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WRs Hegtvedt, O'Banan, Williams lead All-Central Texas football team

Austin American-Statesman
Cedar Park quarterback Ryder Hernandez, throwing against Denton Ryan in the Class 5A Division I state championship game, ranked No. 4 in the nation in passing yards.


QB: Ryder Hernandez, Sr., Cedar Park: Hernandez, the leader of the team that reached the Class 5A Division I state championship game, ranked No. 4 in the nation with 4,265 yards passing. The two-sport star, bound for Texas State to play baseball, fired 68 touchdown passes and only four interceptions while completing 68% of his passes.

WR: Jaden Williams, Sr., Hendrickson: The game-breaking Hawk, co-offensive player of the year in District 11-5A DI, recorded 60 catches for 1,285 yards and 16 touchdowns. An all-around talent, he added 24 carries for 279 yards and three touchdowns and scored a pair of TDs on special teams.

Hendrickson wide receiver Jaden Williams, breaking free after a catch against Seguin, led the Hawks with 1,285 yards and 16 touchdowns.

WR: Cameron O’Banan, Sr., Dripping Springs: In nine games, this Tiger wideout caught 69 passes for 1,405 yards and 21 touchdowns. In a 70-63 loss to Seguin, he had a night for the ages: 15 catches, 410 yards and six touchdowns. He will play baseball at Texas.

WR: Kwade Hegtvedt, Sr., Vista Ridge: The top wideout for the Rangers had 71 catches, 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns.

RB: Israel Morgan, Sr., Round Rock: The Dragon workhorse carried the ball 288 yards for 2,175 yards, caught 15 passes for 167 yards, scored 28 touchdowns and was named MVP of District 25-6A.

Round Rock senior Israel Morgan, running against Westwood, recorded more than 2,000 rushing yards to lead the Dragons to the state playoffs. He set a school record with 458 yards in this game against the Warriors.

RB: Blake Simpson, Sr., Liberty Hill: The leader of the Panthers' offense came alive in the playoffs, rushing for 1,174 yards and 18 touchdowns in five games. Simpson, bound for Hardin-Simmons, gained 2,024 yards and notched 30 TDs for the season.

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OL: Luke Williams, Sr., Cedar Park: The 2019 and 2020 11-5A DI lineman of the year graded out at 93% this season. He was credited with 84 knockdowns and 40 pancake blocks, and he allowed only two sacks for an offense that averaged 53 points and 494 yards.

OL: Connor Heffernan, Sr., Georgetown: The All-District 11-5 DI standout and Baylor signee graded out at 91% while delivering 101 pancake blocks and allowing no sacks for a team that averaged 38 points.

OL: Connor Robertson, Jr., Westlake: The lead blocker for the team that captured the Class 6A DI state championship graded out at 97%. He was credited with 67 pins and knockdowns for an offense that averaged 57 points and 475 yards.

OL: Jacob Tracy, Sr., Lake Travis: An All-District 26-6A center, he graded out at 95% while delivering 46 knockdowns. Did not allow a sack for a team that averaged 52 points.

OL: John Long, Sr., Lampasas: A three-year starter, the Rice-bound lineman averaged 15 knockdowns and did not allow a sack for a team that averaged 50 points and 435 yards in 10 games.

PK: Charlie Fournier, Sr., Vandegrift: The Viper kicker, bound for Southwestern University, connected on 8 of 9 field-goal attempts, his longest from 49 yards. He made 44 of his 45 PAT attempts.

Vandegrift kicker Charlie Fournier, kicking off against San Antonio Roosevelt in a Class 6A DII playoff game, made 8 of 9 field-goal attempts as a senior.


DL: Hunter Hewitt, Sr., Cedar Park: A dominating defensive end, the Southern Arkansas-bound Timberwolf contributed 61 tackles and 19 sacks and caused four fumbles. He was named District 11-5A DI defensive lineman of the year.

Hutto defensive lineman Landyn Watson, sacking Georgetown quarterback Darson Herman, had 15½ sacks in 2020. He is headed for TCU.

DL: Landyn Watson, Sr., Hutto: A four-year letterman, the Hippo standout established himself as one of the area’s top defenders, finishing with 27 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 15½ sacks. His next stop: TCU.

DL: Caleb Green, Sr., McCallum: The leader of the Knights, he finished with a team-high 71 tackles, 14 behind the line of scrimmage, in only seven games. He was District 14-5A DII co-defensive lineman of the year for a team that posted three shutouts.

Liberty Hill linebacker Andon Thomas, disrupting a pass by Hutto's Grayson Doggett, was named District 14-5A DII defensive player of the year after finishing season with 161 tackles.

