2008 All-Smoaky.com (Defense)
Defensive Tackle: DeShun Williams, Carthage, 120-tackles, 18-TFL, 11-sacks, 13-QB pressures, 12-QB hits, 4-CF, 5-PBU, District Defensive MVP, All-State
Defensive Tackle: Jamarkus McFarland, Lufkin, 6-3, 285, Sr., 56-tackles, 11-TFL, 7-sacks, All-State
Nose Tackle: Ray Burns, Maud, 6-1, 285, Sr., 63-tackles, 7-sacks, 26-QB pressures, 7-CF, 1-PBU, 1-FR, All-State
Defensive End: Chris Knigthen, Longview, 6-3, 235, Sr., 97-tackles, 12-sacks, 16-TFL, 2-CF, 1-FR, 3-PBU, 1-Interception, All-State
Defensive End: Dominique Jones, Kilgore, 6-3, 240, Sr., 68-tackles, 9-TFL, 2-sacks, 2-FR, 15-QB pressures, 1-Interception, District Defensive MVP
Dime Back: Malcome Kennedy, Cayuga, 6-0, 190, Jr., 7-Interceptions, 2 of them returned for TD’s, 45-tackles, 3-TFL, 4-FR, 2-CF
I release the 2009 All-Smoaky.com High School Football Team with great pride and deep regret.
The pride of knowing Greater-East Texas is loaded with incredible student-athletes, pride in knowing we think of our region as ONE, regardless of Classification, and pride in knowing East Texas produced more state championships, memories, traditions, state records, and stars.
But there is also regret knowing the challenge of selecting a team is very difficult and perhaps even impossible.
As you can imagine, The All-Smoaky.com Team is a massive undertaking, starting with nominations from coaches and fans, to the process of double-checking the information for the integrity of the team.
I appreciate those of you who helped throughout the process, and hope you know in your heart that I tried to do my best in honoring your players, coaches, and programs.
Although I'm sure there will be disappointment with some names left out, it wasn't for a lack of effort, time, and thorough research.
I love East Texas High School Football, and I'm proud of the history and tradition.
From my early math, 59-separate high school programs will have at least one player on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Team on offense, defense, or special teams.
There are some really great high school players who aren't on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Teams, but with a coverage area of 140-plus teams, it's hard to include everyone, although we tried.
Carthage leads the way with 12-selections, not including honorable mention or the Superlatives.
Daingerfield and Gilmer both have 9-selections, Longview has 8, John Tyler and Tyler Lee have 7 each, Cayuga and Pittsburg has 5, Sulphur Springs, Pleasant Grove, Joaquin all have 4.
Click "more" to view the All-Smoaky.com Superlatives, Offense, Defense, Special Teams, and Honorable Mention.
Thank you for another great year.
The voting for the 2009 All-Smoaky.com Team has ended and we're now compiling feedback we've received from various coaches and the team will be released sometime this week.