He kicked 19 field goals in two seasons and booted most of his kickoffs into the end zone this season.

The strong right leg of Greenville senior Cole Jones again helped him make the honorable mention list at placekicker on the 16th Annual Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A all-state football team.

Jones was 9-of-11 on field goals this season, with a long of 43 yards, and hit 16-of-19 extra points. He also recorded 21 touchbacks on kickoffs.

Jones was 19-of-24 on field goals during his varsity career and also averaged 35.8 yards per punt in his senior season. He also made the honorable mention list on last year’s AP all-state team.


Dallas Wilson graduated two Heisman Trophy winners, but coach Bobby Estes isn’t sure his school had a player better than Sergio Kindle.

Kindle, a dominant four-year starter widely ranked as the top defensive recruit in the country, was selected the best defensive player in Class 4A by The Associated Press on Thursday.

He was also named a second-team running back on the 16th annual Associated Press Sports Editors team, which is based on the regular season. Kindle rushed for more than 6,000 yards and had 500 tackles as a rare two-way starter in Class 4A, including 122 tackles and 1,728 yards as a senior.

He’s verbally committed to Texas and is ranked by Rivals.com as the top defensive prospect in the country. He led Wilson to its first playoff appearance since 1991 and two district titles, its first since 1969.

But Wilson counts Heisman Trophy winners Tim Brown and Davey O’Brien among its alumni, so Kindle’s place in school history remains debatable. Wilson is the only high school in the country to graduate two Heisman Trophy winners.

“I jokingly told Tim he might be the second-best athlete to ever come through Wilson,” said Estes, who invited the nine-time Pro Bowl receiver to several games this season.

Rivals.com ranks Kindle as the nation’s No. 3 prospect. Ranked No. 4 is Highland Park quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was selected Class 4A player of the year.

Stafford threw for 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns in leading Highland Park to its first state championship since 1957. Stafford, who’s verbally committed to Georgia, threw for more than 8,500 yards as a three-year starter.

He had just 202 yards and threw no touchdowns in Highland Park’s 59-0 rout of Marshall in Saturday’s championship, but he hardly cared that his career ended without his normally spectacular numbers.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better ending,” Stafford said.

Boerne kicker Hunter Lawrence, who’s verbally committed to Texas, was the only 4A player to repeat as a first-teamer.

Wolfforth Frenship’s Brik Brinker and Stephenville’s Brent McElfresh were first-team wide receivers. Paris North Lamar’s Broderick Franklin, Houston Jones’ Remus Nembhard and Jamar Wall from Plainview were first-team running backs.

Kilgore defensive lineman Eddie Jones, who had nine sacks and blocked two punts, joined Kindle in headlining the first-team defense.

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