Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors’ football player of the year Friday, edging out Arlington Martin’s Myles Garrett by a single point in the voting.
Mahomes, son of former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes, finished the regular season with 3,587 passing yards and 41 touchdowns while throwing only four interceptions. He added 513 yards and eight scores on the ground.
“He was definitely the best we faced this year at the quarterback position, no doubt about it,” said Arlington Seguin coach Carlos Lynn, whose Cougars lost in overtime to Whitehouse in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. “He played very smart, never forcing the ball. He took everything we gave him.”
Mahomes becomes the second consecutive son of a major league pitcher to win the award. Southlake Carroll’s Kenny Hill, whose father, Ken, played 14 seasons in the major leagues, was the 2012 winner.
A panel of journalists who cover high school football in Texas cast votes for their top three selections from the pool of offensive and defensive players of the year across all classifications. After the final count, Mahomes finished with 20 points, one more than Garrett.
Speaking to The Associated Press after the win, the Texas Tech recruit said he never expected this level of success.
“Even when I started playing my junior year, I didn’t expect to be a D-I quarterback,” Mahomes said. “I came out just to play with my friends and ended up getting better and better as the season went along and it came with experience.”
Mahomes becomes part of an elite group of recent winners joining Hill, 2011 winner Johnathan Gray of Aledo and 2010 winner Johnny Manziel of Kerrville Tivy.
“I can easily see him being the guy at Tech,” Lynn said. “He’s got the height to sit in the pocket and make the right reads, and he’s got a cannon; he can throw a deep ball and the intermediate routes as well. I think he’ll be an outstanding college football player.”