Days before attempting to defend its Class 4A Division I state championship Friday night at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, the Guyer football team was recognized Wednesday when The Associated Press released its Class 4A all-state team.
Senior defensive end Thomas Ferguson and senior guard Hunter Krastin received first-team nods on the team, which is voted on by sportswriters across the state and is based on regular-season performance. Quarterback Jerrod Heard was a second-team selection, and Carl Thompson and Demontrie Taylor received honorable mention.
“I’m proud of those guys [Ferguson and Krastin],” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “I think our football games are won in the trenches, and to have a representative from each side is only fair, I think. Those two guys are three-year starters for us. They’ve put their time in and are very deserving.”
Ferguson, a three-year starter who moved from tight end to defensive end last season, was a leader on Guyer’s standout defense. He tallied 76 tackles with six sacks and 34 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
“He’s got great strength and a great motor, but what separates him is he has those but he’s also a great technician,” Walsh said. “His first step is always where it’s supposed to be, and his hands are always where they’re supposed to be. If you take those and the fact you can power-clean 400-plus pounds, you’re going to be a force down there.”
Krastin, who has given up just one sack in his three varsity seasons, allowed no sacks in 2013 with 50 pancake blocks to lead an offensive line that blocked for an offense averaging 48 points and 358 rushing yards per game in the regular season.
Walsh praised Krastin for his durability and for giving his offensive line the nasty demeanor necessary to move people in the trenches.
“He’s the nastiest and meanest guy down there,” Walsh said. “Sometimes on the offensive line you have a bunch of smart, nice guys. And we can’t have smart, nice guys to do what we do. You have to have a physical mentality and nastiness, and he embodies that.”
Walsh said he was shocked that his starting quarterback, Texas pledge Heard, was not named to the first team but was relegated to second-team status in favor of Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes, a Texas Tech pledge, passed for 3,587 yards, 41 touchdowns and only four interceptions while adding eight rushing scores. Heard, who rarely played in second halves this season due to Guyer’s blowout wins, passed for 1,405 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 1,389 yards and 17 scores.
“For what he’s done over the two-year period — no disrespect to the Whitehouse quarterback — I think my guy’s a first-team selection,” Walsh said. “I don’t know which sportswriters didn’t watch the  state title game when he scored seven touchdowns when he got to play four quarters.
“These [honors] are nice to have. They’re not real important to Jerrod, but since you’re asking, I think the same guys that voted Jerrod second-team are the same guys who voted us No. 7 in the state for the rest of the year after we lost to Cedar Hill.”
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Class 4A AP All-State Team
— EONTE' JENKINS, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Sr. -- Graded 95 percent in every game, no sacks allowed, 67 pancake blocks
— HUNTER KRASTIN, Guyer, Sr. -- 50 pancakes, no sacks allowed, team averaged 48 points & 358 rushing yards
— ERNIE MCQUADE, Aledo, Sr. -- 33 pancakes, 43 knockdowns, graded 84 percent, offense averaged 559 ypg, 68 ppg
— AUSTIN SCHLOTTMANN, Brenham, Sr. -- 0 sacks allowed this season, offense averaged 44.4 points per game
— DANIEL VIDAURRI, SA Northside Brennan, Sr. -- Graded at 96 percent, offense averaged 57 points per game
