WAXAHACHIE — Life Waxahachie High School capped it's football season — and the careers of several seniors — during Monday's end-of-season awards banquet
While time was taken to honor District 4-4A-2 superlatives like 6-foot-5 outside linebacker and defensive end Joshua Sanders Co-Defensive MVP award, there were more than a few banquet superlatives that raised more than a few eyebrows.
David Ramirez won the team's Offensive MVP award, Sanders and Joel Henderson each took a share of the Mustangs' Defensive MVP and quarterback Matthew Hipshire was named the team's overall MVP. Gabriel "Iggy" Egiua earned Life Waxahachie's "Mustang Pride" Award and Justin Boone was the Comeback Player of the Year.
Not to be outdone, Doyle and Sandra Hawkins claimed the 2017 Parent of the Year Award.
Life Waxahachie finished the 2016 football season 2-9 overall and 2-3 in district and notched signature wins against Fort Worth Benbrook (43-34, Oct. 6) and Venus (42-35, Nov. 4) High Schools.
The Mustangs fell to Krum High School 35-11 during the UIL 4A football playoffs despite a 40-yard field goal by Josh Ortiz, four-yard bull rush into the end zone by Graham Fuller and two-point conversion by Hipshire.
Nineteen seniors — including Hipshire, First Team All-District middle linebacker Quenden Darby and special teams ace Taylor Bridgers — will graduate this summer, leaving head coach Heath Blalock and his staff with Sanders, First Team All-District sophomore outside linebacker Joel Henderson and Second Team All-District freshman running back Gage Mayfield.
The Mustangs will also have the services of sophomore Kenneth Richardson, a First Team All-District selection, on the defensive line and Jacob Rhoads, a Second Team All-District selection, on the offensive line.