By GREG WEBB
Aledo’s Pate Davis made good use of his lone year as the Bearcats starting quarterback, leading AHS to the District 7-4A Championship and yet another trek into postseason play. A productive member of the offense prior to his swan-song prep season, Davis took to his starting signal-caller role with the skills of a multi-seasoned veteran, making the selection of the senior as Parker County’s Most Valuable Player a relative easy one.
Davis engineered the Aledo offense with proficiency, completing more than 65 percent of his passes with sound decisions, resulting in a touchdown-to-interception ration of 10 to 1. Contributing nearly 600 yards rushing to Aledo’s 2,500 ground total, Pate connected with Aledo receivers for more than 1,800 yards, solidifying an ever-present dual-threat attack.
Davis was also the district’s MVP, and extended his awards to the classroom, earning First Team designation on the All-State Academic honor roll.
With recognition to the receiving end of Davis’ passes also in order, the Bearcats’ tandem of wideouts Willie Gibson and Taco Anderson collectively earned the top offensive award, accounting for more than 1,000 yards of Aledo aerial real estate and a dozen touchdowns.
Another Aledo entry in the Superlatives is top defensive player Gunner Johnson, the leader of an ultra-talented linebacker corps that saw juniors Jordan Mittie and Tyson Mauser on the First Team.
The dependable foot of Springtown’s Javier Reynoso, whose long-range accuracy proved to be yet another valuable weapon in the Porcupines’ offensive arsenal in 2012, paved the way to the senior’s selection as the Special Teams MVP.
Both Springtown quarterbacks earned kudos, with senior Colby Moore and freshman Landry Turner, who both saw considerable playing time, named First and Second Team, respectively.
The growing importance of the center of the offensive line in the present-day offensive schemes calls for recognition of the short snappers. Aledo’s Caleb Buchanan, a unanimous selection at the all-district level, was given the First Team center nod, with Second Team shared recognition for Weatherford’s Sammy Stephens and Springtown’s Colton Hunt.