CLIFTON – After claiming a share of their third straight District 8-3A, Division II championship, the Clifton Cubs placed seven players on the all-district first-team, and seven more on the second-team, while two drew honorable mention recognition.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back TJ Ferch and senior running back/linebacker Riley Perry made the first-team on both sides of the ball. Also selected to the first team were senior quarterback Mason Brandenberger, junior offensive lineman Robert Cathey, senior defensive lineman Hayden Newton, sophomore defensive end Griffin Phillips and junior linebacker Elias Tebo.
Second-team selections included senior offensive lineman Coley Davis, sophomore defensive end Alex De La Hoya, senior offensive lineman Alex Enriquez, junior offensive lineman Michael McDowell, senior defensive lineman/linebacker Joel Santillan, senior defensive back Weston Schasteen and sophomore linebacker/running back Jimmie Taylor.
Junior placekicker Jose Ramirez, and senior defensive back Everett Sadler drew honorable mentions.
Eliminated in the second round of the playoffs for the sixth straight season, the Cubs (8-4) lost to eventual Class 3A, DII state champion Gunter, 27-14, in the Area Playoff matchup at Waxahachie’s Lumpkins Stadium. Gunter (14-1) knocked off Omaha Pewitt, 43-22, for the state title last Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
“I’m proud for all of these kids to be recognized by the district coaches,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “I’m especially proud of the number of guys we had who qualified for the Academic All-District team.”
Cubs being named to the Academic All-District Team were junior Tyler Anderson, junior Brooks Bizzell, junior Devin Byrd, senior Colby Caniford, senior Coley Davis, senior Alex Enriquez, junior Jerome Ridgel, senior Jake Sparkman, freshman Joe Taylor, Brandenberger, Cathey, Ferch, Newton, Perry, Phillips, Santillan, Schasteen, and Tebo.
“To put in the time commitment football requires and still excel in the classroom takes a lot of hard work and time management skills,” Caniford said. “I’m proud of these kids for the work that they put in.”
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