The Rains Wildcats had a season for the ages, going three rounds deep in the playoffs for the first time in school history. Three individuals from that magical team were rewarded for their contributions by being named to the honorable mention list on the Assosiated Press Sports Editors 16th Annual Class 3A All-State Football Team.

Tyler Jones, Larry Moore and Aaron Marshall were all honored after a season in which the Wildcats won a share of the District 11-3A title and won playoff games over Crandall and Bonham.

Canton beat Rains in the third round to end the historic ride.

Jones was a two-way standout for the Wildcats, rushing for over 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns but his defensive prowess got him a spot on the honorable mention defense after averaging 10 tackles per game and pulling down three interceptions.

The 6-1, 195-pound senior was named most valuable player in the district.

Moore, a 5-9, 180-pound senior was also named to the honorable mention defense after posting 100 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble during the regular season.

The Defensive Player of the Year in District 9-3A also tallied 35 tackles in the Wildcats three playoff games.

Marshall was the top blocker on an offensive line that gained 277 yards and scored 23.6 points per game. Marshall was also a first team all-district selection.


Canton quarterback G.J. Kinne Jr., son of the East Texas football coach critically injured in a shooting at his high school, was named Class 3A offensive player of the year by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Kinne totaled more than 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in leading Canton to the state quarterfinals, its best season in school history. He was the overwhelming choice of sportswriters on the team, which is based on the regular season.

His father, Canton head coach Gary Joe Kinne, had most of his liver destroyed after police said he was shot by a disgruntled parent in April. He returned to the team in August but battled an infection that caused him to miss parts of the season.

“I didn’t think about that much on the field,” G.J. Kinne said. “It was kind of way to get away from everything going on off the field.”

Kinne, one of the most highly recruited juniors in the state, threw for 3,410 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also rushed for 852 yards and 15 touchdowns in leading Canton to a 12-2 record.

Defensive player of the years honors went to Carthage defensive back Jason Teague, a two-way starter who also earned an honorable mention at running back. Teague had 79 tackles, eight interceptions and forced four fumbles. He also blocked five punts and one field goal.

At running back, he rushed for 1,453 yards and 17 touchdowns — good enough to earn him offensive MVP honors in his district.

“We were banking on the fact that he could do everything, and he did,” Carthage coach Michael Bickman said.

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