— K.D. CANNON, Mount Pleasant, Sr. -- 80-1,252, 16 TDs receiving
— GARRETT GRAY, Marble Falls, Sr. -- 76-1,216, 19 TDs receiving
— PATRICK MAHOMES, Whitehouse, Sr. -- 228-378-3,587, 41 TDs passing, 4 INTs; 513 rushing yards, 8 TDs
— ORLY SOLIS, Roma, Sr. -- 356-2,453, 29 TDs rushing
— XAVIER TURNER, Birdville, Sr. -- 201-2,113, 41 TDs rushing
— AUSTIN WALTER, Crosby, Sr. -- 161-2,230, 26 TDs rushing; 99 yard kickoff return for TD
— TRE HONSHTEIN, Georgetown East View, Jr. -- 52-52 PATs, 7 FGs, long of 51
Offensive Player of the Year: Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse
— THOMAS FERGUSON, Guyer, Sr. -- 76 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 6 sacks
— GALEN GOSS, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Jr. -- 100 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
— DERICK ROBERSON, SA Northside Brennan, Sr. -- 14 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, 3 fumble recoveries, 64 tackles
— MARVIN TERRY, Dallas South Oak Cliff, Soph. -- 109 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles
— DYLAN DOUGLASS, Canyon, Sr. -- 147 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 4 sacks
— D'VONTA HINTON, Texas City, Jr. -- 148 tackles, 27 TFL, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 defensive TDs
— MICAH THOMAS, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Sr. -- 147 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries
— PEYTON ELLIOTT, Wolfforth Frenship, Jr. -- 105 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 7 INTs, 23 pass breakups
— ARMANI WATTS, North Forney, Sr. -- 64 tackles, 9 INTS, 1 forced fumble
— TYLER WEBB, Prosper, Sr. -- 154 tackles, 4 INTs, 3 fumble recoveries, 9 pass breakups
— WILL WYATT, Wolfforth Frenship, Sr., -- 60 tackles, 9 INTs, 8 pass breakups
— ZACH SINOR, Medina Valley, Sr. -- 43.7 avg., 34 punts, long of 66, committed to Oklahoma State
Defensive Player of the Year: Derick Roberson, SA Northside Brennan
— Austin Bryant, Cedar Park, Sr.; Neal Bess, Richmond George Ranch, Sr.; Josh Blackburn, Crosby, Sr.; David Vicars, Georgetown, Sr.; Will Windham, Schertz Clemens, Sr.
— Davon Allison, WF Rider, Sr.; Datrin Guyton, Manor, Sr.
— Jerrod Heard, Guyer, Sr.
— D'Onta Foreman, Texas City, Sr.; Eli Peterson, San Angelo Lake View, Sr.; Da'Trean Simmons, Elgin, Sr.
— Chance Nevarez, Aledo, Sr.
— James Lockhart, Ennis, Jr.; Henry Rodriguez, SA Highlands, Sr.; Cory Stitle, Aledo, Sr.; Jacorey Whitaker, Nacogdoches, Sr.
— Tsola Efejuku, Richmond George Ranch, Jr.; Jace Lacaille, Georgetown, Sr.; Jordan Mittie, Aledo, Sr.
— Armanti Foreman, Texas City, Sr.; Stepfawn Hughes, FW Dunbar, Sr.; Adrian Hynson, CC Flour Bluff, Sr.; Dylan Sumner-Gardner, West Mesquite, Sr.
— Kyle Parks, Frisco Liberty, Sr.
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
LINEMEN: Trey Berrientos, Canyon; Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches; Caleb Buchanan, Aledo; Cole Collier, Prosper; Nick Garcia, Edcouch-Elsa; Davis Geerts, Cedar Park; Connor Lanfear, Buda Hays; Patrick Lee, Canyon Randall; Bobby Limon, Port Lavaca Calhoun; David Martinez, Edcouch-Elsa; Mason McGinty, WF Rider; David Moss, Georgetown East View; Tyler Preston, Georgetown; Tony Richards, Dallas Highland Park; Matthew Robinson, Wolfforth Frenship; Victor Rodriguez, Mesquite Poteet; Lake Smith, Angleton; Gewhite Stallworth, Houston Reagan; Bryan Tschatschula, Port Lavaca Calhoun; Matt Viera, CC Calallen.
RECEIVERS/ENDS: Fonzale Davis, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Kody Edwards, Mesquite Poteet; Isaiah Johnson, Bryan Rudder; Chochy Luce, Lucas Lovejoy; Ryan Newsome, Aledo; Jake Parker, Whitehouse; Marcus Pointer, Bay City; Jeremiah Rose, Port Neches-Groves; Raelon Singleton, Crosby; Brandon Taylor, Richmond Foster; Alex Wesley, Wylie; Johnny Williams, Austin Travis.
