BANGS — The Bangs Dragons were the recipients of 12 all-district football honors from the coaches of District 4-3A Division II.
Selected as the Utility Player of the Year in the district was Dragon senior Seth Anderson. Anderson passed for a team-best 430 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions; rushed for 974 yards, second-most on the team, while scoring a team-high 15 touchdowns on the ground; caught a team-high 18 passes for 251 yards and three scores; and recorded 22 tackles with a team-leading five interceptions.
The lone first-team selection for Bangs was sophomore running back Ethan Sanchez, who amassed 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, while grabbing seven receptions for 69 yards. Sanchez also led the Dragons with 80.5 tackles with four for loss, two fumble recoveries and a pair of sacks.
Making the second-team offense for the Dragons were senior receiver Justin Wilson, who finished with 10 catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns, along with sophomore tackle Hayden King, who helped paved the way for an offense that generated 26 points and 295 yards — 209 rushing and 86 passing — per outing.
Second-team defensive selections for Bangs — which allowed 37 points and 410 yards, 257 on the ground and 153 through the air, for the season — were junior tackle Cael John, who compiled 32 tackles with two for loss, and King at defensive end, as he tallied 18.5 tackles with two for loss and one sack.
Receiving honorable mention for the Dragons were John, senior Hunter Lawrence and sophomore Trey Ivey along the offensive line. Defensively, junior linebackers Eli Carbajal (43.5 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery) and Brandon Robinson (45.5 tackles, 6 for loss, 1 fumble recovery), along with junior defensive back Riley Taylor (63 tackles, 3 for loss), were honorable mention.
The rest of the superlative awards winners in District 4-3A Division II were co-MVPs Stanley Callahan of Cisco and Baylor-bound Jonah White of Merkel; offensive MVP Edgar Nunez of Ballinger; defensive MVP Blake Burns of Cisco; co-newcomers of the year Dylyn Pyle of Anson and Preston Jackson of Merkel; offensive lineman of the year Dalton Peavey of Cisco; and defensive lineman of the year Jeramy Dodson.
Completing the first-team offense were quarterbacks Drew Hagler of Anson and Cooper Witt of Cisco; running back Elijah Moser of Anson; receivers Issak Fernandez and Daniel Davis of Anson, Weston Rollwitz of Ballinger, Israel Adame of Cisco and Seth Levesque of San Angelo TLCA; tight end Caden Burleson of Cisco; center Logan Wolf of Cisco; guards J.J. Castillo of Anson, Adam Winn of Ballinger and Caleb Doucet of Grape Creek; tackles Adolph Medina of Ballinger and Caleb Ritter of Cisco; and kicker Israel Adame of Cisco.
The first-team defense featured tackles Josh Weger of Cisco and Jakob Dearing of Merkel; ends Adam Winn of Ballinger and Brayden Martin of Merkel; inside linebackers Cooper Bean of Ballinger and Isaac Acosta of Cisco; outside linebackers Jackson Heidenheimer of Anson, Jayden Rivera-McDuffee of Ballinger and Garin Walters of Merkel; defensive backs Issac Fernandez of Anson, Garrett Zertuche of Ballinger, and Gibson Hearne and Dawson White of Cisco; and punter Jared Nall of Coleman.
The remainder of the second-team offense included quarterback Kaiden Kirkland of TLCA; running backs Damian Wilborn of Ballinger and Cam Nichols of Cisco; receivers Julian Garcia of Anson, Cody Harral of Ballinger, Stephen Bird of Cisco, Jorge Rodriguez of Grape Creek and Lincoln Russell of Merkel; tight end Tyrell White-O'Neal of Merkel; center Colton Belk of Ballinger; guards Kody Cordero of Cisco and Luke Williams of Merkel; tackle Tyler Cooper of Cisco; and kicker Enrique Bautista of Anson.
Rounding out the second-team defense were tackles Adolph Medina of Ballinger and Taylor Cullum of Merkel; end Tyrell White-O'Neal of Merkel; inside linebackers Kyle St. John of Anson and David Hadley of Merkel; outside linebackers Matthew Wilson of Cisco, Ben Armendariz of Grape Creek and Rylan Holloway of Merkel; defensive backs Daniel Davis of Anson, Kennedy Byler of Ballinger, Daylon Cozart of Cisco, Edgar Huerta of Grape Creek and Braiden Sigler of Merkel; and punter Seth Levesque of TLCA.
The Dragons, under first-year head coach Kyle Maxfield, snapped a 20-game losing streak, recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014, and posted their first shutouts since 2010 en route to a 3-7 overall record and 3-4 district mark.
• Editor's note: Bangs individual defensive stats are only through the first nine games of the season