Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since 2001, the Brownwood Lions still came away with 27 selections on the 16-4A all-district football roster, which was voted on earlier this week.
Brownwood (6-4, 2-3) earned eight first-team honors, seven second-team accolades and a dozen Lions received honorable mention.
The only Lion to be among the 11 unanimous choices was junior safety Kenny Vaccaro, who was also named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Vaccaro led the Brownwood defense with 103 tackles — 45 solo and 58 assisted — and he picked off four passes and recovered four fumbles. He also broke up six passes and blocked two kicks.
Joining Vaccaro on the first-team defense were senior defensive tackle Justin Ragsdale, senior inside linebacker Jordan Longoria, senior outside linebacker Mitchell Tharp and senior Jarrod Howey, who was selected as a utility player.
Ragsdale, a second-team AP All-State choice, tallied 87 tackles — 17 solo — six sacks, six quarterback pressures and eight passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage.
Longoria also had 87 tackles — 25 solo — with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two quarterback pressures.
Tharp was the third Lion to finish with 87 tackles — second most on the team — including 28 solo take downs. He also had three sacks and six passes batted down at the line.
Howey, who played cornerback for the Lions, wound up with 33 tackles, three interceptions, one pass broken up and a forced fumble.
Making the first-team offense for the Lions were senior running back Corey Burr, junior offensive lineman Stavion Lowe and junior punter Shelby Miller.
Burr led the Lions with 1,070 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns, while catching 10 passes for 101 yards and another score.
Lowe was one of the anchors on a line that helped produce 27.3 points, 194.4 yards rushing and 148.2 yards passing per contest.
Miller, a second-team AP All-State choice, finished with an unofficial 39.9 yards per punt average and had four games where he averaged over 40 yards per punt.
Second-team offensive selections for the Lions included junior quarterback Casey Pachall, senior lineman Justin Ward and junior Parker Taylor at both receiver and deep snapper.
Pachall completed 85-of-182 pass attempts for 1,339 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions, while rushing for 465 yards and four more scores.
Taylor chalked up a team-high 25 catches for 398 yards and four touchdowns.
On the second-team defense from Brownwood were senior defensive lineman Grady Staton, senior safety Chris Munson and senior cornerback Jason Maldonado.
Staton finished with 77 tackles, four sacks and 11 quarterback pressures.
Munson tallied 32 tackles with four passes broken up and one interception.
Maldonado’s year featured 33 tackles, nine passes broken up and three interceptions.
Nine Lions received honorable mention on offense — senior receivers Jacob Allen and Garrett Goodwin, senior center Luke Butler, senior offensive lineman Dusty Crelia, junior offensive lineman Jake Senkirik, junior return specialist Travis Holleman, junior receiver Bubby Harrell, Miller at tight end and Munson at utility player.
Brownwood’s honorable mention defensive picks were senior defensive end David Fisher, senior outside linebacker Chase Holmes and junior safety Payton Ragsdale.
Also, Midway’s John Hubert was named offensive player of the year, Waco’s Victor Johnson was tabbed defensive player of the year and Copperas Cove’s Jack Welch was voted 16-4A’s coach of the year.