Gatesville senior Cole Edmiston was a unique player.
It was only fitting he was recognized as such.
Edmiston landed on the 62nd Annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State Football Team on Wednesday as a second team athlete. It was the first time the list included the position, but Gatesville head coach Kyle Cooper believes the term describes his dual-threat quarterback perfectly.
“(I think) they hit the nail on the head,” the coach said. “He might be a Division I safety by the time it is all said and done or he might play a slot receiver in college or he might go on to be an all-conference quarterback. To put him as an athlete is a pretty good billing.
“Obviously, I think he had a great year at quarterback and did an unbelievable job of leading the Gatesville Hornets, but for somebody to recognize the fact he is a tremendous athlete, who can play a number of positions, I believe there is a lot of truth to that.”
While Edmiston accounted for a total of 4,108 yards (2,876 passing and 1,232 rushing) and 54 touchdowns as a quarterback during the Hornets’ undefeated run to the Class 3A, Division II quarterfinals, he is familiar with most positions on the field, playing everywhere from outside linebacker, safety and corner back to wide receiver and running back during his career.
But the District 8-3A MVP was not the lone Gatesville player to land on the list. A total of seven Hornets were recognized after having only two players on the 2012 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 3A All-State Football Team in mid December.
“That is a team award,” Cooper said. “If we don’t go 13-1, that doesn’t happen. … To get that many kids on there is just indicative of a great bunch.”
Senior linebackers Elijah Crosby and Brantley Cole were each named to the second team after leading the Hornets in tackles with 190 and 176, respectively, and helping hold opponents to 283.8 yards per game – the second lowest average in District 8-3A.
“Those guys flew under the radar all year long, but for Cole, that is his mentality anyway,” Cooper said. “We called him ‘The Silent Assassin’ because he hardly ever talks.
“Crosby was the backbone of our defense. He is what made us go day in and day out.”
Senior kicker Sebastian Corrales, who in addition to making 47 of 50 extra points connected on a 35-yard field goal in overtime to give Gatesville its only lead of the game in a 37-34 victory against Monahans in the regional round, was named third team place kicker after receiving first-team recognition on the AP list.
“You just don’t replace a guy with ice in his veins like that,” Cooper said.
The Hornets also had three honorable mentions in Trevor Barton (tackle), Tyler Jaynes (split end) and J.D. Nolte (defensive back).
Barton, who was also an honorable mention at center on the AP list, was integral in helping the Hornets produce the most balanced offensive attack in the district, averaging 206.4 passing and 199.7 rushing yards per game.
Jaynes led Gatesville with 1,040 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 50 receptions with 455 yards and seven touchdowns occurring during the Hornets’ postseason run.
Nolte finished his senior season with 92 total tackles, including three for a loss, broke up nine passes, and had a pair of interceptions and fumble recoveries.
Like most players on the team, the trio played multiple positions on both sides of the ball throughout the season.
“They were just tremendous high school football players,” Cooper said of his honorable mentions. “They came to work every day, did their jobs and did exactly what they were asked with great attitudes, but, again, I can’t say it enough – individual honors are indicative of the team and the success the team had.
“Even though these seven kids are going to get their names in the paper, I’m more proud of the name Gatesville that is beside them because I think it took everybody pulling together to make that happen. I’m happy for these kids, but really proud of the team and the program.”