Heath, Pearland, Dawson head up All-District picks
PEARLAND — For the sixth time in his coaching career at Pearland, head coach Tony Heath was selected by his District 22-6A coaching peers as the 2015 "Coach of the Year" after leading the Oilers to the 22-6A championship, a perfect 8-0 league mark,and an 11-1 overall record for the season.
Heath took over the helm of the Pearland football fortunes in 1997 and has led one of the most incredible turnarounds in Texas football history. He began the season with a 176-48 overall mark. As the winningest coach in Pearland history, Heath is now 187-49 after 19 seasons.
The Oilers won the 2010 Class 5A Div. I state title for the first time in school history and also played for the state championship again in 2013 falling to Allen. Pearland has risen to the upper echelon of football teams in the state.
Pearland linebacker Zane Gonzales was named as the District 22-6A Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Dawson running back was selected as the District 22-6A Offensive Most Valuable Player after he 1,690 yards rushing on 214 carries for 22 TDs. He also had six catches for 86 yards and one score.
Manvel QB E'riq King was named the overall MVP.
Other Pearland players named to the first-team All-District team included junior QB Connor Blumrick who was 106-for-176 passing for 1,478 yards, 13 TDs, and six INTs. He also had 263 yards rushing on 48 carries.
Senior fullback Jake Orlando, offensive lineman senior Adam Jewell, senior Oghenedoro Omerhi, and senior Justin Lilley.
Senior wide receiver Cody Williams was also a first-team pick after leading the Oilers with 39 catches for 577 yards and five TDs. He also had 10 carries for 52 yards and one score.
Pearland junior kicker Cody Bernstein was a first-team pick.
First-team defense from Pearland included tackles Jordan Crawford and senior Joey Longoria, end senior Dean Taylor, linebackers senior Dylan Roach and senior Kordell Caldwell and defensive backs junior Debione Renfro and junior Daniel Petty.
Second-team offense selections from Pearland included junior running back Davier Pinkston, senior linemen Joey Williams and senior Jaelin Webb and wide receivers senior Brady Basso and senior Jonathan White.
Second-team defense selections from Pearland included senior tackle Braxton Penrice, ends junior Chase Keasler and senior Emyle Jones, linebackers junior Derek Parish and junior Blake Parish, and defensive backs senior Jar’re Hudson and senior Brycen Drenon and senior punter Cody Bernstein.
The Dawson Eagles were also well represented on offense as junior QB Zach Smith was named to the first-team after he threw for 2,264 yards after hitting 159-of-260 passing for 33 TDs and six INTs. He also had 117 carries for 622 yards and 10 more scores. He finished the season with 2,886 total yards and 40 TDs.
Other Dawson players named to the first-team included senior fullback Chase Thibodeaux (28 carries for 136 yards, 1 TD), offensive linemen senior Forrest Williams and senior Travis Bourn, junior tight end Osby Mitchell (four catches for 90 yards and one TD), and wide receivers senior Brailon Mouton (48 catches for 744 yards, 14 TDs) and senior Kaleb White (37 grabs for 618 yards and 8 TDs).
Second-team offense selections from Dawson included sophomore running back Darius Smith, linemen senior Sam Tripp and senior Chris DeSantiago and senior wide receiver Drake Rainer.
First-team defense members from Dawson included senior end Jordan Rodriguez, linebackers junior Pat Howell and senior Yohance Burnett, and defensive backs senior Mykul Mitchell and senior Kareem Jones.
Second-team defense selections from Dawson included tackles senior Courtlan Shorter, junior end Desmond Clifton, senior linebacker Mitchel San Miguel and senior defensive back Vincent Fisher.