent grade

THOMAS SHELMIRE, Dallas Highland Park, Jr. - 90 percent grade, 99 knockdowns

ALBERT VILLARREAL, Corpus Christi King, Sr. - 98 percent grade, 52 pancakes, team averaged 300 yards rushing/game


GAVIN HOLMES, Justin Northwest, Sr. - 72-1,403, 16 TDs receiving; 2 KO return TDs

CEDARIAN LAMB, Richmond Foster, Sr. - 68-1,445, 22 TD


SPENCER SANDERS, Denton Ryan, Jr. - 156-240-2,375, 32 TDs, 4 INTs passing; 14 TDs rushing

Running Backs

ENO BENJAMIN, Wylie East, Sr. - 268-1,791, 22 TD rushing; 5 TDs passing

TRE’ LYDAY, Denison, Sr. - 282-1,871, 28 TDs

DOMINIC WILLIAMS, Frisco Independence, Sr. - 184-1,922 yards, 28 TDs


JACOB CLICK, Frisco Lone Star, Jr. - 51-55 PATs, 10-11 FGs, long of 42

Offensive Player of the Year: Eno Benjamin, Wylie East, Sr.



BRIAN ANDREWS, Grapevine, Sr. - 78 tackles, 33 solo, 24.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 PBUs

DERRION CLARK, Dallas South Oak Cliff, So. - 95 tackles, 18 TFL, 15 sacks, 7 FF, 4 FR

MIGUEL GARCIA, Lubbock Coronado Jr. - 71 tackles, 18 solo, 28 TFL, 23 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR

TAIVIAN RUCKER, Denison, Sr. - 90 tackles, 20 TFL, 9 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR, 2 PBUs


CADEN MCDONALD, Justin Northwest, Sr. - 95 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 sacks, 4 FF, 2 FR, 2 INTs, 3 PBUs, 1 defensive TD

MASON MONTOYA, Lubbock Coronado, Sr. - 141 tackles, 32 solo, 25 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 INTs (1 TD), 8 PBUs

KEVON SMITH, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr. - 122 tackles, 22 TFL, 13 sacks, 3 FF

Defensive backs

JALEN CATALON, Mansfield Legacy, Soph. - 150 tackles, 4 INTs, 4 FF, 3 TFL, 8 PBUs

ALLIE GREEN, Austin LBJ, Sr. - 9 INTs, 12 PBUs, 76 tackles

CHRISTIAN HAYES, Lubbock Coronado, Sr. - 48 tackles, 23 solo, 8 INTs (2 TDs), four PBUs, 2 blocked FGs

DELANO ROBINSON, Denton Ryan, Sr. - 62 tackles, 5 INTs


TREVOR DENBOW, Corsicana, Sr. - 45.6 average, 14 inside 10

Defensive Player of the Year: Jalen Catalon, Mansfield Legacy, Soph.



Ryan Everett, Corpus Christi Calallen, Sr.; Chuck Filiaga, Aledo, Sr.; Chance McLeod, Victoria East, Sr.; Dakoda Newman, Mansfield Timberview, Sr.; Chase Travis, Georgetown, Sr.


Jalen Reagor, Waxahachie, Sr.; Noah Sifrit, Lubbock Coronado, Sr.


Qua Gray, Lubbock Coronado, Jr.

Running Backs

Deion Hankins, El Paso Parkland; Kyran Jackson, Fort Worth South Hills; Damon Williams, Saginaw Boswell.


Josue Munoz, Mansfield Summit, Sr.



Ken’Twuan Freeman, Victoria West, Sr.; Brandon Peterson, San Antonio Alamo Heights, Sr.; Camerion Pumphrey, Fort Worth South Hills, Sr.; Ondario Robinson, Hutto, Sr.


Kenny Bowen, Denton, Sr.; John Brannon, Prosper, Sr.; Jordan Diver, Cedar Park, Sr.

Defensive backs

Gus Hancock, Bryan, Jr.; Lawrence Mann, Corpus Christi Calallen, Sr.; Chris Miller, Denton, Sr.; Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, Sr.


Pedro Lira, Abilene Cooper, Sr.



