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Cotton, Ward tops in 3A

Posted: January 30, 2012 - 11:58pm  |  Updated: January 31, 2012 - 1:21am
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Impact players and a coach who’s had an immediate impact highlight the top performers on the Avalanche-Journal’s Class 3A All-South Plains football team for 2011.

Snyder senior quarterback Keenon Ward is this year’s Offensive Player of the Year. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Ward, who has committed to Texas Tech, was a one-man wrecking crew for the Tigers, rushing for 2,472 yards and 31 touchdowns and throwing for 1,088 yards and 13 scores.

Estacado senior linebacker J.T. Cotton gets the nod for Defensive Player of the Year. Despite missing the last two games of the season with a knee injury, Cotton finished with 83 tackles, four sacks and an interception for the Matadors.

In just two seasons, Coach of the Year Kyle Maxfield has turned Shallowater into a district-championship contender. This year, the Mustangs made the deepest advancement in the postseason of all District 2-3A qualifiers, going four rounds that included an upset of Ward and the Tigers.

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