Ridge Point, Austin combine for eight 20-6A awards
District 20-6A presented 11 postseason awards, who of which were shared, following a successful football season. District champion Ridge Point and Austin combined to take home eight, though neither claimed the MVP.
Kempner senior Jordan Shelton and Dulles senior Ainias Smith were both honored as 20-6A MVP. Shelton broke the school record with 2,061 rushing yards, averaging 8.4 yards per carry and scoring 27 touchdowns.
Smith was an all-purpose standout, leading the Vikings with 55 catches, 711 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns in addition to 483 yards, 10 touchdowns and 8.2 yards per carry. He also had a team-high 15 pass breakups, three interceptions, 23 tackles and a blocked punt.
Ridge Point won five awards after its third consecutive undefeated district championship since joining Class 6A. The Panthers outscored district foes 280-129, finished 10-2 and defeated Seven Lakes in the bi-district playoffs, guided by 20-6A Coach of the Year Brett Sniffin.
Junior Bryson Stewart earned 20-6A Defensive MVP, recording 61 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception for the Panthers. Senior Kyle Ramsey earned Kicker of the Year after making all 41 PAT attempts and four of seven field goals, also averaging 34 yards per punt.
Ridge Point swept the Newcomer awards, with sophomore lineman Caleb Rodkey on the offense and sophomore Frank Osagiede (48 tackles, 11 TFL, 3 sacks, INT) on defense. Clements sophomore David Kasemerisz earned his share of the Offensive Newcomer award, making 29 catches for 381 yards and six touchdowns.
Austin senior Moises Tezzo was voted All-Purpose Player of the Year, rushing for 922 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards. He added 38 receptions for 498 yards and five touchdowns.
Senior Chase Sciba took home Deep Snapper of the Year honors for the Bulldogs, while senior Stephen Pijnnaken won Punter of the Year with an average of 27.9 yards, a long of 61 yards and seven punts inside the 20-yard line.
Travis junior quarterback Eric Rodriguez earned Offensive MVP after passing for 3,025 yards and 29 touchdowns with nine interceptions and a 63-percent completion rate. He added 450 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
Elkins junior Jacory Lee was honored as Return Specialist of the Year with a punt return average of 18.4 yards and a 24.3 average on kick returns. He added 744 yards and 10 touchdowns from scrimmage, averaging 5.6 per carry.
Ridge Point led the district with 13 first-team spots, including tackles Caleb Rodkey and Nick Wilson-Haymond, guard Collin Sharp, running back Mason McBride (738 yards, 13 TD), receiver John Paul Richardson (40-639-6), defensive end Nelson Ceaser (40 tackles, 12 TFL, 7 sacks) and linebackers Adrian Johnson (88 tackles, 12 TFL, INT, 2 FF) and Chike Anigbogu (73 tackles, 21 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 INT).
Travis finished as district runner-up with a 6-1 record, earning its fifth consecutive playoff berth as part of an 8-3 season. The Tigers gained seven first-team spots in 20-6A including center Justin Gwalchmai, receiver Parker Washington (75-1,486-18), defensive end Felix Etugbo (38 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 FR), defensive tackle Pat Brown (24 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 FF), linebacker Zach Zimos (98 tackles, 2 FR, 2 FF) and safety Cameron Oliver (27 tackles, 7 INT, 6 pbu).
Dulles made its first playoff appearance in six years, compiling an 8-3 record with a 5-2 district mark. The Vikings’ first-team selections included tackle Isaiah Hookfin, receiver Cord’Dric Walton (22-446-5), defensive end Jaylin Williams (39 tackles, 12 TFL, 4.5 sacks), defensive tackle Johnny Garcia (33 tackles), linebacker Darius Phillips (43 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 2 sacks) and cornerback Bra’Mon Moore (11 tackles, 5 PBU).
Dulles senior Myles Heard made the first team at both running back and safety. He led the Vikings with 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, averaging 8.4 yards per carry, and made 69 tackles on defense with an interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Elkins made the playoffs in its return to 6A, finishing 7-4 with a 4-3 district mark. The Knights’ first-team picks included tight end Isaiah Nixon (7 TD, 465 yards from scrimmage), receiver Kolby White (78-1,014-11, two punt return TD), defensive end Daelon Mitchell (60 tackles, 21 TFL, 7.5 sacks), linebacker Xavier McIntyre (160t, 2FR) and cornerback Kierron Ardoin, (52 tackles, 2 INT, 7 PBU).
Austin’s first-team selections included tackle Kendall Septs, quarterback Trey Larsen (1,952 yards, 22 TD, 6 INT), receiver Troy Omeire (46-782-13) and defensive tackle Chase Myers (45 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 FF).
Bush had five first-team representatives, all seniors on defense. Tackle Jerome Boulden II, linebackers Myles Pierre and Oluaka Ibekwe, safety Jamal Morris (60 tackles, 8 TFL, 4 FF, 5 INT, 2 TD) and cornerback Erick Young (30 tackles, INT, TD) made the top cut.
Clements’ first-team selections included guard Jack Danklef and fullback Chris Love. Kempner guard Akinola Ogunbiyi added a first-team representative for the Cougars.
Kempner had four second-team spots in Breck Sheldon (T), Joel Hernandez (DT), Nicholas James (DT) and Branndon Roach (ILB).
Clements placed Zack Sharaf (C), Trey De Los Santos (DE), Jake West (DT) and Chris Vann (S) on the second team.
Bush’s second-teamers were Jonathan Thornton (T), Cameron Hopes (G), Clinton Anokwuru (TE), Jalen Weatherspoon (WR), Izaiah Thornton (DE), Kenneth Phillips (OLB) and Matthew Andrews (CB).
Austin placed Sean Scantlin (T), Matthew Lee (FB), Malcolm Johnson (DE), Robert Bernard (OLB) and Myles Roberts (CB) on the second team.
Elkins matched Bush with the most second-team picks with seven, represented by Alvin Williams II (G), Cameron George (QB), Jacory Lee (RB), Richard Broadnax (DT), Lucian Paul (OLB), Audreece Dickson (OLB) and Jordan Jenkins (S).
Dulles placed Cameron Peters (QB), Darius Phillips (FB), Jeremiah Walker (WR) and Konnor Sheppard (ILB) on the second team.
Travis had three second-teamers in Austin Saechao (G), Kaelen Shankle (RB) and Brennan Tucker (ILB).
Ridge Point was represented by Adonai Mitchell (WR), Joseph Harper (DT), Jake Sniffin (S) and Drake Johnson (CB).