The North Central Texas Pioneers might not have won the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Six-Man Division II District 2 football title, but you can’t tell it by looking at the all-district honors.
The Pioneers (7-5) had the league’s offensive MVP in junior running back Tyler Hoskins and the defensive MVP in senior linebacker Elias Demissie.
Hoskins rushed 137 times for 1,587 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 165 yards and five more scores.
Demissie registered 106 tackles and a pair of sacks. In addition, he forced five fumbles, recovered five and scored a defensive touchdown.
The duo led eight members of the Pioneers who were honored by the district’s coaches.
First-team all-district offensive honors went to senior lineman Cale Dodson, junior wide receiver Cole Rasco, junior quarterback Jared Dodson, Hoskins at running back and Demissie at utility back.
Sophomore wide receiver Drayton Williams and junior center William Wayman garnered second-team offense honors.
Demissie at linebacker and Hoskins at defensive back were chosen for first-team defense. Cale Dodson on the line and Williams at defensive back were tabbed for the second team, while sophomore linebacker Matt Torres and Rasco at defensive back were honorable mentions.
Hoskins, on defense, had 55.5 tackles, three fumble recoveries and an interception. Demissie rushed 49 times for 397 yards and six TDs, caught 23 passes for 383 yards and five TDs, and was 14-for-21 passing for 195 yards and four touchdowns.
Cale Dodson caught eight passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Wayman turned all eight of his catches (for 251 yards) into touchdowns.
Likewise, Rasco scored nearly every time he touched the ball (20 catches, 463 yards, 15 TDs, 1 carry, 6-yard TD).
Jared Dodson completed 66 percent of his passes (95-for-145) for 1,823 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also averaged over 10 yards every time he ran the ball (13 for 147, 2 TDs).
Williams was a threat in a variety of ways. On offense he caught 15 passes for 287 yards and six scores, along with rushing 16 times for 210 yards and four TDs. On defense, he had 47 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. And on special teams he returned six kicks for 252 yards and a TD.
“This is probably the most unselfish team I’ve ever coached,” said head coach Kirby Rasco. “They had to be with what we played.
“Wherever you need me, play me, that was everybody’s attitude.”
The Pioneers played one of the toughest schedules in the state for a school their size. Despite a slow start, they were ranked second in the state most of the season and finished second in district to top-ranked Wichita Falls Notre Dame.
NCTA advanced to the second round of the playoffs before being upset by Lubbock Kingdom Prep 50-44. Notre Dame was upset in the opening round by eventual state finalist Fredericksburg Heritage.
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TAPPS Six-Man Division II All-District 2 Team
North Central Texas honors
Offensive MVP – RB Tyler Hoskins, jr.
Defensive MVP – LB Elias Demissie, sr.
OL Cale Dodson, sr.; WR Cole Rasco, jr.; QB Jared Dodson, jr.; RB Hoskins; Util. Demissie.
LB Demissie, DB Hoskins.
WR Drayton Williams, soph.; C William Wayman, jr.
DL Cale Dodson, DB Williams.
Honorable Mention Defense
LB Matt Torres, soph.; DB Rasco.