QUARTERBACKS: Luke Bishop, Aledo; Seth Gonzales, EP Chapin; Nate Grimm, Cedar Park; Da'Shawn Key, SA Northside Brennan; Ky Walker, Port Neches-Groves; Blake Weaver, Canyon; Brennen Wooten, Marble Falls.
RUNNING BACKS: Kijana Amous, Mansfield Legacy; Devin Bisby, Gregory-Portland; Reidel Clayton, CC Flour Bluff; Cornelio Garcia, Georgetown East View; Wyatt Garton, Canyon Randall; Brant Halfin, Port Neches-Groves; Bryan Hammond, The Colony; Willy Ivery, Sulphur Springs; Vincent Johnson, Lubbock Monterey; Ronald Jones, McKinney North; Deon Lynch, Amarillo; Tyrone Ownes, Manor; Earnest Patterson, Brenham; Terrance Peters, Houston Stratford; Grant Sandercox, Wolfforth Frenship; Chris Spencer, Canyon; Jordan Stevenson, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Cory Williams, Port Lavaca Calhoun; Terence Williams, Ennis.
KICKERS: Hunter Cathey, Amarillo; Peyton Elliott, Wolfforth Frenship; Clayton Hatfield, Boerne Champion; Ernesto Perez, Victoria West; Jose Perez, Tyler; Will Sanders, Dallas Highland Park.
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
LINEMEN: Cipriano Aguilera, San Angelo Lake View; Sheldon Bammert, CC Calallen; Benjamin Banogu, Prosper; Tevin Boone, Cleburne; Conrad Carbo, Mesquite Poteet; Andrew Clyde, Dallas Highland Park; Mike Epley, Leander; Preston Gordon, Frisco Heritage; Kolin Hill, Schertz Clemens; Xavier Jones, Magnolia West; Alex MacLennan, Bay City; Creyton McDermett, CC Calallen; Divine Rockwell, Wylie; Bobby Suber, Saginaw; Carl Thompson, Guyer; Robert Trevino, Edcouch-Elsa; Tanner Truitt, Wolfforth Frenship; Torian Williams, Fort Bend Ridge Point.
LINEBACKERS: Carlos Acosta, Mercedes; DJ Allen, SA Northside Brennan; Jacob Barrera, Edcouch-Elsa; Jonathan Beck, Wolfforth Frenship; Kyle Bippert, Floresville; Jared Carmona, Frisco Liberty; Johnny Crow, Azle; Nika Davis, Waco; Cameron Hampton, Dallas Carter; Chris Hoad, Leander Rouse; Garrett Ince, Canyon Randall; Malik Jefferson, Mesquite Poteet; Chanzce Jones, Houston North Forest; Markus Jones, Crowley; Mitchell Kaufman, Dallas Highland Park; Peter Maneikis, Cedar Park; Eric Ogor, Richmond Foster; Brian Scott, Nacogdoches; Demontrie Taylor, Guyer; Semaj Thomas, FW Southwest; Grant Watanabe, SA Northside Brennan; Jajuan West, Houston Stratford; Everett Williams, Mansfield Legacy; Kade Young, CC Calallen.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Blake Bouffard, Cedar Park; Jaelan Collier, SA Northside Brennan; Johnathan Durham, Aledo; Diego Garcia, Edcouch-Elsa; Jonathan Henson, Houston North Forest; Jahshawn Johnson, Ennis; Brandon Jones, Nacogdoches; Colton Kimler, Nederland; Desmond Lockett, Brenham; Prentice McKinney, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Julian Meza, Mission Veterans; Zachary Miller, Houston Stratford; Derrick Neal, Dallas Lincoln; Tristan Prukop, Leander Vandegrift; Lane Waller, Cedar Park; Chase Whetsel, CC Calallen.
PUNTERS: Luis Duran, Tyler; Trip Halstead, Santa Fe; Caleb Lewallen, Humble Kingwood Park; Derek Scheible, CC Calallen; Tyler Webb, Prosper.