By BRAD KEITH
Bob Cervetto guided Dublin to its first playoff win in 50 years last fall, and now he’s the Big Country Class 3A Coach of the Year, according to the Abilene Reporter-News.
“It’s just nice to have success and gain notoriety for the program. Any time you have success like that it’s a testament to the program and to the whole staff,” said Cervetto Thursday evening. “I have a great coaching staff who is willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard. It’s as much an award for those guys and for our program as it is for me.”
Dublin is the only Big Country 3A team not currently in Region I. The biennial realignment of the UIL shifted Dublin to District 10-3A, in Region III.
“I’m very humbled because there are some great coaches in the Big Country,” Cervetto said. “I miss the Big Country since we went to Region III because it’s a mecca for football and I have such camaraderie with a lot of the coaches in that direction.”
Cervetto was one of 10 Lions honored by the Reporter-News, with nine players also recognized, including three on both sides of the ball.
Brady Holleman is the first-team All-Big Country quarterback in Class 3A following more than 2,000 passing yards and 400 rushing yards. He is also an honorable-mention selection as a defensive back.
Conner Moore earned second-team accolades on the defensive line and was an honorable-mention pick on the offensive line. Abel Aguilar is a second-team defensive back and an honorable-mention receiver.
Chuy Chacon contributed to Dublin’s success in all three phases – as a running back, a linebacker and as a return specialist, and was named first-team as a utility player.
Isaac Campos, an honorable-mention all-state selection by the Associated Press, earned second-team offensive honors as a kicker.
District 10-3A Lineman of the Year Ambrosio Rodriguez is a second-team All-Big Country honoree on the offensive line. Cade Hill, despite being injured is an honorable-mention selection on the defensive line, and Justin Ricks is an honorable-mention offensive lineman. Travis Blazi made the honorable-mention list at linebacker.
“To have nine players on a team like that is saying something,” said Cervetto. “It says that Dublin is doing things right and has turned its program around, and that’s a testament to our student-athletes and to our coaches. Success like that can’t be achieved by one person, it takes an entire team and program all working hard together.”