Most Valuable Player
Cuero's Kyle Noack was named the MVP of the 2006 Advocate All-Area Football Team.
Kyle Noack asked Cuero coach Mark Reeve if he made the correct read on a pass that was intercepted in the Gobblers' Class 3A, Division II regional playoff loss to Wimberley, while the tape of the game was playing on the TV screen in the athletic office.
Reeve informed Noack that he made the right read, but the receiver had not cleared the zone quickly enough and the Wimberley linebacker made an outstanding play on the ball.
It may seem odd that Noack would have such a vivid recollection of an errant play, but it's not really surprising, considering the senior quarterback was responsible for so few of them.
During his two years as a starter, the 6-foot, 185-pound Noack threw 480 passes and only 11 were intercepted. He completed 330 passes for 5,363 yards and 68 touchdowns, while rushing for 11 touchdowns.
Noack helped Cuero maintain the No. 1 ranking for most of this season by completing 181 of 260 passes (69.2 percent) for 2,697 yards with seven interceptions and breaking his own school record with 36 touchdown passes. Noack also rushed for 207 yards and four touchdowns.
Noack, who started at safety as a sophomore, was disappointed to end his Cuero career without winning a state title, but he led the Gobblers to a 26-2 record overall and a 12-1 finish this season and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Victoria Advocate's 2006 All-Area Football Team.
"It was shorter this year, but I still had a blast," said Noack, who was the Offensive Player of the Year on the 2005 all-area team. "I don't have any regrets. I worked as hard as I could. I thought we had good game plans and a good chance to win every game. It was fun."
Noack directed a Cuero offense that averaged nearly 21 first downs and over 406 yards and 36 points a game.
"I tried not to do too much," Noack said. "I just ran our offense and things would open up. We tried to take what people gave us."
Reeve has nothing but praise for the job Noack did during his Cuero career.
"Kyle is a great competitor," Reeve said. "It starts with his intelligence. Then, you go to his toughness. He has such a tough mental attitude and the kids respect him. He's a great teammate and he has a great work ethic. When it's time to work, you know he's going to be leading the way."
Coach of the Year
Calhoun went 2-8 in Richard Whitaker's first season as head coach. But after a strenuous offseason program, Whitaker had a feeling this season would be different.
"One of the biggest things we talked about was investment," Whitaker said. "We had to make the kids understand that whatever they do becomes important to them. We had a lot more kids powerlifting, running track and taking part in our summer program. There was a lot of time spent in those areas. When you make such a great investment, it's got to be more important."
The Sandcrabs not only had their first winning season since 1991 but earned their first district championship and made their first playoff appearance since 1961, while getting their first postseason win and winning nine games for the first time since 1960 leading to Whitaker's selection as Coach of the Year.
"We set a lot of goals," Whitaker said. "We wanted to have a winning season, make the playoffs and win a district title. The more we won the brighter the light was at the end of the tunnel to obtain those goals. As the season went on and we had more success, the light got even brighter."
Newcomer of the Year
Refugio coach Chris Jones normally doesn't like to play freshman on the varsity. But Jones made an exception for Dylan Klare because of his size and strength.
The 6-2, 205-pound Klare started at offensive tackle and defensive end for the Bobcats, who advanced to the Class 2A, Division II regional playoffs. Klare graded out at 88 percent on offense and defensively had 42 tackles, including three sacks, six quarterback pressures, two caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries and was chosen as the Newcomer of the Year.
"In my nine years of coaching, I've never had a kid who is so coachable with his technique," Jones said of Klare. "He's the best at doing what he's supposed to do technique wise and that's what separates him from the average player."
Klare is likely to make a position change next year and could line up in a number of spots before his Refugio career ends.
"He'll be wearing a jersey under (No.) 50 future wise," Jones said. "He'll be a great tight end some day. He's one of those people who we're going to move around to take advantage of his abilities."
Offensive Player, Defensive Player, and Lineman of the Year
Calhoun quarterback Tyler McAfee displayed his ability to run the Sandcrabs' option offense to near perfection. The 6-3, 205-pound senior carried 274 times for 2,334 yards and 42 touchdowns, while passing for 320 yards and three touchdowns to be selected as the Offensive Player of the Year.
