Benbrook senior running back Quintan Jackson rushed for a career-high 3,067 yards and 37 touchdowns this season for the playoff-bound Bobcats. He finished his three-year career with over 6,200 yards and 72 TDs.
So it’s only fitting the best player in the program’s young existence is the first to be named to the first-team all-state team.
With 3,017 of those yards coming in the regular season, Jackson was named a Class 4A first-team running back by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
“I’m real excited and happy for him,” coach Cody Slater said. “I couldn’t be more proud of him. His work ethic on the field day in and day out the last four years has given him this opportunity. I can’t wait to see him do bigger things at the next level.”
The Bobcats finished their third season at 8-3 with a second-place finish in the district standings.
Jackson rushed for 200 yards in nine games and 300 or more in seven. He had a career-high 445 yards with 5 TDs against Lake Worth. He had 413 yards and 6 TDs against Castleberry.
In his career, Jackson hit the century mark 25 times in 31 games. His career average is 201 yards per game and 8.8 per rush. This season he averaged 279 yards per game and 12.9 per rush.
“It was an honor and I worked so hard to get it, Jackson said. “It’s been my goal since sophomore year to receive the first team all state award and I was excited when I found out.”
Benbrook junior DE Isaiah Carpenter was named honorable mention all-state defense. Carpenter recorded 83 tackles, 26 for loss (team high), 11 sacks (team high) and 3 forced fumbles.
4A All State team
— CADEN JANDER, Cuero, Sr. — 84 pancakes, no sacks allowed for team that averaged 50 points and 410 ypg
— MILES JOHNSON, Levelland, Sr. — 94% grade, 35 knockdowns, 17 pancakes, no sacks allowed
— JOHNNY TAYLOR, WF Hirschi, Jr. — 97% grade, 81 knockdowns, 2 sacks allowed for team that averaged 374 rush ypg
— JACKSON WILLIS, Van, Sr. — 94% grade, 1 sack allowed
— TANNER WILSON, Canyon, Sr. — 96% grade, 37 pancakes for team that rushed for 221 ypg
— BEAU BEDFORD, Decatur, Sr. — 83-1,238, 14 TDs
— DEMOND DEMAS, Houston North Forest, Jr. — 49-1,574, 12 TDs; 2 kick returns for TDs
— CAMERON GRIFFIN, Glen Rose, Sr. — 153-250-2,789 passing, 40 TDs, 611 yards rushing, 9 TDs
— DAIMARQUA FOSTER, WF Hirschi, Sr. — 2,093 rushing yards, 31 TDs
— QUINTAN JACKSON, Benbrook, Sr. — A157222-3,017 yards, 37 TDs
— JAY’VEON SUNDAY, Waco Connally, Jr. — 254 carries for 2,054 yards, 30 TD
— AH LEE YART, Dumas, Soph. — 43-43 PATs, 9-12 FGs, long of 43
Offensive Player of the Year: Daimarqua Foster, WF Hirschi
— DALTON BILLS, Bellville, Jr. — 120 tackles, 20 solo, 18 TFL, 11 sacks, 5 blocked kicks 3 FR
— ABEL EUCEDA, Gilmer, Sr. — 117 tackles, 5 sacks, 14 TFL, 2 FF
— JAYDEN JACOBS, Van, Jr. — 96 tackles, 15 TFL, 14 sacks, 4 FF, 3 PBUs
— COLLIN O’NEAL, Melissa, Sr. — 97 tackles, 28 TFL, 6 sacks, 4 FF, 4 FR, 3 PBUs
— MONTE CLUCK, Boerne, Sr. — 147 tackles, 88 solo, 26 TFL, 10 sacks, 3 FF, 3 FR
— GARRETT REDDEN, Sealy, Jr. — 150 tackles, 7 TFLs, 3 sacks, 2 safeties
— CARSON SMITH, Dalhart, Sr. — 150 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 FR
— KEVIN DAVIS, Freeport Brazosport, Jr. — 9 INTs, 156 tackles, 5 PBUs
— JOHNNY ESPINOSA, San Angelo Lake View, Jr. — 11 INTs, 9 PBUs
— JULIO RIGGS, Boerne, Sr. — 10 INTs, 66 tackles
— XAVIER RODRIGUEZ, Levelland, Sr. — 138 tackles, 26 TFL, 6 sacks, 3 INTs, 7 FF
— ANTHONY CATATE, El Campo, Sr. — 38.9 avg., 24 punts
Defensive Player of the Year: Monte Cluck, Boerne
— Marcus Alexander, Sunnyvale, Sr.; Justin Montgomery, Liberty Hill, Sr.; Brandon Nemec, Cuero, Sr.; Garrison Stovall, Graham, Sr.; Preston Wilson, Argyle, Sr.