LINEMEN: Victor Buenrostro, Mesquite Poteet; Travis Dafft, Prosper; Ricky Estimbo, Edcouch-Elsa; Ares Frinzenwalner, Fort Worth Arlington Heights; Danny Guajardo, Crosby; Andrew Irion, Colleyville Heritage; Jacob Kramer, Colleyville Heritage; Tanner Leser, Frisco Lone Star; Luke Matthews, Fort Bend Elkins; Elijah Sanchez, Edcouch-Elsa; Darrell Simpson, Justin Northwest; Isaac Torres, North Richland Hills; Jagger Weatherford, Gregory-Portland; Jameson White, Georgetown; Jacob Young, North Richland Hills.

RECEIVERS/ENDS: Chayce Bolli, Boerne Champion; Beau Corrales, Georgetown; Gabe Douglas, Denton Ryan; Quan Hampton, Texarkana Texas; Markiese King, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Zach Parker, Whitehouse; Tre Wolf, Victoria East.

QUARTERBACKS: Alan Bowman, Grapevine; Tre’Von Bradley, Cleburne; Kendall Catalon, Mansfield Legacy; Jacob Frazier, Magnolia; Amare Jones, Frisco Heritage; John Stephen Jones, Dallas Highland Park; Gunnar Palacios, Canyon; Jason Shelley, Frisco Lone Star; Bailey Zappe, Victoria East.

RUNNING BACKS: Matthew Collier, San Antonio Southside; Stephen Gaines, Wichita Falls; Phillip Jones, Nacogdoches; Syrus Moore, Justin Northwest; Kameron Session, Mansfield Legacy; Titus Swen, Northwest Eaton; Adrian Walker, Corpus Christi King; Nick Ward, Waco University.



LINEMEN: David Anenih, Mansfield Timberview; Marqez Bimage, Brenham; Luke Blanton, Dallas Highland Park; Brandon Broughton, Corpus Christi Calallen; Earnest Brown IV, Denton Ryan; Mason Buenger, Victoria West; Chris Casas, Laredo Nixon; Turner Coxe, Dallas Highland Park; Courtney Cravin, Fort Worth Wyatt; Danny Diaz, Laredo Cigarroa; Jacob Divel, New Caney; Seth Garcia, Edcouch-Elsa; Wes Harris, Aledo; Noah Ingram, Mesquite Poteet; De’vaunte Johnson, Nacogdoches; Michael Jordan, San Angelo Lake View; Kyrese McFarland, Saginaw Boswell; Ellis Newkirk, Amarillo; Angel Reyes, Plainview; James Williams, Aledo.

LINEBACKERS: Roger Adame III, Mercedes; Joel Cardoza, Edcouch-Elsa; Angel Chapa, Sharyland Pioneer; Tyreke Davis, Denton Ryan; Rayce Deal, Corpus Christi Calallen; Derek Ditto, Dumas; Dayne Douglass, Canyon; Anthony Flores, College Station; Sir Charles Miles Frost, Lancaster; Matt Gahm, Dallas Highland Park; Garrett Grammer, Richmond Foster; John House, Dallas Highland Park; Alec Lewis, Crosby; Demarqus McGilveary, Cleburne; Francisco Muniz, San Angelo Lake View; Kenneth Orji, Fort Bend Elkins; Brendon Teague, Gregory-Portland; Heath Thomas, Corpus Christi Calallen; Felipe Vasquez, Laredo Nixon; Mark Wagner, College Station; Trevor Williams, A&M Conslidated.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Rashad Adams, Fort Worth Wyatt; Breshun Berry, Saginaw Boswell; Rene Cardenas, Laredo Nixon; Deon Collins, Austin LBJ; John Gaddis, Corpus Christi Calallen; Dice Griego, Plainview; Wyatt Harris, Aledo; Bryce Hughes, Wichita Falls Rider; Myles Jones, Magnolia West; Jacob Mueller, Saginaw Boswell; Andre Mulinax, Crowley; Javier Neal, Whitehouse; Kolby Peel, A&M Conslidated; Tay’Lor Perry, Crosby; Tanner Savoy, Justin Northwest; Eric Sutton, Texarkana Texas.

PUNTERS: Nathan Betts, Amarillo; Bryce Hughes, Wichita Falls Rider; Livan Valdez, Cleburne.

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