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FOOTBALL: Temple RB Howard shares All-District 12-6A MVP award; Wildcats LB York voted Defensive MVP

WELL-EARNED HONORS: Temple junior running back Samari Howard (8) shared District 12-6A's Most Valuable Player award with Killeen Shoemaker senior wide receiver/kick returner Monaray Baldwin, while Wildcats senior Humberto Arizmendi (10) was voted as a first-team quarterback on the all-district squad. Howard, who was 12-6A's Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore in 2019, rushed for 1,261 yards and 16 touchdowns and added six TD receptions in 11 games for league champion Temple (10-2). Arizmendi, in his first varsity season, passed for 2,102 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 707 yards. (File photo by Mike Lefner, Temple ISD/Special to

PRESTIGIOUS AWARD: Temple sophomore middle linebacker Taurean York was voted Defensive Most Valuable Player of District 12-6A after leading head coach Scott Stewart's league champion Wildcats (10-2) in tackles for the second consecutive season. He shared 12-6A's Defensive Newcomer of the Year award as a freshman. (File photo by Greg Wille,


Voted on by the head coaches:


Co-Most Valuable Players – Samari Howard, Temple, running back, junior; Monaray Baldwin, Killeen Shoemaker, wide receiver/kick returner, senior

Co-Offensive MVPs – Ty Bell, Shoemaker, quarterback, senior; Terrance Carter, Harker Heights, wide receiver/quarterback, junior

Defensive MVP – Taurean York, Temple, linebacker, sophomore

Offensive Newcomer of the Year – Re'Shaun Sanford, Harker Heights, running back, sophomore

Co-Defensive Newcomers of the Year – Zavian Tibbs, Shoemaker, end/outside linebacker, sophomore; Matthew Cooks, Bryan, safety/cornerback, sophomore

Coaching Staff of the Year – Head coach Scott Stewart and Temple



Quarterback – Humberto Arizmendi, Temple, senior; Ruben Jimenez, Belton, senior; Shaun West, Harker Heights, senior

Running back – Maurice Reed, Belton, senior; Damashja Harris, Killeen Ellison, senior; Devin Brown, Shoemaker, senior

Fullback – Quintin Howard, Harker Heights, senior

Wide receiver – Mikal Harrison-Pilot, Temple, sophomore; Trejon Spiller, Ellison, senior; Marcus Maple, Harker Heights, junior; Trent Hudson, Shoemaker, senior

Tight end – Bryan “Itty” Henry, Belton, junior

Center – Matthew Frye, Temple, senior

Guard – Allen Camacho, Temple, senior; Thomas Bowman, Belton, senior; Aunnor Wright, Killeen, junior; Jamil Knight, Shoemaker, junior; Brandon Walton, Bryan, junior

Tackle – Alex Rodriguez, Temple, senior; Romeo Taua'a, Harker Heights, junior; Jacob Cote, Shoemaker, senior

Utility – Kanyn Utley, Belton, senior; Russel Cochran, Copperas Cove, senior; Emory Arthur, Killeen, junior; Nico Bulhof, Bryan, senior


Inside linebacker – Jack Byse, Harker Heights, senior; Keith Cunningham, Shoemaker, senior; Nic Caraway, Bryan, junior

Outside linebacker – Kadarius Marshall, Killeen, senior; Dontavius Burrows, Shoemaker, senior; Cameron White, Bryan, senior

Tackle – Jayven Taylor, Temple, senior; Ty'quan Jones, Killeen, senior; Ke'sean Thomas, Shoemaker, senior

End – Eric Shorter, Temple, junior; Devonte Tezino, Ellison, junior; Tanner Allen, Bryan, junior

Safety – O'Tarian Peoples, Temple, junior; Savonte Sanford-Paige, Harker Heights, senior

Cornerback – Keon Williams, Temple, senior; Darmell Hollins, Shoemaker, junior


Kicker – Aaron Wagaman, Temple, senior; Nico Bulhof, Bryan, senior

Punter – Will Hayes, Belton, junior; Tra-bi Diakite, Killeen, junior

Kick returner – Tr'Darius Taylor, Temple, junior

Deep snapper – Dylan Hinkle, Temple, senior; Blake Faldyn, Bryan, senior



Quarterback – Faleifa Mauga, Ellison, senior; Malcom Gooden, Bryan, sophomore

Running back – Brandon Ortega, Copperas Cove, senior; Aimeer Washington, Harker Heights, sophomore; De'Andre Exford, Shoemaker, senior

Fullback – Ezekiel Sheridan, Ellison, senior

Wide receiver – Luke Allen, Temple, senior; AJ McDuffy, Temple, senior; Seth Morgan, Belton, junior; La Princeton Dixon, Harker Heights, senior; Jacobia Thomas, Killeen, junior; Vontez Martin, Shoemaker, senior; Hunter Vivaldi, Bryan, junior

Tight end – Ke'Andre Smith, Temple, junior; Christopher Uresti, Ellison, senior; Milan Kemp-Murray, Killeen, senior

Center – Cameron Drayton, Harker Heights, senior; Connor Beeman, Killeen, sophomore; Austin Pennington, Bryan, sophomore

Guard – Chris Garcia, Copperas Cove, sophomore; Connor Casanova, Harker Heights, senior; Etueni Ropati, Harker Heights, sophomore

Tackle – Charles Wilson, Belton, senior; McKenzie Agnello, Copperas Cove, senior; Judea Milon, Shoemaker, senior; Andrew Buban, Bryan, junior

Utility – Devante Johnson, Killeen, sophomore; K'Zjari Herrera, Shoemaker, senior


Inside linebacker – Joe Sniffin, Belton, senior; Kendal Parker, Copperas Cove, senior; Jabez Elam, Killeen, senior; Zae'veon Cummings, Shoemaker, senior

Outside linebacker – Marshall Grays, Temple, junior; Calvin Harper, Ellison, junior; Malik Francis, Harker Heights, senior

End – Tommy Torres, Temple, junior; Christian Wooden, Harker Heights, senior; Jon Tavion Workman, Bryan, junior

Tackle – Cody Little, Temple, senior; Bryan Luna, Belton, senior; Elijah Setefano, Harker Heights, senior; Aaron Barnwell, Killeen, sophomore; To'O To'O Maugaotega, Shoemaker, sophomore

Safety – Jaden Jackson, Temple, junior; Aaron Bain, Belton, junior; Amare Johnson, Ellison, sophomore; Christopher Sistrunk, Harker Heights, junior; Jayden Hill, Killeen, senior; Adonte Crayton, Shoemaker, senior; Du'wayne Paulhill, Bryan, junior

Cornerback – Trent West, Belton, junior; Tyrese Carter, Copperas Cove, junior; Isaiah Chisholm, Copperas Cove, senior; Omari Evans, Shoemaker, junior; Kenny Collins, Bryan, senior


Kicker – Kaleel Pomerlee, Shoemaker, senior

Punter – Caleb Newberry, Copperas Cove, junior

Kick returner – Damashja Harris, Ellison, senior

Deep snapper – Christopher Uresti, Ellison, senior

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