Jays' Stredick named MVP

Needville senior Ashton Stredick was named The Herald’s most valuable player after rushing for over 3,000 yards and leading the Blue Jays to the third round of the 4A Division I playoffs.

While the 2020 high school football will look different from last year, the 2019 season will still stand the test of time in Fort Bend County.

Seven area teams made the postseason in 2019, with three of them making long runs into the playoffs.

Needville had its most successful season since the 1980s, going 10-3, winning a district title and reaching the 4A Division I regional semifinals.

Leading the charge for the Blue Jays was senior running back Ashton Stredick, who is the Herald’s choice for most valuable player in the 2019 All-Area Team for the second straight season.

Stredick, who will play at Princeton next season after the Ivy League canceled their 2020 football season, ran for 3,105 yards and 37 touchdowns, including running for a 99-yard touchdown in two games in the season.

Also, Needville head coach Mike Giles was named the co-coach of the year after leading the Blue Jays in big wins over Yoakum, El Campo and Boerne.

Foster also had another successful season, rebounding from early struggles in the season to go 8-5 and reach the 5A Division I regional semis, losing to eventual state champion Shadow Creek.

The Falcons relied on a tough defense last year, anchored by senior defensive lineman Chidozie Nwankwo, who was named the defensive player of the year.

Nwankwo, who will play at the University of Houston this season, recorded 31 tackles, including four for loss, and was named a finalist for The Touchdown Club of Houston Defensive Player of the Year.

Despite falling in the first round of the 6A Division I playoffs, Travis had its best season of its history, going undefeated in the regular season and winning its first-ever district title.

The Tigers’ offense was consistently strong, led by senior quarterback Eric Rodriguez, who was named the offensive player of the year by throwing for 2,673 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 641 yards and 11 touchdowns. He will play at Texas A&M-Commerce this season.

Travis junior kicker Sergio Rubio was named the special teams player of the year after kicking nine field goals and 44 extra points for the Tigers in 2019.

Tigers head coach Trey Sissom shared the coach of the year honor with Giles after a perfect 10-0 regular season.

George Ranch sophomore running back Hymond Drinkard was named the newcomer of the year after rushing for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns to help the Longhorns reach the playoffs and get its first playoff win since winning state in 2015.

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