Katy, Fort Bend stars honored by TD Club
North Shore and Atascocita took home the three awards from the annual Touchdown Club of Houston UIL postseason banquet Dec. 12 at the J.W. Marriott in Houston. But the list of finalists included several of the best from the Katy and Fort Bend areas.
Dulles was one of the few teams with two Player of the Year finalists, both key contributors on both sides of the ball. Myles Heard and Ainias Smith led the Vikings to an 8-3 mark and their first playoff berth in six years.
Heard was a defensive finalist on the strength of 69 tackles, 6 ½ tackles for loss, one sack, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He was also the Vikings’ leading rusher with 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 8.4 yards per carry.
Smith, an offensive finalist, was Dulles’ top receiver with 55 catches for 717 yards and 10 touchdowns, adding 483 yards, 10 touchdowns and 8.2 yards per carry on the ground. He also had three interceptions, 15 passes defended, 23 tackles and a blocked punt.
Cinco Ranch linebacker David Gbenda was a defensive finalist after leading the Cougars with 79 tackles (61 solo), 15 TFL, four sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. He is committed to sign with the University of Texas.
Hastings defensive lineman Jevon Leon recorded 78 tackles, 15 TFL, seven sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt while leading the Bears to a 7-5 mark and their first bi-district championship since 2002.
Bush defensive back Jamal Morris earned a finalist spot after leading a Broncos defense that held its first four foes to 20 points or less. Morris is committed to Oklahoma.
Katy Taylor defensive lineman Braedon Mowry finished with 23 TFL and 12 sacks to go with 66 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. The Texas A&M-bound senior led the Mustangs to six wins and their fourth bi-district title in five years.
Katy running back Deondrick Glass was an offensive finalist after recording 1,951 yards and 30 touchdowns, averaging 8.7 yards for a Tigers team that finished 11-2 with an area championship and a 10th consecutive district crown.
Marshall receiver Korey King made the list with 22 catches for 504 yards and six touchdowns, adding another on the ground. He was even better on kick returns, averaging 38.9 yards and scoring three times on 11 attempts. He even averaged 34.4 yards on five punts.
Marshall’s James Williams was a finalist for Coach of the Year. The Buffalos were preparing for their first state semifinal this week looking to extend a 14-0 season, the best in school history.
Foster’s Shaun McDowell made the list as well after leading the Falcons to a 9-5 record including playoff wins against Manor and Hutto for the area championship.
Tompkins’ Todd McVey was another finalist after directing an astounding one-season turnaround. The Falcons went from 0-9 to a 10-3 season highlighted by their first playoff appearance and wins against Elkins and Cypress Falls for an area title.