CRANFILLS GAP – After capturing the outright district title for the first time since 1982 and winning their first playoff game since 1977, the Cranfills Gap Lions ruled the day by sweeping the All-District 11-1A, Division II selections.
Senior Bennie Wright was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player, senior Nicolas Lira was selected as the Defensive MVP, freshman Aiden Doty was tabbed as the Newcomer of the Year, and Cranfills Gap head coach Adam Carroll drew Coach of the Year honors.
In addition, Cranfills Gap filled 14 first-team all-district slots and drew another four spots on the second team. Lions making the first team included senior Caleb Ince, senior Gabriel Martinez, sophomore Trent Roberson, sophomore Cruz Flores, and junior Cason Cox.
“I was very proud of the season the boys had,” Cranfills Gap football head coach Adam Carroll said. “It was an honor for them and myself to be recognized by the district with such great honors. The boys were very proud of their accomplishments, and it sets a standards for the younger players coming up to continue a winning program.”
District runner-up Walnut Springs collected nine first team all-district spots, led by senior Hunter Guzman, senior Vance Trotter, junior Colton Fangman and senior Corey Townley making the first team on both sides of the ball. Junior Rebel Lamb also made the first team, all-district offensive squad.
Although Iredell only played one district game before being forced to shut down the season due to injuries, three Dragons — sophomore Tag Nystel, junior Hunter Sheffield and freshman Brandon Munoz were placed on the all-district second team.
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