LB: Andon Thomas, Jr., Liberty Hill: The do-it-all Panther was all over the field, finishing with 161 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries for a team that went 12-1. He was named the top defensive player in District 14-5A DII.

LB: Jake Chambers, Jr., Stony Point: The leader of the Tiger defense led District 25-6A with an average of 14 tackles a game. This was his third season as a Stony Point starter.

LB: Case Brister, Jr., Lampasas: A three-year starter, the driving force behind the Badger defense recorded 179 tackles, 16 behind the line of scrimmage. He was District 13-4A Division I defensive player of the year in successive years.

Westlake senior Nick Morris, hitting Bowie quarterback Diego Tello during a Chaparral victory in November, had 16 sacks for a team that captured the Class 6A DI state championship in January.

LB: Nick Morris, Sr., Westlake: A transfer from Connecticut, Morris galvanized a defense that allowed 7.5 points a game. He finished with 94 tackles and 16 sacks to help the Chaparrals win the 6A DI state championship. He will continue his football career at Duke.

DB: Michael Taaffe, Sr., Westlake: The Texas-bound (as a preferred walk-on) Chaparral will be remembered for winning defensive player of the game honors in consecutive state championship games. He finished with 60 tackles and five interceptions, two in the state finals against Southlake Carroll.

DB: Emon Allen, Sr., Vista Ridge: A two-time utility player of the year in District 25-6A, the Sam Houston-bound Ranger had 25 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown. On offense he had 290 yards and two TDs on 18 touches, and he had two more scores on special teams.

DB: Nathan Simpson, Jr., Wimberley: The 14-4A DII defensive player of the year had 111 total tackles, 80 solo. He also contributed three fumble recoveries, broke up three passes and recorded four interceptions for a team that reached the state semifinals.

LBJ senior Andrew Mukuba, looking for yards against Manor, played wide receiver and defensive back for the Jaguars. He will continue his football career next fall at Clemson.

DB: Andrew Mukuba, Sr., LBJ: A two-way force, the Clemson-bound safety/wide receiver contributed 72 tackles and seven interceptions for a team that went 9-3. On offense he posted 27 catches for 446 yards and six TDs.

Punter: Thomas Skrovan, Sr., Hays: He averaged 39 yards on his 31 punts. On offense he contributed five field goals and 43 PATs. He was voted to the All-District 26-6A team as a punter and kicker.


QB: Cade Klubnik, Jr., Westlake: The offensive MVP of the Class 6A DI state title game, he guided the Chaps to a perfect season.

WR: Josh Cameron, Sr., Cedar Park: The Timberwolf playmaker recorded 79 catches, 1,040 yards and 12 TDs for the 5A DI state semifinalists.

WR: Ty Pruett, Sr., Wimberley: The All-District 14-4A DII playmaker had 51 receptions, 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns.

WR: Nick Anderson, Sr., Austin High: The All-District 26-6A player, the primary receiver for Texas-bound quarterback Charles Wright, caught 60 passes for 1,011 yards and 20 touchdowns.

RB: Isaiah, Quinton-Jackson, Sr., East View: The Patriot playmaker was among the top runners in the area, averaging 105 yards a game with 23 TDs.

RB: Demetris Gardner-Holmes, Sr., Connally: The explosive 6-foot, 205-pounder was a two-way starter who also played as an edge rusher. He ran for 1,240 yards and 17 touchdowns in just nine games.

OL: Brayden McMullen, Sr., Round Rock: The Dragon lineman was the lead blocker for an offense that averaged 350 yards on the ground.

OL: Harrison Donovan, Sr., Austin High: The top lineman for the pass-happy Maroons graded out at 96%, allowing one sack in 357 pass attempts.

OL: De’Kedrick Sterns, Sr., Del Valle: A two-year starter at left tackle, the 6-4, 275-pound Kansas signee had 35 pancake blocks. He also played on the defensive line.

OL: Nick Zarbock, Sr., Regents: A first-team all-state pick, he helped the Knights win a TAPPS state championship.

OL: Keegan Klaus-Ryan, Sr., Liberty Hill: The Panther standout was the key blocker for a team that rushed for an average of 435 yards.

PK: Justin Bohrer, Sr., Cedar Park: He made all seven of his field-goal attempts and was 43-for-43 on PATs.


DL: Aiden Keith, Sr., Hendrickson: This edge rusher had 73 tackles, nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 18 QB pressures and four forced fumbles for the playoff-qualifying Hawks.

DL: Braeden Howell, Sr., Burnet: The Sam Houston-bound team captain had 64 tackles, 29 behind the line, and was named an All-District 12-4A DI player.

DL: Luke Dodds, Sr., Round Rock: The heart of the Dragon defense had 12½ sacks and tackled runners behind the line of scrimmage 15 times.

