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January 24, 2014

2013 Herald-Banner Dream Team

GREENVILLE — At 5-6, 150 pounds, Leonard senior Solomon Titus isn’t what you’d call a big guy.

But he played really big this football season for Leonard at running back and cornerback, helping the 11-4 Tigers reach the Class 2A Division II state semifinals for the first time in school history. Titus earned most valuable player honors on the Herald-Banner Dream Team that recognizes the top players from the local area for the 2013 season.

Titus set a new school record for Leonard with 2,595 yards rushing for the season, getting some big yards in the Tigers’ playoff wins of 43-36 over Edgewood, 35-21 over Blooming Grove, 55-44 over S&S Consolidated and 28-20 over Cooper.

Titus was also a “shut-down” corner on defense, preventing the other team’s big receiver from getting open.

Leonard’s head coach Shane Fletcher claimed the coach of the year honors after guiding the Tigers to their memorable season. Leonard beat two undefeated teams in the playoffs, S&S and Cooper, and lost to eventual state champion Cisco in the semifinals.

Players from playoff teams Boles, Farmersville, Rains, Lone Oak and Caddo Mills claimed the other top honors on the Dream Team.

Boles’ all-state senior running back Devan Harris, who was a second-team all-state selection in Class A, shared the offensive player of the year award with Farmersville junior running back Darrin Pennington. Harris ran for 1,709 yards and 22 touchdowns for the 9-2 Hornets. Pennington rushed for 1,436 yards and 17 scores for the 7-5 Fightin’ Farmers.

Rains senior defensive back Jesse Hudson, a two-time honoree on the Class 3A all-state team, earned the defensive player of the year award after helping transform an 0-10 Wildcat team in 2012 into a 4-7 playoff team in 2013. Hudson, who was also a 1,000-yard rusher on offense, recorded 81 tackles on defense, including 50 solos, and intercepted three passes.

Farmersville senior speedster Andrew Simons captured the utility player of the year award. Simons averaged 7.8 yards per carry as a running back and 21.8 yards per catch as a receiver.

Newcomers of the year awards went to Lone Oak sophomore quarterback Jake Williams and Caddo Mills senior quarterback Erik Richards. Williams passed for 2,462 yards and 33 touchdowns for the 7-4 Buffaloes. Richards threw for 1,342 yards and 15 TDs for the 4-7 Foxes and rushed for 1,145 yards and 18 more scores.

Players from Leonard, Quinlan Ford, Greenville, Royse City, Lone Oak, Community, Farmersville, Boles, Wolfe City, Caddo Mills, Celeste, Commerce, Fannindel, Campbell and Greenville Phoenix earned first-team, second-team and honorable mention honors.

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