Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch Football Team 2016

Player of the year – Reese Johnson
Roughly a decade ago, Reese Johnson watched as his brother, Kyle, lead the Dripping Springs Tigers to what was then the deepest playoff run in program history. Johnson continued the family tradition of breaking records in 2016 by not only breaking his brother’s record for yardage in a single season, but also leading Dripping Springs to a school best 12-2 mark and a finish in the regional finals. Johnson finished his 2016 campaign with 2,640 passing yards and 1,342 rushing yards and 41 total touchdowns.

Coach of the year  – Galen Zimmerman
Two years ago, the Dripping Springs Tiger football program was in a state of flux as school officials sought to hire another coach following Joe McBride’s one-year tenure. Both players and coaches were adamant on promoting then offensive coordinator Galen Zimmerman to take the reins of the Tigers. Ever since then, Zimmerman, who was promoted prior to the 2015 season, has guided the Tigers to a 17-7 mark and helped Dripping Springs reach the program’s best playoff finish in school history.

First team

Offense

Quarterback
Jacob Zamora – Lehman

Running back
Teo Brinckmann – Dripping Springs
Thomas Carruthers – Wimberley

Wide receiver
Gavin Martinez – Wimberley
Marquis Howard – Hays
Braden Sullins – Lehman

Offensive line
Phil McSorely – Hays
Foster Reynolds – Dripping Springs
Lucas Snoe – Wimberley
Brandon Mendieta – Hays
Seth Crumley – Dripping Springs

Defense

Defensive line
Kevin Rutherford – Wimberley
Justin Rodriguez – Hays
Cullen Young – Dripping Springs

Linebackers
Cameron Johnson – Hays
Austin Lakey – Lehman
Davin Masur – Wimberley
Peyton Pearson – Hays

Defensive backs
Jason Fowler – Hays
Brittan Howeth – Dripping Springs
Trevor Greenman – Dripping Springs

Cody Cherrington – Wimberley

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