Beeville quarterback Eric Soza was a unanimous selection as the district’s most valuable player. Trojan linebacker Ryan Ramirez was selected as the most valuable linebacker in the district.
Several more Trojans earned second team selections and honorable mention status.
“I was disappointed in a few areas but when you place third it is to be expected,” said Trojan head coach Chris Soza on Beeville’s representation on the all-district lists.
The first team offensive picks for the Trojans included tackle D.J. Richey and wide receiver Matthew Botello.
“I was surprised to only have two first team selections on offense. I felt that our offense was one the best around and our boys weren’t recognized as such,” coach Soza said.
Defensively, the Trojans placed three players on the all-district first team with tackle Robby Horton, linebacker Haz Brasfield and defensive back Matthew Botello getting the only two-way first team selection in the district.
“Defensively, I thought we were well recognized considering we were very young. Haz Brasfield (LB) was a pleasant surprise considering he was a two-way player and ended up having to carry the load at the position, especially in the latter part of the season,” said coach Soza.
“Of course, Matthew (Botello) and Robby (Horton) were two of our best on defense.”
The Trojan offense did put five players on the all-district second team. Running back Val Valdez, center Justin Pena, tight end Lazaro Smith, guard Joseph Ganceras and tackle Thomas Smith all were recognized for their fine seasons.
The second team all-district selections on defense included Trojans Ben Castro at tackle and Derell Jackson at safety.
The 30-4A honorable mention list included Beeville offensive starters Jordan Nelson at running back, fullback Jeremiah Puentes and receiver Frank Gutierrez. On defense, the Trojans placed tackle Chris Parker and ends Jo Anthony Zamora and Mathew Garcia.
“Overall though, considering the very competitive district that we are in, I am pleased. I’ve always said that with team success come the individual honors,” said coach Soza.
“Congratulations to all who earned all-district honors. None of this would have been possible had we not had our successful season.”
The JHS Trojans also had 15 players named to the Academic All-District team. Those student/athletes that excelled not only on the playing field but in the classroom included Eric Soza, Thomas Smith, Derell Jackson, D.J. Richey, Ricky Cardwell, Jacob Gomez, Frank Warner, Joseph Ganceras, Clayton Tindol, Robby Horton, Daniel Rea, Jordan Nelson, Haz Brasfield, Lazaro Smith and Zach Castro.