Tackling one of our toughest tasks: the All-Texas High School Team's quarterbacks.
Working for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is full of perks. Some are obvious – college and high school coaches are willing (and usually excited) to talk to you; you can get a seat in the press box of pretty much any game in Texas; you have access to DCTF’s archives. Others are more subtle: I don’t have to wear a tie to work, and even my bad days at work involve football, which is pretty swell.
But it’s not all fun and games. In fact, this time of year, we’re faced with arguably our toughest task of the season, and it comes in the annual DCTF Winter Edition.
What’s that? You’ve never heard of the DCTF Winter Edition? Well allow me to introduce you!
You know what DCTF is famous for: our annual summer edition, the “Bible of Texas Football”, the 400-page behemoth that previews every high school, college and pro team in the state.
But growing in popularity is the DCTF Winter Edition, which provides a mega-sized recap of the season that was across Texas, as well as a first look at the 2014 season. We’re hard at work putting it together right now – it’s due out January 20 – but one thing is really tripping us up:
The annual DCTF All-Texas High School Team.
What is that? Think of it as our Texas high school football All-American team. One team (well, really, two teams: first team and second team), position-by-position, across all classes. So, if the best tight end in the state played in 5A or 1A or the private schools? He’s in.
And that brings us the toughest part of the year: figuring out who’s on the team. There are literally hundreds of players worthy of consideration on the team, but there are only a limited number of spots.
The toughest position? Easily the quarterback. There are dozens and dozens of quarterbacks across the state who have an argument to being one of the two best QBs in the state…and yet we have to pick them out.
So here’s a word of advice: we’re probably going to disagree. And that’s OK! Awards are subjective. But that doesn’t mean we take these decisions lightly.
So: two spots – first-team and second-team – for quarterbacks on the All-Texas High School team, for the two best quarterbacks in the state in 2013. Who gets the nod?
Here is a completely incomplete list of some of the quarterbacks who are in consideration for the two spots.
Ben Arbuckle, Canadian: The triggerman behind the Air Canada attack threw for 3,830 yards and 49 TDs, completing an astonishing 73% of his passes.
Klark Ashmore, Wellington: Ashmore accumulated nearly 3,000 yards of total offense and 38 total touchdowns in leading Wellington to its first title in program history.
Luke Bishop, Aledo: You don’t quarterback the most prolific offense in high school football history, scoring over 1,000 points, without making it on this list.
Blake Bogenschutz, Carthage: What a year for Bogenschutz in leading the Bulldogs to a 3A Division I title, throwing for 4,003 yards and 54 touchdowns against just 4 INTs.
Ben Davis, Graham: One of West Texas’ finest players, Davis threw for 3,837 yards and 41 TDs and was pretty tough on the ground, too, notching 850 yards and 15 scores.
Jalen Garza, Anson: Both the leading passer (1,731 yards, 27 TDs) and rusher (1,087 yards, 17 TDs) for Anson was an unstoppable force.
Seth Gonzales, El Paso Chapin: Simply put, Gonzales was one of the best players in El Paso. He averaged 347.8 total yards and 3 TDs per game.
Nate Grimm, Cedar Park: One of the Austin area’s finest, Grimm led the Timberwolves in passing with 2,381 yards and 22 TDs, and led the team in rushing as well with 1,314 yards and 18 scores.
Tyler Handson, Sinton: South Texas’ best-kept secret, Handson lit it up as a junior, running for 2,510 yards and 37 scores and throwing for another 1,599 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Jerrod Heard, Denton Guyer: One of the state’s most high-profile and electrifying QBs, Heard was sensational as a senior in leading Guyer to a second straight championship.
Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse: The numbers are bordering on the absurd for Mahomes: 4,619 yards and 50 TDs through the air. And don’t forget: he ran for 940 yards and 15 TDs as well.
Kyler Murray, Allen: The first junior to win the DCTF Gridiron Legends High School Player of the Year, Murray led the Eagles to a second consecutive title by making leaps forward as a passer.
Travis Quintanilla, Refugio: The state’s all-time leader in career passing yards and touchdowns saved his best for last, throwing for 5,420 yards and 68 touchdowns. Yes, you read that right.
Mickey Scott, San Angelo Central: Big Country’s best player? Perhaps. Scott was an electrifying passer, completing 74% of his passes for 2,741 yards and 28 TDs…and ran for nearly 1,000 yards and 20 more scores.
Jarrett Stidham, Stephenville: What a year for Stidham, already a big-time recruit for the 2015 class. He threw for 2,687 yards and 30 TDs and was just as dangerous with his feet, running for 975 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Aston Walter, Crosby: Mercy, the Code Red offense was fun to watch, and Walter was a big reason: 2,443 yards and 32 TDs (just 4 INTs), and another 1,011 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.
Desmon White, DeSoto: How many players in Texas were more fun to watch than White? The Eagles’ triggerman racked up an astonishing 5,668 total yards and 58 scores.
Bo Wimberley, Stamford: He had big shoes to fill, but Wimberley was terrific as the Stamford signal-caller, guiding the Bulldogs to another title with 1,981 yards and 28 TDs passing, and 1,532 yards and 27 TDs rushing.
Who’s missing? Who deserves to be in consideration? Tweet us or comment on the DCTF Facebook page!