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 Monday 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.
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. "But he's so talented he played defense and kicked for us to. He did a lot of things for us."
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.
"He was a huge piece of the puzzle," Talbott said. "We're expecting big things out of him next year both passing and running."
Two versatile Eagle stalwarts 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. The duo combined on 1,181 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, with Best leading with 608 yards and nine scores.
An injury curtailed the end of the year for Florence junior quarterback Kaleb Hardy.
And also hurt the Buffaloes odds of winning a district game.
Florence lost its final game without Hardy to Hearne and went winless in District 12-2A Division I. But, coaches still knew the impact Hardy had on the Buffaloes' program.
Hardy was named the Offensive Newcomer of the Year by district coaches Monday.
"Kaleb grew quickly as the quarterback in the offense," said Florence coach Paul Smith. "Obviously when we started he struggled because the varsity level is so different from JV, but once he figured it out his athleticism took over and he made the offense go."
Ben Futrell made the team as a first-team return specialist and Lupe Acevedo was a first-team wide receiver.
"Lupe stretched the defense vertically and was able to give us that deep passing game and that opens the underneath stuff and Ben could do everything for us and he will be very hard to replace," Smith said. "For the last two years he has been our go-to guy. Now, we have to replace him and I don't know if you can."
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