Five Tarrant County area players landed on the 2012 Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A all-state high school football team announced Thursday.
All five were named first-team performers.
Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill was tabbed Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Dragons to a 9-1 regular season record. The Texas A&M recruit passed for 2,291 yards and 20 touchdowns and added another 905 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.
"That's crazy, I attribute it to my coaches and the rest of my team, especially the o-line and receivers," said Hill, who turned 18 on Thursday. "The o-line blocked great all year and the receivers made plays all year."
Hill was joined on the all-state squad by teammate Cam Manning, a 6-foot-3, 260 offensive linemen and Louisiana Tech recruit, who helped pave the way for Hill and Co. to churn out over 500 yards of offense per game.
"He's one of the toughest football players I've ever coached," Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. "I'm so proud of Cam. He had to battle an injury all season that no one knew about and dominated his opponent each week."
Arlington High's Sammy Douglas, who is headed to TCU, was selected after a monster season in the middle of the Colts defense. The 6-foot-3, 195 pound Douglas tallied 168 tackles, 2 interceptions, including a pick-six and two fumble recoveries.
"Sammy Douglas is the best defensive player we've had in ten years here," Arlington coach Scott Peach said. "He's the complete package."
Mansfield Timberview defensive back Ed Paris was one of just two juniors named to the first-team defense after picking off seven passes (two for touchdowns), forcing three fumbles, recovering two, breaking up eight passes along with 37 tackles.
Arlington Martin kicker Ben Grogan received his second consecutive first-team all-state nod. The Oklahoma State recruit converted 9-11 field goal tries with a long of 56 yards, was a perfect 31-31 on extra points and set a new state record for most made field goals in a single game with six on Oct. 19 against North Crowley.
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760
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