— Dillon Carter, Argyle, Sr.; Craig Clemons, CC West Oso, Sr.
— Clayton Chadwick, La Vernia, Sr.
— Andrew Barajas, Alvarado, Sr.; Seth Dixon, Hereford, Sr.; Kyle Harrison, Liberty Hill, Sr.
— Adan Ibarra, Gilmer, Sr.
— Zak Betancourt, Levelland, Sr.; Grayson Mays, Bellville, Jr.; Ja’Shawn Nickerson, Wharton, Jr.; Dalveon Rhodes, Lubbock Estacado, Sr.
— Blu Caylor, Stephenville, Sr.; Rayvon Ingram, Carthage, Jr.; Chase Petter, Argyle, Sr.
— Gage Graham, Stephenville, Sr.; Tyler Kelley, Texarkana Pleasant Grove, Sr.; Isaiah Salazar, Levelland, Soph.; Jordan Whittington, Cuero, Sr.
— Sevastion DeLeon, Henderson, Sr.
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
LINEMEN: Kevion Booty, Carthage; Jacob Evanicky, Sealy; Nathan Guzman, Ferris; Arturo Hernandez, Sealy; Jayden Kitchens, Midland Greenwood; Adam Lamb, Rockport-Fulton; Lakota Lawrence, Liberty Hill; Kevin Lightfoot, Silsbee; Keilyn McCain, Pittsburg; Jeremiah Stanley, Iowa Park; Wyatt Tate, Geronimo Navarro; Bradon Wilkes, Pittsburg; Lane York, Stephenville.
RECEIVERS/ENDS: Langston Anderson, Midlothian Heritage; Kelvontay Dixon, Carthage; Donyvan Givens, Beeville; Dalton Hobbs, Pleasanton; Seth Nickell, Canyon; Brody Ray, Midland Greenwood; Ethan Robinson, Van; Jay Wilkerson, Midlothian Heritage; Jacob Williams, Burkburnett.
QUARTERBACKS: Gunner Capps, Carthage; Dylan Davidson, Bay City; Kyle Douglas Jr., Wilmer-Hutchins; Mason Duke, Burkburnett; Roman Fuller, Decatur; Brendon Lewis, Melissa; Lawton Rikel, Canyon.
RUNNING BACKS: Chase Gilmore, Graham; Westen Halcom, Glen Rose; Anfernee Johnson, Houston Furr; David Patino, Keiran Grant, Cuero; Crystal City; Elijah Rankine, Van; Doneric Rivers, Crandall; Ashton Stredick, Needville; Khalil Thompson, Mineral Wells; Jar’Quae Walton, Waco La Vega.
KICKER: David Gomez-Ponce, Sealy.
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
LINEMEN: Carson Altman, Hereford; Deundre Blanton, Kilgore; Isaiah Carpenter, Benbrook; Truman Castleberry, Vernon; Christian Hendricks, WF Hirschi; Landon Jackson, Texarkana Pleasant Grove; Dolen Kennon, Silsbee; Jacob Mechler, Andrews; Trey Moore, Cuero; Marc Rodriguez, Vernon; Kyle Weber, Splendora.
LINEBACKERS: Davion Bouldin, Houston Wheatley; Jaden Cano, Hereford; Hunter Clark, Sealy; Sederick Colbert, Lubbock Estacado; Camryn Edney, Pittsburg; Fred Fleeks, WF Hirschi; Jersson Hernandez, Levelland; Sterling Herrington, Silsbee; Konnor Jones, Midlothian Heritage; Omar Marks, Wharton; Justin Morales, Crystal City; Brady Odom, Henderson; Cade Olson, Canyon; Reese Payne, Caddo Mills; Jadon Stringfellow, Burkburnett.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Brenden Dixon, Argyle; Brett Cobb, Canyon; Ke’untaye Dunham, Henderson; Seth Gibson, Gonzales; Sam Gilbreath, Canyon; Keiran Grant, Cuero; Jaylon Jimmerson, Pittsburg; Luis Ramos, Dumas; Darshon Turk, Silsbee; Stavonte Vaughn, WF Hirschi; Jacorey Ware, Carthage; Kamren Woods, Texarkana Pleasant Grove.
PUNTER: Trace Morrison, Stephenville.