By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (December 18, 2017) — To the victors go the spoils.
Stephenville swept the MVP honors on the 7-4A all-district team after rolling to its first district championship in three years.
Two way star Gage Graham is the district MVP, quarterback Eaton Jones the offensive MVP and linebacker Blu Caylor defensive MVP.
Graham and Caylor will be part of a stack group of players returning in 2018 after already making honor rolls this fall for the state semifinalists.
Even head coach Greg Winder got in on the accolades, being named coach of the year, all these awards the result of a vote of district head coaches, and a bi-product of Stephenville going from four wins in 2016 to the outright 7-4A title this fall.
The Yellow Jackets went even further, going from four wins to the final four, finally being eliminated last Friday by Kennedale, who will face Carthage this Friday for the Conference 4A Division I Championship at AT&T Stadium.
Running back Krece Nowak came within 59 yards of the Stephenville single-season rushing record and joins tight end Kade Averhoff, receivers Blake Aragon and Kyle Lindsey, center Jacob Poston and other offensive linemen Ty’Von Anderson-Robison and Devon Roeming in represeningt the Yellow Jacket offense on the first-team all-district roster.
First-team defensive selections from Stephenville are defensive lineman Pacen Parker, linebacker Zane Walker and defensive back Cole Pettit.
Jones, Averhoff and Pettit are the only first-team selections graduating from Stephenville.
Chase Carrillo is the first-team kicker and a second-team defensive back
Yellow Jackets joining him on the the second-team all-district roster are offensive linemen Scott Gill and Lane York, both juniors, defensive linemen Jonathan Gutierrez and Dylan Garber, senior linebacker Kasee Bouchey and defensive backs Cody Storrs and Chase Carrillo.
Every-second team selection except Bouchey are juniors. in all, the Yellow Jackets will return starters to seven offensive positions and to nine spots defensively. Graham also was the primary return specialist by the end of the year, with Nowak, Lindsey and others also returning, and Carrillo will be back to kick, though Jones will be gone after handoling punting duties even before being cleared to play quarterback following stem cell therapy to mend a torn ligament in the elbow of the most valuable right arm in 7-4A this season.