Defense was the key to Schulenburg going 10-0 and winning the District 28-2A championship before advancing to the Division II area playoffs. The Shorthorns had a number of outstanding performances but no one made more big plays than defensive back Dylan Langhamer.
The 5-10, 180-pound junior had 55 tackles, including three for a loss, five interceptions, five deflections, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery, while returning 11 punts for a 22.5-yard average and one touchdown and was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Inexperience and injuries forced Cuero to make a number of changes on the offensive and defensive lines. But the one constant was the performance of Kaeron Johnson. The 6-2, 255-pound junior played guard, tight end and defensive end for the Gobblers.
Johnson had 68 tackles, including 13 tackles for a loss and five sacks, and 24 quarterback pressures and he was an outstanding blocker on offense, while catching four passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns and was selected as Lineman of the Year.
All-Around Player of the Year
Carl Swain did just about everything for Refugio. The 5-10, 175-pound junior played running back and defensive back while handling kickoff, punting and return duties for the Bobcats.
Swain rushed for 1,339 yards and 24 touchdowns, had 24 receptions 643 yards and five touchdowns and 15 returns for 21.7-yard average and one touchdown, while scoring 190 points and averaging 34.8 yards on his 20 punts to be picked as the All-Around Player.
All-Area Team Player Selections
Cuero, Calhoun, Schulenburg and Wharton had multiple selections on the first-team offense. The Gobblers had four players picked, including senior running back Fabian Olguin (1,483 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns), senior wide receivers Corey Scott (62 receptions for 1,027 yards and 10 touchdowns) and Tre Gray (59 receptions for 924 yards and 14 touchdowns) and senior lineman Justin Freeman, who has committed to the University of Houston.
Wharton senior Joel Ansley was the quarterback after passing for 1,417 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushing for 1,285 yards and 22 touchdowns. Senior Jamial Shelton had 57 receptions for 935 yards and 12 touchdowns and was selected at receiver.
Schulenburg junior Clayton Besetzny was the utility player after rushing for 1,286 yards and 18 touchdowns and passing for 1,245 yards and nine touchdowns. Junior Carlos Lara converted 32 extra points and eight field goals, including a long of 46 yards, and was chosen at kicker.
Calhoun seniors David Garcia and Tim Eure, who combined for 65 clearing blocks, 43 pin blocks and 18 downfield blocks, were selected to the offensive line.
East Bernard senior Derrick Wilson (1,478 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns), who has committed to Tulane, and Boling junior B.W. McLeod (1,113 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns) were picked at running back.
The offensive line also included Beeville senior center Jaren Shears, who had nine pancakes, and Refugio senior James Whitlow, who had 52 knockdown blocks.
El Campo and Schulenburg each had three players selected to the first-team defense. El Campo senior James Cannell (63 tackles, including 17 for a loss and three sacks) was chosen on the defensive line, senior Joe Gallegos (95 tackles, including 15 for a loss and three sacks, and three fumble recoveries) was selected at linebacker, and senior Lee Orr (three interceptions and two punt returns and one kickoff return for touchdowns) was picked in the secondary.
Schulenburg junior Shane Mayberry (64 tackles, including 24 for a loss and seven sacks, four caused fumbles and one fumble recovery) and senior Casey Moore (55 tackles, including 14 for a loss and three sacks, four caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries) were selected at defensive end and senior Beau Daniels (93 tackles and five interceptions) was chosen in the secondary.
Cuero senior Bo Pargman (131 tackles, including 15 for a loss and two sacks, and two fumble recoveries) was picked at linebacker and senior Domingo Ruiz (30 tackles and seven interceptions) was selected in the secondary.
Bay City senior Michael Smith was chosen on the defensive line and Beeville senior Aaron Herrera (106 tackles, including four sacks, and one interception) and Weimar senior E.J. Jones were selected at linebacker.
Goliad sophomore Aaron Franklin (74 tackles, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown) was picked in the secondary.
