Eight Huskies earn all-district honors
Eight Highland athletes and six WACO athletes were recently selected to the Class A District 5 football team.
Seniors Trey Brenneman, Derrick Stewart, Brett Walsh, Devin Mapp and Cameron Vinsand, along with juniors Kody Wood and Jesse Hootman, were selected to the all-district first team after leading Highland to a third-place finish in the district with a 5-2 record. Senior Talon McFarland was selected to the all-district second team.
Brenneman, who was selected as a receiver, caught 22 passes for 86 yards this season. He also rushed for 585 yards and nine touchdowns on 54 carries.
Stewart was chosen as a utility player after leading the district with 17 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns. He ran for 836 yards and 14 touchdowns on 85 carries, and he caught 17 passes for 259 yards and three scores.
Walsh, a defensive lineman, ranked second in the district in sacks with seven, and his 13 tackles for a loss ranked third in the league. Mapp, who was selected a defensive utility player, made 40 tackles this year, including two sacks and five tackles for a loss.
Vinsand led the district in punting, averaging 43.9 yards per kick.
Hootman, a linebacker, ranked seventh in the league in tackles with 81, and his 21 tackles for a loss led the district.
Wood ranked second in the district in passing yards with 1,175. He completed 63 percent of his passes and had the third-highest quarterback rating in the district. His 13 touchdowns also ranked third in the league.
Wood’s main target was McFarland, whose 462 receiving yards ranked third in the district. He caught seven touchdown passes, second-most in the league.
Seniors Tyler Ayers and Skyler Miller, along with junior Dylon Carlson, were selected to the all-district first team after leading WACO to a fourth-place finish in the district with a 4-3 record. Seniors Jaden Ferguson, Klinton Garrett and Bryton Pickard were selected to the all-district second team.
Ayers was the district’s leading rusher this season, running for 1,338 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also the Warriors’ leading receiver, catching 12 passes for 166 yards and two scores. Paving the way for Ayers were Miller, who was selected as an offensive lineman, and Ferguson.
Carlson, a defensive back, intercepted three passes this season, returning one for a touchdown. He also made 30 tackles.
Garrett was WACO’s leading tackler this season, making 73 stops, including four for a loss. Pickard made 19 tackles.