LB: Michael Boudin Jr., Sr., Hays: Playing on both sides of the ball, he had 62 tackles on defense and helped the offense with 627 yards and seven TDs.

LB: Shelby Battles, Sr., Cedar Park: The District 11-5A DI defensive MVP had a team-high 139 tackles and five sacks.

LB: Chris Sanders, Sr., Smithville: The Tiger was all over the field, averaging 15 tackles and contributing 12½ total sacks.

LB: Austin Skoglund, Sr., Vandegrift: The co-defensive MVP in District 25-6A had 115 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and four sacks for the best defense in the district.

DB: Lucas Mireur, Sr., Westlake: The District 26-6A defensive MVP had 87 tackles and two interceptions.

DB: Latrell McCutchin, Sr., LBJ: The Oklahoma-bound cornerback helped the Jaguars reach the Class 4A DI state semifinals.

DB: Logan Arnold, Sr., Vandegrift: A key figure in the Black Rain defense, the Viper safety had 86 tackles and two INTs and broke up nine passes.

DB: Will Agnew, Sr., Hays: The physical 6-1, 205-pound safety had 114 tackles, intercepted four passes and broke up 15 others for the Class 6A DII state semifinalists.

Punter: Ben Scott, Sr., Vandegrift: He averaged 39 yards on 35 punts, including six that landed inside the 10-yard line.


QB: Kyle Brown, senior, Vista Ridge; Durand Hill, senior, Hays; RJ Martinez, senior, Westwood; Austin Novosad, sophomore, Dripping Springs; Mason Shorb, sophomore, Rouse; Matthew Tippie, senior, Wimberley; Ace Whitehead, senior, Lampasas; Charles Wright, senior, Austin High 

RB: Preston Alford, junior, Dripping Springs; Devin Cross, senior, Weiss; Jasiya Demps, senior, Hendrickson; Nate Denney, senior, Georgetown; Da’Qwon Donaldson, senior, LBJ; Jake Iloka, sophomore, Pflugerville; Jack Jerome, senior, Lampasas;  Zane Minors, senior, Westlake; EJ Moore, junior, Rouse; Grey Nakfoor, senior, Westlake; Che Nwabuko, junior, Manor; Elijah Oakmon, junior, Pflugerville; Colin Page, junior, Anderson; Logan Parsons, junior, Lago Vista; Trey Seward, senior, Liberty Hill; Ryan Sheppard, junior, Vandegrift; D.J. Taylor, senior, La Grange

WR: Gunnar Abseck, senior, Cedar Park; Jason Gaines, senior, Bowie; Jaden Greathouse, sophomore, Westlake; Jack Hestera, senior, Cedar Park; Robbie Jeng, senior, Westwood; Trent Leary, junior, Del Valle; Michael Murray, senior, Lampasas; Troy Oliver, junior, Rouse

OL: Matthew Gilbey, junior, St. Michael’s; Jack Gullett, senior, Vandegrift; Curtis Johnson, senior, LBJ; Aiden Kinnaird, senior, Westlake; Joseph Mueller, senior, La Grange; Bryce Poling, senior, Thrall; Trey Webb, junior, Hays

PK: Charlie Barnett, junior, Westlake; Will Stone, junior, Regents

DL: Hayden Bray, senior, Westlake; Tucker Harrison, junior, Vandegrift; Aiden Hunt, senior, Hays; Aidan Keith, Hendrickson; Stryker Leschber, junior, Thorndale; Jake Morrison; senior, Regents; Murray Robinson, junior, Cedar Park; Austin Spille, senior, Lake Travis; Braylon Sugg, senior, Hutto; Ricky Sweeney, senior, Vandegrift

LB: Weston Benson, junior, Regents; Zane Bolding, senior, Hutto; Aaron Brewer, junior, Liberty Hill; Brody Bujnoch, sophomore, Hutto; Dylan Cluff, senior, Rouse; KJ Duncan, senior, McNeil; Josh Hagen, senior, Rouse; Brett Hartgrove, senior, Cedar Ridge; Tyson Hatnot, senior, Hays; Bryce Jackson, junior, Lago Vista; Hayden Kylberg, junior, Thorndale; Jake Lopez, senior, Hays; Jake Robertson, senior, Vista Ridge

DB: Davontae Bickham, senior, LBJ; Blake Burton, senior, Cedar Park; Ty Dillon, senior, Round Rock; Sr'Raylin Gilliam, junior, Del Valle; Chris Hodge, junior, Smithville; Shel Hudson, junior, Dripping Springs; Jai Maxwell, senior, LBJ; Carson Otworth, senior, Round Rock

P: Robbie Jeng, senior, Westwood

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