Newcomer of the Year: Chad President, Temple, So.

No receiver did more with less than Chad President.

Despite missing the final two games of the regular season with a collarbone injury, the Wildcats’ 6-foot-3, 190-pounder finished second in District 8-5A in total receiving yards (788) and receiving touchdowns (9), while producing the district’s best receiving average (23.18 yards per catch) on only 34 receptions.

Without President in the lineup, Temple split its final two games and failed to make the playoffs.

After spending his sophomore season backing up starting quarterback Zach Allen, President is poised to inherit the starting job.

Coach of the Year: Kyle Cooper, Gatesville

When Cooper first took over the Hornets’ program in 2008, he saw a vast amount of potential in a group of middle school players.  He knew he could groom the kids into a force by the time their senior seasons.

And he did.

Constructed around a core of 28 seniors, the Hornets bounced back from a 4-6 performance in 2011 to win the District 8-3A championship this season with an undefeated record before advancing to the regional finals in the playoffs.

At 13-1, it was Gatesville’s second-best season in its 100-year history and the deepest postseason run since winning the Class 3A state title in 2000.

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