When Guyer and Georgetown take the field at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium at noon Saturday, there will be a handful of all-state players on both sidelines.
The Associated Press released its Class 4A all-state team Wednesday, and Guyer right tackle Patrick Morris was named to the second team.
Voting was done by sportswriters across the state, with only regular-season statistics considered.
Morris, a 6-2, 280-pound three-year starter, finished the regular season with 27 knockdown blocks in just eight games. He graded out at 87 percent while allowing no sacks.
The senior was the key cog in an offensive line that allowed the Wildcats to rush for 2,884 yards and 52 touchdowns while averaging 8.3 yards per carry during the regular season.
“When it comes to these AP votes, no one really knows what they’re voting on,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “You’re voting on stats. It’s hard to vote on offensive linemen. With the rushing numbers we’ve put up, he’s kind of the spokesperson for our rushing game.”
Morris, who has orally committed to TCU, is the strongest player to ever walk the halls of Guyer and became a bit of a YouTube sensation this season when he power-cleaned 385 pounds. Now he’s up to 405 pounds.
He uses that strength to lead the Wildcats’ rushing attack, which has now produced a 2,000-yard rusher (quarterback Jerrod Heard) and two 1,000-yard running backs (D.J. Breedlove and Richard Whitaker) through 15 games.
“With Patrick, he’s the strongest player I’ve coached and he’s the most physical player I’ve coached,” Walsh said. “He brings that physical presence, and everyone feeds off it. He has a nasty demeanor, and that bodes well for the style of football we play at Guyer.”
Morris was joined on the all-state team by several teammates who received honorable mention. Heard earned honorable-mention status, as did defensive end Thomas Ferguson and linebackers Terence Belton and Terrell Singleton.
Lake Dallas defensive end Graysen Schantz also received honorable mention.
Georgetown quarterback Jake Hubenak was a first-team selection after passing for 3,032 yards and 40 touchdowns during the regular season to go with five rushing scores.
Morris was joined on the second team by two Georgetown players: offensive lineman Jacob Hildebrand and safety Brandon Boone.
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AP CLASS 4A ALL-STATE TEAM
Offensive Player of the Year: Ke’aun Kinner, Little Elm.
Quarterback: Jake Hubenak, Georgetown, Sr.
Running backs: Ke’aun Kinner, Little Elm, Sr.; D’maujeric Tucker, Wolfforth Frenship, Sr.; James White, Pearland Dawson, Sr.
Receivers/ends: Addison Bustos, Amarillo Caprock, Sr.; Kadarrius Cannon, Mount Pleasant, Jr.
Linemen: Andrew Billings, Waco, Sr.; Reed Darragh, Buda Hays, Sr.; Eduardo Hermosillo, Edcouch-Elsa, Sr.; Trevor Melugin, Prosper, Sr.; Guy Roecker, Lucas Lovejoy, Sr.
Kicker: Josh Sparkman, Wolfforth Frenship, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Daeshon Hall, Lancaster.
Linemen: Tyus Bowser, Tyler, Sr.; Deon Brown, Angleton, Sr.; Daeshon Hall, Lancaster, Sr.; Robert Trevino, Edcouch-Elsa, Jr.
Linebackers: Bucky Barrera, Edcouch-Elsa, Jr.; Malik Jefferson, Mesquite Poteet, Soph.; Nick Uretsky, Sa Alamo Heights, Sr.
Defensive backs: Cade Davis, Wolfforth Frenship, Sr.; Carlos De Lara, Ep Del Valle, Sr.; Nick Harvey, Lancaster, Jr.; Bryan Valle, Edcouch-Elsa, Jr.
Punter: Josh Stevens, Ep Irvin, Jr.
Quarterback: Montravious James, Mount Pleasant, Sr.
Running backs: Larry Cheeks, Crowley, Sr.; Orly Solis, Roma; Aaron Stevenson, FW Western Hills, Sr.
Receivers/ends: Garrett Gray, Marble Falls, Jr.; Torii Hunter Jr., Prosper, Sr.
Linemen: Terrance Franklin, Sherman, Jr.; Cody Hayes, FW Eastern Hills, Sr.; Jacob Hildebrand, Georgetown, Sr.; Austin Hisler, Cedar Park, Sr.; Patrick Morris, Guyer, Sr.; Daniel McCarty, SA Alamo Heights, Sr.; Cory Stitle, Aledo, Jr.
Kicker: Austin Shoemake, Frisco Centennial, Sr.
Linemen: Coby Bradford, Hallsville, Sr.; Spencer Cook, Houston Sharpstown, Sr.; Koby Couron, Nederland, Sr.; Deon Hollins, Fort Bend Marshall, Sr.
Linebackers: Dylan Douglass, Canyon, Jr.; Erick Flores, Mission, Sr.; Montana Quirante, Vidor, Sr.
Defensive backs: Brandon Boone, Georgetown, Sr.; Jacoby Smith, Houston Wheatley, Sr.; Ranthony Texada, Frisco Centennial, Sr.; Tyler Webb, Prosper, Jr.; Shea Wood, Aledo, Sr.
Punter: Zach Sinor, Castroville Medina Valley, Jr.
