Mansfield senior running back Kennedy Brooks on Thursday was named to The Associated Press Class 6A All-state first team, in voting by AP sports editors. Brooks was also a first-team pick in 2015.
Voting was based on regular-season performance. Brooks, an Oklahoma commit, rushed for 2,128 yards on 198 carries, with 26 touchdowns in eight games. In all, seven area players made this year’s first team.
On offense, Southlake Carroll placed two linemen, seniors Carson Green and Ryan Miller. Keller Timber Creek junior Erik Ezukanma made the team after catching 81 passes for 1,364 yards and 18 touchdowns.
On defense are Keller Central junior cornerback Noah Moreno, Arlington Bowie defensive end Livingston Paogofie, and Keller punter Alec Brinton.
Moreno recorded 21 solo tackles, 15 assists, 6 interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Paogofie made 81 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and caused four fumbles with two fumbles recovered. Brinton averaged 43.1 yards on 38 punts, with a long of 71 yards, and seven that were downed inside the 20-yard line.
Area players on the second team are Carroll kicker Kole Ramage, and linebackers Surprise Gilman of Arlington Bowie and Nick Shifftner of Keller Central.
On Monday, Brooks won the seventh annual Landry Award, which is given by KTVT/Ch. 11. Named for legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, the award recognizes the top high school football player in North Texas who demonstrates positive character and leadership attributes.
“I’m really thankful for my family, coaches, friends and teammates,” Brooks said Monday.
“He’s a special young man,” Mansfield coach Daniel Maberry added. “It’s been a real blessing to coach him for four years. Really proud of this young man and we’re going to miss him.”