The punter was St. Joseph junior Kyle Kotzur, who averaged 34.3 yards on his 39 punts and had 20 punts inside the 20-yard line, of which only three were returned outside the 20.
The returner was Shiner junior Cody Franke, who averaged 36 yards on his 16 kickoff returns and returned two for touchdowns, and averaged 24 yards on his eight punt returns and returned two for touchdowns.
2006 ADVOCATE ALL-AREA TEAM (COMPLETE LISTING) December 24, 2006 - Posted at 12:00 a.m. http://www.thevictoriaadvocate.com/195/story/17471.html http://www.thevictoriaadvocate.com/195/story/17470.html FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QUARTERBACK: Joel Ansley, 5-11, 170, sr., Wharton. RUNNING BACKS: Fabian Olguin, 5-7, 165, sr., Cuero; Derrick Wilson, 6-0, 185, sr., East Bernard; B.W. McLeod, 6-2, 185, jr., Boling. RECEIVERS: Corey Scott, 6-3, 180, sr., Cuero; Jamial Shelton, 6-1, 195, sr., Wharton; Tre Gray, 5-11, 165, sr., Cuero. CENTER: Jaren Shears, 6-5, 275, sr., Beeville. LINEMEN: Justin Freeman, 6-4, 270, sr., Cuero; David Garcia, 5-9, 235, sr., Calhoun; James Whitlow, 6-2, 330, sr., Refugio; Tim Eure, 6-0, 250, sr., Calhoun. KICKER: Carlos Lara, 5-9, 160, jr., Schulenburg. UTILITY: Clayton Besetzny, 5-10, 180, jr., Schulenburg. FIRST TEAM DEFENSE LINEMEN: James Cannell, 5-11, 245, sr., El Campo; Michael Smith, 6-2, 275, sr., Bay City; Shane Mayberry, 6-4, 220, jr., Schulenburg; Casey Moore, 6-6, 245, sr., Schulenburg. LINEBACKERS: Joe Gallegos, 6-0, 185, sr., El Campo; Bo Pargman, 6-0, 205, sr., Cuero; Aaron Herrera, 5-9, 205, sr., Beeville; E.J. Jones, 5-11, 230, sr., Weimar. BACKS: Lee Orr, 6-3, 200, sr., El Campo; Beau Daniels, 5-11, 180, sr., Schulenburg; Domingo Ruiz, 6-0, 170, sr., Cuero; Aaron Franklin, 6-1, 170, so., Goliad. PUNTER: Kyle Kotzur, 6-0, 170, jr., St. Joseph. RETURNER: Cody Franke, 5-6, 150, jr., Shiner. SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QUARTERBACK: Wayland Griggs, 6-1, 205, sr., Boling. RUNNING BACK: Henry Solis, 5-10, 185, jr., Palacios; Luke Gray, 5-9, 175, sr., Industrial; Anthony Terrell, 5-11, 185, jr., El Campo. RECEIVER: Jared Barnes, 6-0, 200, sr., Hallettsville; Julio Del Toro, 6-3, 200, sr., Beeville; Hunter Pinney, 6-0, 151, jr., Flatonia. CENTER: (tie) Miles Blakeman, 6-2, 240, sr., Calhoun & Kody Selzer, 5-10, 185, jr., Shiner. LINE: Josh Wagner, 6-5, 250, sr., Industrial; Jayson Hierholzer, 6-3, 315, jr., Karnes City; Sterling Koopmann, 6-3, 225, sr., Schulenburg; Kody Salles, 5-10, 240, sr., Edna. KICKER: Brandon Ramirez, 5-10, 160, so., Weimar. UTILITY: (tie) Garrett Murphy, 5-11, 160, sr., Refugio & Dustin Appling, 5-11, 175, sr., El Campo. SECOND TEAM DEFENSE LINE: Donalton Haynes, 6-1, 260, sr., Wharton; Aubrey Lighteard, 6-1, 210, sr., Flatonia; Chase Veit, 5-11, 205, sr., Shiner; Kier Wells, 6-1, 265, so., St. Joseph. LINEBACKER: Gene Tuttle, 5-10, 