Four players off the District 8-2A champion Bangs Dragons roster and two members of the Early Longhorns’ fourth consecutive playoff team earned spots on the Associated Press Class 2A all-state football roster, which was revealed Monday.
Selected to the first team were Bangs senior defensive end Cody Cross, along with Early senior receiver Cody Bullard.
Cross was all over the field for the Bangs defense as he finished with 70 tackles, including 15 for loss and 10 sacks. He also recovered four fumbles, picked off a pass and blocked three kicks.
Bullard produced some of the most impressive receiving numbers in the state in any classification this season. He recorded 74 receptions for 1,389 yards — an average of 18.8 yards per catch — with nine touchdowns.
Receiving honorable mention for the Dragons were senior offensive guard Justin Kyle, senior defensive end Caleb Stone and senior safety Grant Lawrence.
Kyle graded out at 92 percent on the line and helped paved the way for an offense that averaged 25.1 points, 283.3 yards rushing and 336.2 total yards per game during the regular season.
Stone finished with 44 tackles, including 18 for loss with nine sacks and a fumble recovery.
Lawrence tallied 84 tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered one, intercepted two passes and broke up four on a defense that yielded 22.1 points and 236.5 total yards per game during the regular season.
Early’s Morris also received honorable mention in the secondary. He finished with 116 tackles — 36 solos — with 10 resulting in lost yardage. He also intercepted three passes and broke up nine more.
Bangs, under first-year head coach Chuck Lipsey, finished the season 9-3 and advanced to the Class 2A, Division II area round. Early, under the direction of head coach Robbie Tindol, finished the season 5-6 and was a Class 2A, Division I bi-district finalist.