By Alex Byington
The Cove Herald
Brandon Scott has always been an athlete.
So playing multiple positions has never been much of a problem for the Lampasas quarterback, punter and safety.
But it was the complete impact he made at each of those positions that ultimately earned him District 25-3A Most Valuable Player honors as voted on by the district coaches.
"He was just an all-around athlete for us and he deserved getting MVP of the district for that reason," said Lampasas coach Joey McQueen. "Other than kickoffs, that was the only time he was ever off the field... His presence just made everybody understand that, 'Hey, this is what we're going to do. We're never going to give up' and he just kept everybody's attitude good."
Scott, who combined for nearly 1,400 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns, was not alone among the Badgers included among the 25-3A superlatives.
Senior fullback Secody Howard, who was the top rusher in a Lampasas backfield that included four 1,000-yard 'backs, finished his career with 1,421 yards and 18 touchdowns this season and was named the Offensive Player of the Year.
"He's just a very talented athlete. He high jumps for us, he's a basketball player, he's a power lifter," McQueen said of Howard. "But the one thing he did was once he hit that hole and hits somebody, he's either going to truck them or he's going to carry them."
The 25-3A champion Badgers (10-2, 5-0), who put together their best season since 1993, had a district-high 10 first teamers including superlatives. Among them was the Badgers' No. 2 rusher Marcus Kehoe, who ran for 1,141 yards and 16 scores.
"He weighs 155 pounds and runs like he's 190 pounds, he just has the passion for the game," McQueen said. "He's an athlete and doesn't like losing and that's the kind of backs we need in our system."
In a bounce-back season at Salado, following last year's one-win campaign, the Eagles (5-5, 2-3) were led by a solid mix of young playmakers and senior leadership.
Salado sophomore quarterback Ryan Simmons was one of the youngest on a senior-laden team, but his contributions couldn't be mistaken, as he earned Newcomer of the Year.
Playing multiple positions, including as a quarterback at times to highlight his running ability, Simmons proved to be an integral part of Salado's success, combining on 757 yards of total offense while also leading 25-3A in scoring with 106 total points.
"Ryan's a real athletic young kid and he'll do whatever we ask him to do. We used him as a package quarterback to run and throw the ball a little bit, and just to give us another look at quarterback," Salado coach Glenn Talbott said.
Despite sharing time under center with Simmons, junior quarterback Mike Richardson still managed to put up big numbers. In a run-heavy district, Richardson blew away the 25-3A competition with 2,190 yards on 123-of-204 passing and 23 touchdowns, earning himself unanimous selection for first-team quarterback.
Two versatile Eagles end their careers as two-way first-team selections with seniors Austin Silva and Peyton Best earning nods at both receiver and linebacker and defensive back, respectively.