“When you’re district champions, you’re going to be well represented.”
That is what Glen Rose head coach Tommy Dunn had to say about the 25 Tigers who have been named all-district in football.
Glen Rose has seven student-athletes on the 7-3A first team roster, eight on the second team, four honorable mention selections and four who received individual awards.
“We were district (tri) champions and that’s the way it is,” said Dunn. “I would have liked to have more players on the first team, like Hunter Ratliff. But they just don’t like putting multiple players from the same position on the same team.”
Senior quarterback Colt Plaster and senior defensive tackle Seth Mann headlined the individual accolades.
Plaster notched the Offensive MVP award while Mann was named Co-Defensive MVP with senior linebacker Ryan Wilcoxson of Gatesville.
“(Colt) certainly deserves this honor,” Dunn said. “He was blessed with good receivers and a good offensive line, and he improved dramatically throughout the year. We got better as he got better.
“(Seth) overcame a lot of adversity to get this honor,” he continued. “Every team we played had to know exactly where he was on the field. He had a high motor and played with a lot of intensity.”
Newcomers Curran Morrison, junior, and Cody Burtscher, freshman, were also honored as Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
“(Curran) doesn’t even start for us, but he definitely made an impact,” said Dunn. “I thought we had the best defensive line in the district and he was a big part of that. As for Cody, he was pulled up to varsity after Ben (Mungia) went down with an injury. There weren’t a lot of freshmen in our district, but he played well and earned it outright.”
The MVP of the district went to China Spring quarterback Brian Bell.
“We tried to get Ty (Taylor) the MVP of the district,” said Dunn. “He was a player we felt was worthy of the award. It’s a shame he couldn’t have at least a share of it.”
In addition to the player awards, Dunn was named Coach of the Year, an honor he says goes not just to him but to his entire staff.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by our fellow coaches,” Dunn said. “If we don’t win the district, then we don’t even get considered and that is a direct result of our team."