185, sr., Schulenburg; Nick Arzola, 5-6, 185, sr., Refugio; Chris Whitehead, 6-1, 205, jr., Edna; Aaron Buckley, 6-1, 215, sr., Palacios. SECONDARY: Paul Ellis, 5-9, 160, jr., Bay City; Ace Slone, 5-11, 185, sr., Cuero; Travis Martino, 6-1, 175, so., Refugio; Brett Rozner, 5-9, 170, sr., Industrial. PUNTER: Eric Soza, 6-0, 175, so., Beeville. RETURNER: Mike Hayes, 5-8, 175, jr., East Bernard. HONORABLE MENTION Memorial: Thomas Kocian, Josh Ramos, Brandon Day, Derrick Jameson, Thomas Kocian; St. Joseph: Mitchell Dornak, Jimmy Graham, Sam Foreman, Taylor Schaar, Brandon Stubbs, Scott Manning, Ross Knowlan; El Campo: Maverick Smith, Troy Lawson, Garrett Cerny, Thad Deiss; Bay City: Shaun Rutherford, Trevor Brown; Calhoun: Esmer Trevino, Xavier Archangle, Brandt Boone, Armando Verber, Jeremy Boyd, Travis Mang, Ricky Baldera, Jackson Gayle, Brian King, Rance Whitaker; Beeville: Justin King, Oscar Banda, Tony Delarosa, Marcos Rosalez; Wharton: Thomas Garcia, K.C. Curtis, Chris Owens, Kenneth Phynon; Cuero: Quincey Whittington, Jake Rangnow, Dason Jackson, Steven Bell, Stephon Hargrove; Gonzales: Jacob Bird, Jerome Espinoza, Hunter Zetka, Francisco Cortez, Marshall Lambrecht; Yoakum: Joel Bowden, John Tesch, Deven Dekowski, Mitchell Hargrove; Palacios: Peter Pham, Russell Laws; Goliad: Kyle Lutz, Jarrett Gutierrez; East Bernard: Nelson Garcia, Oshundrick Thomas, Adam Kramr, Josh DeLeon, Garrett Traweek, Andrew Webster, Chris Plunkett; Boling: Ronald Pettis, Justin Hobbs, Cody Kitzmiller, Jeff Kalina, David Kutach; Van Vleck: Horace Bryant, A.J. Mangum; Schulenburg: Sean McCourt, Will Hammontree; Industrial: Mason Schoonover, Trevor Pesek, Matt Hencerling, John Massey, Donovan Flowers; Weimar: Reid Jones, Jay Helmcamp; Edna: T-Ray Porche; Joel Jarratt; Hallettsville: Kyle Prasek, Demaris Bedford; Tidehaven: Justin Harvey; Ganado: Seth Labay; Karnes City: Jacob Maldonado, Rudy Leal, Doug Patton, Taylor Millington: Nixon-Smiley: Dustin Yaws, Joseph Okeke, Stephen Ramirez; Kenedy: Josh Bailey, Jerret Swierc, Jason Salas; Yorktown: Kalvin Corpus, Trey Parma; Refugio: Mikel Brown, Collin Avery, Ricky Lewis, Sean Garcia; Bloomington: Tim Cantu, Darby House, Phillip Garcia, Valentin Reyes; Shiner: Kyle Condel, Dexter Mayberry, Josh Nance, Derick Richter, Clay Herman, Dalton Handley, Ethan Darilek; Pettus: Jake Stanley, Robert Hudson, Israel Charles, Ronnie Beck, Jeff Matus, J. Briggs Hensley, Mauro Torres; Flatonia: Adrian Lighteard, Jordan Williams, Chris Migl; Louise: Kyle Lawson, Wesley Braden; Woodsboro: Ronald Escamilla, T.C. Amador, Hugh Schubert, Brett Schubert; Hallettsville Sacred Heart: Clayton Mikes, Lee Kusy, P.J. Wood, Andrew Herndon, Jared Wesson, David Belcik, Kendrick Rother, Garet Pustejovsky, Logan Hatfield; Shiner St. Paul: Jordan Schaefer, Chad Kloesel, Kurt Knesek; Runge: Lee Dominguez, Chris Torres, Henry Ramirez.