Needville earned the District 12-4A Division I football all-district team MVP for the second year in a row.
In 2019, Ashton Stredick used a massive effort to be one of Texas’s best running back in his final campaign with the Blue Jays.
In 2020, Walker Warncke also carried the Blue Jays by running the ball, but he also helped solidify the defense.
Warncke excelling at both sides of the ball earned him the 12-4A Division I all-district MVP.
Warncke rushed for 1,866 yards and 32 touchdowns on 271 carries. He rushed for over 100 yards in 10 games and rushed for over 200 in three games.
The senior Blue Jay had over 2,200 yards overall with 192 yards on kick returns and 73 receiving.
On defense, Warncke collected 85 tackles, including 58 solo tackles. He added three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, two blocked kicks and one sack.
Needville earned another top award with senior defensive lineman Blake Boenisch named defensive player of the year.
Boenisch had 63 tackles, including 27 solo tackles and six tackles for loss. He had two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal.
Bay City senior Avery Smith, El Campo junior Johntre Davis and El Campo sophomore Reuben Owens split the offensive player of the year award.
Stafford freshman Jamaal Wiley was unanimously selected newcomer of the year.
El Campo senior Charles Shorter was selected utility player of the year, and coach of the year was Wayne Condra of El Campo.
Needville had four selections to the all-district first-team offense: senior quarterback Trevor Baker, senior wide receiver Dax Bridges, junior wide receiver Blake Marsh and offensive lineman Stephen Ashburn.
Baker and Bridges were unanimous selections.
Baker completed 48% of his passes for 1,857 yards and 19 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He added 190 yards rushing on 81 carries.
Bridges caught 20 passes for 560 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Maresh caught 56 passes for 771 yards and five touchdowns.
Junior defensive end Bryant Jones and senior defensive back Brandon Glover Jr. were named to the first-team defense.
Jones accounted for 60 tackles, 24 solo tackles, seven sacks and three tackles for loss.
Glover collected 32 tackles, 20 solo tackles; six passes defended and five interceptions.
Sophomore Pete Cavazos was named the first-team kicker for the all-district special teams.
Cavazos converted 42 of 43 extra-point attempts for Needville; he was also 1-of-2 in field goal attempt — converting a 41 yards attempt.
Senior center Israel Deleon junior offensive lineman Eddie Jones was named to the second-team offense.
Bridges at defensive back and senior outside linebacker Mitchell Haackstedt were named to the second-team defense.
Haackstedt had 68 tackles, 36 solo tackles and five sacks.
Bridges had 45 tackles, including 25 solo tackles and one interception.
Senior offensive lineman Cavitt Culp, junior wide receiver/defensive back Cole Todd, senior linebacker Collin Labay, junior outside linebacker Coy Pierce, freshman running back Sherman Jones and Tannor Baker earned honorable mention to the all-district team.
Needville finished a unique season during a plague with a 7-6 record overall and a 4-1 record in the district.
The Blue Jays were area finalists after beating Houston Furr 51-13 in the bi-district.
Needville lost to eventual state finalist Lindale in the area round. The Blue Jays were one of only two teams to put up over 50 points against the Eagles.
Spartans rewarded for playoff appearance
Stafford moved over from a Houston ISD-focused district in 2019 to a deep district in 12-4A Division I.
The Spartans earned their second-straight playoff berth under Ken Savanah Sr.
Stafford had 20 selections to the 12-4A Division I all-district team headlined by freshman running back Jamaal Wiley.
Junior tight end Quardale Patt, junior wide receiver and junior offensive lineman Nya Mack were named the first-team offense.
Patt was a unanimous selection.
Stafford had six selections on the first-team defense: Patt at defensive lineman, junior defensive end Isaiah Bogerty, senior linebacker Kenny Steward, senior defensive back Kaleb Roberts, senior defensive back Churchill Williams and senior outside linebacker Nehemiah Trable.
Patt and Steward were unanimous selections.
Sophomore quarterback Brayden Batiste, junior wide receivers Jordan Barrett and Terrance Lewis, senior running back Christian Fregia and senior offensive lineman Loenard Scott were named to the second-team offense.
Stafford had four selections on the second-team defense: senior defensive lineman Zach Bryant, sophomore defensive end Andrew Huff, junior linebacker Nick Rideau and junior defensive back Jaydon Johnson.
Senior kicker Edgar Bonilla was selected for the second-team special teams unit.
Stafford finished the 2020 season with a 5-7 record overall and a 3-2 mark in the district.
The Spartans beat Houston North Forest 63-6 in the bi-district playoff before losing to Tyler Chapel Hill 40-14 in the area round.