Crowley football coach Chris James remembers exactly how Larry Cheeks looked when he was a sophomore.
"He was about 140 pounds soaking wet," James said with a laugh.
That 140-pound running back has turned into an All-State second-team selection. The 2012 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A All-State teams were announced Wednesday, and Cheeks was one of two area running backs on the second team.
Fort Worth Western Hills senior running back Aaron Stevenson joined Cheeks on the second team. Fort Worth Eastern Hills senior offensive lineman Cody Hayes also made the second team.
Cheeks ran for 1,923 yards and 23 touchdowns and led Crowley to an undefeated district record and District 8-4A title.
"It definitely represents all the hard work I've put in because I'm not the biggest guy out there," Cheeks said. "I'm actually kind of little, people tell me. This shows that size doesn't matter."
Stevenson rushed for 1,880 yards and 17 touchdowns for Western Hills while Hayes helped lead the Eastern Hills offense to 1,503 rushing yards.
Aledo had three players represented: junior offensive lineman Cory Stitle, senior defensive back Shea Wood and junior linebacker Jordan Mittie.
Stitle and Wood both made the second team and Mittie was an honorable mention.
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