By GREG WEBB
Aledo’s Pate Davis made good use of his lone year as the Bearcats starting quarterback, leading AHS to the District 7-4A Championship and yet another trek into postseason play. A productive member of the offense prior to his swan-song prep season, Davis took to his starting signal-caller role with the skills of a multi-seasoned veteran, making the selection of the senior as Parker County’s Most Valuable Player a relative easy one.
Davis engineered the Aledo offense with proficiency, completing more than 65 percent of his passes with sound decisions, resulting in a touchdown-to-interception ration of 10 to 1. Contributing nearly 600 yards rushing to Aledo’s 2,500 ground total, Pate connected with Aledo receivers for more than 1,800 yards, solidifying an ever-present dual-threat attack.
Davis was also the district’s MVP, and extended his awards to the classroom, earning First Team designation on the All-State Academic honor roll.
With recognition to the receiving end of Davis’ passes also in order, the Bearcats’ tandem of wideouts Willie Gibson and Taco Anderson collectively earned the top offensive award, accounting for more than 1,000 yards of Aledo aerial real estate and a dozen touchdowns.
Another Aledo entry in the Superlatives is top defensive player Gunner Johnson, the leader of an ultra-talented linebacker corps that saw juniors Jordan Mittie and Tyson Mauser on the First Team.
The dependable foot of Springtown’s Javier Reynoso, whose long-range accuracy proved to be yet another valuable weapon in the Porcupines’ offensive arsenal in 2012, paved the way to the senior’s selection as the Special Teams MVP.
Both Springtown quarterbacks earned kudos, with senior Colby Moore and freshman Landry Turner, who both saw considerable playing time, named First and Second Team, respectively.
The growing importance of the center of the offensive line in the present-day offensive schemes calls for recognition of the short snappers. Aledo’s Caleb Buchanan, a unanimous selection at the all-district level, was given the First Team center nod, with Second Team shared recognition for Weatherford’s Sammy Stephens and Springtown’s Colton Hunt.
Anchoring the defensive line on the First Team is freshly-signed Bryson Burtnett, who will be wearing purple next fall for TCU. Burtnett could well have been named to the offensive APC teams, too, and that is the side of the ball he will likely inhabit with the Horned Frogs.
Weatherford has its APC residents as well, with the O-line play of Hayden Davis and Jordan Gray earning First and Second Team slots. Both Brownlee brothers, Fred and Jeuqwan, were also named to the offensive roles.
The relentless assault on postseason presence made a no-brainer for the Tim Buchanan-led coaching staff, who look to district championships as a mere segment to its overall season.
2012 All-Parker County Football Roster
Most Valuable Player
Pate Davis Aledo Senior
Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Willie Gibson Aledo Senior
Taco Anderson Aledo Junior
Defensive Player of the Year
Gunner Johnson Aledo Senior
Utility Player of the Year
Caleb Frysinger Aledo Senior
Special Teams Player of the Year
Javier Reynoso Springtown Senior
Coaching Staff of the Year
Aledo — Head Coach Tim Buchanan
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Colby Moore Springtown Senior
Tyler Robertson Springtown Senior
Jess Anders Aledo Sophomore
Baker Roberson Aledo Senior
Dylan Ray Springtown Junior
Ryan Hester Springtown Junior
John Whatley Aledo Junior
Caleb Buchanan Aledo Junior
Cole Clifton Springtown Senior
Casey Fowler Aledo Senior
Cory Stitle Aledo Junior
Hayden Davis Weatherford Junior
Caleb Whiteman Springtown Junior
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Bryson Burtnett Springtown Senior
Zach Hyles Aledo Junior
Jared Hinsley Aledo Senior
Aaron Hinsley Aledo Senior
Timothy Newberry Millsap Junior
James Tedder Springtown Senior
Jordan Mittie Aledo Junior
Tyson Mauser Aledo Junior
Alex Pointer Weatherford Senior
Gunner Courtney Springtown Senior
Shea Wood Aledo Senior
Clayton Lowe Aledo Senior
Brock Parker Aledo Junior
Zack Logue Weatherford Junior
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Landry Turner Springtown Freshman
Ryan Snow Springtown Sophomore
Chris Whitling Weatherford Junior
Jeuqwan Brownlee Weatherford Freshman
Tony Rodriguez Weatherford Junior
Kaden King Millsap Sophomore
Michael Rogers Millsap Sophomore
Colten Hunt Springtown Junior
Sammy Stephens Weatherford Senior
Dylan Englert Springtown Senior
Caleb Plumlee Springtown Junior
Alex Ecklund Aledo Senior
Preston Tyson Aledo Senior
Jordan Gray Weatherford Senior
Fred Brownlee Weatherford Junior
Chance Nevarez Aledo Junior
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Kolyn Waldrop Springtown Junior
Chris Patton Springtown Senior TJ Tomlin Aledo Senior
Kent Sanner Weatherford Junior
Slade Hodge Weatherford Senior
Thomas Loving Springtown Senior
Josh White Springtown Junior
Cole Norman Springtown Senior
Daythan Davis Aledo Junior
Dylan Burton Millsap Junior
Andrew Sexton Springtown Senior
Nick Keith Springtown Senior
Jonny Carter Aledo Junior
Dalton Clubb Weatherford Junior
Baker Roberson Aledo Senior