Five members of the Glen Rose Tigers are on the Texas High School Coaches Association’s academic all-state football team for the 2017 season, including Payte Treadaway on the all-state first team.

In additon to Treadaway, other Tigers who earned spots on the academic all-state team were Chance Hatfield and Logan Thames, who made the second team, and three who were honorable mention — Garrett Flynn, Connor Hansen and Tyler Torres.

To be eligible student-athletes must be seniors who have maintained an overall classroom average of 92 or above from their freshman year through their senior year.

“That says a lot about the kids, and the school district and the program, to be able to be elite in the classroom, and come out and compete on the field,” GRHS head coach Cliff Watkins said. “It’s a huge honor.”

The THSCA academic all-state teams take into account grade-point averages, class rank, and ACT/SAT scores.

The academic all-state teams also include some cited on an Elite level as the ultimate honor, although no Glen Rose students were named Elite.

Watkins has led the Tigers to back-to-back District 4-4A, Div. II titles (5-0) in his first two seasons as the team’s head coach. They were 9-2 this season, winning nine consecutive games and 17 of their last 20 outings dating back to last season.

Watkins noted that having intelligent players can certainly help when competing against other teams.

“That helps, when you get guys that are smart,” Watkins said.