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
Quarterbacks: Jacob Bartholomae, Lubbock Monterey; Collin Bowen, Canyon Randall; Quade Coward, Cleburne; Michael Guerrero, Amarillo Caprock; Jerrod Heard, Guyer; Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse; Parks McNeil, Kerrville Tivy; Kyle Poeske, Boerne Champion; Montana Quirante, Vidor; Mike Richardson, Marble Falls; Dru Smith, Sherman; Greg Ward, Tyler; Davis Webb, Prosper.
Running backs: Jabari Anderson, Wylie East; Cameron Bausley, Red Oak; Travon Benton, Lubbock Monterey; Tyrone Evans, Manor; Teriyon Gipson, Dallas Kimball; Tre Guyton, Bryan Rudder; Matthew Guzman, Mercedes; Kendrick Hopkins, Nederland; Aaron Jones, EP Burges; Ben Mata, Castroville Medina Valley; Stedman Mayberry, Cedar Park Vista Ridge; Alex Sezer, Little Cypress-Mauriceville; Keon Taylor, Houston Wheatley; Austin Walter, Crosby; Joshawa West, Angleton; Josh Woods, Amarillo.
Receivers/ends: Tyler Ahrens, Kerrville Tivy; Marcell Ateman, Wylie East; Dylan Cantrell, Whitehouse; Gregory Hogan, Humble Summer Creek; Randy Knightner, Georgetown; Deondric Lofton, Victoria East; J.T. Luper, Sherman; Matthew Merino, CC Ray; Fred Ross, Tyler.
Linemen: Jacob Aguilar, Waxahachie; William Barns, Dallas Highland Park; Dalyn Bearden, Wolfforth Frenship; Josh Blackburn, Crosby; Jesse Brubaker, Wylie East; Rawlstan Decoteau, Angleton; Davis Geerts, Cedar Park; Jenner Jackson, Sulphur Springs; Chris Jones, Corsicana; Jeff Jordan, Corsicana; Trevor Lee, Lubbock Monterey; Mason McGinty, WF Rider; Kyle McKinney, Boerne Champion; Garrett Neuman, Castroville Medina Valley; JR Perez, Port Lavaca Calhoun; Maurice Porter, Fort Bend Marshall; Tyler Preston, Georgetown; Harrison Sorge, WF Rider; Draven Taylor, Dallas Adamson; Rylan Veigel, Canyon.
Kickers: Juan Carranco, Dayton; Noe Diaz, Tyler; Mick Ellis, Lucas Lovejoy; Jose Flores, Red Oak; Destin Wilkins, Whitehouse; Davis Williamson, Lubbock Monterey.
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
Linemen: Junel Barnes, Georgetown; Grant Blankenship, The Colony; Andrew Billings, Waco; Jesse Brubaker, Wylie East; Brock Drummond, Georgetown; Carson Dunn, Wolfforth Frenship; Wadih Eljuri, Cedar Park; Jesus Esparza, Pharr Valley View; Thomas Ferguson, Guyer; Cantrell Gaines, Austin Travis; Jarrett Hall, Corsicana; Silvester Hayes, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Justin Manning, Dallas Kimball; McKendric McKenzie, Dallas South Oak Cliff; P.J. Murphy, Prosper; Brock Pryor, Nederland; Cody Ribble, WF Rider; Derick Roberson, SA Brennan; Kyle Rutherford, Wolfforth Frenship; Graysen Schantz, Lake Dallas; Slayton Shiels, Lucas Lovejoy; K.J. Smith, Frisco Centennial; Micah Thomas, Cedar Park Vista Ridge; De Shawn Washington, Nederland.
Linebackers: Darryl Battles, West Mesquite; Terence Belton, Guyer; Reggie Chevis, Houston Sharpstown; Ian Compton, Dallas Adams; Gumaro Cuellar, Mercedes; Garrett Dolan, Barbers Hill; Cayden Ferrill, Hallsville; Richard Franklin, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Richard Gipson, Tyler; Bradley Goldstein, WF Rider; Josh Harris, Frisco Wakeland; Thomas Kotecki, Lucas Lovejoy; Jace Lacaille, Georgetown; Jordan Mittie, Aledo; Jackson Paine, Cedar Park; Geraldo Perez, Mercedes; Anthony Rhone, Texarkana Texas; Alberto Roque, Mission; Terrell Singleton, Guyer; Stephen Smith, Wolfforth Frenship; Korbin Stampley, Nederland; Brandon Villa, Edcouch-Elsa; Grant Watanabe, SA Brennan; Kahlee Woods, Sherman.
Defensive backs: Mason Alexander, Georgetown; D.J. Arnold, WF Rider; Michael Blanco, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Tony Brown, Beaumont Ozen; Victor Davis, Rosenberg Terry; Justin Dunning, Whitehouse; Peyton Elliott, Wolfforth Frenship; Eric Estrada, CC Ray; David Fernandez, Pharr Valley View; Raffaele Gaines, Mesquite Poteet; Diego Garcia, Edcouch-Elsa; Sergio Guerrero, Mission; Jordan Hume, Sherman; Colton Kimler, Nederland; Jake Margezowitz, Boerne Champion; Hunter Peterson, Castroville Medina Valley; Jaylen Price, Little Elm; Larry Pryor, Sulphur Springs; Charles Smith III, Crowley; Garret Turnbull, Frisco Liberty.
Punters: Dylan Cook, Wylie East; Caleb Lewallen, Humble Kingwood Park.