Alvarado’s football team missed the playoffs for the second straight year, but that did not stop the Indians from piling up accolades.
In a district in which two teams were regional champs, the Indians had two players named to the all-district first team and five more named to the second team.
“What a great accomplishment it is to be named to the all-district team in a district as tough as ours,” Alvarado head coach Jeff Dixon said. “Stephenville and Everman were ranked in the top 10 in the state for the majority of the year, and Everman and Aledo played into December. District 8-4A was considered by some to be the toughest in the state.”
Senior Nathan Law was named to the first team as an offensive tackle. Law led an offensive line that helped the Indians to over 2,000 rushing yards this season.
“I am extremely proud of Nathan,” Dixon said. “He worked as hard as anyone on the team and was very deserving of first team honors.”
Jaron Beam, a junior linebacker, was the only Indian named to the first team defense. As a junior, Bean led the team with 107 tackles.
“Jaron is a very fine football player who will strike your tail,” Dixon said. “He is as tough as they come. I look forward to him leading our team next year.”
Alvarado had five more players named to the all-district second team on offense. Seniors Jay Hardy (fullback), Darrail McDaniel (punter) and Kenneth Winkle (offensive line) were named to the second team along with junior Thomas Head (running back) and sophomore Broam Hart (utility player).
Head lead the Indians with 1,011 rushing yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Hart was just as productive, running for an average of 5.3 yards per carry for 662 yards and led the team with eight touchdowns.
Jay Hardy was the third member of the backfield to receive second-team honors as he rushed for 392 yards and four touchdowns on just 42 attempts.
Darrail McDaniel was named to the second team after averaging 33.3 yards per punt on 35 punts. Winkle joined Law on the offensive line that helped produce three all-district running backs.
“All five of these young men could play for anyone in the district,” Dixon said. “They all have strong character and were deserving of their selection.”
Honorable mention selections were: McDaniel at linebacker, Justin Bonham at linebacker, Brent Hackler at defensive line, Tristian Fuentes at receiver, Matt Kirkland at tight end and Brett Bridgewater at defensive line.
Along with the accolades from the field, several Indians were named Academic All-District.
Hart, Head, Josh Ogg, Winkle, Rydge West, Kory Calk, Chad Cantrell, Kyle Kirkland, Matt Kirkland, Law, Ty Raby and Johnny Yates all had averages of 92 or better during the season to earn academic honors.
Raby was also named to the Academic All-State first team. Jon Batte, Kyle Kirkland, Law and Ogg were all named to the All-State second team for academics.
“We spend a lot of hours preparing each week, and to maintain a 90 or above average during this time is a major accomplishment,” Dixon said. “All of these young men were leaders for us this year and I look for us to add more to the academic all-district team in the upcoming years.”