Following second-round playoff appearances by each team, several members of the North Central Texas Pioneers and Cornerstone Crusaders received all-state honors from their respective classifications.
Five members of the Pioneers (10-2) were awarded accolades from the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools for Six-Man Division II. Meanwhile, four Crusaders were honored by the Texas Christian Athletic League for Six-Man Division II.
Sophomore Cole Rasco was one of three Pioneers honored twice. As a first-team wide receiver, he caught 14 passes for 385 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. As an honorable mention defensive back he posted 46 tackles, four interceptions, and a pair of touchdowns.
Senior Elias Fekadu was honored twice as a second-team center (31 catches, 640 yards, 13 TDs) and second-team linebacker (103 tackles, two interceptions, five sacks).
Also receiving double awards was senior Angel Tercero. He was a second-team spreadback on offense (93-for-164 passing for 1,650 yards with 38 touchdowns and three interceptions; 451 yards and eight scores rushing) and a second-team defensive back (75 tackles, seven interceptions, two TDs).
Senior running back Josh Torres, a second-teamer, accumulated 2,058 all-purpose yards and scored 33 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,421 yards and 24 TDs, had 25 catches for 393 yards and six scores, and returned eight kickoffs for 244 yards and four touchdowns.
Senior Caleb Finley rounded out the NCTA awards as an honorable mention utility back on offense (121 yards and four TDs rushing, 123 yards and three TDs receiving, and 18 catches for 221 yards and five touchdowns).
For the Crusaders (6-6), junior utility back Forrest Copenhaver was one of three first-team offensive selections. He passed for 920 yards and 17 TDs, had 682 receiving yards with 10 TDs, and rushed for 229 yards with a pair of scores.
Senior utility back/kick returner Joseph Deskin rushed for 704 yards with a dozen scores, and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns for first-team offense and special teams.
Also on the first-team offense is sophomore Logan Weems, with 22 catches for 389 yards and five touchdowns, tops in the state for a center receiving.
On the second-team offense is senior quarterback Brenden Brawley. He passed for 1,641 yards and 25 TDs. He also rushed for 987 yards and 17 scores, and had 315 receiving yards with four scores. In all, he was second in the state in total yards during the regular season.
The players were voted on by coaches from around the state. However, a coach cannot vote for his own player.
“I’m very pleased with our kids making the all-state team. It’s a reward for all the hard work they put in during the season and offseason,” said NCTA first-year coach Kirby Rasco.
“I think that really speaks well of these boys, especially when I was not even involved in the voting,” said Cornerstone coach Bobby Johnson.
CRUSADERS PICKED AS ALL-STARS
Five members of the Cornerstone football team were selected for a couple of postseason all-star games, said coach Johnson.
Picked for the TCAL All-Star Game were Brawley, Copenhaver, Deskin and Weems.
Also, senior Jonathan Delzeit was chosen for the Texas Private School All-Star Game. During the season he had 566 receiving yards with eight touchdowns on offense, while posting 111 tackles on defense with seven fumble recoveries and four returned for touchdowns.
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Texas Associatiion of Private and Parochial Schools Six-Man Division II All-State Football Team
North Central Texas honors
First Team – WR Cole Rasco, soph.
Second Team – C Elias Fekadu, jr.; RB Josh Torres, sr.; SB Angel Tercero, sr.
Honorable Mention – Util Caleb Finley, sr.
Second Team – LB Fekadu; DB Tercero.
Honorable Mention – DB Rasco.
Texas Christian Athletic League Six-Man Division II All-State Football Team
First Team – Utility Forrest Coppenhaver, jr.; utility Joseph Deskin, sr.; C Logan Weems, soph.
Second Team – QB Brenden Brawley, jr.
First Team – Kick returner Deskin.
TCAL All-Star Game
Brawley, Copenhaver, Deskin, Weems.
Texas Private Schools All-Star Game
Jonathan Delzeit, sr.