Following the fourth postseason appearance in as many years, the Brazos Cougars had 13 representatives on all-district teams with seven more honorably mentioned and four cracking academic all-district lists.
All five first-teamers and eight second-team representatives were all seniors that head coach Ryan Roecker commended on their final go-around for the Cougars, helping clinch another bi-district berth.
Kolton Marek was named first-team utility, Braden Reinecker was on the first-team offensive line, Kody Ressler was a first-team linebacker and Jaylin Vela cracked the list as both a wide receiver and punter.
On the second-team all-district were running backs Ira Minters and Malcolm Toles, defensive tackle Brandon Maldonado, inside linebacker Julio Reyes and Nick Oliver (wide receiver and defensive back) and Ed Hatton (offensive line and defensive tackle) each made it on both sides of the ball.
Earning honorable mention within District 15-2A were senior defensive end Juan Romero, junior offensive lineman Hayden Pearson, junior defensive back Nick Butler, junior defensive tackle DJ Lewis, sophomore running back Elijah Johnson, sophomore outside linebacker Bryan Maldonado and freshman wide receiver Bryson Bennett.
In addition, seniors Kolton Marek, Kody Ressler and Juan Romero, as well as junior Dillon Arteaga, garnered academic all-district distinction in the first year under Ryan Rocker who looks forward to growing his culture with more time and exposure to the kids at Brazos High School.
“I took over teaching physical education in sixth grade and look forward to taking advantage of working with the younger groups,” Roecker said. “The freshman team went 7-1-1, we’ve got a solid eighth-grade group and we’re excited to build our brand over a full offseason with them.”
On top of that, the freshman Bennett, who earned honorable mention at the wide receiver position took snaps at quarterback in the final two games of the season, will look to take on those duties going into his sophomore year, nailing down one of the most important positions on the offense.