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Kilgore dominates 16-3A all-district team

posted Jan 9, 2014, 9:16 AM by Barbara Honea
A district championship, five playoff wins and a trip to the Class 3A Division I state championship game were collected by Kilgore High School's football program in the 2013 season, and now, several Bulldogs and their coaches have been recognized by their peers.
Coach Wood and his Ragin' Red coaching staff were named the "Coaching staff of the year", and deservedly so, ­ Kilgore went unbeaten in the regular season, ran through the district, and made it all the way to the 3A DI state title game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The Bulldogs finished with a 14-1 record, the second-best record in the history of Kilgore High's football program (16-0 in 2004 being the best). It was also the second-most games in a single season in KHS history.
"Coaches" in District 16-3A, including Kilgore's Mike Wood, voted on the all-district team.
"Overall Most Valuable Player" goes to none other than Kevrin Justice, one of Kilgore¹s running backs.
"Defensive" side of the ball, several Kilgore candidates alone could have legitimately been named the 16-3A defensive MVP, and one KHS player was senior linebacker/ safety Jake Brantley. Brantley shares the defensive player of the year award with Gilmer senior Josh Walker.
Two of the Ragin¹ Red¹s most dominant defenders were named as a part of the first team "defensive line": seniors LaDarrin Anthony and DaQuellan "D.Q." Scott.
"All-district first team offense",  quarterback Benny Colbert.
"First team running back", Kilgore tailback Davieonta "JuJu" Brown. 
"First team receiver" Kilgore senior Aaron Foy.  Foy also was a dynamic kick returner/punt returner. Joining Foy at "first team defensive back" was teammate Joseph Shepherd, also a senior.
The only "tight end" on the first team was Kilgore's tight end Jarod Smith.
Kilgore's "offensive line" fittingly was honored, Seniors Clay Wiley and Nolan Grush were named to the all-district first team, as was junior Blake Guthrie.
Not on that list but also contributing greatly to the Bulldogs¹ success on the line this season were Gabriel Gough and Austin Clark, both seniors.
"Fullback/linebacker", Andrew Pinter ­ was named to the first team as a utility player.
"Inside linebacker", Kilgore's junior Kris Haynes first team.
Kilgore¹s Jordan Thompson, a junior, was named to the "special teams unit of the first team".
Kilgore players on the "all-district second team" were fullback Jack Johnston, a senior; wide receiver Nick Orange, a junior; kicker Christian Galvan, a sophomore; senior defensive linemen Caleb Wood and Chad Bornes; and senior defensive back Stefun Tatum.